Mary in the
newsroom with Ted & Murray
Now, while Mary's
Teddy Award was probably her proudest moment at WJM-TV, perhaps her lowest point happened when
she accidentally revealed a secret about Lou
Grant. An action which she sorely wishes she
could take back. What could have been so bad?
Well, Lou Grant had made the mistake of sleeping
with Sue Anne Nivens. No one knew about his
affair except Mary, but she let it slip to the
newsroom staff. This totally enraged Lou, who
thought that Mary had betrayed their friendship.
When Lou began to shun Mary, she became
devastated. How could she live with shame of her
mistake and with the fact she might have hurt
her closest friend. Thankfully, Lou forgave Mary
and their friendship continued. Mary's
"Ohh, Mr. Gr-a-a-ant!"
to show anyone that you have negative
feelings about them. You're a pushover
because people know that you'll never be
angry with them.
I do so...get
forget about it. Do you have some gum?
Yes, I have
gum, Murray! I have two pieces of gum, and
I want them both! And I am not afraid to
tell you that because I am sick and tired
of you always bumming gum from me, Murray!
Yes, I have gum. You're too damn lazy to
go out and buy yourself your own package
because you're always so sure that you're
gonna get mine! Well, this time you're
wrong, Murray. I have gum. Sugarless
cherry, Murray. That's right, sugarless
cherry, your most favorite and most
beloved kind! And I am not afraid to tell
you that you are not getting any!
[Mary hands him a stick of the gum; he
life often included her many friends at the
newsroom who dropped by her apartment to visit
or to attend one of her parties. Now Mary may
have been a whiz planning events in the
newsroom, she just could not throw a successful
party. Like clockwork, something always went
wrong, but like troopers, Mary's friends always
showed up every time she had a social gathering
in her apartment. Things that went wrong
- Lou and Mary help deliver the baby when
Georgette gives birth at Mary's dinner party.
- Mary throws a party for Congresswoman Margaret
Gettys. Unfortunately, the power goes out and no
one gets to "see" special dinner guest Johnny
Carson who shows up for the festivities.
- Mary throw Mr. Grant a surprise party and
Lou, unable to stand great displays of
affection, won't let any of the guests into
- Again, Mary invites Congresswoman Gettys over
for dinner, but discovers she doesn't have
enough room to seat Ted at her table. She also
has to tell Mr. Grant who pigs out on the dinner
food to put some food back so there will enough
for the other five guest at the table.
Shouldn't we be doing something? A woman
is giving birth to a baby in Mary's
I know, and it's probably the most
exciting thing that'll ever happen in
Besides friends visiting her apartment, Mary's
relative's also came knocking on her door. They
included Dotty Richards, Mary's mother and Dr.
Walter Reed Richards, Mary's father - both
actually moved to Minneapolis to be near their
daughter (Shades of cut the cord, already); and
Flo Meredith, Mary's hard-drinking, journalist
aunt who dated Lou Grant for a while.
Around the time that Rhoda decided to move back
to New York City (she married, then divorced Joe
Girard) and Phyllis moved to San Francisco when
her husband Lars died, Mary decided to move into
a new apartment at 932 N. Weatherly. Of course,
the first thing Mary did was to bring her large
letter "M" which she kept in her old apartment
and mount it in a place of honor on the wall of
her new high-rise apartment.
In 1977, the owners
of WJM-TV decided to sell the station.
Unfortunately, the new owners fired everyone,
except, for Ted Baxter, the station's moronic
news anchor. Before Mary went on to bigger and
better things, she shared a lengthy group hug,
a long way to Tipparary" and offered
the heartfelt proclamation "Thank you for being
my family." When everyone else had gone, Mary
retuned to the newsroom, leaned back through the WJM-TV
doors and then turned out the light.
Eventually, Mary found work at ABC Network News
in New York from 1977 to 1990, She also earned
her masters degree in journalism at NYU (she
originally lied about having a college degree on
her job application to Mr. Grant). In addition,
Mary found time to marry US Congressman Cronin
and have a daughter named Rose Cronin.
By the way, after Lou Grant was fired in 1977,
at the age of 50, he moved to California and
took a job as city editor for the Los Angeles
Tribune, a crusading newspaper owned by Margaret
Pynchon (a pit bull named for Lou Grant kills
her pet Yorkshire terrier, Barney).
In 2000, after her husband died in a rock
climbing accident, a sixty-year-old Mary
traveled to Italy to mourn and then returned to
New York City to take a job as a journalist for
a TV station at WNYT-TV. Her now grown daughter
Rose wanted to be stand-up comic (she attended
New York University). Struggling with a nearly
empty bank account courtesy of her deceased
husband (who spent their wealth on political
campaigns), Mary tried to restart her career as
a journalist and properly raise her daughter.
Coincidentally, Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard
Rousseau (now twice divorced) returned from
Paris, France with her own daughter, Meredith
Rousseau (a pre-med student at Columbia
University) to work for a photographer in New
York City. Rhode hoped to restart her dormant
career as a photographer (and wondered if her
work was worthy of gallery status.).
Mary and Rhoda had been estranged for eight
years because Mary didn't approve of Rhoda's
last husband (who turned out to be a
philanderer). While in Europe, Mary tried to
contact Rhoda in Paris not knowing who had moved
back to the states. By chance, the two reunited
when Rhoda spotted Mary ("Mare") hopping into a
cab in Manhattan.
What did you
do in Paris?
Well, I went
back to my first love. Of course, you can
only eat for so long.
Rhoda with their grown daughters
After catching up on old times,
Mary & Rhoda set about to spend their
remaining years (sans their Minneapolis
friends), enjoying life and trying to reconnect
with their two rebellious daughters (the new
Mary and Rhoda) who were both just beginning to
learn about life on their own.
Through all the changes, the one constant in
Mary's life was her big letter "M" which she
again proudly displayed in her new Manhattan
apartment. "To New Beginnings!"
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