The Mary Tyler Moore Show/We Want Baxter

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We Want Baxter
Season 4, Episode 12
Airdate December 1, 1973
Production Number 7314
Written by David Lloyd
Directed by Jay Sandrich
Produced by Ed. Weinberger
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We Want Baxter is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the eighty-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), Georgia Engel (Georgette), John Amos (Gordie)

and Special Guest Star: Cloris Leachman (Phyllis Lindstorm)


Plot Overview

Phyllis, chair of the Concerned Democrats of Minneapolis, is in charge of choosing a prominent citizen to endorse for the city council primary. Her choice?: Ted. Despite Mary being blunt about Ted not being the brightest light, Phyllis feels she can be the brains behind the man, who has a good chance of winning solely because of his high profile. Despite being a Republican, Ted agrees, which means, according to Lou and FCC regulations, Ted has to resign as anchor, which he does. Lou, however, leaves his job open for him if and when he loses. By election day, it looks like Ted may have a chance of winning since many voters believe his bumbling answers are actually Ted being witty. Will Ted and Phyllis' optimism sweep them into victory?


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