Georgia Engel as Georgette Franklin

Episodes 120

September 16, 1972

Mary is given the task of making The Six O'clock News more upbeat, and her plans are on target to succeed until they're frustrated by Ted.

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September 23, 1972

Mary is interviewed by a newspaper columnist and ends up telling a little too much.

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September 30, 1972

Lou is promoted to the position of program director but has to decide to whom his old job should go. Meanwhile, The Six O'clock News begins falling apart without him.

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October 7, 1972

Ida Morgenstern, Rhoda's mother, mistakenly believes that her husband is seeing other women, so Rhoda and Mary try to clear things up between them.

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October 14, 1972

When Lou's trip to Las Vegas is cancelled, Mary organizes a poker game at the office where Murray loses a substantial amount to Ted.

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October 21, 1972

After losing 20 pounds, Rhoda enters a beauty contest at work, but continues to put herself down.

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October 28, 1972

Mary is worried that her parents, who have moved to the Twin Cities to be close to her, may pry into her life too much.

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November 4, 1972

Mary begins dating the writer of the Chuckles the Clown show, whose real ambition is to become a stand-up comedian.

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November 11, 1972

Ted refuses to sign his contract renewal until Lou agrees to let him pursue other ventures, a decision he soon regrets when Ted begins appearing in commercials.

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November 18, 1972

Two of Mary's friends separate and Mary accepts a date from the husband.

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November 25, 1972

Mary becomes concerned when her father, newly retired, appears to have no friends or hobbies in Minneapolis, and tries to take on the role herself.

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December 2, 1972

Bess's 15-year-old boyfriend falls in love with Mary and begins to surprise her with visits to her apartment and her work.

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Operation: Lou

3x13
December 9, 1972

Lou goes to hospital to have a piece of World War II shrapnel removed and, surprisingly, he and Ted become best friends.

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December 16, 1972

Rhoda decides to move back to New York but Mary is taking the whole thing with a grain of salt.

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December 23, 1972

Mary runs into her former boyfriend Dan Whitfield in an elevator by chance. Subsequently, Dan realizes he still has feelings for Mary, breaks off his engagement, and begins dating her again.

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Lou's Place

3x16
January 6, 1973

Lou spots an opportunity to buy a bar after realizing a lifelong dream. However, he is short of several thousand dollars and Ted is the only one who can come to his aid.

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January 13, 1973

Phyllis wants to set up her visiting brother with Mary, but instead he hits it off with Rhoda and begins spending time with her to Phyllis's disapproval.

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January 20, 1973

Mary and Rhoda try to encourage Georgette to take a stand for herself after seeing how Ted takes advantage of her.

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Romeo and Mary

3x19
January 27, 1973

Rhoda introduces Mary to a very irritating Warren Sturges, who tries everything including a giant billboard across the road from the WJM-TV offices to get her to accept his marriage proposal.

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The new station manager, an attractive woman, falls for Lou.

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February 10, 1973

Murray becomes depressed when he realizes that the years are passing him by, after he learns that a contemporary has won a Pulitzer Prize.

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February 17, 1973

A former boyfriend visiting Minneapolis calls Mary who, deep down, wants to see him again but she has been hurt by him too many times before.

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February 24, 1973

Everything goes right for Rhoda and everything goes wrong for Mary on a disastrous day when she is due to go to the Teddies.

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Mary lends Rhoda almost $1,200 to start a new venture and worries she may never see her money again, after Rhoda postpones repayment, hires Georgette full-time and begins expanding her business.

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The Lars Affair

4x1
September 15, 1973

Phyllis finds out that Lars has been having an affair with Sue Ann Nivens, the star of WJM-TV's The Happy Homemaker show.

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September 22, 1973

Mary's boyfriend is younger than she is and she and Rhoda discover there is a generation gap when they go and visit his friends at a party.

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September 29, 1973

Rhoda and Mary fly to New York for Rhoda's younger sister's wedding. Rhoda's mother downplays the whole thing fearing that Rhoda is envious.

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October 6, 1973

On the advice of their marriage counselor, Lou's wife, Edie, decides to move out. Lou is heartbroken by the prospect.

