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24. Last Show
aired: Sat, Mar 19, 1977
In the final episode, WJM is sold, and Mary, Lou, and Murray are astounded to learn that they've all been fired. Ted, meanwhile, has been spared the axe.
23. Lou Dates Mary
aired: Sat, Mar 12, 1977
After yet another disastrous date, Mary takes Georgette's unlikely advice and decides to ask Lou out.
22. Mary's Big Party
aired: Sat, Mar 5, 1977
Mary's guest of honor at her latest dinner party is none other than Johnny Carson, but a blackout dims her plans.
21. Mary's Three Husbands
aired: Sat, Feb 26, 1977
While discussing Mary's marital status, Murray, Ted and Lou fantasize about what it would be like to be married to her.
20. Murray Ghosts for Ted
aired: Sat, Feb 19, 1977
Murray agrees to write a small article for Ted for $200, but when the article becomes a success, Ted takes all of the credit for himself.
19. Mary and the Sexagenarian
aired: Sat, Feb 12, 1977
Mary becomes the butt of numerous jokes when she accepts a date with a charming, older man who turns out to be Murray's father.
18. Hail the Conquering Gordy
aired: Sat, Feb 5, 1977
The news staff is thrilled when WJN's former weather man returns for a visit after landing a highly successful network job in New York. As usual, though, Ted has a scheme.
17. Sue Ann Gets the Ax
aired: Sat, Jan 29, 1977
When the Happy Homemaker show gets cancelled, Sue Ann finagles her way into a newsroom job.
16. Ted and Georgette Show
aired: Sat, Jan 22, 1977
The Baxters become the stars of their own hit variety show, but success comes with a price.
15. Lou's Army Reunion
aired: Sat, Jan 15, 1977
In order to return a favor, Lou reluctantly agrees to set his old army buddy up on a date with Mary. To make matters worse, Lou must negotiate with Ted's new agent--Georgette.
aired: Sat, Jan 8, 1977
The staff is upset when the station manager hires a renowned critic who viciously attacks Minneapolis and its denizens.
13. Look at Us, We're Walking
aired: Sat, Dec 25, 1976
Hoping to increase their leverage against the station, Lou and Mary join forces to demand a raise, but the scheme backfires.
12. Ted's Temptation
aired: Sat, Dec 11, 1976
At a convention in Hollywood, Ted is terrified and befuddled when an attractive young newspaper reporter tries to seduce him.
11. Mary's Insomnia
aired: Sat, Dec 4, 1976
Lou is afraid that Mary is becoming addicted to sleeping pills when, after too many sleepless nights, she turns to prescription medication for help.
10. Murray Can't Lose
aired: Sat, Nov 27, 1976
As the station prepares for the annual Teddy Awards, Murray is convinced that he will be overlooked yet again.
9. Lou Proposes
aired: Sat, Nov 20, 1976
Lou may have finally met his match when he proposes to Mary's Aunt Flo, a dedicated, hard-nosed journalist like himself.
8. Mary Gets a Lawyer
aired: Sat, Nov 13, 1976
A frightened Mary faces a contempt charge for refusing to reveal a source, but her attorney shows more interest in her than in her case.
7. My Son, the Genius
aired: Sat, Nov 6, 1976
A psychiatrist's test shows that the Baxters' adopted son, David, is a genius, in spite of the fact that he is failing in school. Meanwhile, Mary gets stuck with an unenviable job.
6. One Producer Too Many
aired: Sat, Oct 30, 1976
Wanting to keep Murray at WJN, Lou promotes him as Mary's co-producer, but pandemonium soon erupts.
5. Ted's Change of Heart
aired: Sat, Oct 23, 1976
After suffering a mild heart attack, Ted adopts a new, "live for the moment" attitude, leaving the gang longing for the old Ted.
4. What's Wrong with Swimming?
aired: Sat, Oct 16, 1976
Mary's judgment is called into question when she hires a female sportscaster--an ex-Olympic swimmer who may have trouble staying afloat as a broadcaster.
3. Sue Ann's Sister
aired: Sat, Oct 9, 1976
Sue Ann is depressed when her competitive younger sister is offered a job at a rival network as their homemaker star.
2. Mary, the Writer
aired: Sat, Oct 2, 1976
Mary tries her hand at creative writing, but Lou's harsh criticism severely deflates her ego.
1. Mary Midwife
aired: Sat, Sep 25, 1976
When Georgette suddenly goes into labor at one of Mary's dinner parties, it's up to Lou and Mary to deliver the baby.
