Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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But Seriously, Folks 

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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4 November 1972 (USA)  »

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The title is a line often used by Bob Hope in his monologues and by other comedians. See more »


References The Bob Hope Show (1952) See more »


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The Dropping of a Bomb
7 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary's boyfriend of the week is a guy named Wes (played by Jerry Van Dyke, Dick's brother). I always felt he was cast in parts because people felt sorry for him. He was in a show called "My Mother the Car" where his dead mother comes back as a car. Need I say more. Anyway, he is the script writer for the "Chuckles the Clown Show." Now that's funny. Apparently, Chuckles had a real mean streak and kept firing his writers. Anyway, when Wes quits the Chuckles show and doesn't get another job at the station, he decides to try standup comedy. It's a total disaster where even his friends can't find anything to laugh about. But there is one terrific bit where Mary is crying and Lou follows her into the bathroom. It is worth watching the whole show just to see that.

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