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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

September 19, 1970: Love Is All Around
Season 1, episode 1
W: Allan Burns, James L. Brooks   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), Angus Duncan (Bill), David Morick (Locksmith).
Situation comedy about a girl who leaves behind a four-year romance to seek a new life. She arrives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and applies for a job as secretary in a local TV newsroom but is hired instead as associate producer. In the first episode, she encounters a frustrated mother (guest star Cloris Leachman) in the apartment house.

September 26, 1970: Today I Am A Ma'am
Season 1, episode 2
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Richard Schaal (Howard Arnell), Jack De Mave (Armand Lynton), David Hayward (Mailroom Boy), Sheila Wells (Nancy Lynton).
Mary and friend Rhoda push the panic button at being 30 and single and decide to do something about it. Making up a list of available men, they get only two!

October 3, 1970: Bess, You Is My Daughter Now
Season 1, episode 3
W: John D.F. Black   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom).
Mary comes face to face with the generation gap when she plays substitute mother to a precocious 12-year-old, whose actions upset all the established rules for "baby sitting".

October 10, 1970: Divorce Isn't Everything
Season 1, episode 4
W: Treva Silverman   D: Alan Rafkin

With Shelley Berman (Dr. Walter Udall), Jane Connell (Karen Norris), Pat Finley (Sparkie), Gino Conforti (Roy), Dave Ketchum (Hal), Vernon Weddle (Richie).
Rhoda talks Mary into accompanying her to a club for divorced persons, even though it means they both must pretend to have been married.

October 17, 1970: Keep Your Guard Up
Season 1, episode 5
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Alan Rafkin

With John Schuck (Frank Carelli), Timothy Brown (Himself).
An ex-pro football player turned insurance salesman brings confusion into the life of Mary, who tries to get him a sportscaster job on television.

October 24, 1970: Support Your Local Mother
Season 1, episode 6
W: Allan Burns, James L. Brooks   D: Alan Rafkin

With Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern).
Rhoda's overly possessive mother arrives to visit her daughter, but when Rhoda refuses to see her because they always fight, mother moves in with Mary and showers her with substitute-mother love.

October 31, 1970: Toulouse-Lautrec Is One Of My Favorite Artists
Season 1, episode 7
W: Gordon Mitchell, Lloyd Turner   D: Jay Sandrich

With Hamilton Camp (Eric Matthews), Robert Rothwell (Floor Manager).
Mary is attracted to a visiting author but is embarrassed to date him because he is shorter than she.

November 7, 1970: The Snow Must Go On
Season 1, episode 8
W: Lorenzo Music, David Davis   D: Jay Sandrich

With Richard Schaal (Chuckles the Clown), Ivor Francis (Father Flint), Robert Rothwell (Floor Manager), Mimi Kirk (Phone Girl).
Mary Richards produces her first television news show despite the obstacles of a rebellious crew and a tote board that breaks down.

November 14, 1970: Bob & Rhoda & Teddy & Mary
Season 1, episode 9
W: Bob Rodgers   D: Peter Baldwin

With Dick Patterson (Emcee), Henry Corden (Mr. Hartunian), Greg Mullavey (Bob).
Rhoda's new boyfriend falls for Mary and threatens the girls' friendship.

November 21, 1970: Assistant Wanted, Female
Season 1, episode 10
W: Treva Silverman   D: Peter Baldwin

With John Amos (Gordy Howard).
Mary is swamped by work in the newsroom and is given permission to hire an assistant, but against her better judgement she's talked into giving her nutty neighbor a crack at the job.

November 28, 1970: 1040 Or Fight
Season 1, episode 11
W: Lorenzo Music, David Davis   D: Jay Sandrich

With Paul Sand (Robert C. Brand), Gloria Lord (Waitress), David Hayward (Delivery Boy).
Mary Richards' income tax return is being audited and it's time to press the panic button. She proves to be so honest and helpful that the auditor invites her out to dinner -- if she will loan hm $10.

December 5, 1970: Anchorman Overboard
Season 1, episode 12
W: Lorenzo Music   D: Jay Sandrich

With Bob Duggan (Clock Man), Bill Fiore (Dave Curson).
Phyllis asks Mary to use her influence with a TV news personality to be the guest speaker at a ladies' club meeting, unaware that the guy needs help to write his name.

December 12, 1970: He's All Yours
Season 1, episode 13
W: Bob Rodgers   D: Jay Sandrich

With Wes Stern (Allen Stevens).
Mary has misgivings after inviting a young cameraman to her house for dinner after he was almost fired. The "kid" turns out to be very advanced for his age.

December 19, 1970: Christmas And The Hard Luck Kid
Season 1, episode 14
W: Allan Burns, James L. Brooks   D: Jay Sandrich

With Ned Wertimer (Fred), Henry Corden (Charlie).
Mary's plans to spend the holidays with her family are thwarted when she learns that she has to work in the newsroom on both Christmas eve and Christmas day -- alone.

January 2, 1971: Howard's Girl
Season 1, episode 15
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Richard Schaal (Paul Arnell), Henry Jones (Mr. Arnell), Mary Jackson (Mrs. Arnell).
Mary Richards is attracted to a man whose brother she used to date, and finds herself in an awkward situation with the brothers' parents.

January 9, 1971: Party Is Such Sweet Sorrow
Season 1, episode 16
W: Martin Cohan   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Richard Clair (Bob Freelander).
Mary is offered a better job at better pay but hates to leave her friends at the station, despite their plans to hold a farewell party to end all such affairs.

January 16, 1971: Just A Lunch
Season 1, episode 17
W: Allan Burns, James L. Brooks   D: Bruce Bilson

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), Monte Markham (John Corcoran), Gloria Lord (Woman in Restaurant).
A handsome war correspondent, fresh from the Vietnam front, pays a visit to the television newsroom where he used to work and makes a big play for Mary.

January 23, 1971: Second Story Story
Season 1, episode 18
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Jay Sandrich

With Bob Dishy (Officer Larry Tully), Vic Tayback (Officer Jackson), Burt Mustin (Old Man), James McCallion (Ed Sprinkle).
When her apartment is burglarized, not once but twice, Mary finds her remaining possessions consist of only of what she happened to be wearing at the time.

January 30, 1971: We Closed In Minneapolis
Season 1, episode 19
W: Gail Parent, Kenny Solms   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), Elliott Street (Milt).
Murray's play, "All Work and No Play", is finally produced but his happiness is short-lived when he discovers that the leading role will be played by Ted.

February 6, 1971: Hi!
Season 1, episode 20
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Pat Carroll (Loretta Kuhne), Bruce Kirby (Bert), Lynn Wood (Nurse), Robert Casper (Anesthesiologist), Arthur Abelson (Attendant).
Mary checks into the hospital for a tonsillectomy and finds out that her nasty-tempered roommate gives her more trouble than the operation.

