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Not a Christmas Story 

Everyone is getting on each other's nerves when they are trapped in the newsroom by a snowstorm.

Director:

John C. Chulay

Writers:

James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

It's a Monday in November, and a snowstorm is passing through Minneapolis. While the newsroom staff works on news stories about the weather, Sue Ann, who has just taped her Christmas special, invites the newsroom gang to join her that evening on her set to feast on her just prepared Christmas meal. They all decline as they all have other plans for the evening. By the time the newscast starts, Murray, Mary, Lou and Ted are all at each others' throats over an editorial issue with Murray's copy, and who is to blame for what happens as a result on the air. Murray threatens to quit over the issue. However, it's not like he can storm out of the office since they are all snowed in until the streets are cleared, which is forecast to be after midnight. As such, they all decide to join Sue Ann for her dinner, despite no one feeling in a festive Christmas mood. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MTM Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Ted goes on the air in a light blue blazer and when the news is over, comes from the studio in a dark blue blazer. See more »

Quotes

Mary Richards: [Murray's upset, - he's threatened to quit, and asks if he's 'allowed' to get some coffee. Mary tries to get Murray to stop acting like this. She walks up behind him with a smile] Mur-ray... Murray!
[Murray ignored he, and walks towards his desk. Mary bounces behind him - smiling]
Mary Richards: Murray? Murray, Murray, Murray, Murray, Murray! Mu-u-u-u-r-rrr!
[Mary nudges his arm]
Lou Grant: Somehow I don't think you're swaying him with your logic.
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Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
English lyrics by John Freeman Young
Performed by Georgia Engel
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Bah! Humbug!
21 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is so funny. At the station, Murray come up with a new introduction for Ted to read on the news: "This is Ted Baxter with news from around the world and around the corner." Ted wants it to say, "From around the corner and around the world." This leads to all kinds of anger. Murray actually goes to Mary's apartment where she comes out of the shower in a towel to talk to him. She agrees to use is version, but the next day, during a blizzard, Mary hems and haws and Ted reads it his way. Murray decides to quit and things get worse and worse and everyone is yelling at everyone else. Meanwhile, Su Ann Nivens has taped a series of Christmas shows and invites everyone down to her studio. She makes them all wear hats and sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas." It is amazingly funny as the growl and complain and look askance. Easily one of the funniest episodes of this series. Fantastic writing.


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