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October 13, 1973

In this episode Dick Gautier guest stars briefly as Ed Cavenaugh, a sleazy sportscaster. Have a look at his website at Dick Gautier.com. Gordon Jump, later of MTM Enterprises' ""WKRP"" is seen for a few minutes playing one of the sportscaster applicants.

When Ted asks Mary to order tweezers and other assorted supplies for his personal use, she gets more than a little flustered and asks Lou to give her something challenging to do. At the drop of a hat, he assigns her the task of hiring a new sportscaster...and firing the old one. In order to let Ed Cavenaugh down easy, she invites him to lunch and he tries to mesmerize her with his suavity with the opposite sex. Then Mary learns a lesson: don't fire the current sportscaster until you've hired another one. After days of screening applicants, listening to demo tapes and perusing their eight-by-ten glossies, she decides on Andy Rivers. On the night of Andy's first broadcast, Mary once again gets a case of the blues when all Andy has to say o

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Father's Day

4x6
October 20, 1973

Ted meets his father, who deserted him as a baby.

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October 27, 1973

Mary's former boyfriend, Wes Callison, gets a job in the newsroom but his affection for Mary gets in the way of his work.

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November 3, 1973

Lou gives Mary the task of finding him a date for an awards' ceremony. A name mix-up means that Lou winds up taking out an 80-year-old woman.

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November 10, 1973

Rhoda begins dating the boss of Hemple's and falls deeply in love with him. She wants to tell him how she feels, but Mary warns her to take things slowly.

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The Dinner Party

4x10
November 17, 1973

Mary invites Congresswoman Geddes to a fancy dinner at her home, trying hard to ensure that everything is perfect.

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Just Friends

4x11
November 24, 1973

Lou is still heartbroken over Edie's departure and asks Mary to help them get back together.

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We Want Baxter

4x12
December 1, 1973

Phyllis persuades Ted to stand for local government. Ted agrees and goes so far as to quit his job at WJM-TV.

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December 8, 1973

Murray's daughter, Bonnie, is looking for a job and Mary is persuaded into giving her one but Bonnie is not as efficient as everyone had hoped.

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December 15, 1973

Georgette finds Ted making out with a woman in his dressing room. She then decides to enter a nunnery, but the head nun talks her out of it.

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December 22, 1973

Lou is closing in on fifty and today is his birthday. Mary can't stand the thought of the now-separated Lou celebrating his birthday all alone, so she arranges a surprise party for him. That evening, she invites Lou over for a drink and the doorbell rings just as he tells her how much he appreciated her not throwing an office party for him that afternoon. Gordy is at the door with an envelope...full of hats. Others are out in the hallway, too. Lou is furious and tries to get out using the back door...but there is no back door. Mary asks Lou's permission to invite Murray in. He enters, miffed at Lou's actions. Next Rhoda, and finally Ted, get to come in. Lou admits that he hates displays of affection...then reluctantly agrees to let the remainder of the guests in. While they all file in, he files out and down to MacKluskey's bar where....they throw a surprise party for him. Later he returns to Mary's place to apologize...evidently the guests opened his gifts (at Ted's urging) and they a

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WJM Tries Harder

4x16
January 5, 1974

Mary begins dating the anchorman from Minneapolis's top news show and becomes ashamed of WJM-TV's smaller news operation.

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Cottage for Sale

4x17
January 12, 1974

Phyllis, who has gotten her real estate license, persuades Lou to sell his house. However, Lou hasn't really made up his mind whether he wants to move.

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The Co-Producers

4x18
January 19, 1974

Mary and Rhoda are given permission to develop a new show for WJM but their dreams begin to fade when they find out that the hosts will be Ted and Sue Ann, who both begin to interfere with their plans.

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Best of Enemies

4x19
January 26, 1974

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

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To relieve her boredom, Mary jokingly writes a humorous obituary of one of the people in the WJM-TV file. Coincidentally, the same person dies the following day and the obituary is read on the air. Lou has no choice but to suspend Mary, but she threatens to quit in response.

