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A Boy's Best Friend 

Ted is against his mother living with her boyfriend instead of marrying him.


Mary Tyler Moore


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Franklin
Nolan Leary ... Walter Tewksbury


Ted goes through a series of emotions about the news that his mother is getting remarried to a man named Walter Tewksbury. He is initially excited at the prospect of having a new father, something he's never really had in his life. Then he begins to feel overwrought, not really realizing that this feeling is from the belief that he is losing his mother to another man. Next, he feels stressed at making the necessary arrangements for the wedding. But on a subsequent piece of news from his mother, Ted feels ashamed. That news is that she and Walter have decided not to get married, but solely to live together in sin. On Lou's advice, Ted decides he needs to have a man-to-man talk with Walter to know what is truly in Walter's heart toward his mother. Meanwhile, everyone in the newsroom tries to fill in her responsibilities while Mary is on vacation in Mexico. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

23 November 1974 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first and only directorial credit for Mary Tyler Moore. See more »


Walter Tewksbury, the character played by Nolan Leary, is identified in the closing credits as "George Tewksbury" See more »


Ted Baxter: Hey, it just occurred to me, the fact that my mother's living in sin - does that make me a...
Mary Richards: No, Ted, *that* doesn't make you one.
Ted Baxter: [sighs in relief]
Murray Slaughter: [Smiles at Ted] But we'll always think of you as one anyway.
Ted Baxter: [Smiles sheepishly as he exits the newsroom] Thanks, Mur!
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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Ted learns a lesson.
17 March 2017 | by UNOhwenSee all my reviews

Ted Knight was very sensitive that the character of Ted Baxter not be a one-dimensional cut-out, and this episode allows the 'real' Ted Better to shine.

In what's probably the closest way Ted Baxter ever learns the meaning of 'unconditional love', someone does something for him - with no strings, and though Ted - always out to get a buck, is more than happy to take it, I feel the underlying reason isn't lost on him.

For once.

Ted's (never seen) mother is seeing a man, and Ted - who only met his natural father once in 40 years (and who asked to borrow money) - is nervous about this unknown man.

When he finally does meet him, it's a very genial man named Walter Tewksbury, who introduces himself to Ted by telling Ted he's not out to replace his father, not knowing that Ted's father was never their for him.

It's what Walter says next and does, which has always stayed with me; he tells Ted if he ever needs money, he's there for him, and Ted - obviously overcome when he hears that someone is willing to give him money, gratis, is actually more touched by the fact that someone is doing something for him, simply 'because', and even though Ted is annoying, he is- deep down - a lonely guy, who acts the part of the extroverted 'Ted Baxter' to hide that little boy, who never had a dad.

Even though it's played for comedy, one of the great things about well-written comedy - of which The Mary Tyler Moore Show is one of the best -the show never shies away from the humanity of it's characters.

I know I'm not the only one who's loved this series for so long, because it's characters ARE so well-written, that they feel real, and A Boys' Best friend shows us that - even inside of the annoying, Ted Baxter is a real human, who always felt he was. Issuing something.

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