The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 1 Episode 1

Love is All Around

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 19, 1970 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mary Richards decides to move to Minneapolis after being jilted by her fiancé and there joins her friend Phyllis. Mary's life changes forever when she applies for a secretarial job at WJM-TV, and when she moves into her new apartment.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lou: Murray! Get me that list of words that Baxter mispronounced on last night's show.
      Murray: (hands him the list) Catch the top one, Lou.
      Lou: The top one....(incredulously) 'Chicago'??
      Ted: (abruptly, as he exits the newsroom for the studio) Come on, fellas!
      Lou: And take that make-up bib off!
      Murray: (to Mary) Last night, he wore it halfway through the show!

    • Rhoda: (to Mary) Where'd you get that nightgown from, Tricia Nixon?

    • Mary: So you're Rhoda?
      Rhoda: Morganstern.
      Mary: And I'm Mary Richards.
      Rhoda: Ah! Hello... get out of my apartment!

    • Lou (who is drunk, typing a letter to his out-of-town wife): My dearest...
      (Mary opens the door, her old boyfriend Bill walks in)
      Bill: How are you?
      Mary: I'm fine.
      Lou (reciting out loud as he types): How are you? I'm fine. No I'm not.
      Mary: That's my boss, down at the newsroom.
      Bill: Oh, is there a big news story here?
      Mary: No, he's uh, (she makes a drinking gesture) writing to his wife.
      Lou(continues typing): I miss you more than...
      (Bill hands Mary a bouquet of roses)
      Mary: Where ever did you find roses in winter?
      Lou(Lou continues typing): ...roses in winter. Beautiful.
      (conversation between Mary and Bill continues...)
      Bill: Hey, I don't know about you, but, I don't like being in separate towns.
      Lou (still typing...): Hey, I don't know about you...
      Bill: Say, it's uh, a little difficult to talk with...Is it possible to...
      Mary: All my love, Lou.
      Lou (still typing): All my love, Lou. (pulls the paper out of the typewriter) I am finished. I think I'm gonna go tie one on.

    • Lou: You know what? You've got spunk!
      Mary: Well, yes.... (turns slightly and blushes)
      Lou: I HATE spunk!

    • Lou: How old are you?
      Mary: Thirty.
      Lou: No hedging! No 'how old do I look'?
      Mary: (smiles and shrugs her shoulders) Why hedge?
      Lou: Yeah.
      Mary: How old do I look?
      Lou: (pauses) Thirty. (opens booze bottle in his desk drawer) What religion are you?
      Mary: Uh, Mr. Grant, I don't quite know how to say this, but, uh, you're not allowed to ask that when someone's applying for a job. It's against the law.
      Lou: Wanna call a cop?
      Mary: (sweetly) No.
      Lou: Good! Would you think I was violating your civil rights if I asked if you're married?
      Mary: Presbyterian. (Lou stares at her.) Uh, well I, I, I decided I would answer your religion question.
      Lou: Divorced?
      Mary: No.
      Lou: Never married!
      Mary: No.
      Lou: Why?
      Mary: Why?
      Lou: Do you type?
      Mary: Mr. Grant, there's no simple answer to that question!
      Lou: Yes there is! How 'bout 'no I can't type' or 'yes I can'?
      Mary: There's no simple answer to why a person isn't married.
      Lou: How many reasons can there be?
      Mary: (nervously) 65.
      Lou: (exasperated) Words per minute. My typing question!!
      Mary: Yes.
      Lou: Look, miss! Would you try answering the questions as I ask them?

    • Lou: Look, miss, I was just about to have a drink and I wouldn't mind some company. Want one?
      Mary: No, thank you.
      Lou: I said I wouldn't mind some company!
      Mary: Well, all right. I'll have a Brandy Alexander.
      Lou (dumbfounded): How 'bout some coffee?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The pilot episode was filmed on July 03, 1970. This was a retake of a previous filming. It therefore ordered a "live audience" run-through test taping, and the day, June 30th, 1970, came to be known to the cast and crew as "Black Tuesday".  Under the direction of Jay Sandrich, the taping took place on one of the hottest California nights of the year, and everything which could possibly go wrong did.
      1) - the air conditioning units didn't work that evening, making the audience uncomfortable and moody.  

      2) - a bomb threat before the taping forced cast, crew and audience outside for an extended period before the show began, and ...

      3) - CBS chose this particular night to experiment with a new camera system which, large and noisy, prevented the audience from seeing and hearing much of the performance, hence there were no laughs.

      Even though the evening was a debacle, at the end of the taping Moore, the consummate professional, came onstage and cheerfully thanked the audience for attending before going home and collapsing into a jag of tears and depression.  Undaunted, Brooks, Burns and Sandrich knew they'd given their best, and Tinker continued to back them up, all the way through filming of the series official pilot premiere episode "Love Is All Around" (orig. air date 9/19/70).  With the exception of a few minor tweaks, including Asner toning down his "gruffness" just a little in the now classic scene where Mary is first hired, the creators made very few changes from the "Black Tuesday" script.

    • The show was originally planned to be about a divorced woman, but because divorce was still a hot subject in 1970, they settled for a broken engagement instead. Also, the network was afraid people would think that Mary had divorced Rob Petrie, her character's husband on The Dick Van Dyke Show, losing the audience's sympathy.

    • Reportedly test audiences to this pilot HATED the Rhoda character. She was seen as too "pushy", too "loud", too "Jewish", and worst of all "mean to Mary". Apparently the writers got around this by doing this: When Phyllis complains about Rhoda, Bess says "Gee I like Aunt Rhoda," thus giving the audience a chance to see there would be more to Rhoda later on.