During a dinner break in a late working night, Lou takes Mary to his favorite hangout, an Irish bar called McCluskey's. The bar just isn't the same since the death of its owner, McCluskey. Since it's for sale and since Lou mentions that he's always dreamed of owning a bar, Mary convinces him that he should buy it. He's $1,500 short of the $10,000 down payment. He reluctantly accepts the offer of the only person who can make up the difference: Ted. Beyond Ted being a not so silent partner who wants to nickel and dime his way to a fortune, Lou finds that owning a bar isn't what he thought, and it just isn't pulling in the patrons like it used to. Lou quickly learns that what made McCluskey's successful was McCluskey, a real people person. So Lou tries to transform himself into a "McCluskey". But not being a McCluskey by nature, Lou goes slightly overboard. Written by
Did You Know?
Ted (humorously) mentions what his 5 life goals are, and one of them involves Ms Marlo Thomas
Throughout the run of the series, there were various references to Ms Thomas - almost all made by Ted (one was a dream of Ted 'involving Marlo Thomas and Indira Gandhi').
These were 'in-jokes' to Ms Moore.
Prior to beginning work on what would become this iconic series, Ms Moore had several set-backs, after the huge success of The Dick Van Dyke Show
One of the last of these happened at a film premiere, Ms Moore was attending, at which she was pushed out of the way, by a group of paparazzi, with one adding; 'here comes Marlo Thomas'.
Ms Thomas was currently riding the popularity, due to the success of her eponymous series, in which she starred as a single career woman - a forerunner to this series. See more
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Edward Asner
with Valerie Harper
& Mary Tyler Moore See more