Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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I Gave at the Office 

Murray remains blind to his daughter's shortcomings when she's hired to help out in the newsroom.



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Bonnie Slaughter


After a casual and informal conversation between Lou, Mary and Murray about needing someone to do menial tasks around the office such as making coffee, Mary has no problem making the unilateral decision to hire Bonnie Slaughter, Murray's fifteen year old daughter, as the office's Girl Friday, especially after Murray says that Bonnie is looking for her first ever job. This decision causes many problems in the office. First, Lou, without even seeing Bonnie's work, wants Mary to fire her as he knows he can't be his curse spewing self around a teen-aged girl, especially the daughter of a friend. Second, Murray can't help but do whatever he can to make Bonnie's life as easy as possible, even at the expense of his own work. And third, Bonnie's small and not so small gaffes cause some issues in other areas of the newsroom, even with the on-air newscast. Despite Mary's support for Bonnie, will she ultimately cave in and fire Bonnie, and if so how will that affect Murray's working relationship... Written by Huggo

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8 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Don't Hire Relatives
15 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary hires Murray's daughter to do some basic stuff in the newsroom. Lou is dead set against it, but Mary is feeling empowered. The problem is twofold. For one thing, she can't seem to get the hang of her responsibilities and keeps making mistakes. The other is that Murray jumps in every time there is a goof up. He starts doing her work and ignoring his. Obviously, any criticism is going to hurt Murray because he is protective of her. The funniest scenes, as usual, are in Lou's office when he asks to "see" Mary. This is a pretty routine episode with a kind of funny confrontation where Murray wants to fight Lou. This is the best part of this show.

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