Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II 

Mary is forced to work not only on Christmas Day but Christmas Eve, too.



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Lou Grant
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter
Charlie (voice)


Mary is planning on making the long drive back to her home town on Christmas Eve so that she can spend Christmas Day with her mother and father. She is thus dismayed to learn from Lou that she is scheduled to work on Christmas Day this year. In light of this information, she is determined to make Christmas Eve her special day, which she plans on spending with Rhoda. But even those plans hit a snag when she speaks to her co-worker, Fred, who is supposed to work the night shift alone on Christmas Eve and who hasn't spent Christmas with his family in years. Feeling sorry for him, Mary agrees to work his Christmas Eve shift for him. Can anything salvage this holiday season for Mary? Written by Huggo

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19 December 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lou gives Mary a blank check in her Christmas card. On the Dick Van Dyke Show Rob and Laura give a blank check in the "I'm No Henry Waldon" episode. See more »


References That Girl: Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid (1966) See more »


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Lonely Night
31 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Because Mary is forced to work on Christmas Day, a man talks her into taking the Christmas Eve shift. She is full of the Christmas spirit and now has been dealt a downer. She had made plans with Rhoda and even that has fallen through. She sits sadly in the office as the night crawls along. It is fun watching her innocent actions as she tries to occupy her time, waiting for midnight. There's a great scene earlier, where Lou has her come into the office and give her a card. It has a check in it, but he forgot to put the amount on it. His discomfort as he tries to figure out how much to put on the check is hilarious. It's a very touching episode, even if it's a bit maudlin.

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