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February 9, 1974

After a heavy self-promotion campaign, Ted wins his first Teddy Award. When Walter Cronkite comes to the newsroom, Ted assumes that he will be hired by the networks.

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February 16, 1974

Lou and Rhoda find they have a lot in common and begin seeing each other on a casual basis but everyone assumes that the romance is serious.

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February 23, 1974

Ted joins Mary at a night-school class in creative writing, and winds up plagiarizing her assignment.

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March 2, 1974

Mary goes to a singles bar to research a documentary, but on the night the crew arrives for filming, the same people who were willing to tell Mary everything don't want to be seen on camera.

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September 14, 1974

Mary refuses to reveal a news source for a story she produced and has to spend a night in jail.

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September 21, 1974

Mary dates a man with whom she has nothing in common and becomes concerned that their relationship is superficial.

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September 28, 1974

Lou finally loses his temper with Ted when he endorses a political candidate on The Six O'clock News and throws him through the office doors. Lou feels guilty, and Ted takes advantage of him.

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October 5, 1974

Lou begins seeing a cocktail lounge singer but becomes uncomfortable about her past.

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The Outsider

5x5
October 12, 1974

WJM-TV hires a young business consultant, who demands certain changes for The Six O'clock News, offending every member of the news team.

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I Love a Piano

5x6
October 19, 1974

Murray meets an attractive woman at one of Mary's parties and considers having an affair. On the pretext of buying her old piano, he goes to see her.

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A New Sue Ann

5x7
October 26, 1974

A young fan, Gloria, persuades Sue Ann to hire her for The Happy Homemaker. Sue Ann is less than pleased when Gloria plays up to the station manager and gets a larger role on the show at the expense of her own.

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November 2, 1974

Phyllis dates a man on a platonic basis, but he is attracted more to Mary and begins seeing her.

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November 9, 1974

The entire newsroom staff is arguing with each other, and when they are trapped at the office due to bad weather, Sue Ann decides to serve her Christmas dinner early.

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November 16, 1974

Mary and Sue Ann go to a convention in Chicago and Mary finds out that Sue Ann leads a lonely life.

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November 23, 1974

Ted is shocked when he finds out his mother does not intend to marry her boyfriend, but will live with him.

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A Son for Murray

5x12
November 30, 1974

Murray, who has three daughters, wants a son, but his wife Marie doesn't want to have another child. The couple decide to adopt instead.

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Neighbors

5x13
December 7, 1974

Lou wants a smaller place and moves in to Rhoda's old apartment but can't help interfering in Mary's private life.

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A Girl Like Mary

5x14
December 14, 1974

Lou wants to hire a female newscaster 'like Mary', so Mary decides to audition for the job herself.

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December 21, 1974

Now that Mary is producer, Ted thinks that he can make his move on her. He convinces the rest of the newsroom that they are having an affair.

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January 4, 1975

Mary doesn't feel she deserves the title of producer and asks Lou that she be given the chance to produce The Six O'clock News alone.

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The System

5x17
January 11, 1975

When Ted's formula for betting on football games works, Lou goes into partnership with him. He winds up betting all of the season's winnings on the Super Bowl without telling Ted.

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January 18, 1975

Phyllis and Lars have a dispute and she finds her credit cards cut off. She looks for a job but finds that she has no relevant skills.

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January 25, 1975

Lou wants to research his own news story now that Mary's producer and decides to launch a major investigation on a city councilor only to discover that he is completely honest.

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February 1, 1975

Ted pops the question to Georgette at Murray's 20th wedding anniversary party and then gets cold feet.

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February 8, 1975

Mary agrees to help a troubled crime prone girl go straight and find a job.

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February 15, 1975

Lou wins the Albert Mason Award, which he had once said was for broadcasting veterans who couldn't chew their own food.

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February 22, 1975

A con-man tricks Ted into setting up a broadcasters' academy. When he finds out he's been had, he asks Lou, Mary and Murray to be the faculty and give the semester's opening lectures.

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March 8, 1975

Mary likes her new boyfriend but finds his son absolutely intolerable.

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September 13, 1975

Lou puts on a brave face when he learns that his ex-wife Edie is remarrying.