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24. Ted and the Kid
aired: Sat, Mar 6, 1976
Longing to hear the patter of little feet around the house, Ted and Georgette face some heart-breaking news.
23. Sue Ann Falls in Love
aired: Sat, Feb 28, 1976
Sue Ann's love life is bubbling over with excitement, but Mary, unfortunately, may have to burst her bubble.
22. A Reliable Source
aired: Sat, Feb 21, 1976
When Mary uncovers some incriminating evidence about an old friend who is running for congress, she hopes to keep the story under wraps, but Lou has other ideas.
21. Mary's Aunt Returns
aired: Sat, Feb 7, 1976
Mary's arrogant Aunt Flo engages Lou in a heated competition to see which of them is the better journalist.
20. Murray Takes a Stand
aired: Sat, Jan 31, 1976
Unhappy with the new station owner's policies, Murray strongly voices his disapproval, but is he being brave or merely foolish?
aired: Sat, Jan 24, 1976
A jealous Lou plans a counter-attack when his ex-girlfriend brings a date to one of Mary's parties.
18. Once I Had a Secret Love
aired: Sat, Jan 17, 1976
After spending the night with Sue Ann, Lou confides in Mary, who just can't seem to keep a secret.
17. The Seminar
aired: Sat, Jan 10, 1976
Lou finds that he is sadly out of touch when he invites Mary to his old stomping grounds in Washington, D.C. for a press junket.
16. Not With My Wife, I Don't
aired: Sat, Jan 3, 1976
When newlyweds Ted and Georgette face a bout of marital strife, Ted is reluctant to see a counselor.
15. What Do You Want to Do When You Produce?
aired: Sat, Dec 20, 1975
Murray jumps at the chance to produce Sue Ann's cooking show, forgetting to look before he leaps.
14. One Boyfriend Too Many
aired: Sat, Dec 13, 1975
Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Mary is caught in the middle when two charming bachelors vie for her affections.
13. The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home
aired: Sat, Dec 6, 1975
Sue Ann is getting nowhere chasing Lou, so she recruits Mary to help lure Lou back to her apartment for a romantic dinner.
12. Ted's Tax Refund
aired: Sat, Nov 29, 1975
The notoriously tight-fisted Ted splurges on expensive gifts for Mary, Lou, and Murray with his income tax refund, only to discover that he is being audited.
11. Mary Richards Falls in Love
aired: Sat, Nov 22, 1975
When Mary meets and falls for the man of her dreams, she has some trouble getting used to his very public displays of affection.
10. Lou Douses an Old Flame
aired: Sat, Nov 15, 1975
After thirty long years, Lou reconnects with the woman who once wrote him a "Dear John" letter, and he has plenty to say.
9. Ted's Wedding
aired: Sat, Nov 8, 1975
Mary plays the unwitting hostess at Ted and Georgette's hilariously spontaneous wedding ceremony.
8. Mary's Delinquent
aired: Sat, Nov 1, 1975
Mary and Sue Ann volunteer for a "big sisters" program, but maybe bringing the girls by the station for a visit isn't such a hot idea.
7. Chuckles Bites the Dust
aired: Sat, Oct 25, 1975
Ted is upset when Lou refuses to let him serve as the grand marshal of a circus parade, but that's peanuts compared to what happens to Chuckles the Clown.
6. Mary's Aunt
aired: Sat, Oct 18, 1975
The WJM staff is excited when Mary's Aunt Flo, a renowned journalist and something of a prima donna, pays a visit, but Lou is unimpressed.
5. Ted's Moment of Glory
aired: Sat, Oct 11, 1975
When Ted auditions to host a game show in New York, the rest of the gang has mixed feelings about his leaving.
4. Murray In Love
aired: Sat, Oct 4, 1975
Murray wants desperately to tell Mary his deepest secret--that he has always been in love with her. Mary, meanwhile, is completely oblivious to his feelings.
3. Mary's Father
aired: Sat, Sep 27, 1975
Forgive me, father, for I have sinned! Mary is afraid that her friend is leaving the priesthood because of his feelings for her.
2. Mary Moves Out
aired: Sat, Sep 20, 1975
Feeling bored and frustrated, Mary decides to break up the monotony in her life by moving into a new high-rise apartment.
1. Edie Gets Married
aired: Sat, Sep 13, 1975
Lou's feelings are bittersweet when he gets invited to his ex-wife's wedding.
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24. Anyone Who Hates Kids and Dogs
aired: Sat, Mar 8, 1975
Mary's new boyfriend seems like a keeper, but there's just one small problem--his obnoxious son is absolutely intolerable.
23. Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School
aired: Sat, Feb 22, 1975
When Ted is tricked by a smooth-talking con man into opening his own broadcasters' school, the WJM staff is recruited to be the faculty.
22. You Can't Lose 'Em All
aired: Sat, Feb 15, 1975
Lou wins an award that he doesn't want and is terrified at the thought of making an acceptance speech.
21. You Try to Be a Nice Guy
aired: Sat, Feb 8, 1975
Mary tries to help her one-time cellmate to go straight and find a job, but can she teach an old dog new tricks?
20. Marriage Minneapolis Style
aired: Sat, Feb 1, 1975
Swept up in the moment at Murray's twentieth wedding anniversary party, Ted decides to pop the question to Georgette.
19. The Shame of the Cities
aired: Sat, Jan 25, 1975
Longing for his dynamic days as a crusading reporter, Lou launches a misguided investigation into corruption in big-city politics.
18. Phyllis Whips Inflation
aired: Sat, Jan 18, 1975
Phyllis is mortified when Lars cuts off her credit cards and she is forced to--gasp!--look for a job.
17. The System
aired: Sat, Jan 11, 1975
Gambling fever grips the newsroom, where the odds are against Ted and his "can't miss" system.
16. Mary Richards: Producer
aired: Sat, Jan 4, 1975
When Mary asks to produce the WJM news on her own, she gets her big chance--and all of the big headaches that come with it.
15. An Affair to Forget
aired: Sat, Dec 21, 1974
Who would believe that Ted and Mary are having an affair? Maybe no one, but that doesn't stop Ted from spreading rumors around the newsroom.
14. A Girl like Mary
aired: Sat, Dec 14, 1974
When Lou says he's looking for "a girl like Mary" to be WJN's newest newscaster, Mary auditions for the job herself.
aired: Sat, Dec 7, 1974
Mary's private life is severely compromised when Lou moves in to Rhoda's old apartment.
12. A Son for Murray
aired: Sat, Nov 30, 1974
The newsroom is divided when Murray, the father of three daughters, decides that he wants a son even though his wife doesn't want to have another baby.
11. A Boy's Best Friend
aired: Sat, Nov 23, 1974
Ted is flabbergasted when his mother decides to move in with her boyfriend rather than marry the man.
10. What Are Friends For?
aired: Sat, Nov 16, 1974
Mary sees Sue Ann in a whole new light when to two attend a broadcasters' convention together in Chicago.
9. Not a Christmas Story
aired: Sat, Nov 9, 1974
When the staff is trapped in the newsroom, Sue Ann decides that it's time for a little Christmas cheer--no matter that it's only November.
aired: Sat, Nov 2, 1974
Looking for intellectual stimulation, Phyllis begins to date a man platonically, but the situation heats up when he takes an interest in Mary.
7. A New Sue Ann
aired: Sat, Oct 26, 1974
Sue Ann tries to remain calm when a younger woman with no television experience manages to take over her show, The Happy Homemaker.
6. I Love a Piano
aired: Sat, Oct 19, 1974
The happily-married Murray considers having an affair when he meets an attractive, single woman at one of Mary's parties.
5. The Outsider
aired: Sat, Oct 12, 1974
Tensions mount and morale drops when the station's new business consultant demands changes and manages to offend the entire staff.
4. Lou and that Woman
aired: Sat, Oct 5, 1974
Lou's romance with a brassy lounge singer has him feeling like a new man--until the guys in the newsroom begin to joke about her questionable past.
3. You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate
aired: Sat, Sep 28, 1974
After Lou loses his temper with Ted, Mary's advocacy of non-violence backfires when Ted takes advantage of Lou's new disposition and becomes more insufferable than ever.
2. Not Just Another Pretty Face
aired: Sat, Sep 21, 1974
Mary may be in denial when her friends insist that her latest romance is based solely on physical attraction.
1. Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?
aired: Sat, Sep 14, 1974
Mary faces a stint behind bars when she refuses to reveal her source for a story about corruption in high places.
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24. I Was a Single for WJM
aired: Sat, Mar 2, 1974
Mary begins frequenting a singles bar to do research for a news special, and she's surprised by what she discovers.
23. Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer
aired: Sat, Feb 23, 1974
Ted joins Mary's night school class in creative writing and plagiarizes Mary's assignment.
22. Lou's Second Date
aired: Sat, Feb 16, 1974
Lou and Rhoda begin dating casually, and everyone--especially Mary--wonders just how serious the relationship is getting.
21. Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite
aired: Sat, Feb 9, 1974
After winning his first Teddy Award, Ted meets his idol, Walter Cronkite, and assumes that he's on his way to a network career.
