Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Anchorman Overboard 

Mary reluctantly arranges for Ted to speak at Phyllis's women's club.



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Phyllis asks an already exasperated Mary if she would ask Ted if he would speak at her women's club meeting this evening. Mary tells her she is reluctant to do so if only because Ted is not very good at public speaking. But Mary asks anyway, and Ted agrees. Mary figures that if Murray writes his speech, the evening should go smoothly. Lou isn't too sure, and would have preferred if she didn't ask Ted this favor, which he would not have allowed if he knew she was planning to ask. As Lou predicts, the evening is a disaster with Ted unable to speak to anything beyond what is written for him. The result is a shaken Ted is unable to cope with any kind of public speaking, including carrying out his job. Since he considers the problem Mary's fault, Lou orders her to bring back the old Ted. Mary believes she has the solution with the help of publicist Dave Curson and a group of yo-yo'ers. Written by Huggo

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5 December 1970 (USA)  »

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27 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Phyllis comes storming into Mary's apartment, asking a favor. She has a woman's club and her guest speaker has canceled at the last minute. She wants Mary to ask Ted Baxter to speak to the ladies. She gets him to agree by sort of ambushing him. Of course, he's so self centered that he sees this as a way to make a big splash in front of some women. The fact is that he cannot do impromptu things. Murray writes a speech for him, but when it's over, it's a disaster. A woman asks him a question and he freezes up. He ends up, catatonic, outside Mary's front door. At one a.m. Lou is called to mediate things, but Ted has lost his "charisma, whatever that is." His news reports are even worse than usual. There are some fantastic lines and Ted Knight is awesome as the inept anchorman.

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