Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Seminar 

At a seminar in Washington Lou tries to impress Mary with all his former contacts that just don't seem to exist anymore. Betty Ford makes a cameo.



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Murray Slaughter
Congressman Phil Whitman
Betty Ford


Lou has decided to take Mary with him on a business trip to Washington DC to attend a two-day politics and the press seminar. Lou is excited to be able to show Mary a good time with all his old contacts from his days covering the Capitol Hill beat for the Detroit Free Press. As this trip marks Mary's first time in the nation's capital, she's excited to experience it the way Lou talks about it. Mary makes her own contacts at the seminar, they who want to take her and Lou to events where some of the most important people in national and international politics will be in attendance. But Lou, certain that his old friends will call, wants to wait for what he considers a better offer. While Mary ultimately goes off without Lou, all she can think about is that he is all alone in his hotel room waiting for people who won't call. Or will they? Meanwhile, much to Murray's dismay, Lou has appointed Ted in charge during his absence. Ted wants solely to be a figurehead boss, but comes to the ... Written by Huggo

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10 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Originally they wanted then President Ford to appear, but as it was the start of an election year, it was felt that it would be considered too much of a political ad for his reelection. So, Betty Ford was substituted. See more »


[Mary has answered the phone and refuses to believe that she is really speaking to Betty Ford]
Mary Richards: [sarcastically] Hi, Betty. This is Mary... Queen of Scots.
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The Patient Running the Asylum
27 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Lou gets funding so he and Mary can go to a seminar in Washington, D. C. Ted gets wind of it and remembers that Lou had promised him he could go on the next trip. To save face, he has to agree to let Ted be the producer for two days while they are gone. Of course, he does the Frank Burns thing where changes are going to be made. Fortunately, no one pays any attention to him, so he just runs around looking over people's shoulders and getting in the way. Meanwhile Lou and Mary hit the Capitol and Lou sits around while Mary goes out with a Congressman, played by Dabney Coleman. Mary has a great time and feels sorry for Lou, who doesn't seem to be doing anything. The ending is quite amazing, but I won't ruin it.

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