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The Lou and Edie Story 

The newsroom rallies around Lou when he tells them about his troubles at home -- he and his wife are seeing a marriage counselor.


Jay Sandrich


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




Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Darrell Zwerling ... Mr. Charney
Priscilla Morrill ... Edie Grant


Lou is three and half hours late coming back from lunch, in the process missing an appointment. He implies that he didn't actually eat, but makes up an excuse regarding his whereabouts and the reason for being so late. He finally confides in Mary and Murray that because things have been bad between himself and Edie, they have been going to see a marriage counselor. Lou doesn't like the outcome of the process: the counselor is suggesting a trial separation. As such, Edie is planning on moving out of the house. Leading up to her leaving, the gang at the office don't know what to say to Lou. Before she leaves, Lou tries to understand why she feels the need to leave. Written by Huggo

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Right after Murray tells Lou how he and his wife work out their problems, Mary enters through the door. At that point, you hear the line, "Hi Mary, how's the film look?" That line was dubbed in after shooting. See more »


Lou Grant: [cheerfully] It's not supposed to turn out this way. I had it all figured out. See, the way it goes is you change your mind and you don't leave.
Edie Grant: [regretfully] I came close, Lou. I came so close.
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Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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It Could Happen to Any of Us
13 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a very touching episode. The comedy doesn't come from the situation; it comes from another session in Lou's office. It is also the inimitable Ted Baxter who has no filter. The main story involves the fact that Edie, Lou's wife is leaving him. They have sought marriage counseling and it has been suggested they try a trial separation. Lou can't figure out what is going on and they have a final goodbye. I know some criticize her character for not hanging in there. When she can't give him a precise reason for leaving, it would seem she is shallow. However, if the writers have any sense (and they do), they know that with as long as they have been married, it is easy to find comfort in the relationship without trying to keep it fresh. While she doesn't have anything specific, things have obviously built up inside her. The natural thing is for her to leave, even if it causes hurt.

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6 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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