February 13, 1971: The Boss Isn't Coming To Dinner
Season 1, episode 21
W: Lorenzo Music, David Davis   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Paul Micale (Waiter).
Mary can't seem to understand why her boss keeps turning down her dinner invitation. A phone coversation with his wife clears the air.

February 20, 1971: A Friend In Deed
Season 1, episode 22
W: Susan Silver   D: Jay Sandrich

With Pat Finley (Twinks McFarland).
One of Mary's childhood friends from summer camp days turns up as the new receptionist at the television station and wastes no time in re-establishing the friendship.

February 27, 1971: Smokey The Bear Wants You
Season 1, episode 23
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Jay Sandrich

With Michael Callan (Chuck Pelligrini).
A man falls in love with Rhoda, but she's worried about his business connections. With no visible means of income, his wardrobe and flashy foreign sports car indicate a possible link with the underworld.

March 6, 1971: The 45-Year-Old Man
Season 1, episode 24
W: George Kirgo   D: Herbert Kenwith

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Richard Roat (Barry Phelps), Sidney Clute (Everett Edwards), Richard Libertini (Big Chicken), Slim Pickens (Wild Jack Munroe).
When Mary learns that her boss is about to lose his job because the ratings of the station have gone down, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She visits the owner of the station, an eccentric millionaire.





September 18, 1971: The Birds . . . And . . . Um . . . Bees
Season 2, episode 1
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), John Amos (Gordy).
The second season begins with Mary getting trapped into talking to a young girl about the birds and the bees when the girl's mother admits she can't cope with the situation.

September 25, 1971: I Am Curious Cooper
Season 2, episode 2
W: David Davis, Lorenzo Music   D: Jay Sandrich

With Michael Constantine (Mike Cooper), Shizuko Iwamatsu (Mama Moto).
A middle-aged bachelor friend of Lou Grant's who is intrigued by Mary's telephone voice asks Lou to fix him up with a date.

October 2, 1971: He's No Heavy . . . He's My Brother
Season 2, episode 3
W: Allan Burns   D: Jerry Paris

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Frank Ramirez (Gustavo), Annette Molen (Jackie).
Mary and Rhoda take an unplanned vacation to Mexico but have to do a favor for a Mexican restaurant owner in order to get reservations.

October 9, 1971: Room 223
Season 2, episode 4
W: Susan Silver   D: Jay Sandrich

With Michael Tolan (Dan Whitfield), Val Bisoglio (Mr. De Forest), Florida Friebus (Mrs. Marshall).
Mary and Rhoda enroll in a night school course in journalism and Mary begins dating the lecturer.

October 16, 1971: A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend
Season 2, episode 5
W: David Davis, Lorenzo Music   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern).
Still unable to bridge the generation gap, Rhoda and her mother remain at odds until Mrs. Morgenstern talks to Phyllis and decides to test her theory of being a pal instead of just a mother.

October 23, 1971: Cover Boy
Season 2, episode 6
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Jack Cassidy (Hal Baxter).
The brother of TV news anchorman Ted Baxter becomes a rival when he visits the station and shows an interest in Mary.

October 30, 1971: Didn't You Used to Be . . . Wait . . . Don't Tell Me
Season 2, episode 7
W: Allan Burns   D: Jay Sandrich

With Richard Schaal (Howard Arnell), Jack Riley (Eldon Golfax), Ron Masak (Ed Mims), Pippa Scott (Estelle).
When Mary Richards goes home for a high school reunion, the class president needles her for not having found a husband yet.

November 6, 1971: Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary
Season 2, episode 8
W: Martin Cohan   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Dick Balduzzi (Al), Larry Gelman (Herb).
When a newswriters union goes on strike, Mary Richards and Lou Grant are left to prepare and deliver the six o'clock news.

November 13, 1971: And Now, Sitting In For Ted Baxter
Season 2, episode 9
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Jay Sandrich

With Jed Allan (Rod Porter), William Woodson (Big Voice Man).
Ted Baxter is despondent when his vacation replacement is an immediate hit with the viewers and everyone expects him to be replaced permanently.

November 20, 1971: Don't Break The Chain
Season 2, episode 10
W: David Davis, Lorenzo Music   D: Jerry Paris

With Jack De Mave (Armand Lynton), Gino Conforti (Roy Martoni).
Mary receives a chain letter from her boss -- of all people -- and doesn't know how to avoid passing it on.

November 27, 1971: The Six-And-A-Half-Year Itch
Season 2, episode 11
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lawrence Pressman (Bill Phelps), Elizabeth Berger (Patti Woods).
Because he's lonely while the wife is out of town, Lou takes Mary and Rhoda to a movie and is startled to find his married son-in-law there with a strange girl.

December 4, 1971: . . . Is A Friend In Need
Season 2, episode 12
W: Susan Silver   D: Jay Sandrich

With Beverly Sanders (Waitress).
When friend Rhoda loses her window-decorator position, Mary tries to help her find another job.

December 11, 1971: The Square-Shaped Room
Season 2, episode 13
W: Susan Silver   D: Jay Sandrich

Lou Grant asks Mary to help him find an inexpensive decorator to do his living room as a surprise for his wife.

December 18, 1971: Ted Over Heels
Season 2, episode 14
W: David Davis, Lorenzo Music   D: Peter Baldwin

With Arlene Golonka (Betty Bowerchuck).
Ted Baxter shows symptoms of love when he starts giving roses to the daughter of Chuckles the Clown.

January 1, 1972: The Five-Minute Dress
Season 2, episode 15
W: Pat Nardo, Gloria Banta   D: Jay Sandrich

Mary gets excited about dating a handsome politician who is one of the governor's top aides, until she's stood up five times in a row.

January 8, 1972: Feeb
Season 2, episode 16
W: Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon   D: Peter Baldwin

With Barbara Sharma (Randy), Barbara Barnett (Doreen Skinner), Jack Manning (Restaurant Manager).
Mary Richards inadvertently becomes the benefactor of an inept waitress with ambitions to become a lousy secretary.

January 15, 1972: The Slaughter Affair
Season 2, episode 17
W: Rick Mittleman   D: Peter Baldwin

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter).
Murray is moonlighting at an extra job in order to buy his wife an expensive anniversary gift, but his diligence gets him in trouble.

January 22, 1972: Baby Sit-Com
Season 2, episode 18
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), Joshua Bryant (Anton Styrakowski), Leslie Graves (Dee-Dee).
Mary agrees to baby-sit with Bess for the weekend but gets a phone call from a former boy friend who'll be in town for only one night, so Lou Grant pinch-hits for Mary as Bess' sitter.

