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The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Lou's Second Date

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Lou's Second Date
Season 4, Episode 22
Airdate February 16, 1974
Production Number 7326
Written by Ed. Weinberger
Directed by Jerry London
Produced by Ed. Weinberger
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Lou's Second Date is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the ninety-fourth 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)

Guest Star: Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens)


Plot Overview

Lou asks a reluctant Mary to find him a date for a work function. Since she doesn't know of anyone, she agrees to be his date despite the possible office gossip. But when Lou comes to pick up Mary, she can't go since she's feeling ill. Rhoda agrees to fill in for Mary, which doesn't sit well with Lou who thinks that weird Rhoda may not fit in with the corporate crowd. But after all is said and done, he admits he had a really good time with her, so much so he wants to ask her out again. She accepts. That second date leads to a third and more. Although both Lou and Rhoda see what they're doing as just having a few laughs together, they become known as an item. All the talk about them being an item makes Lou wonder if everyone knows something that he himself doesn't yet know about his relationship with Rhoda. Meanwhile, Ted starts coloring his hair, but believes the change is so gradual that no one will notice, which is the opposite of reality.


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