Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Mary and the Sexagenarian 

Without knowing it, Mary accepts a date from Murray's father.


Jay Sandrich


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
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Betty White ... Sue Ann Nivens
Joyce Bulifant ... Marie Slaughter
Jon Lormer ... Ronny Williams
Bartine Burkett Bartine Burkett ... Aunt Helen (as Bartine Zane)
Walker Edmiston ... Joe
Lew Ayres ... Doug Booth


Mary is more than happy to accept a date with a gallant older man named Doug Booth, who walks into the newsroom. It isn't until Murray walks into the newsroom that Mary learns that Doug is his sixty-eight year old stepfather. After getting over the initial shock, Mary doesn't care about Doug being Murray's father or the fact that he is thirty years older than she is as she likes him and they have a good time together. However, others may care that Mary is dating a much older man, with Murray being at the top of that list. Murray makes his feelings well known at a party he and Marie are hosting at their house for Doug and his friends, while being in the company of Doug's friends makes Mary feel like the age difference may matter. She has to decide if she will let these outside forces dictate her relationship with Doug. Written by Huggo

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12 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A party guest mentions that he and Doug Booth voted Republican in 1928. If he is 68 in 1977 he would have been 19 in 1928. The voting age in Minnesota until 1970 was 21. See more »


Joe: [Murray is introducing Mary to people his father - and Mary's date - Doug knows. He is taking with Joe, whilst an elderly lady is standing next to Mary] Hey , did your dad get here
Murray Slaughter: Yeah, he's over there. Oh, Joe, have you met Mary? Mary is dad's date for tonight.
[Mary extends her hand, but Joe bypasses Mary and walks up to the old lady]
Joe: Awww... hello, Mary
Murray Slaughter: Mary, this is Helen Holloway
[Murray talks loud for the hard-of-hearing, Helen]
Murray Slaughter: Helen, this is Mary Richards.
Aunt Helen: [Mary and Helen shake hands] How ...
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Mary's Cradle Is Robbed
6 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While Mary is in the Newsroom, a very handsome, older man comes in. He says he's there to see Murray and while he is waiting, he talks with Mary. He is a world traveler and very charming. He is also not shy and asks Mary if she will go out with him. She agrees. Murray arrives and says, "Dad!" The two of them go out the next night with Murray and Marie and are much more alive than the other two. It is obvious that there is some nice chemistry, but Murray is starting to get annoyed at the two being such a mismatched couple. What follows, is a party at Murray's where all these people that Doug (Murray's stepfather) knows. At one point an old lady refers to Mary as "jailbait." There are references to the depression and everything is about age. And there is an interesting conclusion. Don't miss Lou's great analysis of the situation at the end.

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