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Lou's Army Reunion 

Lou wants to return a favor to an old Army buddy, but balks when he asks for a date with Mary.


Jay Sandrich


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


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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Baxter
Alex Rocco ... Ben Selwyn
Dort Clark ... Man at Reunion


Lou is attending his Army unit's reunion (which they hold every ten years) only because this year it's being held in Minneapolis, and he feels he has no choice but to attend. One of the other attendees is womanizer Ben Selwyn, to whom Lou owes a favour for an incident during the war. After invading Mary's apartment on a drunken spree at three o'clock in the morning, Ben knows how Lou can repay him; help him get Mary to go out with him. Lou is reluctant to do this (since he knows Ben is only after Mary for a 'good time'), but he does it anyway, while giving Mary a 'heads up' about Ben. Mary, who liked Ben upon meeting, doesn't hesitate to go out with him despite Lou's warnings, but Lou feels he needs to protect Mary from Ben's advances anyway. Meanwhile, Ted's contract is coming up for renewal, and he hires a new agent to negotiate it - meek Georgette. Written by Huggo/edited by canadazbest

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Release Date:

15 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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In the past, Lou has often told stories of his army combat experience in Europe during World War II yet in when he's wearing his army uniform, he's not wearing the Combat Infantry Badge on his uniform, which is earned by being in combat. See more »


References Rocky (1976) See more »


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Mary at War!
4 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Lou goes to his annual Army reunion and shows up at 3:00 a.m. at Mary's place with the whole gang. He has with him a guy who took a rap for him and ended up in the stockade. To call it even, he asks Lou to set him up with Mary, but Lou becomes really protective. This guy is a real jerk, but he does have some charm, and Mary feels she can handle him just fine. The other plot line has Georgette going to Lou's office to negotiate Ted's contract. The whole thing is quite weird. Also, the very ending with Lou back at Mary's is funny.

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