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The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 5 Episodes

24 Episodes 1974 - 1975

Episode 1

Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?

Sat, Sep 14, 1974 30 mins

Mary refuses to reveal a source to a grand jury, and though she believes in a free press, she really doesn't want to go to jail. Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels earned an Emmy for their script, which opened the series' fifth season. Sherry: Barbara Colby. Harrison: James Randolph. Kim: Mary Ann Chinn. Sue Ann: Betty White.

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Episode 2

Not Just Another Pretty Face

Sat, Sep 21, 1974 30 mins

Mary's friends insist her latest relationship is based solely on her beau's physical attractiveness, but Mary refuses to believe them. Paul: Robert Wolders. Sue Ann: Betty White. Waitress: Julie Rogers.

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Episode 3

You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate

Sat, Sep 28, 1974 30 mins

Ted takes advantage of Lou's feelings of remorse after Lou tosses him through the studio doors in a fit of anger. Former child actor Jackie Cooper directed this episode. Cooper also helmed several "M*A*S*H" episodes. Ted: Ted Knight. Lou: Edward Asner.

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Episode 4

Lou and That Woman

Sat, Oct 5, 1974 30 mins

Lou is intoxicated by a sexy barroom singer (Sheree North), until Murray and Ted start teasing him with stories about her past. North is best known for her scorching dance routine in the 1955 film "How to Be Very, Very Popular." Drunk: Fred Festinger.

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Episode 5

The Outsider

Sat, Oct 12, 1974 30 mins

The newsroom staffers are annoyed when management hires a consultant (Richard Masur) to shape up the evening news. Peter Bonerz, Jerry the dentist from "The Bob Newhart Show," directed this episode. Georgette: Georgia Engel. Sue Ann: Betty White.

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Episode 6

I Love a Piano

Sat, Oct 19, 1974 30 mins

Happily married Murray has a crisis of conscience when he is drawn to an attractive divorcée (Barbara Barrie). Barrie played the estranged wife of "Barney Miller." Murray: Gavin MacLeod. Lou: Edward Asner. Ted: Ted Knight.

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Episode 7

A New Sue Ann

Sat, Oct 26, 1974 30 mins

Sue Ann might lose her "Happy Homemaker" show to a youngster (Linda Kelsey) who is playing up to the station manager. Kelsey later costarred with Edward Asner on "Lou Grant" as reporter Billie Newman. Schroeder: Ron Rifkin. Sue Ann: Betty White.

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Episode 8

Ménage à Phyllis

Sat, Nov 2, 1974 30 mins

Phyllis develops a friendship with an attractive man---purely platonic, she insists---but is nevertheless miffed when he warms to Mary. John Saxon, who plays Mike, is best known for his role in "Enter the Dragon" opposite Bruce Lee. Phyllis: Cloris Leachman. Lou: Edward Asner. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.

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Episode 9

Not a Christmas Story

Sat, Nov 9, 1974 30 mins

A blizzard traps everyone at the office, so to alleviate cabin fever, Sue Ann organizes a party. Sue Ann: Betty White. Ted: Ted Knight. Lou: Edward Asner. Murray: Gavin MacLeod.

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Episode 10

What Are Friends For?

Sat, Nov 16, 1974 30 mins

Sue Ann takes advantage of a broadcasters' convention to drag Mary on a man-hunting expedition through Chicago. Noble Willingham, who plays Hal, later costarred on "Walker: Texas Ranger" while David Huddleston, who plays Freddy, appeared in films such as Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles." Waiter: Robert Karvelas. Bellhop: Dan Barrows.

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Episode 11

Boy's Best Friend

Sat, Nov 23, 1974 30 mins

Ted is thrown into an emotional maelstrom by his mother's impending marriage in this episode directed by Moore. Walter: Nolan Leary. Lou: Edward Asner. Georgette: Georgia Engel.

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Episode 12

A Son for Murray

Sat, Nov 30, 1974 30 mins

After three daughters, Murray is desperate for a son, but Marie (Joyce Bulifant) is not about to go through another pregnancy. Then fate intervenes in the form of a young orphan. Le Chan: Michael Higa. Andy: John Gabriel. Phil: David Frescoe.

