Mary Tyler Moore: Season 5, Episode 23

Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School (22 Feb. 1975)

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After a conman promises to start a broadcasting school for Ted and swindles him out of his money, the newsroom staff help Ted out.



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Episode complete credited cast:
The Student
Alan Marsh
Tony Kramer


Ted is honored when he is asked by a man named Alan Marsh to lend his name to a broadcasters' school he is planning on opening in Minneapolis. Lou allows Ted this honor as long as it is done on Ted's own name, and is not associated with the station. Ted sees the school as being the next step on his road to national fame and fortune, as he can see other "Ted Baxter" schools eventually being opened across the country. Alan ends up doing all the work, with Ted getting all the glory. But Ted also ends up with all the bills as Alan, on the day of the school's gala opening, ends up skipping town, probably with all the tuition collected, which is $300 per student. If he is to do the right thing, Ted could be on the hook for several thousand dollars in the refund of tuition alone. Although Lou stated that Ted was not to use the station's name in the promotion, Mary realizes that the station is nonetheless involved through Ted's name association with it. So Mary comes up with what she believes... Written by Huggo

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The Student: Is ths the entire faculty?
Mary Richards: No, we're just the... department heads
[exasperated, turns to sit and says at Mr. Grant]
Mary Richards: Who IS ths person? What are we DOING here?
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One of the funniest episodes - from a great series
10 May 2013 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

The Mary Tyler Moore show is one of the best written, acted television series.

I've watched 'Mare' since I was a little boy - and, when it was shown in late-night repeats(here in NYC), i couldn't go to sleep until i'd seen 'Mare' and the gang.

The plot is that a huckster cons Ted into opening a 'school. The con then runs off with the money, and leaves Ted in a jam, and, the only way out is to try and get the gang to help him.

This episode's always stuck in my mind, for the brilliant scene at the end, at the hotel ballroom, where Mary, Lou, Ted, Georgette (And Tony Kramer - Mary's date) go to tell the students they'll reimburse their monies.

However, when they arrive - late - their's only ONE student (played wonderfully by the under-rated Leonard Frey) - and he doesn't want his money back - he wants to become… a sports announcer.

This scene - no matter how many times i've seen this episode (and that's a lot) always manages to make me laugh (hard) with the brilliant one-liners from the Mary & Lou, and the dead-pan delivery of Leonard Frey and the rest.

Time does not diminish the humor, and talent of this ensemble cast's work, and this episode is just one of many - too many to count - that gives them a tour de force chance to shine for us.

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