20. Better Late...That's a Pun...than Never
aired: Sat, Feb 2, 1974
Mary writes a humorous obituary as a joke, but when it's mistakenly read on the air, she's suspended from the newsroom.
19. Best of Enemies
aired: Sat, Jan 26, 1974
Mary and Rhoda's friendship is jeopardized when Rhoda reveals a secret about Mary's past.
18. The Co-Producers
aired: Sat, Jan 19, 1974
Mary and Rhoda are thrilled with the opportunity to produce a new show for WJM, until they learn that the show must star Ted and Sue Ann, who quickly make things difficult.
17. Cottage for Sale
aired: Sat, Jan 12, 1974
Phyllis gets her real estate license and targets a reluctant Lou as her first client.
16. WJM Tries Harder
aired: Sat, Jan 5, 1974
Mary starts to have doubts about WJM's relatively small-time operations when she begins dating the anchorman from Minneapolis's top-rated station.
15. Happy Birthday, Lou!
aired: Sat, Dec 22, 1973
Mary plans a surprise party for Lou's birthday, only to find out too late that he hates birthday parties.
14. Almost a Nun's Story
aired: Sat, Dec 15, 1973
Georgette decides to become a nun after catching Ted kissing another woman in his dressing room.
13. I Gave at the Office
aired: Sat, Dec 8, 1973
Mary hires Murray's daughter for a part-time job in the newsroom--and winds up regretting it.
12. We Want Baxter
aired: Sat, Dec 1, 1973
Ted quits his job at WJM to pursue a political career after Phyllis convinces him that he'd make an ideal city councilman.
11. Just Friends
aired: Sat, Nov 24, 1973
When Lou starts having dinner at Mary's apartment every night, she quickly becomes determined to reunite him with his estranged wife.
10. The Dinner Party
aired: Sat, Nov 17, 1973
The pressure is on when a congresswoman with whom Mary worked on a news show hastily accepts Mary's very casual invitation to dinner.
9. Love Blooms at Hemple's
aired: Sat, Nov 10, 1973
Rhoda falls madly in love with the owner of the store where she works, but she's clueless as to how he really feels about her.
8. Lou's First Date
aired: Sat, Nov 3, 1973
Mary tries to find a suitable lady for Lou, who is newly separated from his wife and needs a date for an awards banquet.
7. Son of "But Seriously, Folks"
aired: Sat, Oct 27, 1973
One of Mary's ex-boyfriends gets a job in the newsroom and attempts to rekindle their old flame.
6. Father's Day
aired: Sat, Oct 20, 1973
Ted is anxious and agitated as he prepares to meet his long-lost father, whom he hasn't seen since he was a baby.
5. Hi There, Sports Fans
aired: Sat, Oct 13, 1973
When Mary asks Lou for more responsibility in the newsroom, he assigns her the task of hiring a new sportscaster, but first she must fire the old one.
4. The Lou and Edie Story
aired: Sat, Oct 6, 1973
A heartbroken Lou announces that he and his wife Edie are having marital problems, and that a counselor has suggested a trial separation.
3. Rhoda's Sister Gets Married
aired: Sat, Sep 29, 1973
Mary and Rhoda fly to New York for Rhoda's younger sister's wedding, but Rhoda's mother is afraid that Rhoda is overly envious of her sibling.
2. Angels in the Snow
aired: Sat, Sep 22, 1973
Ignoring the advice of her friends and co-workers, Mary dates a man seven years younger than herself.
1. The Lars Affair
aired: Sat, Sep 15, 1973
Phyllis discovers that her husband is having an affair with Sue Ann Nivens, the star of WJM's Happy Homemaker Show.
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Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady
aired: Sat, Mar 3, 1973
Rhoda borrows cash from Mary to open a plant store. Although it's a success, Rhoda makes no mention of paying off the debt. Note the familiar faces: Louise Lasser (\
Put on a Happy Face
aired: Sat, Feb 24, 1973
Mary is nominated for a Teddy Award and her journey to the ceremony is fraught with disaster, but she doggedly perseveres. This memorable episode was co-written by Marilyn Suzanne Miller, who later penned sketches for \
Rememberance of Things Past
aired: Sat, Feb 17, 1973
Mary is reunited with an old flame (Joseph Campanella) and although sparks remain, she is wary of his possessiveness, which killed their relationship the first time around. Rhoda: Valerie Harper.
Murray Faces Life
aired: Sat, Feb 10, 1973
Murray's ego takes a bruising when he learns a former classmate has just won a Pulitzer, so the gang tries to restore his confidence. Murray: Gavin McLeod. Ted: Ted Knight. Lou: Edward Asner. Rhoda: Valerie Harper.
