Black SplatThe Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)

"I hate spunk!"

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Lou Grant and Mary Richards

Description: Ed Asner as newsroom editor Lou Grant growls on the classic THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW/CBS/1970-77.

When Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) interviews for a position with WJM-TV in Minneapolis, Lou Grant invites her into his office for an interview. After Lou begins to ask some questions that were “technically illegal” (marital status, religion, etc,) Mary stands up for herself.

Surprised at Mary’s salt, Lou says, “You got spunk!” Mary thinks Lou is complementing her, but in the next instance, Lou barks his now famous line, “I Hate Spunk!”

Despite Lou’s opinion, he still hires Mary as Associate Producer of WJM-TV's Six O'clock News.

NOTE: On a January 2015 episode of the ABC comedy series CRISTELA, Rosanne Barr appeared as a lawyer who tells another lawyer (Cristela), "I like you, you're ballsy!"

See also - TV Acres - Character Biography - Mary Richards

Lou Grant: Mary, I don't want you to take this wrong, but you're a jerk.
Mary Richards: How could I possibly take that wrong?

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