Mary Tyler Moore: Season 3, Episode 13

Operation: Lou (9 Dec. 1972)

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With Lou in the hospital, Mary and Murray are at odds in the newsroom; meanwhile, Ted's thoughtful behavior has Lou reconsidering his opinion of the buffoonish anchorman.



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Lou is going into the hospital for minor surgery - to have some war shrapnel removed - which he doesn't want anyone to know about, since he doesn't want anyone to make a fuss. But Mary, Murray and Ted do eventually find out. During Lou's hospitalization, he appoints Mary to be in charge. This appointment eventually places a strain on the friendship between Mary and Murray as Mary, in her new responsibility, starts to edit his copy. While Mary and Murray's friendship disintegrates, Ted and Lou becomes best friends as Ted seems to be a caring, thoughtful person in helping Lou through his hospital stay. Their new friendship extends to their professional relationship once Lou returns to work, he who doesn't want everyone to always blame Ted for all the on-air mistakes. Are both Mary and Murray, and Lou and Ted's new relationships permanent? Written by Huggo

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This is the first episode of the series not to include any scenes set in Mary's apartment. See more »

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The closing credits roll silently in the darkened newsroom, where Ted Baxter spends the entire night waiting to be chewed out by Lou Grant. See more »


References CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1962) See more »

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