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Season Three
September 16, 1972 to March 3, 1973

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
While the song and arrangement remain the same as in 1971, the titles have been re-edited again from last year's opening title and clips from the show. Mary's Ford Mustang is still the ’70 model—but Ford is still credited for supplying automobiles in the end credits. (One exception is in episode 72, where Mary and Rhoda are in a Ford showroom and the latest models are shown.) The main change with the end credits is they now scroll, and show Mary walking along the lakeside. Judging by the fashions and hairstyle, this was probably filmed in 1970. There is no credit for the main title design.

Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
Produced by Ed. Weinberger
Executive Story Consultants James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
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

 

 
49 The Good-time News
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

 

Gordy John Amos
Jack Stoneham Robert Hogan
Bartender Patrick Campbell

Written by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
Directed by Hal Cooper

 
50 What Is Mary Richards Really Like?
Mary is interviewed by a newspaper columnist—and winds up telling a little too much

 

Mark Williams Peter Haskell

Written by Susan Silver
Directed by Jerry Belson

 
51 Who's in Charge Here?
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

 

Mrs Thorn Joan Tompkins

Written by Martin Cohan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

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

 

Ida Morgenstern Nancy Walker
Martin Morgenstern Harold Gould

Written by Martin Cohan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
53 It's Whether You Win or Lose
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

 

Gordy John Amos
Marie Slaughter Joyce Bulifant
Pat Patrick Campbell

Written by Martin Donovan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

Emmy Award: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (Series)

 
54 Rhoda the Beautiful
After losing 20 lb, Rhoda enters a beauty contest at work, but continues to put herself down

 

Written by Treva Silverman
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
55 Just around the Corner
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

 

Dottie Richards Nanette Fabray
Walter Richards Bill Quinn

Written by Steve Pritzker
Directed by Jay Sandrich

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

 

Wes Callison Jerry van Dyke
Nightclub Manager Rudy Deluca
Woman Ethel Reda Leopold

Written by Ed. Weinberger
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
57 Farmer Ted and the News
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

 

Bella Swann Lorene Tuttle

Written by Martin Donovan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
58 Have I Found a Guy for You
Two of Mary's friends separate and Mary accepts a date from the husband

 

Jack Foster Bert Convy
Linda Foster Beth Howland
Arthur Price Dan Keough

Written by Charlotte Brown
Directed by Hal Cooper

 
59 You've Got a Friend
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

 

Dottie Richards Nanette Fabray
Walter Richards Bill Quinn
Waitress Beverly Sanders

Written by Steve Pritzker
Directed by Jerry Belson

 
60 It Was Fascination, I Know
Bess's 15-year-old boyfriend falls in love with Mary and begins to surprise her with visits to her apartment and her work

 

Bess Lindstrom Lisa Gerritsen
William Campbell Gerald Michenaud
Roger John Amour
Maitre D' Jack Manning

Written by Ed. Weinberger
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
61 Operation: Lou
Lou goes to hospital to have a piece of World War II shrapnel removed and, surprisingly, he and Ted become best friends. (Trivia: this is the first episode where Mary is assigned the task of producing The Six O'Clock News, and not in Season 4. End credits roll with Ted Baxter waiting in Lou's office, without the theme song)

 

Nurse Linda Sublette
Sister Florida Friebus

Written by Elias Davis and David Pollock
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
62 Rhoda Morgensterm: Minneapolis to New York
Rhoda decides to move back to New York but Mary is taking the whole thing with a grain of salt. (This is Georgia Engel's first episode as Georgette, her character appearing at Rhoda's farewell party)

 

Barry Barlow Jack Riley
Rob Robert Caspar
Georgette Franklin Georgia Engel

Written by Treva Silverman
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
63 The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter
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

 

Dan Whitfield Michael Tolan
Judy Conrad Barra Grant
Walt Richards Bill Quinn
Jonas Lasser Steve Franken
Mr Conrad Gordon Jump
Man in Elevator Arthur Abelson
Woman at Party Molly Dodd

Written by David Pollock and Elias Davis
Directed by Jay Sandrich

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

 

Philly Dick Balduzzi

Written by Ed. Weinberger
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
65 My Brother's Keeper
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

 

Ben Sutherland Robert Moore
Georgette Franklin Georgia Engel

Written by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
66 The Georgette Story
Mary and Rhoda try to encourage Georgette to make a stand for herself after seeing how Ted takes advantage of her

 

Georgette Franklin Georgia Engel

Written by Ed. Weinberger
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
67 Romeo and Mary
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

 

Peter Joe Warfield
Warren Sturges Stuart Margolin
Lowell Bo Kaprall
Peggy Stanton Barbara Brownell

Written by Jim Mulholland and Mike Barrie
Directed by Peter Baldwin

 
68 What Do You Do When the Boss Says, 'I Love You'?
The new station manager, an attractive woman, falls for Lou

 

Barbara Coleman Lois Nettleton
Doris Carol Worthington
Philly Dick Balduzzi

Written by David Pollock and Elias Davis
Directed by Jay Sandrich

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

 

Written by Martin Cohan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
70 Remembrance of Things Past
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

 

Tom Vernon Joseph Campanella

Written by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
71 Put on a Happy Face
Everything goes right for Rhoda and everything goes wrong for Mary on a disastrous day when she is due to go to the Teddies. (The writer and director credits appear at the end of the episode. At the end when the MTM cat, Dick Turpin, comes on, we hear Mary's voice saying, 'That's all, folks!'—a line used during the episode)

 

Jonas Lasser Steve Franken
Dave Herbie Faye
Master of Ceremonies Eddie Carroll
Norman Keller Art Gilmore
Clown John Francis

Written by Marilyn Suzanne Miller and Monica Magowan
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
72 Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady
Mary lends Rhoda almost $1,200 to start a new venture and worries she may never see her money again, when Rhoda postpones repayment, hires Georgette full-time and begins expanding her business

 

Georgette Franklin Georgia Engel
Anne Adams Louise Lasser
Harry Henry Corden
Salesman Bob Ross
Bob Robert Karvelas
Charlie Craig Nelson

Written by Martin Cohan
Directed by John C. Chulay


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