The Canonical Lou Grant Episode Guide
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FIRST SEASON - 1977-1978


Edward Asner
(Lou Grant)
Robert Walden
(Joe Rossi)
Rebecca Balding
(Carla Mardigian)
Linda Kelsey
(Billie Newman)
Mason Adams
(Charlie Hume)
Jack Bannon
(Art Donovan)
Daryl Anderson
(Dennis "Animal" Price)
Nancy Marchand
(Margaret Pynchon)

Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Sidney Clute (National Editor)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Peggy McCay (Marian Hume)


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Lou Grant is a television drama series produced from 1977-1982 by MTM Productions and aired in the United States on CBS. The series was a spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which was produced from 1970-77. Edward Asner originated the role of Lou Grant and played it throughout the entire run of both series. On the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Grant and most of the rest of the cast were fired from their jobs at WJM-TV in Minneapolis. The first episode of the series Lou Grant found Lou heading to Los Angeles to interview with his old friend Charlie Hume for a position at the Los Angeles Tribune. One hundred fourteen episodes followed.

Premiere: September 20, 1977.
Last show of the series: September 13, 1982.

NOTE: It is acknowledged that non-parallel terms were used to refer to the principal men and women in this series, notably Rossi being called by his last name nearly as exclusively as Billie was addressed by her first name. The author of this episode guide has chosen to have the guide reflect that inequality rather than awkwardly alter it.

Episode numbers at left are the order the episodes were originally aired in the United States. In the case of Lou Grant, rare among television series, the episodes have been syndicated in the order they were originally aired. Note that all of the episodes have one-word "slugs" for episode titles.

Date given is that the episode first aired in the United States. For most of the series' run, the episodes also aired in Canada on the same dates, although for the first five months, when the show aired on Tuesdays in the U.S., they were actually aired a day earlier, on Mondays, in Canada.

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EPISODE 1 - Cophouse (20 September 1977)
Written by: Leon Tokatyan; Directed by: Gene Reynolds

SYNOPSIS: Lou is hired as an editor at the Los Angeles Tribune. He immediately has to deal with a crisis when aggressive reporter Rossi alleges that the paper's police reporter is covering up a police scandal.

Peter Hobbs (George Driscoll)
James Whitmore, Jr. ()
Norman Bartold (Commander Phillips)
Paul Larson (Watch Commander)
George Cooper (Deputy Chief)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Gordon Jump (National Editor)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Gary Pagett (Assistant Photo Editor)
Wallace Rooney (Tim)
Fred Stuthman (Photo Editor)
Larry Hankin (Cab Driver)
Michael Bond (Sam)
Rachel Bard (Miss Apthorp)
Jason Wingreen (Man in Elevator)
Vivian Brown (Waitress)
Rita Wilson (girl) (uncredited)

This episode does a very creditable job of establishing Lou's transition to Los Angeles and back to newspapering and gives all of the major characters well-defined personalities.

Who's Who

The 16-year-old girl who had been at the center of the police scandal was played by 20-year-old Rita Wilson, who eventually married Tom Hanks. (DA)

Did you notice...

... a map of Minneapolis-St. Paul hanging on the wall in the police press room (to Lou's right as he walked in the door)? Could this be a prop left over from the MTM Show?

the similarity between Lou's interview with Mrs. Pynchon ("You don't know me very well. I'll make it fit the other words.") and his interview with Mary Richards on the first episode of the MTM Show ("You've got spunk. I HATE spunk!")>

... that Mrs. Pynchon always called Lou "Mr. Grant" as Mary had?

EPISODE 2 - Hostages (27 September 1977)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Charles Dubin

SYNOPSIS: A gunman takes hostages in the newsroom in response to Rossi's story about how the gunman's brother was killed while committing robbery.

John Rubinstein (Andrew Martin)
Austin Stoker ()
Patrick Tovatt (Sergeant Pierce)
Joyce Jillson (Cathy Anne Wills)
Robert Phalen (Agee)
Richard Sanders (Richard T. Hardy)
Donegan Smith (Boyle)
Gordon Jump (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Fred Stuthman (Photo Editor)
Ruth Manning (Salesperson)
Rachel Bard (Miss Apthorp)
Pepe Hern (Navarro)
Bruce Hayes (TV Announcer)
Tonyo Melendez (Parking Lot Attendant)
Tim Reid (TV Cameraman)
Rochelle Dalen (Operator)

One of the ten best episodes.

