Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Farmer Ted and the News 

Ted may have outsmarted Lou when he convinces him to strike the clause from his contract which forbids him from doing outside work; things like movies and Broadway. And cheesy commercials.



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Ted refuses to sign his standard new contract as he wants a raise, which irks not only Lou, but also Mary and Murray, the latter who is already angry at what Ted makes compared to him. Ted even tries to bribe Mary to talk to Lou on his behalf. But when Ted brings in his new agent, an elderly and seemingly sweet woman named Bella Swan, to discuss the contract with Lou, Lou agrees to the one demand Bella has: to remove the non-exclusivity clause from the contract so Ted is able to pursue other work in the entertainment field, such as, 'movies and Broadway'. Lou, Mary and Murray have a good laugh about Ted's potential (or lack thereof), for work in these fields. But Ted and Bella may have the last laugh, when Ted does pursue other entertainment-themed work, namely in local television commercials, where Ted's soon appearing in commercials no dignified news anchor should do. The last straw for Lou, is when one of these commercials airs during the newscast. Lou, feeling behind the 8-ball, ... Written by Huggo

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11 November 1972 (USA)  »

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Mary Richards: [Ted Baxter's been doing his commercials, and Mr... Grant's depressed about the whole situation. Mary goes in to Mr... Grant's office, and tries to talk to him] Mr. Grant, what is it?
Lou Grant: [Mr. Grant's standing there - dejected, looking defeated] Hmmm?
Mary Richards: What's wrong?
Lou Grant: Oh.
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I'll Punch Your Face In
8 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the possible exception of the death of Chuckles the Clown, this is probably my favorite episode of Mary Tyler Moore. There are so many funny bits. First of all, there is Ted tearing up his paycheck, thinking it his new contract. Then, Ted hiring an old lady to negotiate for him. Then Lou's response to what Ted is doing with his non-exclusive contract: dog food commercials, pork sausage, slice and dice products (note the band aids on his hands), etc. And Lou's reaction when he knows Ted has got him. I won't spoil it for those of you who have not seen this episode, but Murray's reaction to Ted''s salary and Lou's final foray are priceless. Don't miss this one. The timing and the writing are impeccable.

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