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His Two Right Arms 

Mary helps the staff of a incompetent councilman prepare for his appearance on WJM's "Face the People" show.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Janet MacLachlan ... Sherry Wilson
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... Jennifer Riley (as Carol Androsky)
Bill Daily ... Peter 'Pete' Peterson
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Walter Ellis
Philippa Harris Philippa Harris ... Woman from Audience (as Phillippa Harris)
Isabel Sanford ... Mrs. Wilson
Davis Roberts ... Man from Audience


In an episode which was actually a pilot, Mary goes to interviewed Pete Peterson, the hapless representative and the 3 young staffers who do everything they can to make sure the good intentioned but totally discombobulated Peterson together. Written by Huggo

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This episode was a backdoor pilot for a proposed but unproduced series starring Bill Daily, who later this year landed the role of Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show (1972). See more »


Throughout the episode, Janet MacLachlan's character is referred to, by herself and others, as "Chris," but the closing credits identify her as "Sherry." See more »


Murray Slaughter: With councilmen, municipal judges and sewer bonds I vote the straight
Murray Slaughter: moe ticket.
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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Seems like a cross over episode.
7 August 2008 | by ram-30See all my reviews

When I watched this episode, which was the season finale of "Mary Tyler Moore"'s second year, I thought that they were trying to pass it off as a spin off/crossover/pilot for a new series. First of all, the plot and majority of the dialogue focus on Bill Daily's simple minded councilman, his two loyal office workers and one of their mothers. Also, it was written by Jim Parker and Arnold Margolin (Stuart's brother). This was their only MTM script and seemed to be written as a springboard to a new series that never got off the ground. In a few years Bill Daily and Isabel Sanford achieved TV success with the help of NEWHART and ALL IN THE FAMILY/THE JEFFERSONS but Carole Androsky and Janet MacLachlin never did make their mark on TV (although both did appear with Isabel in some of her later series). Even a character we never see (Mack Truck Tarkis, the ex football pro who becomes the Councilman's chauffeur, seems like a regular sit com character. Now, of course, MTM had many great spin-offs (RHODA, PHYLLIS, LOU GRANT) but it would have been nice to see how this one would have managed. The storyline of a simple minded politician being helped along by loyal staff did of course resurface in American shows like BENSON and SPIN CITY and, sadly, in American real life politics as well.

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4 March 1972 (USA) See more »

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