Mary Tyler Moore: Season 3, Episode 8

But Seriously, Folks (4 Nov. 1972)

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Mary tries to be supportive when her new boyfriend quits his job writing for Chuckles the Clown.



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Episode cast overview:
Rudy De Luca ...
Nightclub Manager
Ethelreda Leopold ...
Woman (as Ethel Reda Leopold)


Mary is dating Wes Callison, the writer for Chuckles the Clown's show. The job is less than ideal for Wes as beyond Chuckles being a tyrannical boss, Wes really wants to be a performer, more specifically a stand-up comedian. After one temper tantrum too many by Chuckles, Wes quits. Mary believes Wes would be perfect to write and host a five minute segment on the news on the lighter side of life. Lou agrees to let Wes tape a test spot. After viewing the spot which Mary loves, Lou believes Wes' whimsical brand of humor isn't what the show needs. Lou leaves it to Mary to break the bad news to Wes. Following, Wes gets a job doing stand-up at the Melody Lounge, which he fails to mention is in a bowling alley. He invites the gang from the newsroom to his opening night as he wants a supportive crowd. Mary feels Wes' success or failure almost as much as Wes himself, to which Lou can attest. Regardless of Wes' success or failure, he will at least have had a chance to see if his dream of being ... Written by Huggo

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Mary's boyfriend in this episode is played by Jerry Van Dyke, the brother of Dick Van Dyke, her former costar from "The Dick Van Dyke Show." See more »


References The Bob Hope Show (1952) See more »

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