The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 3 Episode 3

Who's in Charge Here?

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

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  • A bit of a put-on

    So obviously a canned "concept" episode that it's really hard to treat it too seriously. It's almost as though they said, "Okay, let's do one of those hokey old 50's style plotlines--jobswitching or whatever--with a contemporary 70s show." Lou has some fun moments--with the booze and the silly table/desk--but mostly it plays like a sort of prank, as though the gang at MTM is putting us on a bit by taking the newsroom through this conventional situation and winking the whole way through. If only they had been a bit more blatantly tongue in cheek about it (a la Taxi), it probably would've worked better, and wouldn't have seemed quite so tired, listless and perfunctory.
  • Lou gets promoted.

    Not the strongest episode here, mostly because of some hard-to-explain situations that seem a bit far-fetched. If Lou really got promoted and was leaving the News department, wouldn't they have had a big party or something for him? Walking out with just a box and a lamp made it very clear that he wasn't going to be gone for long. Plus, who took over Murray's job when he got promoted to Producer? Too many of these questions made the epidsode distracting and uneven. Mary makes the most of her scenes, but Jay Sandrich has her doing some pretty broad strokes to fill in the emptiness of the script. The set design of the station manager's office is always fun to look at for its mid-70s retro feel.
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