Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Mary's Big Party 

Mary hopes that finally she'll have one dinner party that is not a disaster. Tonight Johnny Carson is going to make an appearance and then the lights go out.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lou Grant
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter
Georgette Baxter
Sue Ann Nivens
Johnny Carson (voice)


After refusing to host Ted and Georgette's first wedding anniversary party, Mary decides to throw a party anyway when one of the news' guests, Congresswoman Margaret Geddes, asks her to host a small dinner for her visiting friend, Johnny Carson to get him away from the throngs of fans sure to bother him at a restaurant. Mary is sure that this party will be a success, unlike most of her parties, which are usually disasters. She, however, refuses to tell anyone the nature of the party beyond the fact that a celebrity will be attending, that is until Johnny's imminent arrival. Before the Congresswoman and Johnny arrive, Mary's guests reminisce about the throng of lousy parties she's thrown. With Johnny attending, is there any way this party can be the worst of them all? Written by Huggo

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5 March 1977 (USA)  »

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The Party in the Dark
6 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

A congresswoman who has just been interview by Ted Baxter is going to be meeting Johnny Carson. Because they would like to keep him from most of the public, Mary decides to throw a party (it's also Ted and Georgette's first anniversary). She even hires a maid and a bartender. Everyone is a bit ornery for some reason, but before the guest of honor can appear, the lights go out and are out through most of the evening. During that time, stories are told of Mary's several disastrous parties. This is footage from previous episodes (were they running out of money?). Anyway, Johnny eventually shows up but circumstances make for some interesting activities.

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