Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Keep Your Guard Up 

Mary helps out a luckless former pro-football player who wants to be WJM's new sportscaster.



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Frank Carelli


Frank Carelli, an old, casual acquaintance-in-passing of Lou's, stops by the newsroom to see him. Lou can barely remember him and brushes him off. Frank was once a second string pro football player, and not a very good second stringer at that. He has ulterior motives for visiting Lou as he's heard Lou is holding auditions for a new sportscaster. Frank wants the job to get out from selling insurance which is what he now does for a living and which he hates. Mary and Rhoda befriend Frank, who they learn, in part from listening to his audio-taped memoirs, is a sad sack of a man who doesn't know what he can do with his life. He wants the sportscasting job more because it is one of the few things he sees that an ex-pro athlete is supposed to do following the end of his athletic career. Mary and Rhoda, and even Murray, try to help Frank get the job, which they really know he is not well suited to. Mary and Rhoda also try to get him to focus on striving for what he really wants in life, and ... Written by Huggo

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17 October 1970 (USA)  »

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Frank Carelli: [Looking out Mary's window at a snowy, Minnesota winter] IOne thing I know I'd do for sure - go to Florida! Oh, the people here are terrific, but that weather out there, that's for polar bears!
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An Ex-Viking in Need
27 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has some good moments. Actually, the funniest has nothing to do with the main plot. Phyllis comes up to invite Mary to a fund raiser for an anti-capital punishment group (since there is no capital punishment in Minnesota it seems superfluous). She tells Mary that they will have an actual electric chair at the next meeting and donors receive a little chain with a man hanging from a noose charm. The central figure is a former NFL player who wants a job as a sports announcer. He is selling insurance and hates the work. He is also terribly depressing and self deprecating. Mary, who probably takes in strays, tries to help him out, even though she knows he is terrible. But he is kind and sincere and people like him. It plays out pretty much to form. Ordinary episode.

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