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The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 4 Episodes

24 Episodes 1973 - 1974

Episode 1

The Lars Affair

Sat, Sep 15, 1973 30 mins

Cloris Leachman won an Emmy for this episode in which Phyllis is shocked to learn that her husband is seeing another woman. The other woman is Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White), the "Happy Homemaker," who makes her first appearance here. Ted: Ted Knight. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.

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Episode 2

Angels in the Snow

Sat, Sep 22, 1973 30 mins

Mary's friends worry about her when she bridges the generation gap by dating an eligible twentysomething. Peter Strauss, who plays Stephen, later starred in several miniseries, including "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Masada." Beck: Jon Korkes.

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Episode 3

Rhoda's Sister Gets Married

Mon, Jan 29, 1973 30 mins

Mary gets caught up in yet another tussle between Rhoda and her mother when they attend the wedding of Rhoda's sister. Despite Rhoda's denials, Ida thinks Rhoda is dying of jealousy. Brett Somers, who plays Rhoda's Aunt Rose, was one of the regular "Match Game" panelists. Interestingly, this is the only appearance of Rhoda's sister Debbie (Liberty Williams), who was never mentioned again either in this series or in the "Rhoda" spin-off.

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Episode 4

The Lou and Edie Story

Sat, Oct 6, 1973 30 mins

Writer Treva Silverman won an Emmy for this touching episode in which Lou grapples with the collapse of his marriage to Edie (Priscilla Morrill). Mr. Charney: Darrell Zwerling. Ted: Ted Knight. Rhoda: Valerie Harper.

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Episode 5

Hi There Sports Fans

Sat, Oct 13, 1973 30 mins

Lou answers Mary's demands for more responsibility by giving her the task of firing the current sportscaster and finding his replacement. Dick Gautier, who plays Cavanaugh, played Hymie the Robot on "Get Smart" and starred in the Mel Brooks spoof series "When Things Were Rotten." Andy Grissom: John Gabriel. Morton: Gordon Jump.

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Episode 6

Father's Day

Sat, Oct 20, 1973 30 mins

Ted is unnerved by an upcoming reunion with his father (Liam Dunn), who deserted the family when Ted was a baby. Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels, who penned this episode, later helped create the series "Taxi." Georgette: Georgia Engel. Caldwell: John Holland.

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Episode 7

Son of 'But Seriously Folks'

Sat, Oct 27, 1973 30 mins

Jerry Van Dyke returns as Wes, the bumbling comedy writer, who can't control his feelings for Mary after he lands a job in the newsroom. Van Dyke, the brother of Dick, later hit the jackpot with a costarring role on the hit sitcom "Coach." Lou: Edward Asner.

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Episode 8

Lou's First Date

Sat, Nov 3, 1973 30 mins

Newly separated, Lou decides to try dating again, but the blind date Mary arranges is definitely not what he had in mind. Martha: Florence Lake. Edie: Priscilla Morrill. Georgette: Georgia Engel. Mike: Jeff Thompson.

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Episode 9

Love Blooms at Hempels

Sat, Nov 10, 1973 30 mins

Rhoda is falling madly in love with her boss (William Burns) at Hempel's, despite Mary's warnings to slow down and play it cool. Doug: William Burns. Margaret: Barbara Barnett. Eve: Meg Wyllie.

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Episode 10

The Dinner Party

Sat, Nov 17, 1973 30 mins

Another of Mary's disaster-prone dinner parties. This time she arranges a get-together for a congresswoman (Irene Tedrow). Note the appearance of Henry Winkler (as Steve) in his pre-Fonzie days. Sue Ann: Betty White.

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Episode 11

Just Friends

Sat, Nov 24, 1973 30 mins

Nancy Walker (who played Rhoda's mother) directed this episode in which a lonely Lou begins loitering at Mary's apartment. Mary's solution: reunite him with Edie. But will they reconcile? Walker later directed the disco-themed film "Can't Stop the Music." Edie: Priscilla Morrill.