January 29, 1972: More Than Neighbors
Season 2, episode 19
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Jay Sandrich

With Jack Bender (Michael Lee), Yvonne Wilder (Barbara Gardner).
Mary and Rhoda are at cross purposes with Phyllis. They don't want Ted Baxter to move into the vacant apartment in their building -- for their own peace of mind -- and Phyllis wants a "celebrity" in the building.

February 5, 1972: The Care And Feeding Of Parents
Season 2, episode 20
W: Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), John Locke (Sam Turner), Brad Trumbull (Mr. Mitchell).
Young Bess Lindstrom writes a composition in school about "care and feeding of parents", and her mother wants Mary to use her influence to try to get it published.

February 12, 1972: Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda
Season 2, episode 21
W: Martin Cohan   D: Peter Baldwin

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Michael Bell (Fireman).
When a fire breaks out in Rhoda's apartment and she loses all her possessions, Mary insists she move in with her for a few days.

February 19, 1972: You Certainly Are A Big Boy
Season 2, episode 22
W: Martin Cohan   D: Jay Sandrich

With Bradford Dillman (Matt Bryan), John Rubinstein (Matt Bryan Jr.), Beverly Sanders (Waitress).
Mary begins dating an architect and is astonished to learn that his son is only six years younger than she is.

February 26, 1972: Some Of My Best Friends Are Rhoda
Season 2, episode 23
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Peter Baldwin

With Mary Frann (Joanne Forbes).
Mary's long friendship with Rhoda is threatened when a new friend, Joanne, makes no secret of the fact she doesn't like Rhoda.

March 4, 1972: His Two Right Arms
Season 2, episode 24
W: Jim Parker, Arnold Margolin   D: Jay Sandrich

With Bill Daily (Pete Peterson), Janet MacLachlan (Sherry Wilson), Carol Androsky (Jennifer Riley), Wally Taylor (Walter Ellis), Isabel Sanford (Mrs. Wilson).
A newly-elected councilman is eager but unprepared to appear when invited to be on Ted Baxter's news program.





September 16, 1972: The Good-Time News
Season 3, episode 1
W: James L. Brooks, Allan Burns   D: Hal Cooper

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Robert Hogan (Jack Stoneham), Patrick Campbell (Bartender).
The third season starts with Lou Grant being bypassed by the station manager for the 6 p.m. news spot. Mary gets the assignment and plunges ahead with bold plans for giving the show a lighter, more informal look.

September 23, 1972: What Is Mary Richards Really Like?
Season 3, episode 2
W: Susan Silver   D: Jerry Belson

With Peter Haskell (Mark Williams).
A handsome newspaper writer interviews Mary about her newsroom, asks her for a date and then tries to take unfair advantage of the situation.

September 30, 1972: Who's In Charge Here?
Season 3, episode 3
W: Martin Cohan   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joan Tompkins (Mrs. Thorn).
Lou Grant is promoted to program manager at the TV station and he must decide whether to give his old job as boss of the news room to Mary or Murray.

October 7, 1972: Enter Rhoda's Parents
Season 3, episode 4
W: Martin Cohan   D: Jay Sandrich

With Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern), Harold Gould (Martin Morgenstern).
Rhoda's mother pays another visit to Minneapolis and this time brings her husband along. After a few days she informs Mary and Rhoda that her marriage is on the rocks.

October 14, 1972: It's Whether You Win Or Lose
Season 3, episode 5
W: Martin Donovan   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), Patrick Campbell (Bartender).
A snowstorm keeps Lou Grant from joining some gambling pals in Las Vegas, so he insists Mary set up a poker game at the TV station.

October 21, 1972: Rhoda The Beautiful
Season 3, episode 6
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

Rhoda has lost 20 pounds and looks great, but inside she still feels fat and Mary is determined to help her realize how attractive she's become.

October 28, 1972: Just Around The Corner
Season 3, episode 7
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Jay Sandrich

With Nanette Fabray (Dottie Richards), Bill Quinn (Walter Richards).
Mary's parents move to Minneapolis from their small town to be near their daughter, but they move too close for comfort.

November 4, 1972: But Seriously, Folks
Season 3, episode 8
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Peter Baldwin

With Jerry Van Dyke (Wes Callison), Rudy Deluca (Nightclub Manager), Ethel Leopold (Woman).
A comedy writer quits his job and, with Mary's encouragement, tries to make it big as a nightclub comedian.

November 11, 1972: Farmer Ted And The News
Season 3, episode 9
W: Martin Donovan   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lurene Tuttle (Bella Swann).
Ted's contract is up for renewal but, to everyone's surprise, he refuses to sign it unless some special clauses are removed.

November 18, 1972: Have I Found A Guy For You
Season 3, episode 10
W: Charlotte Brown   D: Hal Cooper

With Bert Convy (Jack Foster), Beth Howland (Linda Foster), Dan Keough (Arthur Price).
Mary's favorite couple, both long-time friends, are separating and it looks as if Mary is going to be "the other woman".

November 25, 1972: You've Got A Friend
Season 3, episode 11
W: Steve Pritzker   D: Jerry Belson

With Nanette Fabray (Dottie Richards), Bill Quinn (Walter Richards), Beverly Sanders (Waitress).
Mary becomes concerned when her newly retired father appears to have no friends in Minneapolis, and tries to take on the role herself.

December 2, 1972: It Was Fascination, I Know
Season 3, episode 12
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), Gerald Michenaud (William Campbell), John Amour (Roger), Jack Manning (Maitre'd).
When young Bess Lindstrom's boyfriend meets Mary, he falls madly in love with her and the generation gap has never seemed so wide.

December 9, 1972: Operation: Lou
Season 3, episode 13
W: Elias Davis, David Pollock   D: Jay Sandrich

With Linda Sublette (Nurse), Florida Friebus (Nun).
Lou Grant checks into a hospital for minor surgery and puts Mary in charge of the newsroom while he's gone.

December 16, 1972: Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis To New York
Season 3, episode 14
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Jack Riley (Barry Barlow), Robert Casper (Rob), Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin).
Rhoda comes back home from a New York vacation to announce she's accepted a job and plans to leave Minneapolis within the week.

December 23, 1972: The Courtship Of Mary's Father's Daughter
Season 3, episode 15
W: Elias Davis, David Pollock   D: Jay Sandrich

With Michael Tolan (Dan Whitfield), Barra Grant (Judy Conrad), Bill Quinn (Walter Richards), Steve Franken (Jonas Lasser), Gordon Jump (Mr. Conrad), Arthur Abelson (Man in Elevator), Molly Dodd (Woman at Party).
Mary meets an old boyfriend in a crowded elevator as he's taking his new fiancee to get a marriage license.

