I have to admit that one of my favorite MTM episodes is “Put on a Happy Face,” in which things go continually wrong for Mary as a journalism awards dinner looms. I thought it was interesting that many of her issues affect her looks–the hair bump, the stuffy nose, a wayward fake eyelash. She even says from onstage, accepting her award: ” I usually look so much better than this.”
It’s a bit disturbing that Mary puts so much stock in her appearance…but then again, don’t we all? Mary is usually so perfect-looking, nary a hair out of place, that it’s fascinating to see her lose it when her appearance for once is beyond her control.
This won’t last long though, as Rhoda knows: “You’re having a lousy streak. I happen to be having a terrific streak. Soon the world will be back to normal. Tomorrow you will meet a crown head of Europe and marry. I will have a fat attack, eat 3000 peanut butter cups and die.”