Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Still nervous about re-entering the dating scene after his split with wife Edie, Lou Grant (Edward Asner) nonetheless goes out twice with his prize employee Mary (Mary Tyler Moore). Although the relationship is, as always, platonic, the newsroom is abuzz with rumors of a romance -- most of these rumors started by the perennially clueless Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). This episode represented the final regular series appearance of Valerie Harper, who would launch her own sitcom, Rhoda, within a few months. "Lou's Second Date" originally aired on February 16, 1974.