January 6, 1973: Lou's Place
Season 3, episode 16
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Jay Sandrich

With Dick Balduzzi (Philly), Rhoda Gemignani (Alice).
Lou Grant and Ted Baxter buy a neighborhood saloon and everyone in the newsroom develops a drinking problem, just trying to keep the bar from going broke.

January 13, 1973: My Brother's Keeper
Season 3, episode 17
W: Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon   D: Jay Sandrich

With Robert Moore (Ben Sutherland), Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin).
Mary's party fits in perfectly with Phyllis' plan for her visiting brother to fall for Mary, but he ruins the scheme by going for Rhoda instead.

January 20, 1973: The Georgette Story
Season 3, episode 18
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Peter Baldwin

With Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin).
Mary and Rhoda try to encourage Georgette to take a stand for herself after seeing how Ted takes advantage of her.

January 27, 1973: Romeo And Mary
Season 3, episode 19
W: Jim Mulholland, Mike Barrie   D: Peter Baldwin

With Joe Warfield (Peter), Stuart Margolin (Warren Sturges), Bo Kaprall (Lowell), Barbara Brownell (Peggy Stanton).
Mary agrees to a blind date as a special favor to Rhoda, whose date, Rhoda admits, is the bore of all time.

February 3, 1973: What Do You Do When The Boss Says, "I Love You"?
Season 3, episode 20
W: Elias Davis, David Pollock   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lois Nettleton (Barbara Coleman), Carol Worthington (Doris), Dick Balduzzi (Philly).
Lou's new boss is a woman -- and she thinks she's in love with him.

February 10, 1973: Murray Faces Life
Season 3, episode 21
W: Martin Cohan   D: Jay Sandrich

Murray becomes depressed when he learns that a former writing classmate has won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism while Murray is still writing one-syllable words for Ted to mispronounce.

February 17, 1973: Remembrance Of Things Past
Season 3, episode 22
W: Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joseph Campanella (Tom Vernon).
When one of Mary's ex-boyfriends returns to town she discovers the flames of an old love can be difficult to extinguish.

February 24, 1973: Put On A Happy Face
Season 3, episode 23
W: Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Monica Mcgowan Johnson   D: Jay Sandrich

With Steve Franken (Jonas Lasser), Herbie Faye (Dave), Eddie Carroll (M.C.), Art Gilmore (Norman Keller), John Francis (Clown).
Mary gets both good news and bad news. After winning an award for her news show, she has a string of bad accidents and misunderstandings.

March 3, 1973: Mary Richards And The Incredible Plant Lady
Season 3, episode 24
W: Martin Cohan   D: John C. Chulay

With Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin), Louise Lasser (Anne Adams), Henry Corden (Harry), Bob Ross (Salesman), Robert Karvelas (Bob), Craig T. Nelson (Charlie).
Mary lends Rhoda almost $1,200 to start a new venture and worries she may never see her money again. Rhoda postpones repayment, hires Georgette full-time and begins expanding her business.





September 15, 1973: The Lars Affair
Season 4, episode 1
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Jay Sandrich

With Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens).
The fourth season starts. Mary's neighbor Phyllis discovers that her dermatologist-husband is having an affair with the star of the Happy Homemaker show and demands Mary's help.

September 22, 1973: Angels In The Snow
Season 4, episode 2
W: Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Monica Mcgowan Johnson   D: Jay Sandrich

With Peter Strauss (Stephen), Elayne Heilveil (Saleswoman), Carole Ita White (Girl at Party), Jon Korkes (Beck Wilson).
Mary doesn't believe that a woman being seven years older than the man should keep them from having a happy relationship.

September 29, 1973: Rhoda's Sister Gets Married
Season 4, episode 3
W: Karyl Geld   D: Jerry Belson

With Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern), Harold Gould (Martin Morgenstern), Liberty Williams (Debbie Morgenstern), Brett Somers (Aunt Rose).
Rhoda and Mary fly to New York for the wedding of Rhoda's younger sister, but the credibility gap between Rhoda and her mother widens.

October 6, 1973: The Lou And Edie Story
Season 4, episode 4
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Priscilla Morrill (Edie Grant), Darrell Zwerling (Mr. Charney).
Lou Grant unhappily tells Mary and the newsroom gang that he and wife Edie are having marital problems and have been seeing a marriage counselor.

October 13, 1973: Hi There, Sports Fans
Season 4, episode 5
W: Jerry Mayer   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Gabriel (Andy Rivers), Dick Gautier (Ed Cavanaugh), Gordon Jump (Hank Morton), Chanin Hale (Waitress).
When Mary complains to Lou Grant that she wants more responsibility in the newsroom, her boss is only too happy to comply. Mary gets to hire a new sports announcer -- if she will fire the present one.

October 20, 1973: Father's Day
Season 4, episode 6
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Jay Sandrich

With Liam Dunn (Robert Baxter), John Holland (Mr. Caldwell).
A phone call from his long-lost father, who had abandoned him as a baby, throws unflappable anchorman Ted Baxter into an emotional turmoil.

October 27, 1973: Son Of "But Seriously Folks"
Season 4, episode 7
W: Phil Mishkin   D: Jay Sandrich

With Jerry Van Dyke (Wes Callison), Mark Gordon (Chuckles the Clown), Randy Kirby (Director), Gavan O'Herlihy (Josh McBride), Benjamin Chulay (Pete).
One of Mary's ex-boyfriends gets a job in the newsroom, but his affection for Mary gets in the way of his work.

November 3, 1973: Lou's First Date
Season 4, episode 8
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With Priscilla Morrill (Edie Grant), John Gabriel (Andy Rivers), Florence Lake (Martha Dudley), Larry Wilde (Emcee), Jeff Thompson (Mike Montgomery).
With an important banquet coming up, Mary tries to find a date for Lou, who hasn't had a date since his wife Edie left him.

November 10, 1973: Love Blooms At Hemples
Season 4, episode 9
W: Sybil Adelman, Barbara Gallagher   D: Jay Sandrich

With William Burns (Doug Hemple), Barbara Barnett (Dr. Kellogg), Meg Wyllie (Eve Bayless).
Rhoda falls madly in love with a man, but he owns the store where she works and she doesn't know how he feels about her.

November 17, 1973: The Dinner Party
Season 4, episode 10
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Jay Sandrich

With Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens), Irene Tedrow (Rep. Geddes), Henry Winkler (Steve Waldman), Edgar Daniels (Sy Fisher).
Mary is in a frenzy when she must stage a last-minute dinner for a Congresswoman.

November 24, 1973: Just Friends
Season 4, episode 11
W: William Wood   D: Nancy Walker

With Priscilla Morrill (Edie Grant).
Since being separated from his wife, Lou has dinner every night at Mary's apartment, and Mary is determined to get the Grants back together again -- if only for the sake of her own sanity.

