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Lou is put-out when his old girlfriend, Charlene shows up at Mary's party with a date. He then quickly asks out Mary's neighbor Paula.


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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
Penny Marshall ... Paula Kovacs
Jeff Conaway ... Kenny Stevens
Janis Paige ... Charlene Maguire


Lou sees his old girlfriend, Charlene, off in the distance. Seeing her brings up old feelings in Lou, who wants to see her, despite their relationship having ended with a fight before she left town to be a musician in a traveling ice show. But Lou also doesn't want to make seeing her look like he's trying to see her. So he convinces Mary to throw a party at which both Lou and Charlene will conveniently be there. By party night, things don't start off too well: Ted and Georgette are fighting and end up not speaking to each other, and Murray has what seems to be the flu but attends anyway. What's worse for Lou is that Charlene doesn't arrive alone but with a much younger date, Kenny Stevens, a skater with the show to who Lou is openly hostile. After Lou later apologizes for his bad behavior toward Kenny, Charlene suggests that she and Lou go out together... on a double date. Lou agrees, hoping to make Charlene jealous. The girl who Mary convinces him to ask as his date is her neighbor, ... Written by Huggo

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Charlene had been played by Sheree North, who was unavailable at the time of the filming of this episode. See more »


The crewman's shadow can be seen on the kitchen counter, during the first scene with Mary and Paula. See more »


Mary Richards: This is ridiculous, Mr. Grant, trying to make Charlene jealous!
Lou Grant: Oh, you think so?
Mary Richards: Yes, I do. It's asinine it's moronic. It's dumb. It's something Ted would do
Lou Grant: There's no need to be insulting.
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References S.W.A.T. (1975) See more »


Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Penny Marshall
12 February 2020 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

Lou's former girlfriend, singer Charlene, is back in town. Like most 'dating' story arcs in the series the romantic partner stopped appearing without explanation - we learn here Lou and Charlene had argued when she left town on a tour with a young ice skater.

Lou has Mary host a party and invite Charlene so he can accidentally bump into her. Too bad the party is a flop when Ted and Georgette argue the entire time, and Murray shows up sick. Charlene, now played by Janis Paige, makes Lou jealous by bringing the skater Kenny (Jeff Conaway) as her date. Despite Lou's bad reaction to Kenny they arrange to double date. Lou brings Mary's very eager neighbour Paula (Penny Marshall) as his date and hopes to make Charlene jealous.

This is a minor but funny episode. Penny Marshall is the comedy highlight here. Her scenes are the funniest part.

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24 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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