Mary Tyler Moore: Season 4, Episode 20

Better Late... That's a Pun... Than Never (2 Feb. 1974)

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Working into the early morning, and delirious, Mary and Rhoda take some artistic liberties updating WJM's obituaries, and, when one of them is read on the air, there are serious consequences for Mary.



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Even with Rhoda's help, Mary has to stay up until the wee hours of the morning working on the obituary file. The file contains information for Ted to read on the air if a celebrity passes away. Overtired and feeling a little punchy, Mary and Rhoda end up writing a few gag obituaries. Unfortunately for Mary and the subject of one of those said obituaries - a man named Wee Willy Williams, the oldest man in Minneapolis - he dies. Needing the obituary, Ted grabs it from Mary's desk and reads it on the air. Lou has no choice but to reprimand Mary for what happened. He was close to firing her, but instead gives her a two week unpaid suspension. On Murray's urging, Mary speaks to Lou about the reprimand, feeling that the suspension is treating her like a little kid. As such, Mary vows not to return to work if the suspension holds. This act may be the end of Mary's stint at WJM, a stint that both she and Lou have cherished because of her. Written by Huggo

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