December 1, 1973: We Want Baxter
Season 4, episode 12
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Amos (Gordy Howard).
Phyllis thinks Ted Baxter wold make an ideal candidate for the city council (with much coaching from her) and his inflated ego needs no further urging.

December 8, 1973: I Gave At The Office
Season 4, episode 13
W: Don Reo, Allan Katz   D: Jay Sandrich

With Tammi Bula (Bonnie Slaughter), Bruce Boxleitner (Rick).
Mary gets in trouble with Lou when she hires Murray's teenage daughter to help with filing and typing.

December 15, 1973: Almost A Nun's Story
Season 4, episode 14
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With Gail Strickland (Sister Ann).
Georgette visits boyfriend Ted Baxter, only to find him kissing another woman in his dressing room.

December 22, 1973: Happy Birthday, Lou!
Season 4, episode 15
W: David Lloyd   D: George Tyne

With Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens), Priscilla Morrill (Edie Grant), John Amos (Gordy Howard).
Mary learns it's Lou's birthday and decides to surprise him with a party. What she doesn't learn until too late is that Lou hates birthdays and surprise parties.

January 5, 1974: WJM Tries Harder
Season 4, episode 16
W: Karyl Geld   D: Jay Sandrich

With Anthony Eisley (Ross Nelson), Ned Wertimer (Bill Brown), Benjamin Chulay (Pete), Regis Cordic (Marc Williams).
Mary starts dating the news anchorman from the top-rated TV station in town and soon finds herself doubling as a spy.

January 12, 1974: Cottage For Sale
Season 4, episode 17
W: George Atkins   D: Jay Sandrich

With David Haskell (David Russell), Michele Nichols (Rena Russell), Robert Riesel (Moving Man).
Phyllis, who now has a real estate license and is hungry for clients, zeroes in on Lou Grant as a likely prospect to sell his house.

January 19, 1974: The Co-Producers
Season 4, episode 18
W: David Pollock, Elias Davis   D: Jay Sandrich

With Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens).
Mary and Rhoda's ecstacy at their chance to produce a TV show turns to horror when the bosses decree its stars must be Ted Baxter and Sue Ann Nivens.

January 26, 1974: Best Of Enemies
Season 4, episode 19
W: Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Monica McGowan Johnson   D: Jay Sandrich

Rhoda tells Mary's secret that she never graduated from college, as she claimed on her job application, and their friendship is suddenly put at risk.

February 2, 1974: Better Late . . . That's A Pun . . . Than Never
Season 4, episode 20
W: Treva Silverman   D: John C. Chulay

With Jennifer Leak (Erica Jordan).
Mary's boss threatens to fire her when some unedited news copy goes on the air.

February 9, 1974: Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite
Season 4, episode 21
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Gabriel (Andy Rivers), Walter Cronkite (Himself), John Pringle (Male Presenter), Patricia Wilson (Female Presenter), Nanci Beck (Miss "Teddy Award").
Ted Baxter always dreamed that some day he'd meet his idol, Walter Cronkite, and that would lead to fame and fortune. Ted finally gets his chance, but the occasion is not as auspicious as he'd hoped.

February 16, 1974: Lou's Second Date
Season 4, episode 22
W: Ed Weinberger   D: Jerry London

With Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens).
Mary has to cancel an important banquet date with Lou because of the flu. Lou reluctantly accepts Rhoda as a substitute, but has a delightful evening.

February 23, 1974: Two Wrongs Don't Make A Writer
Season 4, episode 23
W: David Lloyd   D: Nancy Walker

With Shirley O'Hara (Mrs. Mallone).
Ted joins Mary at a night-school class in creative writing, and winds up plagiarizing her assignment.

March 2, 1974: I Was A Single For WJM
Season 4, episode 24
W: Treva Silverman   D: Mel Ferber

With Richard Schaal (Dino), Penny Marshall (Toni), Arlene Golonka (Alice), Robert Riesel (Bartender), Randy Kirby (Stage Manager).
Mary spends every night for a week at a singles bar researching material for a special news show.





September 14, 1974: Will Mary Richards Go To Jail?
Season 5, episode 1
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With Barbara Colby (Sherry), James Randolph (Harrison), Mary Ann Chinn (Kim), Darlene Conley (Matron), Charles Woolf (Mr. Everett), Don Macon (Reporter).
The fifth season starts with Mary facing a possible term in jail when she refuses to reveal her source of a story about graft in high places.

September 21, 1974: Not Just Another Pretty Face
Season 5, episode 2
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), Robert Wolders (Paul Van Dillen), Lou Cutell (Little Man).
Mary's new romance with a handsome man seems to be doing well until her friends convince her that she's attracted to him just because he's so attractive.

September 28, 1974: You Sometimes Hurt The One You Hate
Season 5, episode 3
W: David Lloyd   D: Jackie Cooper

Mary comes to regret her advocacy of non-violence when Ted takes advantage of Lou's new image as the office "pussycat".

October 5, 1974: Lou And That Woman
Season 5, episode 4
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Sheree North (Charlene Maguire), Helene Winston (Woman at Piano).
Lou begins seeing a brassy cocktail lounge singer but becomes uncomfortable about her past.

October 12, 1974: The Outsider
Season 5, episode 5
W: Jack Winter   D: Peter Bonerz

With Richard Masur (Bob Larson).
Tensions mount and morale drops when a young consultant, hired by Lou Grant to boost the ratings, begins usurping Mary's responsibilities and even changes Ted Baxter's on-the-air delivery.

October 19, 1974: I Love A Piano
Season 5, episode 6
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With Barbara Barrie (Judith Chandler).
Happily married, always reliable Murray considers taking his first fling when he meets a very attractive single woman at one of Mary's parties and begins a seemingly innocent relationship with her.

October 26, 1974: A New Sue Ann
Season 5, episode 7
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Linda Kelsey (Gloria Munson), Ron Rifkin (Ed Schroeder).
Everyone keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop when Sue Ann plays the "good sport" while a sweet young thing with a terrific figure and no TV experience manages to take over her show.

November 2, 1974: Menage-A-Phyllis
Season 5, episode 8
W: Treva Silverman   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Saxon (Mike Tedesco).
The man Phyllis Lindstrom dates for intellectual purposes creates a rather unusual triangle when he begins taking Mary out as well.

November 9, 1974: Not A Christmas Story
Season 5, episode 9
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: John C. Chulay

With Mary and the newsroom staff snowed in and fed up, an invitation from Sue Ann Nivens to Christmas dinner in November is the last thing they want, but it's exactly what they get, complete with funny hats and carols.

