The Mary Tyler Moore Show (season 7)

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show (season 7)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original channel CBS
Original run September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25) – March 19, 1977 (1977-03-19)
Season chronology
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List of The Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes

The seventh and final season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired on CBS from September 25, 1976 to March 19, 1977.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
145 "Mary Midwife" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25) 6001
After Lou and Mary feud about his weight, he shows up to spoil Mary's dinner party. When Georgette goes into labor, Mary and Lou must cooperate to deliver the Baxters' daughter, whom they name Mary Lou.
146 "Mary the Writer" James Burrows Burt Prelutsky October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02) 6006
Mary asks Lou to give an honest opinion on an article she wrote and becomes upset when Lou thinks it "stinks". She goes so far as to lie about it being accepted by Reader's Digest.
147 "Sue Ann's Sister" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09) 6005
Sue Ann's visiting sister gets an offer to do a rival cooking show in Minneapolis. This sends Sue Ann into a depression. The gang comes to her bedside to cheer her up, and the audience is treated to a view of the happy homemaker's tawdry boudoir.
148 "What's Wrong with Swimming?" Marjorie Mullen David Lloyd October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16) 6002
Mary battles Lou to hire a female swimmer, B.J., as the station's sportscaster. When B.J. ends up only reporting on swimming and diving, ignoring important stories about local football and basketball, Mary must take responsibility for the situation.
149 "Ted's Change of Heart" Jay Sandrich Earl Pomerantz October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23) 6010
After having a heart attack on the air, Ted decides life is incredibly precious and takes an incredibly positive view of life. His attitude is infectious among the new staff, but how long will it last?
150 "One Producer Too Many" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) 6008
Lou makes Murray a co-producer after he gets an offer from another station. Mary is not happy about this situation and there seems no way for Lou to resolve the problem.
151 "My Son, the Genius" Joan Darling Bob Ellison November 6, 1976 (1976-11-06) 6003
When Ted and Georgette's son David is having trouble in school, they bring him to a psychologist and discover he is a genius with an I.Q. of 160. David suddenly becomes a brat and his parents must deal with his new behavior.
152 "Mary Gets a Lawyer" Jay Sandrich Burt Prelutsky November 13, 1976 (1976-11-13) 6014
A grand jury sends Mary to trial for contempt of court for not revealing a news source. Mary's lawyer, a friend of Lou, is taken with her, but when he discovers she is not interested, he goes on a bender, and it seems as though Mary's defense will be ruined. Guest stars: John McMartin, Richard Kline.
Note: This episode is a resolution of the contempt charge brought against Mary in the season-5 premiere episode "Will Mary Richards go to Jail?"
153 "Lou Proposes" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20) 6009
Mary's Aunt, Flo Meridith, is visiting town again, and after her usual altercations with Lou, he decides to ask Flo to marry him.
154 "Murray Can't Lose" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27) 6015
A rumor is going around that Murray is a sure thing to win at this year's Teddy awards. Mary is put in charge of entertainment at the ceremony and has Georgette perform the musical number "Steam Heat".
155 "Mary's Insomnia" James Burrows David Lloyd December 4, 1976 (1976-12-04) 6012
Mary uses sleeping pills to help her insomnia and Mr. Grant is concerned when she becomes dependent on them.
156 "Ted's Temptation" Harry Mastrogeorge Bob Ellison December 11, 1976 (1976-12-11) 6013
Mary, Lou and Ted attend a convention in Los Angeles. An attractive young journalist tries to seduce Ted. Guest star: Trisha Noble.
157 "Look at Us, We're Walking" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison December 25, 1976 (1976-12-25) 6004
Mary and Lou ask the new station manager for a raise and threaten to quit otherwise. Guest star: David Ogden Stiers.
158 "The Critic" Martin Cohan David Lloyd January 8, 1977 (1977-01-08) 6017
A very negative critic is hired by the station manager to do a spot on The Six O'clock News, and immediately attacks Minneapolis's population as a whole. Lou wants Mary to go out with him in a futile attempt to get him to put a more positive spin on his reviews. Guest stars: Eric Braeden, David Ogden Stiers.
159 "Lou's Army Reunion" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison January 15, 1977 (1977-01-15) 6016
Lou wants to return a favor to an old Army buddy, but is upset when he asks for a date with Mary. Guest star: Alex Rocco
160 "The Ted and Georgette Show" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd January 22, 1977 (1977-01-22) 6018
Ted and Georgette do a show on WJM that becomes a hit, but Georgette would rather stay at home taking care of her family.
161 "Sue Ann Gets the Ax" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison January 29, 1977 (1977-01-29) 6019
Sue Ann Niven's Happy Homemaker show is canceled. After being given a series of demeaning jobs at WJM, she's hired to work in the newsroom.
162 "Hail the Conquering Gordy" Jay Sandrich Earl Pomerantz February 5, 1977 (1977-02-05) 6020
Gordy, the former WJM weatherman, is now a network news star. In town for a visit, the gang throws him a party, and jealous Ted is hoping for a co-host position with Gordy in New York.
163 "Mary and the Sexagenarian" Jay Sandrich Les Charles and Glen Charles February 12, 1977 (1977-02-12) 6021
Mary agrees to go out on a date with an older man, who turns out to be Murray's father.
164 "Murray Ghosts for Ted" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd February 19, 1977 (1977-02-19) 6025
Ted is unable to write an article requested by a newspaper, so hires Murray to write it for him, insisting that he not reveal the arrangement. When the article gains attention from the Governor and is to be reprinted in Reader's Digest, Mary and Lou want Ted to come clean. Guest star: Helen Hunt
165 "Mary's Three Husbands" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison February 26, 1977 (1977-02-26) 6023
After a long day, Lou, Murray and Ted have a drink and fantasize what it would be like for each of them to be married to Mary. Lou's fantasy takes place on their would-be golden anniversary and aged versions of all four characters are seen.
Note: Rhoda is mentioned in the future fantasy via a postcard, whom Mary states is "still waiting for Joe to come back."
166 "Mary's Big Party" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison March 5, 1977 (1977-03-05) 6026
Congresswoman Gettys from Episode 82 ("The Dinner Party") asks Mary to entertain Johnny Carson, who is visiting Minneapolis. Mary thinks for once she can have a party which is not a disaster. As the gang awaits the celebrity's arrival in Mary's apartment, there is a power failure and no candles or working flashlights are to be found. The guests recall a series of Mary's bad parties through flashbacks. Guest star: Johnny Carson. Valerie Harper and Henry Winkler appear in flashback scenes.
167 "Lou Dates Mary" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd March 12, 1977 (1977-03-12) 6024
At the age of 37, and after another disappointing date, Mary believes she may never meet a good man. Georgette suggests that Mary date Lou. She manages to ask him out, but can the uncomfortable pair hit it off romantically?
168 "The Last Show" Jay Sandrich James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed. Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd & Bob Ellison March 19, 1977 (1977-03-19) 6027
The new station manager fires Lou, Mary, Murray, and Sue Ann, but decides to keep Ted on. Lou flies in a couple of old friends to surprise a distraught Mary. After watching their last broadcast together, Mary shares a very emotional farewell in the newsroom with her coworkers and friends and for her, the series ends on a tearful but positive note.