Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Mary the Writer 

Mary tries to sell an article she wrote to a magazine and is not happy with the feedback she receives from Lou.



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Ted Baxter
Georgette Baxter


Mary decides to try her hand at creative writing, specifically a short article about her grandfather. After Murray sneaks a peek at it (biased he who loves it), Mary begs Lou to provide his opinion on it. He reluctantly does Mary this favor despite knowing that what she only wants to hear is that he too does love it, even if he hates it. But Lou does hate it and tells her as much. Mary is hurt by his comments, but decides to proceed anyway in her plan to submit it to magazines for publication. When Lou later confronts Mary about her poor reaction and she no longer treating him like a friend, Mary reacts with a surprising comment. She has to figure out a way to get out of the predicament in which the comment has placed her. Written by Huggo

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2 October 1976 (USA)  »

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The quote Lou reads is from Red Wind: A Collection of Short Stories by Raymond Chandler. See more »


Lou Grant: You see, Mary? Ted's writing is lousy - even worse than yours. But when you brought yours to me, I respected you enough to tell you the truth. Would you rather I had treated you like I treated Ted? Huh? Would you prefer that I patronize you like some idiot? Shower you with empty compliments? Huh? Pump up your ego like you were some empty-headed, bumbling, brainless boob? Is that what you want?
Mary Richards: God, yes!
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References Sammy and Company (1975) See more »


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Liar Liar, Pants on Fire
2 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Mary decides to try her hand at creative writing. She writes an article about her grandfather, an old guy who dressed up as Santa, sang carols the year round, and so on. She shows it to Murray and he praises it. But when she takes it into Mr. Grant's office, even though he asks her not to, he is less than excited. As a matter of fact, he says it stinks. She is really hurt. She decides to send it off to a publisher, but gets nothing but rejections. When Lou asks her about her article, she lies to him, saying it was being published in "Reader's Digest." Georgette is stunned by this, amazed that Mary could tell a lie. Things escalate and they are hilarious.

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