Mary finds a
guest on WJM-TV's show 'Scrutiny'
interesting. Mary hits it off with Eric and
he even dedicates his book to her. But
eventually Eric's height, (he's several
inches shorter) makes Mary self-conscious
about the relationship. Mary inadvertently
introduced Eric to Rhoda thusly: "Eric, I'd
like you to meet Rhoda Morgenstern. Rhoda,
this is Eric Shrimp."
Howard & Paul
Mary runs into
her former boyfriend, Howard when she
attends her Roseburg High School reunion.
Mary also become interested in Howard's
brother Paul and dated him, as well.
in a Governor's aide soon fizzles when he
keeps canceling all his dates because of
Mary finds a
friend of Lou Grant's intriguing - at least
his voice. She asks Mr. Grant to hook her up
on a date despite Lou's objection.
Mary dates a man
for his looks only and soon realizes she has
nothing in common with him.
attracted to an architect who came to sketch
her building. But she feels awkward about
her relationship when she discovers the
man's son, Matt, Jr. is only six year
younger than she is and has also expressed
an interest in her.
Slaughter, Murray's Dad
Mary meets a
charming older gentleman and begins to date
him. What Mary did not know: it was
Murray's father. But Mary likes the man
while everyone in her life was having a hard
time seeing her in such a May/December
dating the anchorman from Minneapolis's top
news show. But when she compares and
contrasts her station with her competition,
she soon suffers from a bad case of low
Mary works with
a priest on a film project. But when he
decides to leave the Church, Mary thinks she
might be the motivating factor behind his
boyfriend becomes more interested in Mary,
much to her chagrin.
Mary likes her
new boyfriend, Ken but finds his son, Stevie
In a reverse of
Murray's dad's relationship, Mary dates a
man seven years younger. But after she meets
some of his friends, she begins to rethink
her choice in younger men.
Mary becomes a
sexual pawn when Lou's old and amorous Army
buddy (to whom Lou had owed a big favor for
30 years) asks Lou to get him a date with
her as away of repaying him for past debts.
Mary falls for a
construction worker. unfortunately, he has a
hard time with the words. "I love you."
accepts a luncheon date with a man.
Unfortunately, she quickly learns two things
- she is attracted to him and that he is
boyfriend, Wes gets a job in the WJM-TV
newsroom but his affection for Mary gets in
the way of his work. Wes was formerly a
comedy writer for Chuckles the Clown
Lindstrom's 15-year-old boyfriend, William
falls in love with Mary and begins to show
up at her home and work with that far away
look in his eyes.
A shy IRS agent
audits Mary's taxes but soon becomes more
interested in her "figure" than his
Mary and Rhoda
take a night course in journalism. Mary
finds the professor attractive and they
begin to date. Dan leaves town. When he
returns, he bumps into Mary in an elevator.
Realizing, he still has feelings for Mary,
he breaks off his upcoming engagement, and
proposes to Mary. Dan leaves town again but
returns to Minneapolis and now Mary is
forced to choose between him and her current
boyfriend Joe Warner.
Ted & Hal
Ted wants to
make his brother Hal (a professional model)
jealous, so he sets up a double date. Of
course, Mary is Ted's date. Hal gets Rhoda.
worked closely with Mary in the newsroom and
develops a crush/love for Mary. At one
point, he jeopardizes his marriage by
telling Mary how he feels. Murray is married
to Marie and has a teenage daughter named
Bonnie. Note: Another time, Murray fell in
love with, and nearly had an affair with a
woman named Judith Chadler.
Lou Grant like
Murray Slaughter has worked closely with
Mary in the newsroom. and they have
developed a close bond of friendship. Mary
was there for Lou during his divorce from
his wife, Edie and Lou, likewise, has
supported Mary though her many ups & downs
like the time Mary became addicted to
sleeping pills during a bout with insomnia.
Once, Mary and Lou thought to test the
waters to see if they actually had a
romantic relationship, but before taking the
plunge they quickly realized they were just
great friends and would always be. Note: Lou
once gave dating a shot with Mary's friend
Rhoda. Also, Ted, Murray and Lou once all
daydreamed about what life would be like if
they were married to Mary.
Mary, I don't want you to take this wrong,
but you're a jerk.
Mary: How could I possibly take that
boyfriend (who once broke her heart) visits
Minneapolis and calls Mary. Part of her
wants to see him; the other part wishes that
he would just go way.
Mary to a very irritating Warren Sturges,
who tries everything including a giant
billboard across the road from the WJM-TV
offices to get her to accept his marriage
Mary is forced
to hold off the amorous advances of Lou's
Nephew, Wes Stern, a young cameraman at the
studio, who tells everyone a different story
about what happened when she invited him
home for supper. Wes also tried to put the
moves on Mary's friend Phyllis Lindstrom
when his attempt with Mary failed.
Mary hires a
lawyer when she gets cited for not revealing
the source of a news story. During the
proceedings, Barry gets the hots for Mary.