Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Father's Day 

Ted's long-lost father has come to Minneaoplis, and Ted doesn't want to see him.



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Lou Grant
Mr. Caldwell
Liam Dunn ...
Robert Baxter


At the newsroom, Mary takes three telephone messages from a man stating that he's Ted's father, who wants to see Ted while he's visiting from Gary, Indiana. It surprises Mary since Ted's never mentioned his father before. Ted doesn't take the news well, since he hasn't ever really seen the man since his father ran off when Ted was two. Ted doesn't want to see his father for a variety of reasons - primarily fear and anger - and does whatever he needs to hide out from him. But they do meet. In Ted's mind, the unknown was better than the man he meets. The worst part in Ted's mind is that the reason his father came to see Ted was to ask to borrow $2,000. Before his father leaves Minneapolis, Ted has to decide if blood truly is thicker than water. Written by Huggo

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20 October 1973 (USA)  »

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According to this episode, Ted's frequently mentioned first job in Fresno, California, was followed by stints playing Uncle Fuzzy on a kids' show in Albany; doing band remotes in Altoona, PA; and playing classical music in Bennington, VT. See more »


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He's Certainly Not Eric Sevareid
13 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Ted is upset when he gets a message from his father that he is going to visit in a day. Ted's father abandoned him and his mother when Ted was two. Murray said it was probably when he started talking. Anyway, there are hilarious times ahead as Ted does everything he can to avoid seeing his dad, including a case of laryngitis. Lou knows he is lying and makes him play a game of charades to tell him that he has lost his voice. Eventually, Dad shows up. He is a kindly little man who runs a laundromat. Ted isn't impressed and is actually ashamed. In a final scene, Ted and Georgette show up at Mary's apartment. I forgot how hilarious Georgette is, in a clueless kind of way. She is so sweet but also insightful. Ted's father wants to borrow 2000 dollars from his son. Of course, Ted is about as cheap as one can be and this becomes so distressing to him. Great episode with many wonderful lines.

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