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Eight weeks into the series on Monday, October 28, 1974, Rhoda and Joe were married in a special hour-long episode which broke several television records. Heavily publicized, it became the highest-rated television episode of the 1970s, a record it held until the miniseries Roots claimed that title in 1977. Additionally, on the night of its airing it had become the second most-watched television episode of all time, surpassed only by the birth of Little Ricky on "I Love Lucy" in 1953.

It was watched by more than 52 million Americans, over half of the US viewing audience. At the conclusion of the episode, Monday Night Football host Howard Cosell joked on the air that he had not been invited to the wedding, and welcomed viewers back to the game. Hundreds of "wedding parties" were held by fans across the United States on the night of the episode to celebrate the television wedding, and within days the CBS-TV studios were inundated with wedding gifts sent in by fans for the fictional Joe and Rhoda Gerard. The episode was overwhelmingly praised by critics, widely touted as a "television phenomenon", "unlike anything that had happened on television for nearly twenty years", and garnered Harper her fourth Emmy award in 1975. Vogue magazine reported that people across the country had pulled off the road checking into motels, and friends canceled out on dinner invitations (feigning illness), just to watch Rhoda's wedding.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Rhoda gets down to the 72st subway platform (the uptown #1), the man with beard and glasses, leaning on a pole, and looking at her, is Jim Brooks - series' creator and writer. Mr. Brooks also did some stand-in shots, for the opening credits of his other series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (in the opening credits for season's 3-7, you see him jog past Mary Richards, as she walks in the opposite direction, by a body of water).
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The shots of Rhoda (Valerie Harper) navigating the streets and subways of New York were really shot, on-location. This was before really easy to use, small-sized portable professional equipment, so, filming this was not an easy thing to do. Considering that only 12 or-so months earlier, a film crew went to Minneapolis, with Mary Tyler Moore, and Valerie Harper, to shoot some new shots for use in The Mary Tyler Moore Show's opening credits, and the crew found it very hard to deal with the crowds (that show was such a huge hit by that point, the crowd's staring made it hard to make 'Mary Richards' appear to be 'just a regular somebody', and not a star). It's all the more amazing that Ms. Harper's appearance, on the streets of Manhattan - in a wedding gown, nonetheless - didn't cause as many (visual) problems with crowds, as well.
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Unlike when this was shot on location, with Rhoda - actually going down into New York City's subway system (and waits, boards, and rides - an in-service #1 train - uptown), the MTA (in charge of NYC's mass transit) now uses a derelict, unused station, specifically for filming purposes, only. This way, it lets a film/TV crew set up, and work, without interruptions (either for the crew, as well as subway passengers).
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