The good news: Mary and Rhoda get to co-produce WJM's new Sunday afternoon talk show. The bad news: Ted Baxter and Sue Ann Nivens are the stars.

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Mary is anxious for Lou to attend this week's production managers' meeting if only because her idea of a Sunday afternoon talk show is being presented, the show which she would produce if approved. Despite the meeting being canceled, an excited Mary learns that a pilot show has been green-lighted. When Mary tells Rhoda, Rhoda reminds Mary that the concept was actually her idea. A slightly apologetic Mary offers Rhoda, in return, co-producer responsibility for the show, which Rhoda accepts. The next step is to get Lou's approval, which he ultimately does give, along with some bad news: since they are under contract, the station manager wants Ted and Sue Ann to be hosts. Mary and Rhoda run into roadblocks in dealing with divas Ted and Sue Ann, who want to do things their way. Ted and Sue Ann take offense particularly to Rhoda's straightforward manner of denigrating their ideas. If the show is going to get off the ground, Mary has to use some tactics learned from Lou and Murray to try ... Written by Huggo

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19 January 1974 (USA)  »

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The title is from the Mel Brooks movie The Producers (1967). See more »

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Ted Baxter: [offended at having been insulted by Rhoda] Some people don't like the color green, I don't like the word 'dumb.' I don't know what it is about that word that rubs me the wrong way; I just don't like it.
Murray Slaughter: It must be the same reason I don't like the word 'bald.'
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References Ironside (1967) See more »

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On the Good Ship Lollipop
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Betty White with Georgia Engel
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Mary Gets Her Wish!
17 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary manages to get an idea for a talk show past the station director. Since the idea originated with Rhoda, she is brought into the fold. The problem is that the director has insisted that Ted and Sue Ann are to be co-hosts. With these two egos, it is a recipe for disaster. They try having a production meeting. First they talk about billing. Then they insist on doing biographies for each of them. Rhoda finally says how dumb this sounds and they leave in a huff. Now Mary must go through gyrations to try to salvage her show. The real humor comes from the self-centeredness of the duo. We know that somehow things are disintegrating. What can she do? The real star of the whole episode is Georgette who takes dictation during the meetings. When she reads back what people say it is hilarious. The other thing I won't forget is when Sue-Ann reprises her two year old rendition of Shirley Temple singing "On the Good Ship, Lollipop."


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