Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Mary feels so guilty for getting an incompetent waitress fired that she gets her a job in the newsroom.


Peter Baldwin


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

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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Barbara Sharma Barbara Sharma ... Randy Willner
Jack Manning Jack Manning ... Maitre D'
Barbara Barnett Barbara Barnett ... Doreen


Mary, Lou and Murray take Ted out for lunch to celebrate his birthday. That lunch ends up being one of the worst dining experiences solely because their incompetent waitress doesn't really seem to know or care that she's incompetent. Mary reluctantly complains to the restaurant maître d', who implies that the waitress will get fired. That waitress, whose name is Randy, ends up being one of the applicants for the secretarial job in the newsroom, that job which is supposed to take much of the clerical burden off Mary's shoulders. Randy doesn't recognize Mary or the others, and besides Mary, the other three don't recognize Randy as their horrible waitress. Feeling guilty about getting Randy fired especially as she learns that Randy has a young daughter to support, Mary, who Lou has let make the final decision on who to hire, hires Randy despite she not being qualified and there being other qualified applicants. Randy ends up being as incompetent and uncaring in this job as she was as a ... Written by Huggo

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8 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Sometimes Mary Drove Me Nuts
6 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Since she is just a fictional character, we must accept Mary Richards for who she is. In my place of employment, as incredibly attractive as she is, her way of dealing with things as a person of authority, wouldn't have lasted long. In this one the gang gone to a restaurant for Ted's birthday. The waitress is horrible. She isn't just incompetent; she is rude and disinterested. Mary complains to the manager and she is fired. Wouldn't you know it, when a job opens up at the station, she applies and Mary, rather than hire a really competent person, filled with guilt, hires her. She is worse at her job there than she was at the restaurant. Mary has to do her own work and the new girl's work. And this person simply accepts it without any gratitude. Rhoda warned her and she went ahead anyway. It was fun to watch Mary, wearing her heart on her sleeve as Lou accuses her of being jealous.

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