Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Sue Ann's Sister 

Sue Ann's sister gets an offer to do a rival cooking show in Minneapolis.



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Episode cast overview:
... Mary Richards
... Lou Grant
... Murray Slaughter
... Ted Baxter
... Georgette Baxter
... Sue Ann Nivens
... Lila Nivens


Sue Ann's Augusta, Georgia based younger sister, Lila, who hosts a show much like Sue Ann's, is coming to Minneapolis for a vacation just in time for Sue Ann's birthday. Despite not seeing Lila very often, Sue Ann doesn't see Lila's visit as much of a present, as Sue Ann has always considered her a rival. Lila's trip gets even worse for Sue Ann when Lila and Lou hit it off. But the icing on the "Lila" cake for Sue Ann is that she is offered a job hosting a show similar to hers on a rival Minneapolis network. Mary takes it upon herself to rally Sue Ann's newsroom friends to cheers her up about her life and the fact that she is just as loved as Lila, despite Sue Ann not ever really making it easy for them. Written by Huggo

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9 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Sue Ann indicates that she is five years older than Lila - although later it's indicated Lila stole Sue Ann's boyfriend while Sue Ann was in high school (which would be quite a feat for a 12-year-old!) In real life, actress Betty White (Sue Ann) was 14 years older than Pat Priest, who played Lila. See more »


When the scene in Sue Ann's bedroom opens, you can clearly see the top of the set and the stage lights above it on the upper left of the frame. See more »


Ted Baxter: Sue Ann tells us you're from Dixie.
Lila Nivens: That's right.
Ted Baxter: My wife and I use your cups a lot.
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Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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The Joys of Sisterhood
2 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a top ten episode. The situation is funny enough. Sue Ann Nivens has a younger sister who has always been a thorn in her side. She is a Southern girl with a thick accent and the most stereotypical sugar-pie mentality. She's also smart and competent. Sue Ann felt that this girl always got everything she wanted. For one thing, she is nice to people and complimentary. Mary has a party, and the next thing you know, this girl starts going to sporting events with Lou (who Sue Ann says is hers). Well, the kicker is when the sister lands a job in Minneapolis and suddenly poses a threat to Sue Ann. There are all kinds of mean spirited comments made to Sue Ann and she runs out of the office, refusing to do her show. The whole gang goes to see her because Mary insists they be nice to her. Her bedroom becomes the funniest thing in the show. Murray asks if it was designed by a sex maniac. The final scene when Mary goes back into the bedroom after the others have left is to die for. I'd forgotten how absolutely amazing this is. I might stack it up against Chuckles the Clown.

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