Mary Tyler Moore: Season 7, Episode 5

Ted's Change of Heart (23 Oct. 1976)

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After a heart attack, Ted discovers how precious life is.



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Dean Santoro ...
Jerry Fogel ...
Dr. Carter
Harvey Vernon ...
Xerox Repairman
Paul Sorensen ...
Alessandro Paolone ...


Mary and Murray's angry disagreement with Ted just before going on-air turns to panic when it looks like Ted is in some physical distress during his newscast. It ends up being a mild heart attack from which he will fully recover. The heart attack makes Ted a changed man, where every little thing in life - even a grain of salt - now has a special meaning to him. But the new Ted does not go over too well. Not only is Ted's new outlook starting to grate on everyone, including Georgette, but it's also starting to affect Lou, Mary and Murray's ability to do their jobs. But when they think about it, will Ted's new outlook ultimately have an affect on the outlook of those around him? Written by Huggo

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23 October 1976 (USA)  »

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"Ted's Change of Heart" won the Humanitas Prize for 30 Minute Network or Syndicated Television. See more »


Ted Baxter: Say, doc?
Dr. Carter: Yeah?
Ted Baxter: I didn't want to ask with everybody around. Something's been bothering me. It's kind of personal. How... how does it affect you if you have a heart attack about... you know... uh...
Dr. Carter: Sex?
Dr. Carter: Ted, you can have it as often as you did before your heart attack.
Georgette Baxter: I thought you said he was going to be better.
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17 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an unusually good episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Ted has a mild heart attack, causing him to appreciate life all the more. His colleagues are frustrated with him at first but eventually come to feel the same way. Lou and Mary tell each other how much they are appreciated. No joke about it. And it works well. Murray realizes he is a lucky man to have a wife and kids and friends. The episode ends with the three of them simply admiring a sunset from the heretofore unseen WJM film library. I was reminded of a movie Mary made in 1968 called "What's So Bad About Feeling Good," in which a South American bird infects New Yorkers with a virus that makes them happy all the time. One wonders if episode writer Earl Pomerantz was influenced by "What's So Bad About Feeling Good" in the creating this great episode.

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