Mary Tyler Moore: Season 7, Episode 24

The Last Show (19 Mar. 1977)

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In the upside world of WJM, there's a shake up in the newsroom and everybody but Ted gets fired including Mary who is left to turn out the lights.

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The station's new owner, Frank Coleman, has been on a firing spree of late. When it comes to the 6 o'clock news, Lou tells him to watch the show for himself to make his own evaluation of specifically Ted. Ted believes that this directive marks the end of his stay at WJM, and begs that if he does get fired, the others will show solidarity and quit. But Ted still does whatever he feels he needs to to keep his job. Coleman, true to form, does make some drastic changes, with pink slip(s) handed out. Some unexpected competition occurs the result of Coleman's decision. But through it all, all the newsroom staff, but especially Mary, are most sad to see the break-up of what Mary considers her family. Written by Huggo

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The eight main characters of the show (Mary, Lou, Murray, Ted, Rhoda, Phyllis, Sue Ann and Georgette) never all appeared in the same episode, until this series finale. Even in this episode, the characters never all appeared in the same scene - although the actors portraying these characters do appear together at the very end of the episode, for a curtain call. See more »

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It's a Long Way to Tipperary
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Written by Jack Judge & Harry Williams
Performed by Edward Asner, Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel & Betty White
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'Being fired is like being violated...'
23 September 2012 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

'Leave it to Murray to find a bright spot' -Sue Ann Nivens

Oh, how I cried.

We raced home to watch it (the original broadcast).

I've been a Mary fan since it began (I can EASILY beat Rosie - or ANYONE for that crown!).

With the end of Mary, a lot of us lost our 'best friends.'

I can't tell you how much - about life - I learned from this show.

It was never written down to the audience. It was a show that - gave women a strong voice, and, really was a show that many (Oprah…?!?!) used as a roll-model, for it's depiction of life.

Nothing extreme. Nothing exaggerated.

The acting was pitch-perfect. A huge part of the thanks goes to those behind the cameras: writers, camera, stage crew, and many, many more.

I don't think there's been a show since that ever came close to capturing what this show did.

This - the last episode of a seven year run - was a real tear-jerker, especially, on it's initial run (I'll explain later).

It was beautifully written. Not maudlin, but, very funny, and, yes - it also made what was happening - the leaving of OUR WJM crew - very heartfelt.

THe tears you see on the screen are real. They really did feel that way.

And we did too.

That initial last showing - the only time they broadcast it - the epilogue, where the entire cast came out for a final curtain call, was especially endearing.

In my mind, Mary, she's OK.

And, thanks for those seven years.


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