The Mary Tyler Moore Show (season 5)

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show (season 5)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original channel CBS
Original run September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) – March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08)
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List of The Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes

The fifth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired on CBS from September 14, 1974 to March 8, 1975.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
97 "Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) 4014
When Mary refuses to reveal a source, she is found in contempt of court and is sent to jail, where she befriends two prostitutes.
Note: One of the prostitutes, Sherry, is seen again this season in the episode "You Try to be a Nice Guy," and the contempt charge is resolved in the season 7 episode "Mary Gets a Lawyer".
98 "Not Just Another Pretty Face" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21) 4006
Mary dates a gorgeous ski instructor, but reconsiders the relationship when she realizes they have little in common.
99 "You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate" Jackie Cooper David Lloyd September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28) 4003
Mary and Lou clash over his violent streaks, especially after he injures Ted for another on-air gaffe. Lou changes his ways, but when Ted takes advantage of the situation, Mary wants the old Lou back.
100 "Lou and That Woman" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05) 4007
Lou is in heaven when he starts dating a fantastic lounge singer, but has second thoughts when she reveals she has been with a number of men. Guest star: Sheree North
101 "The Outsider" Peter Bonerz Jack Winter October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12) 4002
The gang is displeased when Lou hires a consultant to raise ratings for the newscast. Just as his methods seem to work and the staff warm to him, he reveals another surprise. Guest star: Richard Masur
102 "I Love a Piano" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19) 4009
Murray meets an attractive divorcee at one of Mary's parties, and the gang is rattled as Murray flirts with having an affair with her. Guest star: Barbara Barrie
103 "The New Sue Ann" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 26, 1974 (1974-10-26) 4018
Sue Ann is charmed when a hometown acquaintance of Mary's comes on as an assistant to her show. But things turn ugly when the young woman dates the station manager and aims for Sue Ann's job.
104 "Menage-a-Phyllis" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman November 2, 1974 (1974-11-02) 4004
Mary meets Phyllis' hunky platonic friend Mike with whom she attends cultural events instead of Lars. When Mike shows an interest in Mary, Phyllis sees green.
105 "Not a Christmas Story" John C. Chulay Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels November 9, 1974 (1974-11-09) 4001
The gang is furious at each other over an office dispute. When they are all snowed in at the office, they spend a tense evening on the set of Sue Ann's Christmas dinner special.
106 "What Are Friends For?" Alan Rafkin David Lloyd November 16, 1974 (1974-11-16) 4012
Mary and Sue Ann have an unusual time bonding when they both attend a broadcasters' conference in Chicago.
107 "A Boy's Best Friend" Mary Tyler Moore David Lloyd November 23, 1974 (1974-11-23) 4010
Ted is elated when his mother announces she will be getting married. When she decides against marriage after all, Ted determines he must meet her "gentlemen friend" to learn his intentions.
108 "A Son for Murray" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels November 30, 1974 (1974-11-30) 4019
The gang is unwillingly dragged in when Murray and Marie fight over whether or not to try for another child, specifically a boy. Ultimately, they adopt a boy from Vietnam.
109 "Neighbors" James Burrows and John C. Chulay Ziggy Steinberg December 7, 1974 (1974-12-07) 4016
Lou moves upstairs into Rhoda's old apartment and creates tension with Mary when the line between work and home is breached.
110 "A Girl Like Mary" Jay Sandrich Ann Gibbs and Joel Kimmel December 14, 1974 (1974-12-14) 4015
Lou auditions applicants for a new female commentator. Sue Ann and Mary both audition-and fail spectacularly. Guest starring Rosalind Cash.
111 "An Affair to Forget" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels December 21, 1974 (1974-12-21) 4008
Mary is promoted to producer, catching Ted's eye. She then becomes increasingly aggravated as Ted spreads rumors suggesting they are dating.
112 "Mary Richards: Producer" Norman Campbell David Lloyd January 4, 1975 (1975-01-04) 4022
Frustrated that Lou is not allowing her to exercise the full authority of her recently acquired title of producer, Mary convinces him to let her produce the show solo. Although Lou is frustrated at first, he admits the show "didn't stink".
113 "The System" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels January 11, 1975 (1975-01-11) 4026
Lou has a string of bad bets in the new football season, while amateur Ted gets lucky. Lou tries Ted's system, but though successful, finds all the fun has gone out of betting.
Note: On-screen text shown throughout this episode, which first aired mid-January 1975, shows that the first scene takes place back in September 1974, with subsequent scenes taking place throughout football season, culminating with the final scene during 1975's Super Bowl.
114 "Phyllis Whips Inflation" Jay Sandrich Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger January 18, 1975 (1975-01-18) 4023
With everyone feeling the crunch of inflation, Phyllis tries to find a job and Mary tries to coax a raise out of Mr. Grant. Final appearance of Cloris Leachman as a regular cast member. Guest star: Doris Roberts
115 "The Shame of the Cities" Jay Sandrich Michael Elias
Story: Michael Elias and Arnie Kogen
January 25, 1975 (1975-01-25) 4028
Lou is inspired to return to investigative reporting. However, he has no luck turning up any worthwhile news, so Mary convinces him to produce positive documentary instead--with poor results.
116 "Marriage Minneapolis Style" Jay Sandrich Pamela Russell February 1, 1975 (1975-02-01) 4017
After Murray and Marie celebrate their 20th anniversary, Ted impulsively proposes to Georgette on air-and quickly regrets it.
117 "You Try to Be a Nice Guy" Jay Sandrich Michael Leeson February 8, 1975 (1975-02-08) 4013
Sherry, the hooker Mary met in jail, resurfaces to ask Mary to be a character witness. Mary then tries to help Sherry find a less risqué line of work, and ends up modeling a shocking dress of Sherry's design.
118 "You Can't Lose 'em All" Marjorie Mullen David Lloyd February 15, 1975 (1975-02-15) 4025
It is Teddy Awards time and Ted feels upset when he is not even nominated after last year's win, while Lou feels worse when he is selected for a career award he despises. Guest star: Fred Grandy
119 "Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School" Jay Sandrich Michael Zinberg February 22, 1975 (1975-02-22) 4024
A scam artist disappears with the money Ted had invested to start a broadcasting school. Mary, Lou, and Murray agree to serve as the faculty to help Ted fulfill his obligations, but are not sure how to proceed when only one student shows up (Leonard Frey) and insists that classes be held regardless. A blind date Mary unwillingly agrees to go out with (Bernie Kopell) at Ida Morgenstern's behest adds to the farcical resolution.
120 "Anyone Who Hates Kids and Dogs" Jay Sandrich Jerry Mayer March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08) 4029
Mary thinks the divorced man she has been dating may be the one. The only problem is, despite her efforts, she dislikes his obnoxious 12-year-old son, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Guest stars: Laurence Luckinbill, Lee Montgomery, Mabel Albertson, Carole King (credited as Carole Larkey)