What Do You Do When the Boss Says, "I Love You"?
aired: Sat, Feb 3, 1973
Mary rubs it in when she learns Lou's new boss (Lois Nettleton) is a woman, but what really troubles Lou is the boss's interest in him. Philly: Dick Balduzzi. Doris: Carol Worthington.
Romeo and Mary
aired: Sat, Jan 27, 1973
Rhoda sets Mary up with a new man (Stuart Margolin), a boring clod who will stop at nothing to win her affections. Margolin later starred as Angel, Jim Rockford's snitch, on \
The Georgette Story
aired: Sat, Jan 20, 1973
Mary is angry with the way Georgette (Georgia Engel) allows herself to be manipulated by Ted and tries to straighten her out with Rhoda's help. Ted: Ted Knight. Rhoda: Valerie Harper.
My Brother's Keeper
aired: Sat, Jan 13, 1973
Phyllis schemes to pair her musician brother Ben (Robert Moore) with Mary, but is stunned when he befriends Rhoda instead. This episode contains one of the first of Mary's disastrous parties. Rhoda: Valerie Harper. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman.
aired: Sat, Jan 6, 1973
Lou achieves a lifelong dream when he becomes the owner of his favorite bar, but he quickly realizes he just doesn't have what it takes to keep the customers coming back for more.
The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter
aired: Sat, Dec 23, 1972
Mary attends an engagement party for her ex-boyfriend (Michael Tolan), but his new fiancée is furious she was invited. Gordon Jump, who plays the father of the prospective bride, later starred in the MTM-produced \
Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York
aired: Sat, Dec 16, 1972
Although distressed by Rhoda's decision to move to New York, Mary plans a farewell party. Georgia Engel joins the cast as Georgette, Ted's new girlfriend. Barry: Jack Riley. Rob: Robert Casper.
aired: Sat, Dec 9, 1972
Lou checks into the hospital to have some old shrapnel removed, leaving Mary and Murray in charge---and at each other's throats. Meanwhile, Ted takes advantage of the situation to bond with Lou. Nun: Florida Friebus. Sid: Michael McGinnis. Nurse: Linda Sublette.
It Was a Fascination, I Know
aired: Sat, Dec 2, 1972
Bess is mortified when her new boyfriend develops a crush on Mary, who must deal with the situation delicately. William: Gerald Michenaud. Bess: Lisa Gerritsen. Maitre d': Jack Manning. Violinist: Murray Korda. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman.
You've Got a Friend
aired: Sat, Nov 25, 1972
Mary's retired dad (Bill Quinn) is suffering from boredom, so his daughter decides he needs a pal...a pal like Lou. Dottie: Nanette Fabray. Waitress: Beverly Sanders. Lou: Edward Asner.
Have I Found a Guy For You
aired: Sat, Nov 18, 1972
An old friend (Bert Convy) asks Mary out after he splits from his wife, another friend of Mary's, who'd prefer that she didn't accept the invitation. Beth Howland, who plays Linda, later costarred on the sitcom \
Farmer Ted and the News
aired: Sat, Nov 11, 1972
Lou goes ballistic after Ted acquires an agent who convinces him to moonlight as advertising pitchman for all sorts of sappy products. A great showcase for Ted Knight, this classic third-season episode helped win the actor an Emmy. Bella Swann: Lurene Tuttle.
But Seriously, Folks
aired: Sat, Nov 4, 1972
Mary helps a writer (Jerry Van Dyke) for Chuckles the Clown strike out on his own as a stand-up comic at a bowling alley. This script was penned by Ed. Weinberger, who later helped create the series \
Just Around the Corner
aired: Sat, Oct 28, 1972
Mary tries to assert herself when her well-meaning but interfering parents (Nanette Fabray, Bill Quinn) move to Minneapolis to be closer to their daughter. This episode demonstrates why Moore won an Emmy for her work in the third season.
Rhoda the Beautiful
aired: Sat, Oct 21, 1972
Rhoda tries to recharge her self-esteem by entering a beauty contest that means more to her than she's willing to admit. Treva Silverman, who wrote this and several other episodes dealing with Rhoda, previously penned scripts for \
It's Whether You Win or Lose
aired: Sat, Oct 14, 1972
When Lou is kept from joining his poker pals in Las Vegas, he insists Mary set up a poker game at work--much to the dismay of ex-compulsive gambler Murray.
