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Sue Ann Nivens (Character)
from "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)

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"Mary Tyler Moore: The Critic (#7.14)" (1977)
Karl Heller: [Mel's just brought Mary over to introduce her to Professor Karl Heller, who's standing their with Sue Ann, who's obviously putting her moves on him] Tell me, Miss Richards, are all the women in Minneapolis as lovely as you?
Sue Ann Nivens: Ye-e-e-sssss!

Sue Ann Nivens: [the 6 O'Clock News has just ended - with Professor Karl Heller's diatribe against Minneapolis, and Sue Ann walks in, and starts to seriously speak] That is the cruelest man I have ever seen. I think I am in love!

Sue Ann Nivens: [Sue Ann's sitting on Mar's desk, talking about Professor Karl Heller] What a man, Mary - and what poise!
[Looks wistfully into space]
Sue Ann Nivens: Ohh, he really knows how to treat a woman.
[Turns to Mary]
Sue Ann Nivens: Not once did I have to yell; 'start.'

Sue Ann Nivens: [Everyone's angry at Karl, for what his putting down everyone at WJM. Sue Ann walks in, holding a pie, ready to be thrown, in her hand] All right, professor
Karl Heller: [Sue Ann walks straight up to Karl] I have nothing to fear from you, either. You're sensible, rational people, and sensible rational people do not throw either pies, or punches, at someone's face for simply stating an honest opinion.
[Sue Ann gets ready to throw the pie, but, can't]
Karl Heller: Only a fool would vent his frustration in those ways
[Just then, the studio door bursts open. Ted starts to walk towards the front door, but, seeing Sue Ann, with the pie in her cocked hand, pushes it in to Karl's face]


"Mary Tyler Moore: What Do You Want to Do When You Produce? (#6.15)" (1975)
[Sue Ann is trying to convince Mary to become her new producer]
Sue Ann Nivens: I'm willing to go another 50 bucks a week, even though it does mean digging into my own bra.
Murray Slaughter: Talk about an inflated economy!

[Murray is interested in Sue Ann's job opening]
Sue Ann Nivens: Are you saying you'd be interested in the job I was just offering Mary?
Murray Slaughter: Well, I'm saying that if you can't get anybody, I wish you'd keep me in mind. Why don't you, uh, kick it around overnight?
Sue Ann Nivens: I have other things I kick around overnight...

Sue Ann Nivens: And so, until tomorrow, this is your Happy Homemaker reminding you that a woman who does a good job in the kitchen is sure to reap her rewards in other parts of the house.

[Sue Ann asks Mary for her opinion on the dress Sue Ann plans to wear out to dinner]
Sue Ann Nivens: I've got another date with my new producer. Now, he's a wonderful man, but he's not terribly aggressive. We had three dates before he even so much as held my hand. And then he only did that to keep me from unbuttoning his shirt...


"Mary Tyler Moore: Mary's Delinquent (#6.8)" (1975)
Sue Ann Nivens: I have a Little Sister too - and mine's black.

Murray Slaughter: So: how did things work out at the Big Sisters?
Mary Richards: Terrific! They put you through a kind of screening process, and, uh, I guess I passed, 'cos I've got a little sister!
Murray Slaughter: Ah - what's she like?
Mary Richards: Well we were just sort of introduced, so, we didn't get a chance to talk, but, she's 15, bright, cute as a button, and out on probation for shoplifting.
Sue Ann Nivens: What was the name of this group, Mary?
Mary Richards: The Big Sisters.
Sue Ann Nivens: The big sisters that would be the perfect thing for me to clinch the award and I'd be wonderful at it, because, I had an ideal relationship with my own sister. And it wasn't easy; naturally, she resented being the ugly one.
Mary Richards: I had to mention the Big Sisters, didn't I? Now, because of me, some poor underprivileged kid is going to be forced to learn how to cook a quiche

Sue Ann Nivens: [Mary & Sue Ann are setting up for their Little Sisters, Francine & Celestine to join them at Mary's for dinner] Oh, Celestine & I are having such fun together! Last night, we went to a double feature: Shaft and Super Fly. It was wonderful watching them stick it to the honkies!


"Mary Tyler Moore: Ted's Wedding (#6.9)" (1975)
[Mary is reading the inscription Sue Ann has written in the copy she has given Mary of her new floral arranging book]
Mary Richards: Ah. "To a shrinking violet who rosed to be a budding producer". Oh, Sue Ann, that's too cute for words.
Sue Ann Nivens: I know. I tried to use a floral motif for each inscription.
[Murray starts to read what Sue Ann wrote in his copy]
Murray Slaughter: "To a fine writer whose work I always admired". Why thanks, Sue Ann. But what's that got to do with flowers?
Sue Ann Nivens: If you spread it on the ground, it helps them grow.

[the reverend has just shown up at Mary's apartment in his tennis outfit, complete with racket]
Reverend Chatfield: Miss Franklin, I'm Reverend Chatfield. I came as soon as I got the message.
Georgette Baxter: Thank you, Reverend. Come on in. Sorry to trouble you, but we want to get married.
Reverend Chatfield: Married?
Georgette Baxter: I hope we didn't spoil your day.
Reverend Chatfield: Well, no, but I'm a little embarrassed at wearing this to perform a marriage. And... and besides, I was just ordained. I've... I've never done it.
Sue Ann Nivens: Well, then, it's appropriate that you should wear white.

