Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Another crisis hits the WJM newsroom when two TV unions go on strike at once. Boss Lou Grant (Edward Asner) is only mildly upset that troublesome anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) is on the picket line, but he really begins to worry when newswriter Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod) likewise refuses to show up for work. The result is, Mary (Mary Tyler Moore) is pressed into service writing copy -- and Lou is obliged to read the news on the air, a job he can only face up to when fortified with booze. "Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary" originally aired on November 6, 1971.