November 16, 1974: What Are Friends For?
Season 5, episode 10
W: David Lloyd   D: Alan Rafkin

With Noble Willingham (Hal), David Huddleston (Freddy), Robert Karvelas (Waiter), Dan Barrows (Bellhop).
Ordered by Lou Grant to attend a Chicago broadcasters' convention, Mary becomes the reluctant companion of Sue Ann Nivens and the two conventioneering morticians Sue Ann digs up for them.

November 23, 1974: A Boy's Best Friend
Season 5, episode 11
W: David Lloyd   D: Mary Tyler Moore

With Nolan Leary (Walter Tewksbury).
Ted Baxter is disturbed over the news that his mother is considering foregoing marriage to just live with her "boyfriend", and is worried about what the arrangement will do to his reputation.

November 30, 1974: A Son For Murray
Season 5, episode 12
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), John Gabriel (Andy Rivers), Michael Higa (Le Chan), David Fresco (Phil).
Murray, the father of three daughters, suddenly decides that he wants a son, a desire that not only creates a rift between Murray and his wife Marie, but between Mary and the men who surround her in the newsroom.

December 7, 1974: Neighbors
Season 5, episode 13
W: Ziggy Steinberg   D: James Burrows, John C. Chulay

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), Clifford David (David Boyd), Tom Castronova (Moving Man).
Lou moves into Rhoda's old apartment and takes over Mary's private life.

December 14, 1974: A Girl Like Mary
Season 5, episode 14
W: Ann Gibbs, Joel Kimmel   D: Jay Sandrich

With Rosalind Cash (Enid Berringer), Judie Stein (College Girl).
Lou decides to add a female newscaster to his staff and gives orders to find "a girl like Mary", which leads Mary as well as Sue Ann to audition for the job.

December 21, 1974: An Affair To Forget
Season 5, episode 15
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

Are Mary Richards and Ted Baxter having an affair? Ted is dropping little hints around the newsroom that Mary is denying like crazy.

January 4, 1975: Mary Richards: Producer
Season 5, episode 16
W: David Lloyd   D: Norman Campbell

With Anthony Holland (Mel Peters), Phillip R. Allen (Gus Brubaker), Fred Festinger (Drunk), Joe Scott (Bartender).
Producer of WJM-TV's news program in name only, Mary asks Lou for the chance to actually produce the show on her own, and she gets it -- along with all the last minute problems.

January 11, 1975: The System
Season 5, episode 17
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Gabriel (Andy Rivers), Tom Pedi (Al).
Gambling fever takes over the newsroom when Ted, who knows nothing about gambling, invents a "can't miss" system for betting on football games.

January 18, 1975: Phyllis Whips Inflation
Season 5, episode 18
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With Lisa Gerritsen (Bess Lindstrom), Doris Roberts (Helen Farrell).
Phyllis suffers the ultimate indignation when she's forced to seek a job after Lars suggests she live within a budget and cuts off her credit cards.

January 25, 1975: The Shame Of The Cities
Season 5, episode 19
W: Michael Elias   D: Jay Sandrich

With Sheree North (Charlene Maguire), Robert Emhardt (Investigator), Chuck Bergansky (Bartender), James Jeter (Customer in Bar).
Lou Grant tries to recapture the dynamism of the crusading reporter he once was by launching an investigation into corruption in big city politics.

February 1, 1975: Marriage Minneapolis Style
Season 5, episode 20
W: Pamela Russell   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), Eileen McDonough (Ellen Slaughter), Patricia Wilson (Hilda).
Ted Baxter gets swept up in the spirit of Murray's 20th wedding anniversary party and chooses the most public place possible to pop the question to Georgette.

February 8, 1975: You Try To Be A Nice Guy
Season 5, episode 21
W: Michael Leeson   D: Jay Sandrich

With Barbara Colby (Sherry), Ted Konopka (Mrs. Goldman's Dog).
Mary takes on the frustrating task of helping Sherry, a girl with whom she once shared a jail cell.

February 15, 1975: You Can't Lose 'Em All
Season 5, episode 22
W: David Lloyd   D: Marjorie Mullen

With Larry Wilde (Emcee), Fred Grandy (Rev. Dannenbrink), Lee Vines (Lew Stuart), Judy Reich (Model).
A wave of trepidation sweeps the newsroom when Ted fails to receive a nomination in a local television awards competition, and someone has to break the news to him.

February 22, 1975: Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School
Season 5, episode 23
W: Michael Zinberg   D: Jay Sandrich

With Leonard Frey (Student), Bernie Kopell (Tony), Norman Bartold (Allen Marsh).
Ted envisions fame and fortune when a smooth-talking con artist convinces him to lend his name to "The Ted Baxter Famous Broadcasters School"

March 8, 1975: Anyone Who Hates Kids And Dogs
Season 5, episode 24
W: Jerry Mayer   D: Jay Sandrich

With Laurence Luckinbill (Ken), Lee H. Montgomery (Stevie), Mabel Albertson (Mother-in-Law), Ian Wolfe (Grandfather), Carole King (Aunt Helen), Iggie Wolfington (Uncle), Megan King (Photographer).
Mary is in a quandry when she realizes that she just can't stand the young son of the handsome and charming man she's been dating.





September 13, 1975: Edie Gets Married
Season 6, episode 1
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Priscilla Morrill (Edie Grant), Nora Heflin (Janey Grant), Patrick Campbell (Bartender), Hal Ridel (Minister), Brad Trumbull (Howard Gordon).
As the sixth season opens, Lou Grant has the newsroom buzzing with curiosity over the possibility that he may remarry his ex-wife, after word leaks out that they are having lunch together.

September 20, 1975: Mary Moves Out
Season 6, episode 2
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Lehne (Jimbo), Claude Stroud (Landlord).
Mary becomes depressed when she looks around and discovers she's leading a very boring and predictable life.

September 27, 1975: Mary's Father
Season 6, episode 3
W: Earl Pomerantz   D: Jay Sandrich

With Ed Flanders (Father Terrance Brian).
Guilt plagues Mary when a handsome priest confides in her that he is going to leave the church, and she suspects it's all because of her.

October 4, 1975: Murray In Love
Season 6, episode 4
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Barry Coe (Steve), Penny Marshall (Paula), Mary Kay Place (Sally Jo), Peter Hobbs (Bartender).
Murray has a deep secret that has been bottled up inside of him for years and now it fights to surface. His secret: he's in love with Mary.

October 11, 1975: Ted's Moment Of Glory
Season 6, episode 5
W: Charles Lee, Gig Henry   D: Jay Sandrich

With Richard Balin (Gameshow Producer), Dian Parkinson (Model), Bill Zuckert (Bartender), Frederic Franklyn (Mr. Jensen), Olive Dunbar (Mrs. Franklin), Marilyn Roberts (Mrs. Green).
Ted Baxter has auditioned to host a game show in New York, something the news staff treats very lightly until he is chosen for the job.

