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The System 

Ted invents a system for the weekly football pool that works and Lou goes in with him until the Superbowl.


Jay Sandrich


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


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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Franklin
Tom Pedi ... Al
John Gabriel ... Andy Rivers


It's the beginning of the regular pro football season, and Lou and Murray are talking about who Lou should bet on in this week's games. Ted, who doesn't understand football or the betting system, feels left out regardless. Lou tries to teach him, but he still doesn't understand. Lou ends up losing all three games on which he bet, yet Ted, who bet in pretend, won on all the games using his "system". As the weeks progress, Lou continues to lose, while Ted continues to pretend win. About a quarter way into the season, Lou goads Ted into betting for real, and Ted ends up winning for real. Lou, who doesn't like the fact that Ted is making a mockery out of the game by his system, decides to give Ted's system a try. They win, but Lou still isn't happy. By the time that the Super Bowl rolls around with a wad full of cash in his and Ted's collective pockets from the season's wins, Lou has to prove to himself that he can live his gambling life without Ted's system, but with Ted's money, of ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

11 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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ThIs episode aired 11 January, 75 - one day prior to Super Bowl IX (January 12, 1975). This was whein the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-6. In the show, Pittsburgh is one the two teams playing, but they lose by 12 points. See more »


Ted Baxter: [Everyone from WJM's newsroom is over at Mary's watching the Superbowl. The game's almost over] I'll just get ready Teddy. He hates it when I rhyme his name. Sometimes I say; 'steady, Teddy', 'how's your cousin Eddy, Teddy', but the one he hates the most is; 'have some spaghetti, Teddy'.
Murray Slaughter: She only does that because she knows I can't get back at her. Nothing rhymes with 'Georgette'.
Al: You bet.
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3 December 2019 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

Lou comes in on a successful betting system developed by novice gambler Ted.

Fun episode with a couple of great scenes. I loved Mary's pom-pom girl story. (Early in the series Mary said she was a pom-pom girl. Then she wasn't a pom-pom girl, she was a cheerleader. I guess there is a difference between the two.)

As Murray says, his wife won't let him gamble.

Sportscaster Andy (John Gabriel) has a brief bit. Georgette has a small but funny part.

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