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Will Mary Richards Go to Jail? 

Mary refuses to name a source for her news story and ends up in jail.


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
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Franklin
Betty White ... Sue Ann Nivens
Barbara Colby ... Sherry
James Randolph ... Harrison
Mary Ann Chinn Mary Ann Chinn ... Kim
Darlene Conley ... Matron
Don Macon Don Macon ... Reporter
Charles Woolf Charles Woolf ... Mr. Everett


With Lou off sick for the day, Mary, as the person in charge, talks to a man who walks into the newsroom wanting to divulge some information about a news story he has. It is an inside exclusive about a half a million dollars worth of grafts, he having the documents to prove it. The only stipulation the man has is that he not be revealed. Mary decides to air the story as a late news bulletin, which causes a sensation. Ted basks in the limelight, taking credit for the story, until Special Agent Harris with the Justice Department comes by for the documents as well as the name of the story's source. That's when Ted relinquishes his ownership of the story to Mary, who refuses to name the source, even to the federal grand jury. The judge threatens her with jail time if she doesn't reveal the source. Mary doesn't want to go to jail, but she also wants to uphold her first amendment right as a newsperson. Her friends and newsroom colleagues may have their own opinions of what Mary should do ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

14 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Georgette Franklin: Goodbye Mary and don't worry about your plants. I'll come and water them and talk to them every day. But I won't tell them where you are. I'll make something up.
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Referenced in The Mary Tyler Moore Show: You Try to Be a Nice Guy (1975) See more »


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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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20 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a priceless episode to start off the fifth season off this wonderful show. A man walks into the station and because Lou is not there, he talks to Mary. It turns out he is a whistle blower and he has evidence of political graft. The story is put on the air and after congratulations for the story (which Ted tries to hog), Mary is approached by a man from the justice department, demanding that she reveal her sources. She goes before a grand jury and is to surrender to authorities later and be put in jail. The stuff that goes on with Sue Ann is to die for; she throws a prison party for Mary. Then she arrives at the county jail and is put in a cell with two hookers. They are also hilarious. This is a top ten piece.

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