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The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 3 Episodes

24 Episodes 1972 - 1973

Episode 1

Good Time News

Sat, Sep 16, 1972 30 mins

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 "Broadcast News," a masterful satire of newsroom politics. Gordy: John Amos. Jack: Robert Hogan.

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Episode 2

What Is Mary Richards Really Like?

Sat, Sep 23, 1972 30 mins

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.

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Episode 3

Who's in Charge Here?

Sat, Sep 30, 1972 30 mins

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 "McHale's Navy." Mrs. Thorn: Joan Tompkins. Lou: Edward Asner.

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Episode 4

Enter Rhoda's Parents

Sat, Oct 7, 1972 30 mins

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 "Rhoda" spin-off series. Rhoda: Valerie Harper.

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Episode 5

It's Whether You Win or Lose

Sat, Oct 14, 1972 30 mins

Murray's gambling problem resurfaces when he loses a bundle during a poker game and relies on a wild bet to recoup his losses. His fortunes rest on Ted muffing his lines. Jay Sandrich won an Emmy for directing this episode. Marie: Joyce Bulifant. Pat: Patrick Campbell. Gordy: John Amos.

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Episode 6

Rhoda the Beautiful

Sat, Oct 21, 1972 30 mins

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 "He and She" and "The Monkees." Rhoda: Valerie Harper. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman.

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Episode 7

Just Around the Corner

Sat, Oct 28, 1972 30 mins

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.

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Episode 8

But Seriously, Folks

Sat, Nov 4, 1972 30 mins

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 "Taxi" and "Amen." Van Dyke appeared with Moore on his brother Dick's classic sitcom. Bartender: Rudy DeLuca. Bowler: John Fox.

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Episode 9

Farmer Ted and the News

Sat, Nov 11, 1972 30 mins

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.

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Episode 10

Have I Got a Guy for You!

Sat, Nov 18, 1972 30 mins

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 "Alice." Arthur: Dan Keough.

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Episode 11

You've Got a Friend

Sat, Nov 25, 1972 30 mins

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.

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Episode 12

It Was Fascination, I Know

Sat, Dec 2, 1972 30 mins

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.

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Episode 13

Operation: Lou

Sat, Dec 9, 1972 30 mins

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.

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Episode 14

Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York

Sat, Dec 16, 1972 30 mins

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.

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Episode 15

Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter

Sat, Dec 23, 1972 30 mins

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 "WKRP In Cincinnati" and replaced Jesse White as the lonely repairman in the Maytag ads. Judy: Barra Grant. Richards: Bill Quinn. Jonas: Steve Franken.

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Episode 16

Lou's Place

Sat, Jan 6, 1973 30 mins

Lou and Ted buy their favorite bar, but Lou's approach to his new role as a tavern keeper quickly alienates all the regulars. Philly: Dick Balduzzi. Al: Jack Spritt. Tim: Arthur Abelson. Henry: Russ Grieve. Rick: Lew Horn.

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Episode 17

My Brother's Keeper

Sat, Jan 13, 1973 30 mins

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.

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Episode 18

The Georgette Story

Sat, Jan 20, 1973 30 mins

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.

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Episode 19

Romeo and Mary

Sat, Jan 27, 1973 30 mins

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 Rockford Files." Lowell: Bo Kaprall. Peter: Joe Warfield. Peggy: Barbara Brownell.

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Episode 20

What Do You Do When Your Boss Says 'I Love You'?

Sat, Feb 3, 1973 30 mins

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.

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Episode 21

Murray Faces Life

Sat, Feb 10, 1973 30 mins

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.

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Episode 22

Remembrance of Things Past

Sat, Feb 17, 1973 30 mins

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.

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Episode 23

Put on a Happy Face

Sat, Feb 24, 1973 30 mins

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 "Saturday Night Live," and Monica Magowan, who eventually authored film scripts with Albert Brooks as Monica Johnson. Jonas Lasser: Steve Franken. Norman: Art Gilmore.

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Episode 24

Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady

Sat, Mar 3, 1973 30 mins

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 ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") as the loan officer; Craig T. Nelson ("Coach") as Charlie; Robert Karvelas (Larabee on "Get Smart") as Bob. Harry: Henry Corden. Salesman: Bob Ross.

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