Mary Tyler Moore: Season 4, Episode 12

We Want Baxter (1 Dec. 1973)

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Against everyone's better judgment, Phyllis taps Ted Baxter to run in the city council primary.



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Phyllis, Chair of the Concerned Democrats of Minneapolis, is in charge of choosing a prominent citizen to endorse for the city council primary. Her choice?: Ted. Despite Mary being blunt about Ted not being the brightest light, Phyllis feels she can be the brains behind the man, who has a good chance of winning solely because of his high profile. Despite being a Republican, Ted agrees, which means, according to Lou and FCC regulations, Ted has to resign as anchor, which he does. Lou, however, leaves his job open for him if and when he loses. By election day, it looks like Ted may have a chance of winning since many voters believe his bumbling answers are actually Ted being witty. Will Ted and Phyllis' optimism sweep them into victory? Written by Huggo

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1 December 1973 (USA)  »

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In the closing credits, John Amos's character is identified as "Gordie". The character's name has been spelled "Gordy" in all of Amos's previous appearances. See more »


Woman: Mr. Baxter, what is your position on School Tax?
Ted Baxter: I'm against it. I don't think school kids should be taxed.
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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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