Recently I finished watching the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show on DVD. It was quite good. Given that I am spending effectively all my time inside, I watched 16 episodes over the weekend. There’s a reason why I write a binge recommendation article every week. I live that life. However, I’m not here to recommend watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show, fourth season or otherwise. I mean, I do recommend it, but that’s not the reason I am writing this. I am writing this because of Penny Marshall and Henry Winkler.
It seems like Garry Marshall may have been watching the fourth season of Mary Tyler Moore Show once upon a time. In one episode, a pre-fame Winkler, known best as The Fonz on Happy Days, has a guest role as a guy who worked with Rhoda but got fired. In the season finale, Marshall has an acting role as a woman at a singles bar. This was years before she started playing Laverne, or before her directing career. I hope Garry was watching that episode, given that he’s Penny’s brother.