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Episode 12

We Want Baxter

Sat, Dec 1, 1973 30 mins

Phyllis's admiration for Ted leads to a cockamamy scheme to get the befuddled anchor elected to the city council. This is the first script penned by David Lloyd, who would become one of the dominant writers of the series' latter years. Georgette: Georgia Engel. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman. Ted: Ted Knight.

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Episode 13

I Gave at the Office

Sat, Dec 8, 1973 30 mins

Murray fusses like a mother hen when his teenage daughter comes to work in the newsroom. His meddling aggravates his coworkers, especially Lou. Bruce Boxleitner, who plays Rick, later starred in "Scarecrow and Mrs. King." Bonnie: Tammi Bula.

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Episode 14

Almost a Nun's Story

Thu, Dec 13, 1973 30 mins

When Georgette (Georgia Engel) learns about Ted's fling with another woman, she considers joining a convent. Sister Ann: Gail Strickland. Ted: Ted Knight.

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Episode 15

Happy Birthday Lou

Sat, Dec 22, 1973 30 mins

Mary throws a surprise birthday bash for Lou, even though he has made it clear he hates both surprises and birthday parties. Edie: Priscilla Morrill. Sue Ann: Betty White. Gordy: John Amos.

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Episode 16

WJM Tries Harder

Sat, Jan 5, 1974 30 mins

Mary starts dating a top-rated anchorman and gets an inferiority complex about the quality of WJM's newscasts. Ned Wertimer, who plays Bill, later popped up on "The Jeffersons" as Ralph the Doorman. Ross: Anthony Eisley. Marc: Regis Cordic.

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Episode 17

Cottage for Sale

Sat, Jan 12, 1974 30 mins

Phyllis earns her real-estate license and begins sniffing around WJM trying to drum up business. Rena: Michelle Nichols. David: David Haskell. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman.

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Episode 18

Co-Producers

Sat, Jan 19, 1974 30 mins

Mary and Rhoda are given the go-ahead to produce a talk show, but they're stuck with Ted and Sue Ann (Betty White) as hosts. Georgette: Georgia Engel. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.

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Episode 19

Best of Enemies

Sat, Jan 26, 1974 30 mins

Mary and Rhoda have a falling out. Mary insists Rhoda should apologize for their argument, but her estranged friend refuses. Marilyn Suzanne Miller, who co-wrote this episode, also wrote sketches for Lily Tomlin's groundbreaking TV specials. Georgette: Georgia Engel.

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Episode 20

Better Late...That's a Pun...Than Never

Sat, Feb 2, 1974 30 mins

Mary amuses herself by writing a flippant obituary, but she gets buried when her subject dies and Ted reads the obit on the air. Lou: Edward Asner. Rhoda: Valerie Harper. Ted: Ted Knight. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.

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Episode 21

Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite

Sat, Feb 9, 1974 30 mins

Ted's pride over his first Teddy Award leads to a misunderstanding with Lou's old pal Walter Cronkite (appearing as himself), who pays a visit to the newsroom. Andy: John Gabriel. Ted: Ted Knight. Lou: Edward Asner. Murray: Gavin MacLeod. Georgette: Georgia Engel.

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Episode 22

Lou's Second Date

Sat, Feb 16, 1974 30 mins

Lou dates Rhoda, which leads to a big misunderstanding. This is Valerie Harper's last regular appearance as Rhoda in the series. She would continue to play the character in the "Rhoda" spin-off. Sue Ann: Betty White. Lou: Edward Asner.

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Episode 23

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer

Sat, Feb 23, 1974 30 mins

Ted joins Mary's creative writing class so he can compose his own news copy, but his ineptitude leads to stealing her idea for a paper. Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern) directed the episode. Mrs. Malone: Shirley O'Hara. Georgette: Georgia Engel.

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Episode 24

I Was a Single for WJM

Sat, Mar 2, 1974 30 mins

The WJM staff haunts a singles bar for an unusual story but ends up scaring away all the customers. Moore won an Emmy for her work during the fourth season. Note the appearance of Penny Marshall as Toni. Dino: Richard Schaal. Alice: Arlene Golonka.

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