Hot in Cleveland’s two-part season finale dedicated its first half to a Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion – bringing Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman on to join series regulars Betty White and Georgia Engel.

On Hot in Cleveland, the five women were members of an erstwhile championship bowling team. The bowling team had apparently split amidst some ugliness having to do with bloated egos, and this is the first time they’ve all gotten together in 50 years. Out to dinner, the women reminisced about the past that more often than not aligned with the actresses’ past on the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' cast reuinted on 'Hot in Cleveland'


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Hot in Cleveland star Valerie Bertinelli was in awe of the chemistry that still existed between the actresses who hadn’t worked together in decades. “I don’t know how long it had been, like 30 years, since they’d all worked together, but it was like no time went by whatsoever," she said on the Today show. "It was just a dream to watch."

"No one went back to their dressing rooms when they weren't in a scene [on that day]," Bertinelli added. "We all stayed in the audience and we were all watching, and we all had our little camera phones out, filming everything. It was pretty spectacular.”

Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman and Mary Tyler Moore on the last 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' in 1977

The reunion of the Mary Tyler Moore Show women was announced back in March, shortly after Harper announced that she had terminal brain cancer. Harper, whose cancer has inexplicably gone into remission, will next be seen on the small screen on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, taking the dance floor with professional dancer Tristan MacManus. The new season of the dancing competition kicks off Sept. 16.

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