October 18, 1975: Mary's Aunt
Season 6, episode 6
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Eileen Heckart (Flo Meredith).
A prestigious newspaper journalist comes to visit the newsroom and everyone is excited except Lou Grant, who isn't particularly impressed.

October 25, 1975: Chuckles Bites The Dust
Season 6, episode 7
W: David Lloyd   D: Joan Darling

With John Harkins (Rev. Burns).
Chuckles the Clown is crushed to death by a rogue elephant in a parade, which leaves all the newsroom staff in hysterics except Mary.

November 1, 1975: Mary's Delinquent
Season 6, episode 8
W: Mary Kay Place, Valerie Curtin   D: Jay Sandrich

With Mackenzie Phillips (Francie Stevens), Tamu Blackwell (Celestine), Phillip R. Allen (Gus Brubaker).
Mary and Sue Ann volunteer their services as big sisters to two delinquent girls.

November 8, 1975: Ted's Wedding
Season 6, episode 9
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Ritter (Rev. Chatfield).
A quiet luncheon Mary hosts for Ted and Georgette turns into an erratic spontaneous wedding.

November 15, 1975: Lou Douses An Old Flame
Season 6, episode 10
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Beverly Garland (Veronica Ludlow).
Thirty years after sending him a "Dear John" letter, Lou Grant's old flame comes back into his life.

November 22, 1975: Mary Richards Falls In Love
Season 6, episode 11
W: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels   D: Jay Sandrich

With Ted Bessell (Joe Warner), Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard), David Groh (Joe Gerard), Beth Howland (Joan), Michael Perotta (Waiter).
It isn't spring, but Mary's heart couldn't care what season it is when she falls in love with a man who believes in expressing his emotions publicly.

November 29, 1975: Ted's Tax Refund
Season 6, episode 12
W: Bob Ellison   D: Marjorie Mullen

With Paul Lichtman (Irv Gevins), Connie Sawyer (Neighbor).
Penny-pinching Ted surprises Mary and the staff when he buys them all expensive gifts after receiving his tax refund.

December 6, 1975: The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home
Season 6, episode 13
W: David Lloyd   D: James Burrows

With Wynn Irwin (Jesse), Titos Vandis (Laszlo).
Trapped, hooked and reeled in, Lou discovers he's been had when Sue Ann Nivens finally maneuvers him to her apartment for a romantic dinner.

December 13, 1975: One Boyfriend Too Many
Season 6, episode 14
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Ted Bessell (Joe Warner), Michael Tolan (Dan Whitfield).
With the constant reminder about how women statistically outnumber men, Mary probably should be thrilled over the fact that two charming bachelors both seek her companionship.

December 20, 1975: What Do You Want To Do When You Produce?
Season 6, episode 15
W: Shelley Nelbert, Craig Allan Hefner   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter).
After Mary turns down Sue Ann's offer to produce her show, Murray accepts the position, visualizing advancement and especially the raise, but not the trouble.

January 3, 1976: Not With My Wife, I Don't
Season 6, episode 16
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Alan Manson (Dr. Powell), Lois Walden (Receptionist).
Georgette confides in Mary her heartbreaking decision to leave Ted because he doesn't love her anymore.

January 10, 1976: The Seminar
Season 6, episode 17
W: James Macdonald, Robert Gerlach   D: Stuart Margolin

With Betty Ford (Herself), Dabney Coleman (Phil Wright).
Lou Grant refuses to admit he has lost touch with the prestigious contacts he once knew in Washington, D.C., when he takes Mary to the capital for a press seminar.

January 17, 1976: Once I Had A Secret Love
Season 6, episode 18
W: Pat Nardo, Gloria Banta   D: Jay Sandrich

Lou Grant finds that a secret love is a hard thing to keep secret after he regretfully takes part in a romantic fling with Sue Ann Nivens.

January 24, 1976: Menage-a-Lou
Season 6, episode 19
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Janis Paige (Charlene Maguire), Penny Marshall (Paula), Jeff Conaway (Kenny Stevens), James Jeter (Bar Customer).
Lou suffers an acute case of jealousy when an ex-girlfriend of his arrives at Mary's party with another male companion.

January 31, 1976: Murray Takes A Stand
Season 6, episode 20
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter).
The new owner of the WJM-TV station adopts new procedures that raise disapproval from the news staff, though no one dares to speak out -- except Murray.

February 7, 1976: Mary's Aunt Returns
Season 6, episode 21
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Eileen Heckart (Flo Meredith).
Lou's journalistic abilities are challenged by Mary's arrogant aunt Flo, a noted newspaper woman who believes she can write a better story than Lou any day.

February 21, 1976: A Reliable Source
Season 6, episode 22
W: Richard M. Powell   D: Jay Sandrich

With Edward Winter (Brian Nordquist).
Mary has discovered some incriminating news about an old friend who is seeking re-election to Congress.

February 28, 1976: Sue Ann Falls In Love
Season 6, episode 23
W: Bob Ellison   D: Doug Rogers

With James Luisi (Doug), Larry Wilde (Emcee), Pat Gainor (Award Presenter).
Sue Ann falls in love with a man who turns out to be only interested in her money.

March 6, 1976: Ted And The Kid
Season 6, episode 24
W: Bob Ellison   D: Marjorie Mullen

With Robbie Rist (David Baxter), Patricia Estrin (Mrs. Adams).
Ted and Georgette decide to adopt a son after Ted is informed he cannot have children.





September 25, 1976: Mary Midwife
Season 7, episode 1
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Ford Rainey (Doctor).
The seventh season starts with Mary having more duties as a hostess than she anticipated when she gives a quiet dinner for the WJM-TV news team.

October 2, 1976: Mary The Writer
Season 7, episode 2
W: Burt Prelutsky   D: James Burrows

Mary tries her hand at creative writing, although she is very insecure about her new venture.

October 9, 1976: Sue Ann's Sister
Season 7, episode 3
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Pat Priest (Lila Nivens).
Sue Ann becomes deeply depressed when her sister arrives and gets an offer to do a competing homemaker show in Minneapolis.

October 16, 1976: What's Wrong With Swimming?
Season 7, episode 4
W: David Lloyd   D: Marjorie Mullen

With Caren Kaye (B.J. Smathers).
Mary hires a new sportscaster who refuses to cover any sports but swimming, and is faced with the prospect of firing her.

