After several dates with a handsome architect, Matt Bryan, Mary is shocked when his 24-year-old son shows up at her office to take her to lunch.
A local newspaper columnist, who Lou is convinced loves to destroy people’s reputations, interviews Mary about being the only woman in the newsroom at WJM.
When Mary’s parents move into a new house just around the corner from her apartment and then start planning her social schedule, Mary turns to Rhoda for advice.
Even though she’s lost 20 pounds, Rhoda still feels fat and hopeless, but then Hempel’s Department Store invites her to enter a beauty contest.
Mary suddenly finds herself in the uncomfortable position of being the “other woman” after Phyllis’s daughter’s 15-year old boyfriend develops a crush on her.
Lou realizes he’s made a big mistake after he signs a new contract that allows Ted to earn extra money appearing in TV commercials on several local television stations.
Lou’s promotion to program manager leaves Murray in charge of the newsroom, a task which (it is quickly apparent!) he is totally unqualified to handle.
When Lou is kept from joining his poker pals in Las Vegas, he insists Mary set up a poker game at work—much to the dismay of ex-compulsive gambler Murray.
Murray sinks into a deep depression and feels life has totally passed him by after he learns that a former writing classmate has won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
Against her better judgment, Mary gets drawn back into a romantic affair when an ex-boyfriend who broke her heart returns to Minneapolis.
Lou Grant realizes he’s in over his head when the new boss at the Television station turns out to be a woman—who promptly falls in love with him.
Once Mary gets nominated for a Teddy Award everything starts going disastrously wrong for her at work—and at the awards dinner.
If Mary is crushed when she learns the marriage of her long-time friends is coming to an end, she’s stunned when she realizes the husband wants to start dating her after the divorce.
Mary tries to help out when the station’s “Chuckles the Clown” writer quits his job in order to fulfill his lifelong ambition of performing as a stand-up comedian.
Both Lou and Ted are unhappy about the upbeat “happy news” format Mary has been assigned to develop for the “Six O’Clock News.”
Mary is devastated when Rhoda returns from a vacation in New York and announces she’s accepted a job and will be leaving Minneapolis for the Big Apple.
Mary’s father is having trouble adjusting to his new life in the city because he misses his old buddies, so Mary invites him to lunch with her and Lou Grant.
Rhoda is shocked when her parents arrive for a visit and her mother reveals that she’s convinced her husband is seeing another woman.