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Season Two
September 18, 1971 to March 4, 1972

C A S T
Mary Richards       Mary Tyler Moore
Lou Grant       Ed Asner
Rhoda Morgenstern       Valerie Harper
Murray Slaughter       Gavin MacLeod
Ted Baxter       Ted Knight
and special guest star
Phyllis Lindstrom       Cloris Leachman

Opening credits' notes
Sonny Curtis sings a different verse to his song Love Is All Around, which would be used with different arrangements till the series ended in 1977. New shots of Mary Tyler Moore smiling while driving are cut in to go with 'Who can turn the world on with her smile?', as well as clips from the show itself. Otherwise, footage from the original opening title are used but lacks its unity in style.

Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
Produced by David Davis
Story Consultants David Davis and Lorenzo Music
Executive Producers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
Music Composed and Conducted by Patrick Williams
Theme Song Love Is All Around Written and Performed by Sonny Curtis

An MTM Enterprises, Inc. production

 

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
168 episodes between September 1970 and March 1977, listed at this site:

Season 1 (1970–1)
Season 2 (1971–2)
Season 3 (1972–3)
Season 4 (1973–4)
Season 5 (1974–5)
Season 6 (1975–6)
Season 7 (1976–7)

Original air dates given in this guide are for WCBS-TV, New York

 

 
25 The Birds and … Um …Bees
After Mary produces What's Your Sexual IQ, Phyllis asks her to tell Bess the facts of life

 

Bess Lindstrom Lisa Gerritsen
Gordy John Amos

Written by Treva Silverman
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
26 I Am Curious Cooper
Mary is intrigued by the voice of Lou Grant's friend, Mike Cooper, and asks to be set up with him. Lou breaks his policy of not matchmaking friends and colleagues

 

Mike Cooper Michael Constantine
Mama Moto Shizuko Iwamatsu

Written by David Davis and Lorenzo Music
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
27 He's No Heavy … He's My Brother
Mary and Rhoda take an unplanned vacation to Mexico—but have to do a strange favor for a Mexican restaurant owner for reservations

 

Gustavo Frank Ramirez
Gordy John Amos
Jackie Annette Molen

Written by Allan Burns
Directed by Jerry Paris

 
28 Room 223
Mary and Rhoda enroll in a night school course in journalism—and Mary begins dating the lecturer

 

Dan Whitfield Michael Tolan
Mr de Forest Val Bisoglio
Mrs Marshall Florida Friebus

Written by Susan Silver
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
29 A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend
When Ida, Rhoda's mother, visits, she sees how well Phyllis and Bess get on, and how closely Mary appears to her mother when they chat on the telephone, that she tries to be Rhoda's "friend"

 

Ida Morgenstern Nancy Walker
Bess Lindstrom Lisa Gerritsen

Written by David Davis and Lorenzo Music
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
30 Cover Boy
Ted's brother Hal, a professional model, comes to visit and the two engage in a heated battle of sibling rivalry

 

Hal Baxter Jack Cassidy

Written by Treva Silverman
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
31 Didn't You Use to Be … Wait … Don't Tell Me
Mary attends her high school reunion and meets up with her former boyfriend Howard Arnell—who continues to have feelings for mary. Rhoda tags along believing that people will "remember" her although she didn't attend Roseburg High

 

Eldon Golfax Jack Riley
Ed Mims Ron Masak
Howard Arnell Richard Schaal
Estelle Pippa Scott
Mr Vandermast Kermit Murdock

Written by Allan Burns
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
32 Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary
When the unions strike, the only two left to produce The Six O'Clock News are Lou and Mary. Mary takes over as newswriter and Lou as anchorman, who needs to drink to be confident in front of the camera

 

Al Dick Balduzzi
Herb Larry Gelman
Gordy John Amos
Waiter Paul Micale

Written by Martin Cohan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
33 And Now, Sitting in for Ted Baxter
Ted is forced to take a vacation and the anchorman hired to sit in for him becomes a huge success

 

Rod Porter Jed Allen
Big Voice Man William Woodson

Written by Steve Pritzker
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
34 Don't Break the Chain
Mary gets a chain letter from Lou, and she is persuaded to send it on. To her surprise, one of the recipients visit—giving Mary a less than pleasant time dealing with him

 