October 23, 1976: Ted's Change Of Heart
Season 7, episode 5
W: Earl Pomerantz   D: Jay Sandrich

With Harvey Vernon (Xerox Repairman), Jerry Fogel (Dr. Carter), Dean Santoro (Phil Howard), Paul Sorenson (Cameraman), Alessandro Paolone (Newsman).
A typical evening news broadcast turns into a horrifying experience when anchorman Ted Baxter suffers a heart attack on the air.

October 30, 1976: One Producer Too Many
Season 7, episode 6
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Richard Seff (Waiter), Murray Korda (Violinist).
Pandemonium erupts in the usually smooth TV news operation as Murray steps up to co-produce the news program with Mary.

November 6, 1976: My Son, The Genius
Season 7, episode 7
W: Bob Ellison   D: Joan Darling

With Robbie Rist (David Baxter), William Bogert (Doctor), Ned Glass (Morris Bender), Valorie Armstrong (Receptionist).
Georgette and Ted find their adopted son is failing in school because he's really a genius.

November 13, 1976: Mary Gets A Lawyer
Season 7, episode 8
W: Burt Prelutsky   D: Jay Sandrich

With John McMartin (Barry Munroe), Walter Brooke (Judge), Jason Johnson (Bailiff), Richard Kline (Prosecutor), Tom Tarpey (Process Server), Phil J. Macias (Guard).
A frightened Mary faces a contempt charge for refusing to reveal a news source, but her lawyer spends more time researching ways to win her over than he does on the case.

November 20, 1976: Lou Proposes
Season 7, episode 9
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Eileen Heckart (Flo Meredith), Tom Castronova (Bartender).
Can two hard-nosed staunch journalists alter their news world to make room for married life together? Lou follows up a strong lead, though this time from his heart, when he proposes to Mary's Aunt Flo.

November 27, 1976: Murray Can't Lose
Season 7, episode 10
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), Larry Wilde (Emcee), Lisa Parkes (Award Presenter).
Lou learns from a source on the Teddy Awards' panel that Murray will finally win an award for his news writing.

December 4, 1976: Mary's Insomnia
Season 7, episode 11
W: David Lloyd   D: James Burrows

With Sherry Hursey (Bonnie Slaughter), Ted Lehman (Janitor).
Lou Grant fears Mary is becoming addicted to sleeping pills when she turns to a doctor's prescription after nights of suffering from insomnia.

December 11, 1976: Ted's Temptation
Season 7, episode 12
W: Bob Ellison   D: Harry Mastrogeorge

With Trisha Noble (Whitney Lewis), Hal Riddle (Man in Restaurant), David Brandon (Jim Sutton).
Stretching the truth is commonplace for Ted, which explains the staff's nonchalant attitude toward the anchorman's cry for help when an attractive reporter makes a play for him.

December 25, 1976: Look At Us, We're Walking
Season 7, episode 13
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With David Ogden Stiers (Mel Price), Naomi Caryl (Receptionist).
Unable to negotiate a raise, Mary and Lou join forces and walk off the set.

January 8, 1977: The Critic
Season 7, episode 14
W: David Lloyd   D: Martin Cohan

With Eric Braeden (Karl Heller), David Ogden Stiers (Mel Price), Tom Newman (Maitre d'), Warren Munson (Sommelier).
With high hopes of boosting WJM-TV's evening news ratings, station manager Mel Price hires a renowned critic who verbally and viciouslly attacks Minneapolis.

January 15, 1977: Lou's Army Reunion
Season 7, episode 15
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Alex Rocco (Ben Selwyn), Dort Clark (Man at Reunion).
A distraught Lou is caught between rejecting a favor for an old Army buddy who once saved him from the stockades, or subjecting Mary Richards to a date with the woman-chaser.

January 22, 1977: The Ted And Georgette Show
Season 7, episode 16
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With David Ogden Stiers (Mel Price), Alex Henteloff (Elliott), Douglas Robinson (Stage Manager), Lee Vines (Announcer).
Ted and Georgette take over as cohosts of an hour-long variety program and soar high in the ratings until, at the peak of their success, Georgette decides she wants out.

January 29, 1977: Sue Ann Gets The Ax
Season 7, episode 17
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Louis Guss (Sam), John Petlock (Stage Manager).
Sue Ann Nivens suddenly changes her sarcastic personality to that of a sulking, sad, out-of-work star when "The Happy Homemaker" is axed by the program manager because of low ratings. She then tries to charm Lou Grant into giving her a job in the station's news department.

February 5, 1977: Hail The Conquering Gordy
Season 7, episode 18
W: Earl Pomerantz   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Amos (Gordy Howard), David White (Mr. Cobb), Mavis Neal Palmer (Mrs. Cobb), Jean Lebouvier (Publicity Lady), Johnnie Avery (Ted's "Son").
WJM's former weatherman, Gordy Howard, returns to visit Minneapolis after becoming a highly successful network presenter in New York.

February 12, 1977: Mary And The Sexagenarian
Season 7, episode 19
W: Les Charles, Glen Charles   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), Lew Ayres (Doug Booth), Jon Lormer (Ronny Williams), Bartine Zane (Aunt Helen), Walker Edmiston (Joe).
Mary is up to her neck in jokes about May-December romances when she starts dating Murray's charming father.

February 19, 1977: Murray Ghosts For Ted
Season 7, episode 20
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Joyce Bulifant (Marie Slaughter), Helen Hunt (Laurie Slaughter).
Ted offers Murray $200 to write an article on his behalf. The article becomes a success, but Ted refuses to share the credit with Murray.

February 26, 1977: Mary's Three Husbands
Season 7, episode 21
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Bill Dearth (Bellhop).
It's a hilarious dream world for Lou, Ted and Murray when each visualize themselves as the perfect husband for Mary.

March 5, 1977: Mary's Big Party
Season 7, episode 22
W: Bob Ellison   D: Jay Sandrich

With Johnny Carson (Himself - voice), Irene Tedrow (Rep. Geddes).
Mary has planned a fancy party at her apartment with a mystery guest of honor, but the power in the building goes out before he arrives.

March 12, 1977: Lou Dates Mary
Season 7, episode 23
W: David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With John Reilly (Jake).
Fed up with the men she has been dating, Mary decides that Lou Grant has the qualities she has been looking for in a man, and asks Lou to take her out.

March 19, 1977: The Last Show
Season 7, episode 24
W: Allan Burns, James L. Brooks, Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd   D: Jay Sandrich

With Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard), Cloris Leachman (Phyllis Lindstrom), Robbie Rist (David Baxter), Vincent Gardenia (Mr. Coleman).
WJM-TV is sold, and the new owner, anxious to bring the fourth-rated news broadcast to a number-one position, begins by re-evaluating the news operation -- and decides to fire everybody in the newsroom. (Last show of the series.)


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