Mary Tyler Moore: Season 4, Episode 4

The Lou and Edie Story (6 Oct. 1973)

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The newsroom rallies around Lou when he tells them about his troubles at home -- he and his wife are seeing a marriage counselor.



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Lou is three and half hours late coming back from lunch, in the process missing an appointment. He implies that he didn't actually eat, but makes up an excuse regarding his whereabouts and the reason for being so late. He finally confides in Mary and Murray that because things have been bad between himself and Edie, they have been going to see a marriage counselor. Lou doesn't like the outcome of the process: the counselor is suggesting a trial separation. As such, Edie is planning on moving out of the house. Leading up to her leaving, the gang at the office don't know what to say to Lou. Before she leaves, Lou tries to understand why she feels the need to leave. Written by Huggo

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Lou Did Nothing Wrong, But Edie Wants Out
20 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very successful TV shows like this one can have just one simple storyline and stretch it out to an entertaining 25 minutes. For instance, here we basically have two things: Lou announcing that he and longtime wife Edie are having marriage problems and are going to see a counselor, and, later, that Edie is moving out of the house for a trial separation.

The rest of show deals with how Lou gets around to telling Mary, Murray and Ted and work, and then keeps them updated. At the end, we see a dramatic scene at home in which "Edie," Lou's wife, explains why she feels she needs to separate (which is incredibly lame, by the way. She admits Lou did nothing wrong; she's just bored.)

Anyway, outside of the last few minutes it has a number of funny moments. The best, I think, were said by the goofy "Ted Baxter"who puts his foot in his mouth, as usual.

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