How on earth could Phyllis have signed a lease on Mary's behalf? Small detail on the show, but I'd think it would be a pretty HUGE one IRL...
That's what I thought at first, but then I figured that since Phyllis knew that Rhoda was promised that apartment after the tenant left, Phyllis figured that if Mary didn't want the apartment, she could transfer the lease to Rhoda. Or, since she appeared to be the building manager and probably the owner, she could just tear up the lease.
Well, that's how I remember it (which might not mean a whole lot). And I'm pretty sure they were in the same sorority. But I clearly remember an episode in which Phyllis mentioned that she was a college graduate, while Mary had dropped out after two years. (In an episode I saw recently, Mary mentioned having completed only two years of college.) She said it in a way that indicated she knew about it at the time.
Phyllis & Mary were in college together? That's news to me
AFAIK Bess was Phyllis' daughter, not step-daughter.
In the 5th episode of the second season, Rhoda's mother came to visit. It was mentioned that Rhoda had siblings named Brenda and Arnold. At the end of the visit. Rhoda's mother said that she was about to visit Rhoda's sister in Chicago. It might have been Brenda, or it might have been Debbie. (It was not said that Brenda and Arnold were Rhoda's only siblings.) Soon they'll be showing the episode in which Rhoda went home for Debbie's wedding, with no sign of Brenda or Arnold. In another episode, Rhoda mentioned that her brother had had a Bar Mitzvah.
To get back to TBNS, in the 22nd episode of the second season, Howard celebrated his 40th birthday (although four episodes ago, he said that he got divorced when he was 40). And Jerry wanted to fire Carol. Five doctors met to vote on it - Jerry, Bob, Tupperman (the urologist), Phil (the plastic surgeon), and someone else. Then someone said, "What about the other six?" Bob said that he had proxies from them. So Carol worked for eleven doctors. And I doubt if any of them had secretaries, because in another episode, Carol mentioned that she did the billing for the plastic surgeon.
In the 24th episode of the second season, I found out how Emily made the transition from substitute teacher to teacher. It turned out that she had been a teacher all along! The principal remembered that she had started there as a teacher three years ago, and she had brought a hamster to school. And she had been in that schoolroom for three years. That pilot episode in which she received a call giving her a teaching assignment for that day? It never happened!
Now this definitely bugs - the last eight TBNS episodes that I taped were all "Frasier" episodes. Hallmark screwed up. Man, I hate when that happens.