The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 3 Episode 3

Who's in Charge Here?

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 30, 1972 on CBS

Episode Recap

Mary comes into WJM one morning to find Lou packing up all his office belongings. When she discovers Lou is going to be promoted to program director, she wonders aloud who will fill Lou's shoes. Lou assures it won't be her, and she assures Lou she doesn't want the job. However, as the evening wears on and Phyllis insists that it's Mary's "duty" to take this job for the sake of women everywhere, the idea begins to take deeper root in Mary's mind.

The next day, Mary approaches Lou about the position again, and finds out that Murray has been given Lou's position along with the raise. The reason, Lou tells her, is that Murray is a man. Mary is furious but tries to hide it. When Lou walks out the door for the final time, Mary jumps up - having forgiven him already - and escorts him to his new office.

Lou's new office is swank and spacious, but he doesn't like how far the wet bar is from his desk. Mary and Murray meet him later with updates and ideas for the show, and Lou doesn't care for any of the new ideas Murray has concocted. It appears Mary's thinking is more in line with Lou's and the station's philosophy overall.

The changes at WJM are hardly in place before Mary walks in one day and sees Murray at his old desk, and Lou is back in his old office. Ted walks in, thinking Murray is going to be there, only to be rebuffed by Lou's stern stare. Mary is overjoyed to have him back, and Lou explains that the higher-ups didn't care for his ideas either, and Lou succeeded in getting himself demoted back to his old position.

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