The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 7 Episode 24

The Last Show

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Mar 19, 1977 on CBS
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The Last Show
Personnel changes occur in the executive department and when they want WJM News to be the highest-ranked in Minneapolis, everyone except Ted Baxter is fired.

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  • Mary Tyler Moore had to do something no other show before had to do, that is end the show on its terms. This show defined series finales.

    The gang had decided that it was time to end the series. They did not want to limp out and be cancelled by the network - the show probably would have run for at least three more seasons.

    This episode is absurdist perfection. The expected ending is Mary leaving WJM and Minneapolis to take a job at a network news department in NYC or Mary finds the perfect guy and get married and retire to start a family. But what they did is something totally unexpected and gut wrenchingly funny.

    WJM gets bought out and the new owner decided to revamp the entire station. So he decides to get rid of the dead wood and keep the star performers. So that means get rid of Lou, Murray, Mary and Sue Anne and keep the great Ted Baxter.

    This devistates Mary and decides to cheer her up by flying in her two best friends Rhoda and Phyliss. This scene will have you laughing and crying at the same time. The final scene with the cast leaving the newsroom for the final time is the best scene, you just don't know what to do!

    As I said this episode set the standard for Series Finales and even Final Seasons.moreless
Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard

Guest Star

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman

Phyllis Lindstrom

Guest Star

Robbie Rist

Robbie Rist

David Baxter

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lou: The owner has been asking about you, about how important you are to the station.
      Ted: What did you tell them, Lou?
      Mary: He told him to watch you do the news and decide for himself.
      Ted: (in a panic) Oh, my God!

    • Sue Ann: If I am going to find another job, I'd better go out and collect some references. I wonder where the 31st Armored Division is bivouacked these days.

    • Mary: I don't have a job as of Monday.
      Phyllis: We know. Lou told us when he called. It's obviously a case of sexual discrimination.
      Mary: No, no, Phyllis, they fired the guys too.
      Phyllis: Oh, Mary, you little goose! That was just to cover their tracks!

    • Rhoda: How is good old Lars?
      Phyllis: Lars is dead, Rhoda.
      Rhoda: Same old Lars.
      Phyllis: No, I mean he really passed away.
      Rhoda: What? Oh my God, I'm so sorry, Phyllis, I didn't ... Mary, why didn't you tell me?
      Mary: I thought surely Phyllis had told you.
      Rhoda: Phyllis, why didn't you tell me?
      Phyllis: I was afraid you might want to come to the funeral.

    • Lou Grant: I treasure you people.

    • Mary: I just wanted you to know that sometimes I get concerned about being a career woman. I get to thinking my job is too important to me, and I tell myself that the people I work with are just the people I work with. And not my family. And last night, I thought, 'what is a family, anyway?' They're just people who make you feel less alone...and really loved. And that's what you've done for me. Thank you for being my family.

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