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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Barbara Coleman
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Carol Worthington ...


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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Lois Nettleton guest stars as Lou Grant's (Ed Asner) boss in "What Do You Say When The Boss Says 'I Love You'" (S3 EP 20). She and Ed Asner would reunite in 2006 as Luke and Rosie Spelman in Hallmark Channel's movie, "The Christmas Card". 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: [he meets the new woman boss] Oh thank the Lord, I thought you were a cute little brunette with a great heinie.
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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 (United States) – 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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