Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The 45-Year-Old Man 

To get Mr. Grant back his job, Mary pays a visit to the outrageous station owner, Wild Jack Monroe.



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Wild Jack Monroe
Barry Phelps
Everett Edwards
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No one but Ted seems concerned that Mr. Phelps, the station's new manager, seems to be on a firing spree based on show's ratings. But when Ted, Mary, Murray and Gordy are called into Mr. Phelps' office, they know that someone from their team is going to be fired and that person is the one person not invited to the meeting: Lou. The four have troubles even looking Lou in the eyes until he receives the news, which ultimately comes from Mary. However Lou is relieved that it is him as he figures it is easiest for him out of everyone in the newsroom to get another news job since he's had so many offers in the past. But those offers seem now to have dried up. After Mary, Murray, Ted and Gordy have a brainstorming session, they decide that Mary should speak to the station's owner, Wild Jack Monroe, on Lou's behalf since he was the one who originally hired Lou after a joint drunken spree. Mary is a little apprehensive about speaking to Monroe, an ex-movie cowboy and still real life cowboy, ... Written by Huggo

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6 March 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Wild Jack Monroe parodies the way former cowboy movie star Gene Autry became a media tycoon. See more »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


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Lou's Job on the Ropes
2 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I always thought that if I were to die, I would want Slim Pickens to deliver my eulogy. This came to mind when I saw his role as an outlaw in "Blazing Saddles." In this episode, a new station manager comes in and wants to get rid of Lou Grant because of the ratings. Of course, Mary begins to circle the wagons, trying to keep this from happening. She, Gordy, Murray, and a reluctant Ted gather in her apartment to plot strategy. Because she is the only one willing to go out, they decide to go over the station manager's head to the owner. A crazy cowboy, played by Pickens. The scene in his office is hilarious as he sits on stuffed horse, fully saddled, and waves a rifle around. Lou makes a comment later about hallucinating. Good effort.

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