Rebecca Thorpe


 

Season Seven
September 25, 1976 to March 19, 1977

C A S T
Mary Richards       Mary Tyler Moore
Lou Grant       Ed Asner
Murray Slaughter       Gavin MacLeod
Ted Baxter       Ted Knight
Georgette Baxter       Georgia Engel
Sue Ann Nivens       Betty White

Opening credits' notes
The titles themselves are reused from 1974–6, but there is a new arrangement of Love Is All Around, making it fuller and more contemporary. This final arrangement matches the titles the best. There is also a shorter instrumental version for episodes which were cut down in time.

Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
Produced by Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels
Executive Story Editor Bob Ellison
Creative Consultant David Lloyd
Story Consultants Glen Charles and Les Charles (on some episodes)
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

 

 
145 Mary Midwife
Georgette gives birth at Mary's dinner party. With the hospital and doctor too far away, Lou and Mary help deliver the baby

 

The Doctor Ford Rainey

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
146 Mary the Writer
Mary decides to take a creative writing course, and is less than delighted with the criticism Lou levels at her efforts

 

Written by Bert Prelutsky
Directed by James Burrows

 
147 Sue Ann's Sister
Sue Ann becomes deeply depressed when her sister arrives and gets an offer to do a competing homemaker show in Minneapolis

 

Lila Nivens Pat Priest

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
148 What's Wrong with Swimming?
Mary hires a new sportscaster who refuses to cover any sports but swimming and is faced with the prospect of firing her

 

B. J. Smathers Caren Kaye

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Marjorie Mullen

 
149 Ted's Change of Heart
Ted suffers a heart attack on the air and for the next few days becomes conscious of how precious life is. (This is the only episode where we see the editing room, supposedly at the left of the stage)

 

Xerox Repair Man Harvey Vernon
Dr Carter Jerry Fogel
Phil Howard Dean Santoro
Cameraman Paul Sorensen
Newsman Alessandro Paolone

Written by Earl Pomerantz
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
150 One Producer Too Many
Lou promotes Murray to co-producer against Mary's wishes to prevent him from accepting a producer's job at a rival television station

 

Waiter Richard Self
Violinist Murray Korda

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
151 My Son, the Genius
Ted and Georgette are initially disturbed to find that their son, David, is not doing well at school, but a psychiatrist's test shows that he is a genius. Unfortunately, David lets this go to his head and takes advantage of Ted

 

David Baxter Robbie Rist
The Doctor William Bogert
Morris Bender Ned Glass
Receptionist Valorie Armstrong

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Joan Darling

 
152 Mary Gets a Lawyer
Mary faces a contempt charge for not revealing her news source. Lou recommends a lawyer friend who takes a romantic interest in Mary

 

Barry Munroe John McMartin
The Judge Walter Brooke
Bailiff Jason Johnson
Prosecutor Richard Kline
Process Server Tom Tarpey
Guard Phil J. Macias

Written by Bert Prelutsky
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
153 Lou Proposes
Lou realizes that he has feelings for Mary's Aunt Flo, a journalist with a similar pride and passion in the news profession

 

Flo Meredith Eileen Heckart
Bartender T. J. Castronova

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
154 Murray Can't Lose
Lou learns from a source on the Teddy Award's panel that Murray will finally win an award for his news writing

 

Marie Slaughter Joyce Bulifant
Master of Ceremonies Larry Wilde
Award Presenter Lisa Parkes

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
155 Mary's Insomnia
Mary is having trouble sleeping and resorts to pills, which has Lou concerned that she's become addicted to them

 

Bonnie Slaughter Sherry Hursey
Janitor Ted Lehman

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by James Burrows

 
156 Ted's Temptation
Mary and Murray find it hard to believe that an attractive young journalist has tried to seduce Ted while they are at a convention in Hollywood

 

Whitney Lewis Trisha Noble
Man in Restaurant Hal Riddle
Jim Sutton David Brandon

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Harry Mastrogeorge

 
157 Look at Us, We're Walking
Mary and Lou threaten to quit after the new station manager refuses to give them a raise

 

