Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Murray Takes a Stand 

Murray gets fired when he stands up to the policies of the new station owner.



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Ted Baxter
Marie Slaughter


Mr. Wessel is the new owner of WJM. He has a very strict "short and sweet" editorial policy, which affects Murray's copy more than anyone in the newsroom. Murray doesn't like that his stories are basically cut to two lines maximum. But when Wessel's policy starts to affect Murray's personal life - Wessel cut out Murray's favorite scene of a Marx Brothers movie aired on the station - he can't take it anymore. He calls Wessel late at night at home to give him a piece of his mind. Although in the cold light of day Murray regrets what he's done and can deny that it was him that called Wessel, he has to decide if he should stick to his original thoughts even though it may get him fired, or deny or apologize so that he can keep his job. Regardless, his friends at WJM provide solidarity with Murray, with one in particular who may unwittingly take the brunt of the pain. Meanwhile, Sue Ann does a salute to cheese, with Lou washing down the cheese with a bit too much wine. Written by Huggo

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31 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Murray calls the new station owner after the song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" gets cut out of a broadcast of "Animal Crackers". However, "Animal Crackers" was not included when the Marx Brothers Paramount films were sold to TV due to copyright issues and did not make its broadcast TV debut until 1979. See more »


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Murray Follows His Arrow
28 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

When the new station owner is flexing his new found muscles, making arbitrary demands on his staff, Murray has had enough. He calls him up one night and call him a Neanderthal and gets himself fired. He maintains his integrity and stays away, rather than crawling back. There is a particularly funny bit where everyone comes to Murray's house. They decide to form a walkout. Ted is hilarious. When the united front gets ready to slay the dragon, we are treated to one last hilarious second. Funny episode.

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