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The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Lou's First Date

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Lou's First Date
Season 4, Episode 8
Airdate November 3, 1973
Production Number 7312
Written by Ed. Weinberger and
Stan Daniels
Directed by Jay Sandrich
Produced by Ed. Weinberger
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Lou's First Date is the eighth episode of the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the eightieth episode overall.

Starring: Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards)

Co-Starring: Edward Asner (Lou Grant)

with Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern), Gavin MacLeod (Murray Slaughter), Ted Knight (Ted Baxter)

Additional Cast: Georgia Engel (Georgette), Priscilla Morrill (Edie Grant), Florence Lake (Martha Dudley), John Gabriel (Andy Rivers), Jeff Thompson (Mike Montgomery), Larry Wilde (Master of Ceremonies)


Plot Overview

As usual, Lou orders two tickets to the Broadcasters Man of the Year awards banquet, but unlike previous years, he has no wife to accompany him, which makes Mary and Murray curious as to who his date - the first since his separation - will be. Lou has no date, with the order of two tickets being force of habit. So he decides to ask Edie - who has reverted to using her maiden name of McKenzie - which results in the awkward situation of her having to tell him that she's already got a date for the banquet. Lou figures two can play that game. So he makes Mary find a date for him. The person she finds is Martha Dudley, a friend of Rhoda's who she's never met. Mrs. Dudley doesn't end up being quite what Mary and/or Lou expect, which will make for an interesting evening, not only on the date itself, but how it will appear to Edie.


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