Enter Rhoda's Parents
aired: Sat, Sep 30, 1972
Rhoda is caught in a tug-of-war between her parents when Ida (Nancy Walker) insists that Martin (Harold Gould) is cheating on her. Walker and Gould reprised their roles in the \
Who's in Charge Here?
aired: Sat, Sep 30, 1972
Lou's promotion to WJM program director leaves Murray in charge of the newsroom, a job for which he is utterly unprepared. Gavin MacLeod, who plays Murray, was previously best known from the cast of \
What is Mary Richards Really Like?
aired: Sat, Sep 23, 1972
A troublesome columnist with a penchant for twisting phrases asks to interview Mary, but Lou is suspicious of his motives. Mark Williams: Peter Haskell. Rhoda: Valerie Harper. Murray: Gavin MacLeod. Lou: Edward Asner.
The Good-Time News
aired: Sat, Sep 16, 1972
Lou pours scorn on Mary's latest assignment, a news segment with a happy spin, to be anchored by humorless Ted. James L. Brooks, who co-wrote this episode, later wrote and directed the film \
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His Two Right Arms
aired: Sat, Mar 4, 1972
Mary tries to keep an incompetent politician from looking foolish on a news show.
His Two Right Arms
aired: Sat, Mar 4, 1972
Mary has to tutor both Ted and an inept councilman (Bill Daily) on current events to prepare them for a talk show. Sitcom trivia alert: Daily played Howard Borden on \
Some Of My Best Friends Are Rhoda
aired: Sat, Feb 26, 1972
Mary runs into a new friend when their cars collide in a fender bender, but their friendship puts a strain on Rhoda, who feels left out. Mary Frann, who plays Joanne, later starred on \
You Certainly Are A Big Boy
aired: Sat, Feb 19, 1972
Mary begins dating a handsome architect (Bradford Dillman), but is startled to discover that his son is almost as old as she is. Dillman's acting credits include the films \
Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda
aired: Sat, Feb 12, 1972
Rhoda's apartment is gutted by a fire, so she stays with Mary until the damage is repaired, but the two begin to grate on each other. Peter Baldwin, who directed this episode, worked with Moore on \
The Care And Feeding Of Parents
aired: Sat, Feb 5, 1972
After Mary compliments Bess's school essay, pushy Phyllis insists that Mary help her turn it into a book so she can get it published. Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon, who wrote this episode, later created the sitcom \
More Than Neighbors
aired: Sat, Jan 29, 1972
Aghast at the prospect of Ted Baxter moving into their building, Mary and Rhoda team up to keep him out. Director Jay Sandrich also helmed most of the episodes of \
aired: Sat, Jan 22, 1972
Mary agrees to baby-sit Bess (Lisa Gerritsen) as a favor to Phyllis, but when she has to back out, Lou grudgingly fills in for her. Edward Asner won his second consecutive Emmy this season for his portrayal of Lou Grant. Sandy: Joshua Bryant. DeeDee: Leslie Graves. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman.
The Slaughter Affair
aired: Sat, Jan 15, 1972
Murray moonlights as a cab driver to surprise his wife with a car, but Marie (Joyce Bulifant) suspects he's cheating on her---with Mary. Murray: Gavin MacLeod. Lou: Edward Asner. Rhoda: Valerie Harper. Ted: Ted Knight.
aired: Sat, Jan 8, 1972
Mary hires an incompetent waitress (Barbara Sharma) as a secretary at WJM, but she still can't cut the mustard. Variety-show trivia alert: Sharma was a member of the \
The Five Minute Dress
aired: Sat, Jan 1, 1972
Mary's initial excitement over going out with the governor's executive adviser begins to wane after he repeatedly calls off date after date at the last minute.
Ted Over Heels
aired: Sat, Dec 18, 1971
Ted develops a crush on the pretty daughter (Arlene Golonka) of Chuckles the Clown and struggles to keep his feelings under wraps. Golonka, a regular on \
The Square Shaped Room
aired: Sat, Dec 11, 1971
Lou hires Rhoda to redecorate his home, but her flamboyant taste is at odds with both his personality and his checkbook. Edward Asner (Lou) and Valerie Harper (Rhoda) both won Emmys for their work in the second season. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.
...Is A Friend In Need
aired: Sat, Dec 4, 1971
Rhoda loses her job, but she is in no hurry to find a new one. Mary knows of a job opening at WJM, but she is no hurry to hire Rhoda, who is biding her time in Mary's apartment. Waitress: Beverly Sanders. Lou: Edward Asner.
