Mary Tyler Moore: Season 4, Episode 18

The Co-Producers (19 Jan. 1974)

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


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 Bright Eyes (1934) See more »


On the Good Ship Lollipop
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Betty White with Georgia Engel
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