Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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And Now, Sitting in for Ted Baxter 

Not without reason, Ted is worried that his mandatory vacation might become a permanent one.



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Mary learns that the station is in violation of Ted's contract since he has not taken a vacation in the four years he's worked there. Mary later learns that it really is Ted who is the one who evades even mention of taking a vacation, he who will use whatever sly trick available to his disposal in not taking one. In speaking directly to Ted, Mary can tell that Ted is afraid that whoever his replacement will be will take over his job permanently. Mary forces him to take a vacation, which Ted reluctantly decides to take in Acapulco. Ted's worst nightmare comes true when he sees that his replacement, Rod Porter, is a good looking, eloquent man, who really is aiming his sights on a full time anchor job. Rod ends up being a great addition to the team, as the newscast quickly catapults to number 2 in the ratings which buoys Lou. Mary feels guilty for making Ted take his vacation as although she realizes that Ted is not the most proficient anchor and is the primary reason for the newscast's ... Written by Huggo

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13 November 1971 (USA)  »

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"I Don't Want Your Pep Talk; I Want Your Pity"
12 January 2007 | by (Omaha, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Mary discovers Ted hasn't taken a vacation in four years and further discovers the reason is Ted knows it could lead to him being permanently replaced. And that possibility looks likely when WJM hires the glamorous Rod Porter to cover for Ted. Supposedly on vacation in Acapulco, Ted writes a postcard to the guys (postmarked Minneapolis) and a crank letter trashing Porter. When it really looks like Ted will be let go, Porter announces he has been offered a network position, so Ted's job is secure, and feeling secure once again, Ted reverts to character.

This episode has its funny moments, especially the scene with Mary in Ted's dressing room, surrounded by phony souvenirs (best of which is a doctored photo of Ted meeting Kruschev) and videotapes of his favorite newscasts ("all of them"). And the scene at Mary's when Ted turns up gives Rhoda a chance to shine. But the episode also has a depressing and ugly side to it: Ted knows he's third rate and is scared of getting kicked back down to the Rhode Island minor leagues from whence he came; and Lou comes off truly heartless in this episode, sincerely ready to throw Ted overboard for high ratings and the money it will bring him. That underlying pathos and mean-spiritedness rubbed me wrong and left me uneasy as the credits rolled.

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