Mary Tyler Moore: Season 3, Episode 1

The Good-Time News (16 Sep. 1972)

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Mary and Mr. Grant stand off over her salary and over WJM's new, informal news format -- she's for it, he's not.

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Mary voices her displeasure to Lou when she finds out that the previous associate producer made $50/week more than she does solely because he was a man, married and had a family to support, despite Mary doing a better job than he ever did. So when Mary disagrees with Lou at a station manager's meeting - Mary agreeing with general manager Jack Stoneham's idea that the news would benefit by a new, more casual and relaxed format - Lou thinks Mary is just saying it to prove she has a mind of her own and is worth $50/week more. Mary takes over running the new format, which includes a new set, new blazers but more importantly co-anchors. Mary sells Lou on the idea that Gordy would make a perfect second anchor, as he is warm, funny and bright, everything that Ted is not. In rehearsals, it becomes evident that Ted is the thankless straight man to Gordy's funny guy, evident to everyone except Ted. When Ted learns what his role is in the pairing, Ted does whatever he can to prove that he too ... Written by Huggo

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Ted Baxter: Why are you giving a fifty dollar a week raise to someone who told me to shut up on the air?
Lou Grant: It's all I could afford, Ted.
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