Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Shame of the Cities 

Lou launches a major investigation into a city councilman and finds that he is not corrupt.

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A death threat against an old news colleague who was working on a story concerning corruption makes Lou yearn for the days when he was a reporter uncovering hard news stories. Lou wants to be the one receiving death threats. As Mary is now producer, she talks Lou into going back and working on such a story for a documentary. Lou decides to go into the political realm. Eventually, he works on a story of Charles Hartney, a city councilor who has aspirations to be governor. Lou can feel that Hartney has some major skeletons in his closet. With Mary and Murray helping him, Lou can feel that he is getting closer and closer to uncovering something big and dirty about Hartney. After three weeks of working on the story night and day, Lou receives information from his secret source that Hartney is the cleanest politician there ever was. Lou is depressed. But Mary thinks they can turn around the story for it to be a good news one. Despite Lou believing that the public only wants to see the ... Written by Huggo

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25 January 1975 (USA)  »

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The photograph of Charles Hartney, the city councilor that Lou is investigating, is of Grant Tinker, who was Mary Tyler Moore's real life husband at the time and head of MTM Productions. See more »

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Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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A Wasted Effort
22 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lou is depressed. He is in a rut at the station. He longs for the good old days in Detroit when he went up against gangsters and thugs to report the news. Mary suggests that he find some graft or illegal activities in Minneapolis and do some hard news on it. He picks a politician that he suspects has been double dealing. Unfortunately, he is so squeaky clean as to be unbelievable. So Mary figures they should make their documentary on him as an honest, kind, upstanding citizen, a pillar of politics. Of course, it's a disaster. Watch it unravel. Really good last scene where Mary gets snockered.


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