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Lou Dates Mary 

Mary asks Lou out for a date after Georgette suggests it.


Jay Sandrich


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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Baxter
Betty White ... Sue Ann Nivens
John Reilly ... Jake


After yet another disastrous date - by her calculations, her two thousandth date - Mary comes to the realization that she hates the rituals of dating. She also doubts that her version of Mr. Right will come into her life. But as Mary lists all those attributes of who she considers Mr. Right, Georgette tells her that she already knows him: Lou. Mary is at first incredulous to the idea of even dating Lou, but the more she thinks about it, the more it seems like a good idea. The first hurdle is actually convincing Lou it's a good idea. After thinking about it, Lou agrees to dinner at Mary's place. The second hurdle is for Mary to be able to call him "Lou". The third hurdle is overcoming their respective nerves for the evening to be a comfortable and fun one. And the fourth hurdle is moving their relationship from the realm of friends into lovers, which includes no talk about the newsroom. Can both overcome all these hurdles? Written by Huggo

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12 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The only possible personal relationship Mary would ever have with one of her co-workers - during initial planning of the series, Mary was supposed to have (possibly) had a relationship with Ted Baxter (this was prior to Ted Knight's hiring). This idea was quickly nixed, and the impetus for this episode was - not that a relationship between Mary and Lou would ever have come to (long term) fruition, but as a 'what if' - similar to The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Mary's Three Husbands (1977), which had preceded this. See more »


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Two Beautiful Souls
6 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Mary is fed up with two thousand dates, many of which have been a waste of time. She has another one where the guy takes off his shirt, expecting things from her on the first date. She throws him out. She is frustrated. Back int he office, Georgette tells her she should ask Lou out. She tells her that he has all the qualities of a person she could get to like a lot, socially. They are both like little kids when the time comes. Lou brings her three bouquets of flowers, candy, a bottle of wine, and some mixed nuts. There are more uncomfortable moments than they know what to do with. Maybe, the fact that they are so nice and so pleasant and so scared is such a compliment. This is a really nice episode.

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