Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Hail the Conquering Gordy 

Gordy the former WJM weatherman now a network star returns and Ted hopes for a job.


Jay Sandrich


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 Baxter
John Amos ... Gordy Howard
David White ... Mr. Cobb
Mavis Neal Palmer Mavis Neal Palmer ... Mrs. Cobb
Jean Le Bouvier Jean Le Bouvier ... Publicity Lady (as Jean LeBouvier)
John Avery John Avery ... Ted's 'Son' (as Johnnie Avery)


Gordy Howard, MJM's old weatherman who is back in Minneapolis for a visit, has made it big in New York City with a six figure network job hosting a morning news show. When Ted reads about Gordy's success, he is green with envy and takes whatever opportunity to berate Gordy to others, until he learns that Gordy is looking for a co-host. Ted does whatever he can to ingratiate himself into Gordy's favor so that Gordy will recommend him to the network. When Gordy tactfully but bluntly turns Ted down, Ted takes it upon himself to prove to Gordy that his life is as good if not better than his. This competition ends up affecting Mary more than anyone else. Meanwhile, Gordy's old friends in the newsroom want to throw him a welcome back party. Mary talks Lou into hosting it, meaning that she won't have to take the responsibility of being host as she usually is. Or will Lou turn the tables back on her? Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

5 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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John Amos had been part of Mary Tyler Moore (1970) since the first episode, but, his character was never given a chance to 'grow' (in fact, in one episode - to show unfamiliar even the 'suits' at WJM are, they keep congratulating him for the terrific job he does...on sports - even though he was the weatherman), and when Good Times (1974) was cast, he left this series. In a very unusual plot, a character who barely had any screen time is brought back, and given the main plot of an episode - which was in a way, congratulating Mr Amos for finally getting the airtime he so deserved on this show. See more »


References Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) See more »


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Ted Was Lucky to Keep His Teeth
5 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Gordy, the former weatherman (played by John Amos) has hit the big time. He has a huge contract to do a talk show in New York City. He comes to Minneapolis and stops at WJM. Of course, all Ted can think about is trying to get Gordy to make him a co-host. He is about as obnoxious as he has ever been. Gordy finally has to let him have it verbally because Ted won't back off. He tells Ted he just isn't good enough. Lou throws a party at his place with lots of help from Mary (it is in deplorable condition). Ted vows to go and confront Gordy for what he said. There are a couple of nice scenes along the way, but Ted is such an ass that it's hard to enjoy him.

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