Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) should know as well as anyone that TV anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) is a pompous dimwit. Even so, Ted is a celebrity, and, as such, Phyllis regards him as the perfect candidate for the office of city councilman. While Mary (Mary Tyler Moore) looks on in mute and helpless horror, the indefatigable Phyllis dedicates herself to the monumental task of molding Ted into the People's Choice. The first of many Mary Tyler Moore Shows scripted by veteran gag writer David Lloyd, "We Want Baxter" was originally aired on December 1, 1973.