Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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It's Whether You Win or Lose 

Murray doesn't seem interested in joining the poker game that Mary's arranging for the guys.



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A blizzard is sweeping through Minneapolis, which means that Lou can't take his trip to sunny, warm Las Vegas. As it was supposed to be a boys' gambling weekend away, Lou is talked instead into a gathering of boys at the station to play poker. Murray initially doesn't want to play, but decides at the last minute to join when he learns that one of the players is novice Ted, whose money is too enticing to pass up. Mary later finds out from Marie that Murray is a compulsive gambler who can't stop once he starts. So Mary has to go down to the station to stop Murray from playing without divulging the reason why to any of the other players. Murray's reemerging gambling compulsion and the money involved by association becomes just as big an issue for Mary. Written by Huggo

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14 October 1972 (USA)  »

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When Lou is unable to go to Las Vegas for a long weekend because bad weather has closed the airport, it is suggested that the guys play poker. Mary arranges a game for them and Murray opts out, until he realizes Ted hasn't a clue about poker. What Mary doesn't realize is that Murray is a compulsive gambler. Once in, he can't quite. Of course, Mary must try to rescue him. They are playing in studio room that looks like a castle (for a kids' show). She barges in. Meanwhile, the game is a mess because Ted hasn't figured out how poker works. But the unthinkable happens and Ted wipes everyone out, including Murray, who loses a huge amount of money for that time. Watch this for the conclusion. Of course, there is the sad issue of compulsive gambling and its implications. Murray's defense mechanisms are so typical.

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