Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Who's in Charge Here? 

When Lou is promoted to program manager, Mary has to decide whether she wants to be promoted to producer.



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Joan Tompkins ...
Mrs. Thorn


Despite the increase in pay, Lou isn't too happy about his promotion as the station's new Program Manager, as it is a job he will have to work hard at to succeed. He's also not happy about naming his News Director successor. When she learns that Lou plans on promoting within, Mary initially states she doesn't want the job despite Lou not having offered it to her. But after some reconsideration, Mary decides she does want the job, but finds out that Lou has given the job to Murray instead. Mary quietly fumes about not getting the job in large part because she's a woman, and about her increase in workload anyway as Murray gets adjusted to his new position. But the dynamic in the news room may change based on Murray and Mary's individual wants as well as the whims of the new Program Manager. Written by Huggo

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30 September 1972 (USA)  »

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The Big Promotion
6 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Lou is kicked upstairs, his job becomes open. At first Mary doesn't want it, but the meddling Phyllis pushes her into asking for it. Unfortunately, she is never considered because she is woman. Things are messy when Murray gets the job. He is too weak to really do much of a job. Mary would have been the better choice. There is an interesting bit with Lou in his new digs. He has no drawers in his desk to put his Scotch bottle. Mary and Murray go to visit him. We can see his unhappiness. This is another place where we see the transition of Mary into a real professional. Ted, of course, is clueless throughout the whole venture.

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