"Mary Tyler Moore" The Shame of the Cities (TV Episode 1975) - Plot Summary Poster

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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 grimy underside of life as news, Lou goes ahead with Mary's idea. Will the documentary be a success and as such will Mary prove Lou's theory wrong?

    - Written by Huggo
  • Lou launches a major investigation into a city councilman and finds that he is not corrupt.

    - Written by laird-3


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