Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Happy Birthday, Lou! 

Worried that Mr Grant will be alone on his first birthday separated from his wife, Mary throws together a surprise party for him.



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Lou receives what look like greeting cards in the mail at the office. Mary suspects and does confirm that it's his birthday. She also figures that he may be feeling a little depressed on this day since it will be his first birthday since he and Edie separated. As such, she decides to throw him a last minute surprise party at her place. The plan is to invite him over for a quick drink that evening, with all the guests to show up after his arrival. A few snags occur in pulling off the party. First, Sue Ann hijacks the party planning and implementation, with nobody's input meeting her exacting standards. Second, Lou arrives a little earlier than expected, which means that Mary has to keep him there a little longer than expected. And third, Lou drops a bit of news before everyone's arrival which may make Mary want to hide all the guests when they arrive. Regardless of everything happening around him, Lou ends up handling the evening in his own way. Written by Huggo

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22 December 1973 (USA)  »

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According to this birthday episode, Lou Grant was born in 1925 and is turning 48. See more »


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Another Party Disaster
16 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With her usual need to ignore the feelings of others (with good intent) Mary decides to have a surprise party for Lou's birthday. He has insisted all along that he wanted to be left alone on his birthday. She couldn't leave it alone, however. He comes to her apartment and guests arrive, but he won't let them in. They are out in the hall, waiting. Lou is a complete creep through the whole thing. He is justified in his feelings, but once the die is cast, he could have been a sport. I've always disliked this episode because the whole thing is a recipe for disaster. I went to a surprise party years ago where the husband and wife got into a big fight and we were asked to leave. That made this episode especially real.

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