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Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II 

Mary is forced to work not only on Christmas Day but Christmas Eve, too.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Ned Wertimer ... Fred
Henry Corden ... Charlie (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Phyllis Lindstrom


Mary is planning on making the long drive back to her home town on Christmas Eve so that she can spend Christmas Day with her mother and father. She is thus dismayed to learn from Lou that she is scheduled to work on Christmas Day this year. In light of this information, she is determined to make Christmas Eve her special day, which she plans on spending with Rhoda. But even those plans hit a snag when she speaks to her co-worker, Fred, who is supposed to work the night shift alone on Christmas Eve and who hasn't spent Christmas with his family in years. Feeling sorry for him, Mary agrees to work his Christmas Eve shift for him. Can anything salvage this holiday season for Mary? Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

19 December 1970 (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?


Lou gives Mary a blank check in her Christmas card. On the Dick Van Dyke Show Rob and Laura give a blank check in the "I'm No Henry Waldon" episode. See more »


References That Girl: Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid (1966) See more »


Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Great Christmas episode
26 June 2019 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

Well done Christmas episode. Heart warming and not too sentimental.

Mary is disappointed when she learns she has to work on Christmas day, then regrets being talked into swapping shifts to work Christmas Eve as well.

I loved Mary's conversation with Charlie over the radio. Charlie was voiced by Henry Corden. He had a great voice so I had to look him up: turns out he was very prolific.

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