The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 3 Episode 20

What Do You Do When the Boss Says, "I Love You"?

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Feb 03, 1973 on CBS
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The new station manager, an attractive woman, falls for Lou.

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  • Lou Grant gets sexually harassed.

    When the new station manager for WJM-News turns out to be an attractive blonde, Lou is indifferent towards her, Ted makes a fool of himself sucking up to her, and Mary has her hands full trying to prevent disaster when the new woman confesses her deep attraction for Lou. This is a great episode on multiple levels: the dialogue contains a slew of rich comedy, Lou is loveable as ever in his bewilderment of his sexual prowess, and Lois Nettleton as Barbara Coleman does a convincing job as Lou's urbane admirer. Perhaps most enjoyable of all is Lou's plodding explanation of why he chooses fidelity.moreless
Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman

Phyllis Lindstrom (1970-1975)

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Richards

John Amos

John Amos

Gordy Howard (1970-1973)

Ted Knight

Ted Knight

Ted Baxter

Gavin MacLeod

Gavin MacLeod

Murray Slaughter

Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

Rhoda Morgenstern (1970-1974)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is the first glimpse of, or even reference to, a lunchroom at the office. It has four vending machines and at least three tables.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mary: Well, I thought you'd be really curious to know who your new boss is going to be. Aren't you curious, Mr. Grant?
      Lou: Not really, Mary.
      Mary: Well, I will read it to you then. It's not a very long memo. It just names the person who will be replacing Snyder.
      Lou: All right, what's his name, Mary?
      Mary: His name is Barbara Coleman.

    • Murray: (seeing Doris crying inconsolably and finding out her boss, the station manager, was fired) Did it just happen this morning?
      Doris: No. Friday. Last Friday.
      Murray: And you've been crying all this time?
      Doris: No, just Friday. Friday and today. I had company over the weekend.

    • Barbara: (looking at Lou's football picture) Oh, is that you?
      Lou: Yeah.
      Barbara: College?
      Lou: High school.
      Barbara: You look old for high school.
      Lou: I looked old for Kindergarten.

    • Rhoda: (discussing men with Mary and Barbara) Let's not forget the worst kind of all: a guy who lies about being married. (the women groan knowingly) Tells you he is when he isn't!

    • Rhoda: Yeah, there are two people I've never thought of as being romantic. Lou, and the guy I'm going with now.

    • Mary: (telling Barbara about Lou and Edie) I mean, she goes away for a day and the man can't eat. He can drink, but he can't eat.

    • Lou: Mary, she wants me. Why me?
      Mary: Well, you're a very…kind of special person.
      Lou: Yeah.

    • Lou: Well, if-if I'm going to have any extracurricular activities, frankly I'm better off bowling. It's less complicated.

    • Ted: You don't really think she'd fire me for a little pinchareeno in the elevator?
      Murray: Well, I hope not, Ted. Because if you go, I go! I couldn't write for anyone else.
      Ted: Do you mean that, Murr?
      Murray: Mm-hmm. My vocabulary isn't what it used to be.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Ted: (in front of Barbara, the new station manager) Uh, Mary, I'm going on special assignment. If Eric Sevareid calls, tell him it's OK to use that piece I wrote.

      Ted is alluding to Eric Sevareid, who was a renowned foreign correspondent for The CBS Evening News from 1964 until 1977.