His experience with Mary Tyler Moore on her failed 1985 comeback show "Mary" gets particular emphasis. A few years later, Levine and his writing partner David Isaacs struck back at Moore in an episode they wrote for "The Simpsons," where Selma gets her hair done like Mary Tyler Moore's:
BARNEY: Excuse me, are you Mary Tyler Moore?
(Selma sprays him with mace.)
BARNEY: Wow, it is you!