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Room 223 

Frustrated with her lack of progress at WJM, Mary decides to sharpen her skills with a class in television journalism. Naturally, she catches the teacher's eye.


Jay Sandrich


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


Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Michael Tolan ... Dan Whitfield
Val Bisoglio ... Mr. DeForrest
Florida Friebus ... Mrs. Marshall
Cloris Leachman ... Phyllis Lindstrom


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After she is the cause of a writing gaffe at the newsroom, Mary, on Phyllis' advice, decides to take an introductory television journalism course. Rhoda decides to join Mary in the class. Mary ends up being the only student there who is taking the class to enhance her already established television journalism career. When Dan Whitfield, the teacher, asks Mary to stay after class, she believes he is going to chastise her for dominating the class discussion with her rather benign anecdotes of life at WJM. Instead, he, attracted to her, asks her out, which she accepts. He even accepts her offer to have a slightly reluctant Lou give a talk to the class. Will Mary and Dan's new dating status affect the way he treats her in class? And will Mary wish his professional treatment of her was different? Written by Huggo

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The episode's title is a play on the TV series, Room 222 (1969), which James L. Brooks had produced prior to this series. See more »


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School Days
2 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When Mary has trouble with some writing at the newsroom, Phyllis talks her into taking a journalism class. Rhoda joins her because there are men there. Mary becomes a big showoff in the class, but catches the eye of her handsome instructor. They start going out. It's funny how none of these guys seem to last till the next episode. Anyway, the thing is that she gets sort of caught up in her self perceived celebrity. She makes one big mistake, volunteering Lou to speak to the class. He speaks for about fifteen seconds and then terrifies the class when they try to ask questions. Mary has quite a surprise at the conclusion which is hard for her to deal with. There is some cool byplay between Lou and Ted.

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9 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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