Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Will Mary Richards Go to Jail? 

Mary refuses to name a source for her news story and ends up in jail.



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Episode cast overview:
James Randolph ...
Mary Ann Chinn ...
Don Macon ...
Charles Woolf ...
Mr. Everett


With Lou off sick for the day, Mary, as the person in charge, talks to a man who walks into the newsroom wanting to divulge some information about a news story he has. It is an inside exclusive about a half a million dollars worth of grafts, he having the documents to prove it. The only stipulation the man has is that he not be revealed. Mary decides to air the story as a late news bulletin, which causes a sensation. Ted basks in the limelight, taking credit for the story, until Special Agent Harris with the Justice Department comes by for the documents as well as the name of the story's source. That's when Ted relinquishes his ownership of the story to Mary, who refuses to name the source, even to the federal grand jury. The judge threatens her with jail time if she doesn't reveal the source. Mary doesn't want to go to jail, but she also wants to uphold her first amendment right as a newsperson. Her friends and newsroom colleagues may have their own opinions of what Mary should do ... Written by Huggo

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14 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Mary Richards: Well, I'll just - I'll just have to go to jail, that's all. It's the right thing. It's the honorable thing.It's the only thing. There's just one problem.
[Suddenly hysterical]
Mary Richards: I don't want to go to jail, Mr. Grant. I'm afraid to go to jail. I've never been to jail, Mr. Grant. I never even had to stay after school!
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Referenced in Mary Tyler Moore: You Try to Be a Nice Guy (1975) See more »


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20 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a priceless episode to start off the fifth season off this wonderful show. A man walks into the station and because Lou is not there, he talks to Mary. It turns out he is a whistle blower and he has evidence of political graft. The story is put on the air and after congratulations for the story (which Ted tries to hog), Mary is approached by a man from the justice department, demanding that she reveal her sources. She goes before a grand jury and is to surrender to authorities later and be put in jail. The stuff that goes on with Sue Ann is to die for; she throws a prison party for Mary. Then she arrives at the county jail and is put in a cell with two hookers. They are also hilarious. This is a top ten piece.

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