Obscure History

In the late '70s, McDonald's had an ad campaign calling on citizens to stop in to cure their "Big Mac attacks."

ERROR! A bathroom conveniently appears next to Charlie's office when Carla needed one. There was never a bathroom there in any other episode. There would never be a bathroom in the corner of an office building.

EPISODE 3 - Hoax (4 October 1977)
Written by: Gordon Dawson; Directed by: Jay Sandrich

SYNOPSIS: Lou takes a chance on a tip from a maverick journalist in the middle of a hot story about the disappearance of a wealthy Angeleno.

Eugene Roche (Jack Riley)
Diana Douglas (Norma Cardell)
Ivan Bonar (Dale Jurgenson)
Booth Colman (Mr. Curtis)
Rod McCary (Ron Allen)
John Stephenson (Norm Crowder)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Gordon Jump (National Editor)
Richard Seff (Malcolm Saur)
John Alvin (Foreign Editor)
Wallace Rooney (Tim Butterfield)
Fred Stuthman (Photo Editor)
Allen Williams (Assistant Foreign Editor)
Vivian Brown (Waitress)
Chet Norris (TV Technician)
Peter Weiss (TV Technician)
Jim Driskill (Security Guard)

Lou's perturbation at Riley is a bit overplayed and is more reminiscent of the Lou of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" days than the Lou that would be developed in this series.

Who's Who

Ivan Bonar played a character in this episode, and he played one of the minor editors in another ten episodes.

EPISODE 4 - Henhouse (11 October 1977)
Written by: Leonora Thuna; Directed by: Richard Crenna

SYNOPSIS: Linda Kelsey joins the cast as Billie Newman as Lou and the editor of the "women's section" engage in a turf war over a story.

Claudette Nevins (Irene Mott)
Geoffrey Lewis (Sheriff)
Anthony Costello ()
Judy Kahan (Cathy)
Joe di Reda (Bartender)
Patty Mattick (Cecile)
Read Morgan (Deputy)
David Starwalt (Mark)
Ivy Bethune (Waitress)
Charles C. Howerton (Reporter)
Marcus Mukai (Vince)
Gordon Jump (National Editor)

The introduction of Billie Newman as a news reporter is well done, and the situation between her and Rossi in the field closely parallels the tension between Lou and Irene back at the paper.

EPISODE 5 - Nazi (18 October 1977)
Written by: Robert Schlitt; Directed by: Alexander Singer

SYNOPSIS: While researching a story about a local neo-nazi leader, Billie discovers he was raised as an Orthodox Jew.

Peter Weller (Donald Stryker)
Brian Dennehy (Wilson)
Lee Wallace (Kelso)
Than Wyenn (Rabbi)
Davis Roberts (Caretaker)
Nancy Parsons (Woman)
Gordon Jump (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Fred Stuthman (Photo Editor)
Allen Williams (Assistant Foreign Editor)
Janet Brandt (Mrs. Sturner)
Peter Brocco (Mr. Sturner)
Daniel Chodos (Young Rabbi)
Ed Deemer (Guard)
Jack A. Lukes (Sergeant Parisi)
Frank Slaten (Nazi #1 (uncredited))

One of the five best episodes and the best one of this season. The only defect is that Billie is portrayed as less suited to news reporting in this episode than she was in the preceding episode.

EPISODE 6 - Aftershock (25 October 1977)
Written by: Del Reisman; Directed by: Jud Taylor

SYNOPSIS: Lou has to deal with his first earthquake and the death of a reporter, whose widow soon develops a strong dependence on him. The Tribune covers a local researcher who claims his insects can predict earthquakes.