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Mary Moves Out

6x2
September 20, 1975

Mary, wanting some change in her life, makes the decision to move to a new apartment.

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Mary's Father

6x3
September 27, 1975

Mary researches a documentary with the help of a priest. He eventually decides to leave the Church, and Mary thinks that he has fallen in love with her.

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Murray In Love

6x4
October 4, 1975

Murray realizes that he's always been in love with Mary and wants desperately to tell her.

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October 11, 1975

Ted's jocular nature is ideal for hosting a game show in New York, and he successfully auditions for the job. But Mary and Lou wonder if they really want to see him go.

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Mary's Aunt

6x6
October 18, 1975

Mary's high-flying journalist aunt comes for a visit, and Lou finds that he has a rival in her.

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October 25, 1975

Chuckles the Clown is crushed to death by a rogue elephant in a parade, which leaves all the newsroom staff in hysterics except Mary.

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November 1, 1975

Mary joins a Big Sisters scheme and tries to bring a teenage shoplifter to the side of good. Sue Ann, pursuing an award, decides to ""adopt"" a little sister as well but finds herself getting influenced.

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Ted's Wedding

6x9
November 8, 1975

Out of pity for Ted, Mary invites him & Georgette over for brunch. While he as an onion ring in his mouth, he proposes to Georgette...again. When, for the first time, Georgette says no, she & Ted have a talk and decide they want to get married now. They invite all their friends: Lou, Murray (with mud on his sweatshirt from his son's football game), and Sue Ann (who, in a spectacularily comedic enterance, brings a veil, flowers, and rice, among several other things). Ted's mom can't make it (she's washing her hair), but the incompetent minister comes straight from his tennis match. Best man Lou helps Ted calm his wedding day jitters. When the minister asks Ted if he takes Georgette to be his lawfully wedded wife, he pauses for a moment. Finally, with a smile on his face, he says, ""I do."" When they are pronounced husband & wife, Sue Ann sings the wedding march...very poorly, of course. Once the wedding ends and Lou, Murray, & Sue Ann leave, Ted asks, as if nothing had happened,

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November 15, 1975

Lou meets up with a woman who had sent him a 'Dear John' letter during World War II but is disappointed to learn her motives for doing so.

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November 22, 1975

Mary is convinced she has really fallen in love, but her boyfriend seems reluctant in saying those three magic words, 'I love you'.

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Ted's Tax Refund

6x12
November 29, 1975

Ted is overjoyed when he gets a tax refund and splurges out on everyone at the newsroom, but is later shocked when the IRS informs him that he will be audited.

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December 6, 1975

Sue Ann gets Mary to ask Lou out on a date on her behalf. Lou accepts, not realizing who Mary's 'friend' is.

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December 13, 1975

Mary's old flame Dan Whitfield, who once proposed to her, returns to Minneapolis and she's forced to choose between him and her current boyfriend.

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December 20, 1975

Initially delighted at the chance of producing the Happy Homemaker show, Murray quickly becomes miserable when he realizes the menial tasks he has to do for Sue Ann.

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January 3, 1976

Ted and Georgette face marital problems, but Ted refuses to see a counselor unless Lou goes with him.

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The Seminar

6x17
January 10, 1976

Lou and Mary go on a press junket to Washington, DC. Lou was once a correspondent there, but Mary has difficulty believing him about his contacts.

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January 17, 1976

Lou has spent the night with Sue Ann, and confides in Mary. Their friendship is almost ruined when Mary is unable to keep the secret.

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Menage-a-Lou

6x19
January 24, 1976

Lou almost ruins one of Mary's parties when his old girlfriend, Charlene Maguire, arrives with a date. He tries to make her jealous by taking out one of Mary's neighbors.

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January 31, 1976

Murray is unhappy with the new station owner's policies and tells him off over the phone one evening. However, the station owner fires him the following day.

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February 7, 1976

Mary's Aunt Flo and Lou both prepare competing ideas for a TV documentary.

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February 21, 1976

Mary learns that an old friend seeking re-election to Congress had financial help from the mob. Lou threatens to use the story on the air.

