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Murray Can't Lose 

The word is out that Murray is a sure thing to win at this year's Teddy awards.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Baxter
Betty White ... Sue Ann Nivens
Joyce Bulifant ... Marie Slaughter
Larry Wilde Larry Wilde ... M.C.
Lisa Parkes Lisa Parkes ... Presenter


It's time for the annual Teddy Awards, and in addition to Sue Ann for her episode on fowl, all the major players in the newsroom, including Lou, Mary, Ted and Murray have been nominated for a special for which Lou feels they all are deservedly nominated and rightfully should win. The only doubter is perennial loser Murray, who has never won a Teddy. Murray, embarrassed by always having to put on a happy face while someone else's name is called in his category, is planning on not even attending this year's ceremony. But Lou finds out from an inside source that Murray is going to win this year. An excited Lou confides in Mary, but doesn't want to tell Murray, but also doesn't want Murray not to attend if he's a shoo-in to win. Meanwhile, Mary has been asked to perform the thankless job of entertainment coordinator for the event. The problem becomes needing to wade through all the people who request to perform, one act on which she asks Lou for advice, specifically in terms of the ethics... Written by Huggo

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27 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A Big Night for WJM But.........
3 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is that yearly trip to the Teddy Awards banquet. Lou hears from a friend that for the first time in his career, Murray is a shoe in for the best writer award. First Lou tells Mary and the blabs to Murray. Well, you don't have to have a lot of imagination to know this is a recipe for disaster. One really great scene is when Mary, who is in charge of entertainment, decides that she can sing during the show. She auditions for Lou and he is ruthless. Perhaps the highlight of the whole thing is a sexy, over the top dance by Georgette. Obviously, still water runs deep.

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