Mel Price David Ogden Stiers
Receptionist Naomi Caryl

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
158 The Critic
A pompous but renowned critic is hired to provoke controversy on The Six O'Clock News, but the newsroom thinks he has gone too far when he begins attacking Minneapolis and its residents

 

Karl Heller Eric Braeden
Mel Price David Ogden Stiers
Maitre D' Tom Newman
Sommelier Warren Munson

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Martin Cohan

 
159 Lou's Army Reunion
Lou desperately wants to find a way to return a favor to an army buddy but is distraught when he asks Lou to fix him up on a date with Mary

 

Ben Selwyn Alex Rocco
Man at Reunion Dort Clark

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
160 The Ted and Georgette Show
Ted and Georgette successfully audition for their own variety show, which becomes a big hit, but Georgette eventually finds that she would prefer being a wife and mother

 

Mel Price David Ogden Stiers
Elliott Alex Henteloff
Stage Manager Douglas Robinson
Announcer Lee Vines

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
161 Sue Ann Gets the Ax
Sue Ann's Happy Homemaker show is canceled but she is determined to stay at WJM and asks Mary to give her a job in the newsroom

 

Sam Louis Guss
Stage Manager John Petlock
Boy Puppet Réné
Girl Puppet Wandee Feldman

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
162 Hail the Conquering Gordy
WJM's former weatherman, Gordy Howard, returns to visit Minneapolis after becoming a highly successful network presenter in New York. Ted is desperate for a chance to join Gordy

 

Gordy Howard John Amos
Mr Cobb David White
Mrs Cobb Mavis Neal Palmer
Publicity Lady Jean Lebouvier
Ted's "Son" Johnnie Avery

Written by Earl Pomerantz
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
163 Mary and the Sexagenarian
Mary happily accepts a date from a charming older man without realizing that he's Murray's father, but everyone else has difficulty coming to terms with the difference in their ages

 

Doug Booth Lew Ayres
Marie Slaughter Joyce Bulifant
Ronny Williams Jon Lomer
Aunt Helen Bartine Zane
Joe Walker Edmiston

Written by Len Charles and Glen Charles
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
164 Murray Ghosts for Ted
Ted offers Murray $200 to write an article on his behalf. The article becomes a success, but Ted refuses to share the credit with Murray

 

Marie Slaughter Joyce Bulifant
Laurie Slaughter Helen Hunt

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
165 Mary's Three Husbands
Murray, Ted and Lou fantasize about being married to Mary. (This is the only episode where "dream sequences" are used, and one of the few 'What if?' episodes bringing the show to a close)

 

Bellhop Bill Dearth

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
166 Mary's Big Party
Mary has planned a fancy party at her apartment, with a mystery guest of honor, but the power in the building goes before he arrives. (Flashbacks are used for the first and only time in this episode, as the guests reminisce about some of Mary's earlier efforts at parties)

 

Congresswoman Geddes Irene Tedrow
Special guest appearance by Johnny Carson

Written by Bob Ellison
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
167 Lou Dates Mary
Mary has another disastrous date and worries she'll never meet the right man, until Georgette points out that every quality she seeks can be found in Lou Grant. (Trivia: another 'What if?' There had been rumors, one published in TV Guide, March 19, 1977, that the finalé would see the two characters marrying. Ed Asner was reported as favoring the idea)

 

Jake John Reilly

Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich

 
168 The Last Show
New owners have bought WJM-TV and proceed to fire everyone in the newsroom, except Ted. (At the end of the episode on its first run, and on some reruns, Mary Tyler Moore introduces the cast. This was cut on some reruns and in the video boxed set)

 

David Baxter Robbie Rist
Mr Coleman Vincent Gardenia
Special guest stars (in alphabetical order)
Rhoda Gerard Valerie Harper
Phyllis Lindstrom Cloris Leachman

Written by Allan Burns, James L. Brooks, Ed. Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd and Bob Ellison
Directed by Jay Sandrich

Emmy Award: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (a single episode of a regular or limited series with continuing characters and/or theme)


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