Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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What Do You Do When the Boss Says 'I Love You' 

WJM has yet another new program director, but this time it's a woman. And she's got a crush on Lou.



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Episode cast overview:
Mary Richards
Lou Grant
Rhoda Morgenstern
Murray Slaughter
Barbara Coleman
Dick Balduzzi ...


The station's latest program director, to who Lou reports, has just been fired. Lou is nonplussed about the news as a program director is a program director, to who he pays little attention regardless. Mary thinks that he'll not think quite that way when she learns that the new program director is a woman, Barbara Coleman. Lou doesn't give Mary the satisfaction of seeing him uncomfortable by the news. As two female executives, Barbara and Mary bond. That's why Barbara feels comfortable enough in telling Mary that she's fallen in love with Lou despite the fact that he's married. As such, Mary feels like she needs to be Barbara and Lou's chaperon to make sure nothing happens between them, but if something does happen, she doesn't want to know. Being the person in the middle, Mary however does become Lou's confidante as well. Written by Huggo

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3 February 1973 (USA)  »

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According to the program board in Barbara's office, WJM also shows "Gilligan's Island" and "My Mother the Car." See more »


The view from the Program Director's office window appears to include moderately sized mountains in the background, which are not part of the Minneapolis-area landscape. See more »


Ted Baxter: Hi guys. Say, anybody know who the new secretary is?
Ted Baxter: Cute little brunette with a great heinie.
Ted Baxter: I was going up with her on the elevator.
Ted Baxter: Gave her the official Ted Baxter "pincherino", if you know what I mean.
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References My Mother the Car (1965) See more »


Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Lou Grant--Quite the Catch
10 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

The station gets a new program director. She is very attractive and very competent. Lou resents her at first because she is a woman. Since they need to work together so much, an attraction develops, especially from her. She confides in Mary and things start to get complicated. Rhoda is no help because her standards are quite different. Lou has a long marriage and Mary begins to get in the way to disrupt their time together. Things have changed. Ted talks about giving a little brunette in the elevator the old "pincherino." This episode is a little uncomfortable, but it does make one think how recently women in authority were accepted, and the stuff they had to put up with.

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