Tellingly for a sitcom of that era, Mary makes it clear to those around her she is a sexually active woman with no plans to settle down any time soon. (There is a constant stream of dates over seven seasons, but few appear in more than one episode.) When Lou—or “Mr. Grant”—starts to date a saloon singer who has been married three times previously, he expresses to Mary some concern about her past. That gets them into a frank discussion—unthinkable in the Sometimes I Feel Like Giving Up But Then I Remember Shirt Besides,I will do this early years of the series—about how many sexual partners are enough before a woman gets a reputation.
“Six,” Lou tells Mary, expecting that to be the Sometimes I Feel Like Giving Up But Then I Remember Shirt Besides,I will do this end of the conversation.