The Six-and-a-Half Year Itch
aired: Sat, Nov 27, 1971
Lou's night out with Mary and Rhoda is spoiled when he sees his son-in-law in a movie theater with a woman who isn't his daughter. Bill: Lawrence Pressman. Patti: Elizabeth Berger.
Don't Break The Chain
aired: Sat, Nov 20, 1971
Lou sends a chain letter to Mary, who reluctantly continues the chain and is \
And Now, Sitting In For Ted Baxter
aired: Sat, Nov 13, 1971
Ted thinks his anchor job is in jeopardy when he finds that his vacation replacement is a handsome, competent professional. Rod Porter: Jed Allan. Big Voiced Man: Bill Woodson.
Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary
aired: Sat, Nov 6, 1971
A union strike leaves Mary and Lou alone in the newsroom, and between the two of them, they have to find a way to get the news on the air. Al: Dick Balduzzi. Herb: Larry Gelman. Waiter: Paul Micale.
Didn't You Used To Be...Wait...Don't Tell Me
aired: Sat, Oct 30, 1971
Mary attends her high-school reunion, but her lack of enthusiasm is palpable, especially when her old boyfriend shows up. Jack Riley, who plays Eldon, later appeared as Mr. Carlin in the MTM-produced \
aired: Sat, Oct 23, 1971
Ted tries to impress his preening brother Hal (Jack Cassidy) by pretending that Mary is his sweetheart. Cassidy, the father of David and Shaun, was one of the stars of \
A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend
aired: Sat, Oct 16, 1971
Ida Morgenstern (Nancy Walker) tries to win Rhoda's favor, but her efforts to befriend her daughter backfire. Lorenzo Music and David Davis, who penned this episode, would later produce the \
aired: Sat, Oct 9, 1971
To improve her skills in the newsroom, Mary enrolls in a journalism class, where she is romanced by the instructor (MichaelTolan). Mrs. Marshall: Florida Friebus. Mr. DeForest: Val Bisoglio.
He's No Heavy, He's My Brother
aired: Sat, Oct 2, 1971
Mary and Rhoda's Mexican vacation leaves them at the mercy of a waiter, who asks them for a strange favor in return for reservations. Jerry Paris, who played Jerry Helper on \
I Am Curious Cooper
aired: Sat, Sep 25, 1971
Lou plays Cupid when he arranges a blind date between Mary and a wealthy, middle-aged bachelor pal (Michael Constantine), and is upset when the romance doesn't catch fire. Mama Moto: Shizuko Iwamatsu. Lou: Edward Asner.
aired: Sat, Sep 18, 1971
Mary's documentary on \
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The 45-Year-Old Man
aired: Sat, Mar 6, 1971
Dissatisfied with the station's low rating, Wild Jack Monroe (Slim Pickens)---WJM's flamboyant owner---puts the blame on Lou. Gordy: John Amos. Phelps: Richard Roat. Big Chicken: Richard Libertini. Edwards: Sid Clute.
Smokey the Bear Wants You
aired: Sat, Feb 27, 1971
Rhoda is crestfallen when her businessman boyfriend wants to give up the rat race to become a forest ranger.
A Friend in Deed
aired: Sat, Feb 20, 1971
A gushy, pushy woman Mary met at camp 18 years earlier ingratiates herself into Mary's life and the WJM newsroom. Pat Finley, who plays the irritating Twinks, later played Bob's sister in \
The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner
aired: Sat, Feb 13, 1971
Mary can't understand why Lou and his wife won't join her for dinner and takes his refusal personally, unaware of the Grants' marital problems. Gordy: John Amos. Waiter: Paul Macale. Lou: Edward Asner.
aired: Sat, Feb 6, 1971
In the hospital to have her tonsils removed, Mary runs afoul of a cantankerous roommate who rebuffs her offer of friendship. Loretta: Pat Carroll. Bert: Bruce Kirby. Nurse: Lynn Wood. Anesthesiologist: Robert Casper. Attendant: Arthur Abelson.
We Closed in Minneapolis
aired: Sat, Jan 30, 1971
Murray is thrilled when he learns his play about the newsroom is being staged, but his mood plummets after Ted is cast in the lead. Milt: Elliot Street. Marie: Joyce Bulifant. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.
Second Story Story
aired: Sat, Jan 23, 1971
Mary loses her clothes and furniture when her apartment is burglarized, and her patience when the police can't recover the stolen items. Vic Tayback, who plays Officer Jackson, later played Mel on the sitcom \
Just a Lunch
aired: Sat, Jan 16, 1971
Mary finds herself reluctantly drawn to a dashing---and married---foreign correspondent (Monte Markham). Joyce Bulifant makes her first appearance as Murray's wife, Marie. Woman in Restaurant: Gloria Lord. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.
