Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Party Is Such Sweet Sorrow 

Mary is offered a job to produce her own show at another television station.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
John Amos ... Weatherman Gordy
Dick Clair Dick Clair ... Bob Freelander (as Richard Clair)
Cloris Leachman ... Phyllis Lindstrom


Bob Freelander with a rival Minneapolis television station offers Mary a job producing her own talk show. The job comes with her own office, more responsibility as producer, and more money, which is most important to Mary since she always seems to be strapped for cash on her WJM salary. It is an offer almost impossible to pass up, except that Mary loves her job and the people at WJM,... just if it wasn't for the money. Mary is dreading telling Lou, and when she does, he makes it as difficult for her to leave as possible, although he tried but was unable to provide Mary with any sort of raise to match her new salary. The office going away party Lou organizes for her makes it even more difficult for Mary to go, and more difficult for Lou and the gang to see Mary go. But unless something changes, will Mary have second thoughts and decide to stay? Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

9 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title is a quote from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: "Parting is such sweet sorrow." See more »


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I Wonder What the Pay Was in Those Days
31 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Mary is offered a job, producing a women's show on another station. This leads to tremendous soul searching on her part. We are made aware that she is barely able make enough to fulfill a meager budget. Of course, her co-workers are crestfallen. She knows what a great career move this would be, but she realizes she would be leaving her family. They throw a party for her which is an incredible downer. Ted is at his worst as a tiresome drunk, belittling himself. Murray says, "Someone put truth serum in the punch." Of course, we know it can't be the Mary Tyler Moore Show without Mary Tyler Moore. It's a cute episode. We get to see more of John Amos as Gordy on this one.

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