Murphy Brown

Season 1 Episode 7

Set Me Free

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 19, 1988 on CBS
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Set Me Free
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Murphy's having a rotten day, complicated by a gunman who interrupts the show and demands they read his statement on the air and it gets capped off by the painter she hired to do her kitchen sticking around to finish "extending myself."

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  • The FYI broadcast is interrupted by a very special guest. With a very special firearm.

    9.0
    Murphy wants to quit smoking. That bad nicotine won't let go of her so easily, and she goes from shaking the machine in the hallway to just plain feeling horrible after that. The show must go on, however, and Ms. Brown and the rest of the crew try to carry on as normal.



    Then a man shows up asking to add a segment to the program. Only it's not an update on proceedings in Congress or a recall of auto parts. It's a threat that if they don't read his statement on the air, he'll use the gun he's carrying.



    This is not the way anyone had hoped to grab points in the ratings!



    The gang schemes to disarm him through a unique mixture of trickery and desperate pleading. Sanity wins the day, but not before crazy gets to play some hands as well.



    A witty and tense episode with good acting and more than a few surprises.moreless
Grant Shaud

Grant Shaud

Miles Silverberg (1988-1996)

Jane Leeves

Jane Leeves

Audrey Cohen (Seasons 2-5, Recurring Afterwards)

Faith Ford

Faith Ford

Corky Sherwood

Pat Corley

Pat Corley

Phil (Seasons 1-9, recurring otherwise)

Joe Regalbuto

Joe Regalbuto

Frank Fontana

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

Kay Carter-Shepley (1996-1998)

Robert Harper

Robert Harper

Henry Tucker

Guest Star

Ritch Brinkley

Ritch Brinkley

Carl

Recurring Role

John Hostetter

John Hostetter

Stage Manager (John)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • You will notice that when Murphy gets home, her walls are unfinished, even though in "Murphy's Pony" a few weeks before, they were. It also seems odd that Murphy tells Eldin he has been there for three weeks since, as Christmas has passed, it has been much longer than that! This is because this was actually the second episode ever shot, even though it was the seventh to be aired. This also explains the FYI elevator doors not being painted yet.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Miles: That's the second time she's tried to kill me today. I'm sorry I thought Smokey Robinson was a forest ranger.
      Murphy: I apologize, Miles. I've just been a little on edge lately.
      Miles: I guess so. Your secretary's making a pinata with your face on it.

    • Murphy: I don't know why but I have this very strong urge to walk across the street to Phil's, order a scotch and soda, smoke an entire carton of cigarettes and listen to Little Peggy March sing 'I will follow him'.
      Frank: Come on, Murph, you don't want to slip back to the old you, do you? Remember 2 months ago, the Mother Teresa incident?
      Murphy: I was so hard on the woman.

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