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Episode 13

Neighbors

Sat, Dec 7, 1974 30 mins

Lou decides to sell his house because he thinks he's found the perfect place to live---Mary's building. James Burrows, who co-directed this episode, later became the prinicipal director on "Cheers." Bess: Lisa Gerritsen. David: Clifford David.

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Episode 14

A Girl like Mary

Sat, Dec 14, 1974 30 mins

Lou decides to give Ted a female co-anchor. Mary wants the job, but she has to get past Sue Ann first. This episode demonstrates why Betty White won an Emmy for her work in the fifth season. Enid: Rosalind Cash.

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Episode 15

An Affair to Forget

Sat, Dec 21, 1974 30 mins

To boost his reputation as a lady-killer, Ted spreads a rumor among the newsroom staff that he and Mary are having a torrid affair. Mary, of course, is mortified. Georgette: Georgia Engel.

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Episode 16

Mary Richards: Producer

Sat, Jan 4, 1975 30 mins

Mary pushes Lou for the chance to produce an entire show, but the challenge of putting the newscast together almost breaks her. Mel: Anthony Holland. Gus: Phillip R. Allen. Georgette: Georgia Engel. Sue Ann: Betty White.

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Episode 17

The System

Sat, Jan 11, 1975 30 mins

Ted astonishes everyone---luckless Lou especially---when he comes up with a winning system for betting on football games. Director Jay Sandrich snared an Emmy for this episode. Andy: John Gabriel. Al: Tom Pedi. Sue Ann: Betty White.

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Episode 18

Phyllis Whips Inflation

Sat, Jan 18, 1975 30 mins

Pampered Phyllis is horrified when Lars takes away her credit cards. Cloris Leachman won an Emmy for this episode, her last regular appearance on Moore's series before starring in the "Phyllis" spin-off. Helen Farrell: Doris Roberts. Bess: Lisa Gerritsen.

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Episode 19

The Shame of the Cities

Sat, Jan 25, 1975 30 mins

Eager to return to active reporting, Lou goes in search of corruption to expose on the WJM news, but takes aim at a phantom target, a political figure with a flawless record. Charlene: Sheree North. Man: Robert Emhardt. Bartender: Chuck Bergansky.

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Episode 20

Marriage Minneapolis Style

Sat, Feb 1, 1975 30 mins

While Murray and Marie celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, a lonely Ted decides to propose to Georgette (Georgia Engel). Ellen: Eileen McDonough. Marie: Joyce Bulifant. Murray: Gavin MacLeod. Ted: Ted Knight.

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Episode 21

You Try to Be a Nice Guy

Sat, Feb 8, 1975 30 mins

Mary plays mother hen to a prostitute (Barbara Colby) who will have to go to jail unless she finds a steady, reputable job. Colby first played the character on the "Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?" episode. Lou: Edward Asner. Ted: Ted Knight.

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Episode 22

You Can't Lose 'Em All

Sat, Feb 15, 1975 30 mins

Lou must tell Ted that he has not been nominated for a newscaster's award while Lou himself faces having to accept an award he doesn't want. Edward Asner won his third Emmy for his work in the fifth season. Note the guest appearance by Fred Grandy, who would later costar on "The Love Boat" with Gavin MacLeod. Emcee: Larry Wilde.

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Episode 23

Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters School

Sat, Feb 22, 1975 30 mins

The newsroom staff acts as the faculty of Ted's broadcasting school, but the enrollment is somewhat limited. Note the appearance of Bernie Kopell (as Tony), who later costarred with Gavin MacLeod on "The Love Boat." Lawrence: Leonard Frey. Alan: Norman Bartold.

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Episode 24

Anyone Who Hates Kids and Dogs

Sat, Mar 8, 1975 30 mins

Mary's blossoming love affair with a single father (Laurence Luckinbill) wilts when she meets his ultra-obnoxious son. Note the cameo by singer/songwriter Carole King (then known as Carole King Larkey) as Aunt Helen. Stevie: Lee H. Montgomery. Ethel: Mabel Albertson.

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