The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid II

Season 1, Ep 14, Aired 12/19/70
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  • Episode Description
  • Feeling sympathetic for a co-worker who hasn't spent Christmas with his family for years, Mary is forced to stay alone at WJM-TV on Christmas Eve.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Edward Asner

    Lou Grant

  • Valerie Harper

    Rhoda Morgenstern

  • Gavin MacLeod

    Murray Slaughter

  • Ted Knight

    Ted Baxter

  • Cloris Leachman

    Phyllis Lindstrom

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Mary's co-workers are now her family...

    By alpineinc, Jan 06, 2008

  • Why We've Come to Love These Guys!

    By millerem99, Dec 21, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Mary: (on the phone with Rhoda) I know no one's supposed to be here, but I just heard the I can't call the police, what am I going to say, that I heard an elevator? I have to wait until the killer's off the elevator... (hearing people at the door) there he is! And he brought his gang!

    Notes (2)

    • This episode was filmed on November 13, 1970.

    • Episode Title: Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid II James Brooks wrote the original "Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid" for the first season of That Girl.

    Trivia (2)

    • Mary reveals in this episode that she lives four hours from her mother's house.

    • This episode features the famous shot of Mary hugging Lou, Murray, and Ted, accidentally crushing Ted's hat. It was featured on the opening credits starting with Season 2. This scene was updated and re-filmed for the credits starting with season four.

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    • ChucksCherubs Jan 10, 2013

      As originally aired, when Mary is left alone in the office on Christmas Eve, she watches an orchestra play “White Christmas” on the TV. She sings along for the last two bars. Responding to applause heard on the TV for the orchestra, she says “Thank you,” and then chokes up and continues, “And now for my next number, I think I’m going to cry.” Then she hears “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies” and begins to dance.

      The DVD version cuts most of Mary’s singing. We still briefly see and hear the orchestra play “White Christmas.” We even hear Mary sing “May all your days be merry…” off screen, but when the shot cuts away from the TV, Mary is standing and begins to hear the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies.”

      I assume this was done to avoid paying copyright fees for the song. Anyone know of other cuts made to the DVD release?