Mary Tyler Moore: Season 4, Episode 23

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer (23 Feb. 1974)

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Mary is less than thrilled when Ted decides to join her creative writing class.



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Ted believes that the act of writing is beneath him, until he learns that some of the "big ones", such as Walter Cronkite, sometimes write their own copy. When Ted's attempt to emulate a "big one" has a less than positive response, Ted decides that he will sit in on a creative writing class. Unfortunately for Mary, the class that he chooses is the one she is taking. Ted thinks that he can breeze through the class on the strength of his news background, but finds that his first assignment is more difficult to write than he imagined. A day before the assignment is due and is to be read in front of the class, Ted has not even started and asks Mary to write his paper for him, which she refuses to do. But Ted will do anything to make himself look good in front of the class, even at the expense of a friend. Written by Huggo

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The title is a parody of the illogical fallacy two wrongs don't make a right meaning that if one wrong is committed, another wrong will cancel it out. See more »


Lou Grant: Where do you get off changing Murray's copy?
Ted Baxter: It was flat, Lou! I didn't change the facts, I just jazzed up the language.
Lou Grant: Jazzed up? Jazzed up? Ted, you do not change the wording of a direct quote. And I do not believe that the Queen of England calls the French Ambassador "The Dude from Frog Town."
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One of the very best episodes
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This episode is among the very best of the entire series, and showcases Ted Knight at his finest as the bumbling boob and self-centered ignoramus that no-one could ever have played better. Edward Asner played the best foil ever seen in this episode. After Ted Baxter decides to write and broadcast his own unauthorized and ridiculous copy for the evening news, Lou Grant wants to kill him, but Georgette is in his dressing room. It is one of the funniest and most memorable scenes in television history. Following this fiasco, Ted decides to join Mary's writing class in an effort to justify his writing skills. He steals Mary's childhood story, and on a 4th grade level submits it before the class, much to the dismay of Mary.

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