Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Lou Dates Mary 

Mary asks Lou out for a date after Georgette suggests it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Richards
Lou Grant
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter
Georgette Baxter
Sue Ann Nivens


After yet another disastrous date - by her calculations, her two thousandth date - Mary comes to the realization that she hates the rituals of dating. She also doubts that her version of Mr. Right will come into her life. But as Mary lists all those attributes of who she considers Mr. Right, Georgette tells her that she already knows him: Lou. Mary is at first incredulous to the idea of even dating Lou, but the more she thinks about it, the more it seems like a good idea. The first hurdle is actually convincing Lou it's a good idea. After thinking about it, Lou agrees to dinner at Mary's place. The second hurdle is for Mary to be able to call him "Lou". The third hurdle is overcoming their respective nerves for the evening to be a comfortable and fun one. And the fourth hurdle is moving their relationship from the realm of friends into lovers, which includes no talk about the newsroom. Can both overcome all these hurdles? Written by Huggo

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12 March 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Out of mutual respect for her boss, Mary has always addressed Lou as Mr. Grant throughout the run of the series. Towards the end of their "date" once they realize a more personal relationship was just not going to happen and they agree to remain friends just as they always have been, she calls him Lou. See more »


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Two Beautiful Souls
6 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Mary is fed up with two thousand dates, many of which have been a waste of time. She has another one where the guy takes off his shirt, expecting things from her on the first date. She throws him out. She is frustrated. Back int he office, Georgette tells her she should ask Lou out. She tells her that he has all the qualities of a person she could get to like a lot, socially. They are both like little kids when the time comes. Lou brings her three bouquets of flowers, candy, a bottle of wine, and some mixed nuts. There are more uncomfortable moments than they know what to do with. Maybe, the fact that they are so nice and so pleasant and so scared is such a compliment. This is a really nice episode.

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