[Georgette and Ted are going to recite their own vows]
Reverend Chatfield: [to Ted] Would you like to say something?
Ted Baxter: You mean, wing it?
Sue Ann Nivens: Just say what's in your heart, Ted.
Ted Baxter: Oh, right.
[Leans over toward Murray]
Ted Baxter: Murray?
Ted Baxter: [Murray leans over and whispers in his ear] Georgette, I promise...
Ted Baxter: [Murray whispers in his ear] ... to be a devoted husband...
Ted Baxter: [Murray whispers in his ear] ... and to never give you cause...
Ted Baxter: [Murray whispers in his ear] ... to regret...
Ted Baxter: [Murray whispers in his ear] ... having married...
Ted Baxter: [Murray whispers in his ear] ... such a cluck.


"Mary Tyler Moore: Not a Christmas Story (#5.9)" (1974)
Sue Ann Nivens: [Sue Ann walks in to the newsroom, dressed in a Christmas-themed outfit; red top, red skirt, accessorised with a sprig of mistletoe as a pin, and more mistletoe on the skirt] HI people
Mary Richards, Murray Slaughter: [Half-heartedly] Hi.
Sue Ann Nivens: [Sue Ann walks towards Mary and Murray] Isn't it beautiful out there?
[Mary mumbles in agreement, as she and Murray get back to work, ignoring Sue Ann]
Sue Ann Nivens: I mean - snow always inspires such awe in me.
[Sue Ann starts talking in a 'philosophical' tone]
Sue Ann Nivens: Just consider one single, solitary snow-flake, alone.
[Sue Ann's standing by Mary's desk]
Sue Ann Nivens: So delicate, so fragile, so ethereal
[Mary looks up at Sue Ann with a smile on her face]
Sue Ann Nivens: And yet
[Sue Ann looks wistfully into space]
Sue Ann Nivens: - let a billion of them, come together, through the majestic force of nature, they can screw-up a whole city.

Mary Richards: Sue Ann, why are you wearing a Santa Claus apron?
Sue Ann Nivens: Oh, I just finished taping a special, on Christmas dinner in many lands. I call it; 'yuletide yummies for world-wide tummies.'


"Mary Tyler Moore: A Reliable Source (#6.22)" (1976)
[Mary is upset that Lou is going to expose the congressman]
Mary Richards: Murray, I have never fought him on a story before, but I am going to fight him on this one. And what's more, I'm going to whip him!
Murray Slaughter: [as Sue Ann walks into the newsroom] You're going to whip Lou Grant?
Sue Ann Nivens: Ooh! Need any help?

Sue Ann Nivens: Lou, you were so cute when you called me last night!
Lou Grant: Oh... I called you by accident. I didn't know it was your number written on the wall.
Sue Ann Nivens: And they say it doesn't pay to advertise?


"Mary Tyler Moore: The Lars Affair (#4.1)" (1973)
Sue Ann Nivens: Now, if you want to tidy up in a hurry, think of your living room as a big clock. Start at midnight, and then go around the room working clockwise toward the kitchen. You'll be done in two shakes of a lamb's tail.


"Mary Tyler Moore: Lou and That Woman (#5.4)" (1974)
Mary Richards: Did you crash the men's room?
Sue Ann Nivens: Of course not. I went as somebody's guest.


"Mary Tyler Moore: Chuckles Bites the Dust (#6.7)" (1975)
Georgette Franklin: Why do people always send flowers when someone passes on?
Sue Ann Nivens: What would you suggest, dear - fruit?


"Mary Tyler Moore: Mary's Father (#6.3)" (1975)
[Sue Ann enters the newsroom, spots Fr. Brian - dressed in slacks, a turtleneck shirt and a sport coat - standing by Mary's desk, and walks hungrily toward him]
Sue Ann Nivens: Hello there.
Fr. Terrance Brian: Hi.
Sue Ann Nivens: I'm Sue Ann Nivens. *Miss* Sue Ann Nivens.
Fr. Terrance Brian: [Shakes her hand] Terrance Brian.
Sue Ann Nivens: Well. Tell me, Terrance, are you new here? I hope...
Fr. Terrance Brian: I'm just waiting for Mary. We're going to lunch.
Sue Ann Nivens: Oh. Lunch. Dark place? Candles? Wine?
[Chuckles]
Sue Ann Nivens: I'll bet that's how you operate.
Fr. Terrance Brian: As a matter of fact, it is.


"Mary Tyler Moore: The Dinner Party (#4.10)" (1973)
Sue Ann Nivens: Mary, dear - do you have any idea what happens when you let Veal Prince Orloff sit in an oven too long?
Mary Richards: No, what?
Sue Ann Nivens: He dies.


"Mary Tyler Moore: Sue Ann Falls in Love (#6.23)" (1976)
Sue Ann Nivens: [Commenting on Ted's and Georgette's matching tuxedos] Ted, you two look adorable!
Ted Baxter: You hear that, Georgette?
Georgette Baxter: I don't care what anybody says. I think we look like the top of a gay wedding cake.


"Mary Tyler Moore: What Are Friends For? (#5.10)" (1974)
Lou Grant: [Lou hasn't announced who from the newsroom will go on the Chicago junket. Sue Ann comes into his office, and tells Lou she's going, and wants him to go as well] I didn't know you were going.
Sue Ann Nivens: I wouldn't miss a chance like this! 3 days... and nights, in the city where I had my first program. It was a cooking show , called; 'Let's Talk About Meat.'


"Mary Tyler Moore: One Producer Too Many (#7.6)" (1976)
Sue Ann Nivens: [pitching an idea for the show to Mary] Mary, I was lying in bed last night, and I couldn't sleep, and I got the most wonderful idea. So I went right home and wrote it down.


"Mary Tyler Moore: A New Sue Ann (#5.7)" (1974)
Gloria Munson: What do you think I should do for my first exercise?
Sue Ann Nivens: What about a headstand.
Gloria Munson: You mean, you just want me to stand on my head.
Sue Ann Nivens: No, I want to stand on your head.