Joyce Van Patten (Gloria)
Clyde Kusatsu (Ralph Tumora)
Michael LeClair ()
Betty Anne Rees (Laurette Wycliffe)
Noble Willingham (Hotel Manager)
Gary Pagett (Harding)
David Himes (Reporter)
Gordon Jump (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Fred Stuthman (Photo Editor)
Allen Williams (Assistant Foreign Editor)
Vivian Brown (Waitress)
Charles Bracy (Copy Boy)
William S. Dyer, Jr. (Reporter)

The comedy is a bit overdone, but a good episode overall.

Who's Who

Clyde Kusatsu, who played the scientist experimenting with insects, later played a Trib photographer in "Recovery."

Obscure History

Earl Butz was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under Gerald Ford, and he was dismissed after making a crude racial joke, hence the dialogue about him not being as funny as Art Buchwald.

ERROR! Billie's statement that she had been a Trib staffer at the time of the 1971 conflicts with continuity in the rest of the series with regard to Billie's age and experience.

EPISODE 7 - Barrio (1 November 1977)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Mel Damski

SYNOPSIS: Billie learns about gang rivalries on the east side of Los Angeles while reporting on the shooting of a young mother and gets involved with a teenager at risk for becoming a gang member. Meanwhile, Lou and Billie learn how their jobs can interfere with their social lives.

Joe Santos (George Delgado)
Guillermo San Juan (Henry)
Elaine Princi (Lynn Enuers)
Dennis Howard (David)
Margarita Cordova (Erlinda Ramirez)
Wallace Rooney (Tim Butterfield)
Bert Rosario (Manuel)
Natasha Ryan (Felicia)
Edward Gallardo (Claudio)
Allen Williams (Assistant Foreign Editor)
Felipe Turich (Grandfather)
Rosa Turich (Grandmother)
Angelina Estrada (Woman)
Jeannette Gaitan (Rosa)

This episode kind of misses the formula that made "Lou Grant" the breakaway hit of the 1977 TV season.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Animal gets the bikini wearers to give their phone numbers, claiming, "we can't print pictures unless we have phone numbers."

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Lou gets directions to the wrong house and encounters a Latina woman with a jealous husband.

Did you notice...

... Billie stands upright when the shots are fired?

EPISODE 8 - Scoop (8 November 1977)
Written by: Gene Kearney; Directed by: Harry Falk

SYNOPSIS: Billie probes deeper into a kidnapping to get a bigger story; Rossi is sent to cover an unimportant photo opportunity but stumbles across what might be a major breaking story.

Reni Santoni (Jim Keenan)
George Murdock (Winowsky)
Ted Gehring (Chief Rankin)
Ron Colbin (Warren Woods)
Alan Hamel (Councilman Garbers)
David M. Haskell (Dr. Ken Jones)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Bill Beck (Photo Editor)
Gary Pagett (Assistant National Editor)
Allen Williams (Assistant Foreign Editor)
William L. Erwin (Old Man)
Jed Mills (Parking Lot Attendant)
Tony Russel (Mr. Hall)
Daniel Millington (Terry Hall)
Vivian Brown (Waitress)
Cheryl Gormley (Jennifer Walker)

The scene where Rossi and the Times reporter climb over each other is easily the funniest in the entire series.

Who's Who

Alan Hamel, who played Councilman Garbers in this episode, has been married to Suzanne Somers since the week this episode aired.

Obscure History

The race to the phones and the plot element about Billie getting beaten by the competition seems an anachronism in this era when nearly everyone has a cell phone and pay phones are rarely used.

EPISODE 9 - Judge (15 November 1977)
Written by: Leon Tokatyan; Directed by: Irving Moore

SYNOPSIS: Lou personally goes to court to confirm reports of a judge behaving erratically and is held in contempt.

Barnard Hughes (Judge Felix Ruthman)
Joe Mantell (Simmons)
Victoria Racimo ()
Timothy Jerome (Murray)
Guy Raymond (Bailiff)
Richard Angarola (Jesus Alcorte)
June Dayton (Emily Patterson)
Paul Tulley (Deputy D.A.)
Phillip Pine (Lindsay)
Tonyo Meléndez (Estaban Murrill)
Roger Newman (Mr. Baylo)
Leila Teigh (Mrs. Dussault)
Candace Howerton (Court Clerk)
Theodore E. Lehmann (Male Witness)
Phil Macias (Ramirez)
Patrick Campbell (Wino)
Ray Oliver (Prisoner)

A good, but not outstanding, early episode. Lou's being held in contempt was not entirely capricious, because Lou was talking in court and the judge noticed.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Barney reacts negatively as Lou demonstrates the judge's raspberry.

