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We Closed in Minneapolis 

Frustrated playwright Murray has his play accepted by the Twin Cities Playhouse, and Ted and Mary join the cast.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Elliott Street ... Milt
Joyce Bulifant ... Marie Slaughter


A large package has arrived in the mail for Murray from a theater company. He expects it is the latest in a long line of rejection notices for his play, which is a comedy about life in a television newsroom and which took him three years to write. He is thus pleasantly surprised to find that it is an acceptance letter. His excitement is tempered when he finds out that it is from the Twin Cities Playhouse - a local company he didn't submit the play to - where Ted, who is the one that submitted it to them, is the resident leading man. Murray is even more horrified when he learns that Ted has invited a local theater critic to review the production, which Murray expects will be ruined solely because of Ted in the leading role. Mary, on the other hand, auditions for the production for the role of the perky and cute associate producer character named Mary, which she gets. After the opening night performance, will Murray, Ted or Mary have a new future in the theater? Murray's feelings about ... Written by Huggo

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30 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictional (and unseen) theater critic who reviews Murray's play is named "John Stymetz", an allusion to the notoriously blunt and provocatively negative theater critic John Simon. See more »


At the end when Mary is reading other bad reviews by the critic who attacked Murray's play, she makes a point by slamming shut the book she's holding and hitting the desk with it. But then the shot changes and suddenly she's still holding the book open in both hands. See more »


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Apparently the play had many ad libs
4 July 2019 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

OK episode. Murray's play will finally be mounted - but it is with the local theatre group where Ted plays all the leads.

Good interplay and funny lines for the main regular cast. The antics on stage sound like a riot but (partly for budgetary and practical purposes) we never see any of it.

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