One of his first acts is to give Bailey more duties, including being an on-air news reporter, over the strenuous objections of sexist sales manager Herb Tarlek and news director Les Nessman , who feels threatened. In a third episode, Mr. In the early episodes, it is suggested that Bailey looks up to Johnny as her mentor in the world of broadcasting, but that she also has a schoolgirl crush on him, which leads her to ask him out on a date in the second-season opener, "For Love or Money". One episode begins with her circulating a petition against nuclear power ; in another episode, she mentions that she spent the weekend campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment. Her occasional references to her family suggest that she does not get along well with her parents, which may explain why she left Chicago. However, their relationship never seems to go further than the occasional date. In contrast to Jennifer, Bailey seeks recognition in a "man's" field of journalism for her work in that field. In the episode "Dear Liar", a take-off on the Janet Cooke scandal, Bailey writes a news story that is partly fictional, which could have cost the station its broadcast license , though it was still in its initial draft and Bailey had not committed to using it. In the earliest episodes, station manager Arthur Carlson could not even remember who she was or whether "Bailey" was a man or a woman. Bailey Quarters Jan Smithers In Bailey, male viewers saw a real woman who they could possibly actually have met and developed a relationship with, while Jennifer Marlowe was an idealized woman who did not really exist in the common experience of most male viewers. Eventually the professional relationship between Les and Bailey becomes less strained, with Les allowing her more freedom and input on the station's news reporting.