Armand Lynton Jack De Mave
Roy Martoni Gino Conforti

Written by David Davis and Lorenzo Music
Directed by Jerry Paris

 
35 The Six-and-a-half Year Itch
Mary, Rhoda and Lou go to a John Wayne movie, where they spot Lou's son-in-law with an unknown woman

 

Bill Phelps Lawrence Pressman
Patti Woods Elizabeth Berger

Written by Treva Silverman
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
36 ... Is a Friend in Need
Rhoda loses her job as a window-dresser and isn't in a hurry to find something new. There is a vacancy at WJM-TV but Mary lies to Rhoda and tells her the job has been filled, to Lou's surprise

 

Waitress Beverly Sanders

Written by Susan Silver
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
37 The Square-shaped Room
When Edie is out of town, Lou hires Rhoda to redecorate his living room. However, Rhoda's tastes are too modern

 

Written by Susan Silver
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
38 Ted Over Heels
After Ted appears on the Chuckles the Clown show, he falls in love with Chuckles' daughter

 

Betty Bowerchuck Arlene Golonka

Written by David Davis and Lorenzo Music
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
39 The Five-minute Dress
After volunteering some of her spare time for a worthy cause, Mary begins dating the Governor's aide. Unfortunately, the aide's duties cause him to break every date

 

Written by Pat Nardo and Gloria Banta
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
40 Feeb
An incompetent waitress is fired after Mary complains about her poor service—and Mary feels obliged to hire her when she applies for an assistant's job at WJM-TV. (The end credits roll with Mary explaining to Murray what a 'feeb' is.)

 

Randy Barbara Sharma
Doreen Skinner Barbara Barnett
Restaurant Manager Jack Manning

Written by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
41 The Slaughter Affair
Murray takes on a night job as a cab driver in order to save up and buy his wife Marie a new car for their 10th wedding anniversary. However, Marie becomes suspicious about Murray's absences

 

Marie Slaughter Joyce Bulifant

Written by Rick Mittleman
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
42 Baby Sit-com
Mary agrees to babysit Bess for the weekend, but a former boyfriend in town for a few days asks her out. She can't find a babysitter for Bess at such short notice, and she winds up asking Lou

 

Bess Lindstrom Lisa Gerritsen
Anton 'Sandy' Styrakowski Joshua Bryant
Dee-Dee Leslie Graves

Written by Treva Silverman
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
43 More than Neighbors
After being persuaded by Phyllis, Ted moves into a vacant apartment below Mary's—but Mary and Rhoda are not thrilled by the prospect

 

Michael Lee Jack Bender
Barbara Gardner Yvonne Wilder

Written by Steve Pritzker
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
44 The Care and Feeding of Parents
Bess gets top marks for a report she wrote for school, and Phyllis pressures her to write a book based on it, calling on Mary for help

 

Bess Lindstrom Lisa Gerritsen
Sam Turner John Locke
Mr Mitchell Brad Turnbull

Written by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
45 Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda
When Rhoda's apartment is destroyed by fire, she moves in with Mary. The two find that while they are best friends, they make awful roommates

 

Gordy John Amos
Fireman Michael Bell

Written by Martin Cohan
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
46 You Certainly Are a Big Boy
Mary begins dating an architect and is astonished to learn that his son is only six years younger than she is

 

Matt Bryan Bradford Dillman
Matt Bryan Jr John Rubenstein
Waitress Beverly Sanders

Written by Martin Cohan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
47 Some of My Best Friends Are Rhoda
Through a minor car accident, Mary befriends a young woman, Joanne. Rhoda becomes jealous when Mary spends more time with Joanne—but Mary quickly ends the new friendship when she discovers Joanne is anti-Semitic and disapproves of Rhoda

 

Joanne Forbes Mary Frann

Written by Steve Pritzker
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
48 His Two Right Arms
Mary gets city councilman Pete Peterson to appear on Face the People and discovers that he is completely incompetent. She and his aides try to bring him up to speed on current events so he can make a good impression on the show

 

Pete Peterson Bill Daily
Sherry Wilson Janet Maclachlan
Jennifer Riley Carol Androsky
Walter Ellis Wally Taylor
Mrs Wilson Isabel Sanford
Woman from Audience Philippa Harris
Man from Audience Davis Roberts

Written by Jim Parker and Arnold Margolin
Directed by Jay Sandrich


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