Party is Such Sweet Sorrow
aired: Sat, Jan 9, 1971
Mary is offered a great new job at a rival television station but has second thoughts after her WJM pals throw her a party. Dick Clair, who plays Freelander, wrote scripts for the series with partner Jenna McMahon. Gordy: John Amos.
aired: Sat, Jan 2, 1971
Mary grits her teeth when she accepts an invitation from her ex-boyfriend's brother (Richard Schaal) to visit his parents, who haven't forgotten about her previous relationship. Arnell: Henry Jones. Mrs. Arnell: Mary Jackson.
Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid
aired: Sat, Dec 19, 1970
Mary ruefully cancels her holiday trip home when she is scheduled to work Christmas Day in the newsroom. Fred: Ned Wertimer. Voice of Charlie: Henry Corden. Lou: Edward Asner.
He's All Yours
aired: Sat, Dec 12, 1970
Mary rebuffs the advances of Mr. Grant's amorous young nephew (Wes Stern), who tells everyone a very different tale about their dinner together. Murray: Gavin MacLeod. Mr. Grant: Edward Asner. Ted: Ted Knight.
aired: Sat, Dec 5, 1970
Ted's vainglorious ego takes a pounding when he gets stage fright at a speaking engagement, and it falls to Mary to restore his confidence. Kerssen: Bill Fiore. Clock Man: Bob Duggan. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman. Ted: Ted Knight.
1040 or Fight
aired: Sat, Nov 28, 1970
A meticulous IRS auditor (Paul Sand) is more interested in Mary than in her income taxes, but is too tentative to admit it. Sand later landed his own series (\
Assistant Wanted, Female
aired: Sat, Nov 21, 1970
Overworked, Mary hires Phyllis as her assistant, but Phyllis' irritating personality quickly turns the move into a disaster. John Amos (\
Bob and Rhoda and Teddy and Mary
aired: Sat, Nov 14, 1970
Mary's first visit to the Teddy Awards is spoiled by Rhoda's boyfriend (Greg Mullavey), who makes a play for Mary during the presentation. M.C.: Dick Patterson. Hartunian: Henry Corden.
The Snow Must Go On
aired: Sat, Nov 7, 1970
Unprepared, Mary uses everyone at her disposal to produce the local election telecast after a blizzard hits town. Note the appearance of a living, breathing Chuckles the Clown (Richard Schaal). This episode was co-written by Lorenzo Music, who played Carlton the Doorman on \
Toulousse Lautrec is One of My Favorite Artists
aired: Sat, Oct 31, 1970
Charmed by a writer (Hamilton Camp) who visits WJM, Mary agrees to go out with him, but their relationship is stunted by his lack of height. This episode won director Jay Sandrich an Emmy. Lou: Edward Asner. Rhoda: Valerie Harper.
Support Your Local Mother
aired: Sat, Oct 24, 1970
Nancy Walker makes her first appearance as Ida, Rhoda's meddling mother, a product of the guilt-inducing school of parenting. But when Rhoda refuses to see her, it's up to Mary to reconcile them. This episode won Emmys for writers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns. Rhoda: Valerie Harper. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman. Lou: Edward Asner.
Keep Your Guard Up
aired: Sat, Oct 17, 1970
A football player-turned-insurance salesman (John Schuck) clings to Mary in hopes of landing a sportscasting job at WJM. Former NFL player Tim Brown appears as himself. Lou: Edward Asner. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.
Divorce Isn't Everything
aired: Sat, Oct 10, 1970
Mary and Rhoda join a travel club to attain discounts on a trip to Europe, unaware the club is for divorced people. Shelley Berman plays a dentist who develops a crush on Mary. Sparkle: Patte Finley. Hal: Dave Ketchum. Roy: Gino Conforti. Mrs. Norris: Jane Connell.
Bess, You Is My Daughter Now
aired: Sat, Oct 3, 1970
Mary's easygoing attitude toward baby-sitting entices Phyllis's daughter, Bess, who decides she wants to stay with Mary---permanently. Bess: Lisa Gerrtisen. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman. Rhoda: Valerie Harper.
Today I am a Ma'am
aired: Sat, Sep 26, 1970
At Rhoda's urging, Mary tries to deal with her singles blues by reluctantly throwing a party for all their eligible male friends. Howard: Richard Schaal. Armand: Jack de Mave. Nancy: Sheila Wells. Mailroom Boy: David Hayward.
Love is All Around
aired: Sat, Sep 19, 1970
In the series pilot, \