Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Ted's Moment of Glory 

Ted is tempted with an offer to host a game show in New York City. Do Mary and Lou really want to see him go?



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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Balin ...
The Producer
Joyce Franklin
Charlotte Gruen
Fred Franklyn ...
Elliott Jensen (as Frederic Franklyn)
Bill Zuckert ...
Dian Parkinson ...


Ted is dropping hints to Mary and Murray that he is taking a trip to New York, about which they don't really care. When Mary eventually does ask Ted about the trip, he proudly announces that he has been asked to audition for a new game show. In their general well wishes, Mary, Murray and Lou, who don't give it much thought, are certain it will not amount to anything. Georgette, on the other hand, is secretly afraid of Ted getting the job, and forgetting his Minneapolis life, including her. But after the on-camera audition, complete with contestants and a live studio audience, Ted doesn't hear from the producers for weeks, which Mary tries to break gently to him that it probably means he didn't get the job. When Ted eventually hears from the producers, he is ecstatic that he is offered the position. As Lou and Mary prepare for Ted's departure, which primarily focuses on finding his replacement, they both can't help but lament his departure. Lou and Mary will have to decide if Ted means... Written by Huggo

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11 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Ted makes $750/week, Mary makes $280/week, and Murray $275/week. Adjusted for inflation, in 2016, Ted makes $3187.72, Mary makes $1190.80, and Murray $1168.83. See more »


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One Could Say He Got Screwed
24 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ted Baxter heads to New York to audition for a game show that pays way more than his anchor spot. He really does well and gets the job. It's a really stupid game show, but it has a real quality to it. But for some reason, the people in the newsroom start to believe they will miss him. Lou and Mary decide they need to figure out a way for him to stay. Lou is going to have to go against everything he believes to real him in. Of course, things get resolved in Lou's office. I have to say that Ted passed up some big opportunities.

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