Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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I Was a Single for WJM 

Mary must take over the research for WJM's feature story on a new singles bar when Murray's wife objects to his doing it.

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Since it's been a while since they've done one, Lou wants to do a location feature. After brainstorming with Mary, Murray and Ted, Lou decides on Murray's idea of life at a popular single's bar called Valentino's. Lou's plan is to send Mary and Murray to the bar to do some undercover reconnaissance at Valentino's for a week before sending in a live television crew to give the piece an off the cuff feel. Since Marie feels uncomfortable about Murray frequenting such a bar, even for work, Lou reluctantly agrees to let Mary do the recon visits on her own... sort of. But after those visits, meeting the regular patrons, hearing their stories and experiencing how a single person acts and is acted upon at the bar, Mary and company still don't have a fresh angle for the piece. They decide to let the regular patrons tell their own stories on the air, just hoping that they will have something insightful to say. By the end, they solely hope the regular patrons have anything to say. Written by Huggo

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2 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Arlene Golonka makes her second appearance in a Mary Tyler Moore Show episode. Her first was in Season 2, Episode 14, Mary Tyler Moore: Ted Over Heels (1971) in which she played Betty Bowerchuck - Chuckles The Clown's Daughter. See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Somehow It Doesn't Click
20 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I suppose this could have been really funny. It's just that this series set such a high bar. During a meeting where Lou would like to see some more remote projects, Murray suggest that they do a feature on a singles bar that he walk by on his way to the office. Lou goes along with it an Mary is embedded in the bar for a week (Murray's wife won't let him do the story). The interactions among the patrons are amusing enough, but we've seen these desperate people before (remember the divorced people club). Richard Schaal is back as a different character. There are also Penny Marshall and Arlene Golonka. The issue becomes, when the cameras are in the bar, who wants to be seen there. Even the byplay afterward is sort of disappointing.


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