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February 28, 1976

Sue Ann has fallen in love, but her new boyfriend is less scrupulous than he first seems.

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Ted and the Kid

6x24
March 6, 1976

Ted and Georgette decide to adopt a son after Ted is informed he cannot have children.

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Mary Midwife

7x1
September 25, 1976

Georgette gives birth at Mary's dinner party. With the hospital and doctor too far away, Lou and Mary help deliver the baby.

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Mary the Writer

7x2
October 2, 1976

Mary decides to take a creative writing course, and is less than delighted with the criticism Lou levels at her efforts.

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October 9, 1976

Sue Ann becomes deeply depressed when her sister arrives and gets an offer to do a competing homemaker show in Minneapolis.

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October 16, 1976

Mary hires a new sportscaster who refuses to cover any sports but swimming and is faced with the prospect of firing her.

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October 23, 1976

Ted suffers a heart attack on the air and for the next few days becomes conscious of how precious life is.

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October 30, 1976

Lou promotes Murray to co-producer against Mary's wishes to prevent him from accepting a producer's job at a rival television station.

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November 6, 1976

Ted and Georgette are initially disturbed to find that their son, David, is not doing well at school, but a psychiatrist's test shows that he is a genius. Unfortunately, David lets this go to his head and takes advantage of Ted.

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November 7, 1976

Lou learns from a source on the Teddy Award's panel that Murray will finally win an award for his news writing.

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November 13, 1976

Mary faces a contempt charge for not revealing her news source. Lou recommends a lawyer friend who takes a romantic interest in Mary.

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Lou Proposes

7x9
November 20, 1976

Lou realizes that he has feelings for Mary's Aunt Flo, a journalist with a similar pride and passion in the news profession.

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Mary's Insomnia

7x11
December 4, 1976

Mary is having trouble sleeping and resorts to pills, which has Lou concerned that she's become addicted to them.

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Ted's Temptation

7x12
December 11, 1976

Mary and Murray find it hard to believe that an attractive young journalist has tried to seduce Ted while they are at a convention in Hollywood.

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December 25, 1976

Mary and Lou threaten to quit after the new station manager refuses to give them a raise.

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The Critic

7x14
January 8, 1977

A pompous but renowned critic is hired to provoke controversy on The Six O'Clock News, but the newsroom thinks he has gone too far when he begins attacking Minneapolis and its residents.

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January 15, 1977

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January 22, 1977

Ted and Georgette successfully audition for their own variety show, which becomes a big hit, but Georgette eventually finds that she would prefer being a wife and mother.

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January 29, 1977

Sue Ann's Happy Homemaker show is canceled but she is determined to stay at WJM and asks Mary to give her a job in the newsroom.

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February 5, 1977

WJM's former weatherman, Gordy Howard, returns to visit Minneapolis after becoming a highly successful network presenter in New York. Ted is desperate for a chance to join Gordy.

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February 12, 1977

Mary happily accepts a date from a charming older man without realizing that he's Murray's father, but everyone else has difficulty coming to terms with the difference in their ages.

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February 14, 1977

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.

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February 26, 1977

Murray, Ted and Lou fantasize about being married to Mary.

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Mary's Big Party

7x22
March 5, 1977

Mary has planned a fancy party at her apartment, with a mystery guest of honor, but the power in the building goes before he arrives.

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Lou Dates Mary

7x23
March 12, 1977

Mary has another disastrous date and worries she'll never meet the right man, until Georgette points out that every quality she seeks can be found in Lou Grant.

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The Last Show

7x24
March 19, 1977

WJM-TV has some personnel changes in the executive department (again), and everyone except Ted Baxter is fired. The new station manager wants to see the WJM News the highest-ranked in Minneapolis, and for some reason feels that Ted can help him make it happen. (Seems a little odd, eh?) The gang says goodbye to each other in the form of a long, hard cry. Mary thanks them all for being her surrogate family, and Lou finally sentimentally says, ""I cherish you people."" They bravely march out the office doors singing, ""It's a long, long way to Tipperary."" At the last moment, Mary leans back through through the WJM-TV doors and turns out the light.

So long, WJM-TV.

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