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Murray Ghosts for Ted 

Ted refuses to give Murray credit after an article he ghost writes for Ted becomes popular.


Jay Sandrich


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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Baxter
Betty White ... Sue Ann Nivens
Joyce Bulifant ... Marie Slaughter
Helen Hunt ... Laurie Slaughter


Ted has been asked by a local newspaper to write a 1,500 word article on Freedom of the Press for $200. Ted thinks it's going to be an easy task, and is out to prove he can do it after Lou bets him that he can't. But Ted finds that it is much more difficult to write than he thought. Ted asks Murray to write it for him. The deal: Ted will give Murray the entire $200, in exchange for the article and a complete vow of silence, even to Marie and Georgette. The article ends up garnering much public praise, with those that know Ted not believing that he actually wrote it. Both Mary and Lou know in their hearts that Murray wrote it, but Murray does respect his and Ted's agreement. When they all learn that Reader's Digest is reprinting the article and paying Ted $2,500 for it, Mary and Lou do whatever they can to break the code of silence between Murray and Ted. Written by Huggo

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19 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ted Baxter: I tell you, this is a great country. You know what makes it great? Because you don't have to be witty or clever as long as you can hire someone who is.
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References The Gong Show (1976) See more »


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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Ted Takes the Credit
6 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a superior effort in the closing weeks of this series. Ted Baxter has been offered two hundred dollars to write and article for a local newspaper. He tries it on his own, but he is barely literate (at least he can't write). After a couple days, failing, he begs Murray to do it. He will give him the money, but he can't reveal that he wrote it. Well, it turns out to be Murray's magnum opus, and it begins to be praised throughout the city. A school even wants copies of it to distribute to their writing students. And then the final blow. "Reader's Digest" offers Ted 2500 dollars for it. Poor Murray is like Cyranao de Bergerac, having to stand in the shadows while Ted basks in the sunlight. He can't even tell his family (Sometimes I wonder what the deal is with these people. Everyone seems to have the economic stability of Bob Cratchitt). The news staff aren't stupid, and they deduce what's going on. This leads to some fantastic scenes.

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