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The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite

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Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite
Season 4, Episode 21
Airdate February 9, 1974
Production Number 7324
Written by Ed. Weinberger
Directed by Jay Sandrich
Produced by Ed. Weinberger
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Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the ninety-third 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), Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin)

Additional Cast: John Gabriel (Andy Rivers), Larry Wilde and Patricia Wilson ("Teddy" Presenters), Nanci Beck (Miss "Teddy Award")

and Special Guest: Walter Cronkite


Plot Overview

After six consecutive losses, Ted is certain he's going to win the Teddy Award this year as best newscaster. His plan to win is to overexpose himself - which includes hiring Rhoda to come up with a marketing campaign - with all the extra public appearances making him look like a humanitarian, however inappropriate or insincere his sentiments are. Everyone is therefore looking forward to seeing Ted lose even more this year. Miraculously, Ted wins. He wants to capture everything about the historic night to be able to remember it forever. However, by the next day, Ted wonders why his world is no different than it was before he won the award. But a visitor to the newsroom, who is not there specifically to see Ted, may make him believe that today is just the start of the next phase of his rising broadcast career.


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