Who's Who

Barnard Hughes starred in the short-lived MTM series "Doc."

EPISODE 10 - Psych-Out (22 November 1977)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Alexander Singer

SYNOPSIS: After Lou encourages Rossi to become more involved in what he writes about, Rossi checks into a mental hospital only to find getting out isn't as easy. Meanwhile, Lou has to break in a new lawyer who is hinky about the Trib's coverage of a litigious right-wing activist.

Harry Townes (James Heiler)
Phillip R. Allen (Sackler)
Ann Sweeny (Dorothy)
Larry Hankin ()
Michael Zaslow (Doug)
Tom Tarpey (Dr. Stanford)
Lisle Wilson (Resident)
Zitto Kazann (Coblentz)
John Petlock (unknown)
MacIntyre Dixon (Moore)
Bill Quinn (Judge)
Gordon Jump (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Allen Migicovsky (Mack)
Jack Lukes (Picketer)
Bonita Walsh (Amy)
Linda Ryan (Nurse Linden)
Jessica Rains (Housewife)
Sandy Martin (Psych-Tech)
Allen Williams (Assistant Foreign Editor)

One of the more compelling storylines from the first season.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

The censors come up with a list of offensive words which they refer to by number.

Did you notice...

... Lou is uncomfortable when he realizes Billie and Doug are sleeping together?

... Rossi uses the pseudonym Carl Woodward, which is obviously a combination of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story and authored All the President's Men? (Robert Walden played Nixon henchman Donald Segretti in that movie.)

... the new lawyer has a large and swanky office for a new lawyer?

EPISODE 11 - Housewarming (29 November 1977)
Written by: Leonora Thuna; Directed by: Mel Damski

SYNOPSIS: Rossi does a ride-along with the police that leads him to a battered wife to whom Billie soon finds herself too attached. Billie also discovers another batterer closer to home. Lou holds a housewarming party.

Edward Winter (Roger)
John Reilly ()
Julie Kavner (Alice)
Joey Aresco (Officer Filroy)
Fredi Olster (Dorothy)
Robert Rothwell (Sid Arby)
Allen Williams (Wilson)
Janice Kent (Louise)
Connie Sawyer (Woman)
Susan E. Miller (Animal's Date)

The first episode that showed Billie jumping too deeply into a source's life. This was a theme that recurred on "Lou Grant."

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Animal, under of influence of something other than alcohol, tells Mrs. Pynchon and Charlie that they're beautiful.

EPISODE 12 - Takeover (6 December 1977)
Written by: Leon Tokatyan; Directed by: Gene Reynolds

SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Pynchon is charmed by a media modul to consider the possibilty of selling the Tribune; Lou and Charlie regard the man as less than journalistically respectable.

John Anderson (Russell Grainger)
Michael Prince ()
William Bogert (Colin)
Jerry Fogel (Freddie)
Paul Kent (Matthews)
Wallace Rooney (Tim Butterfield)
Allen Williams (Wilson)

It was at best facetious to portray Mrs. Pynchon as nave. Nancy Marchand's portrayal of Mrs. Pynchon as independent and bold is what earned her four Emmy Awards in five seasons.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

No one bothered to tell Lou the cocktail party was formal.

EPISODE 13 - Christmas (13 December 1977)
Written by: David Lloyd; Directed by: Jim Burrows

SYNOPSIS: Billie's story about a homeless family published just before Christmas leads to an outpouring of money from the public for them; Lou punishes Rossi for a lapse in journalistic ethics by assigning him to write a profile of a supposedly uninteresting official.

Verna Bloom (Emily)
Tim O'Connor (Malcolm Findlay)
Ben Hayes (Walter Harper)
Carol O'Leary (Kay Findlay)
Bob Basso (Santa Claus)
Vivian Brown (Waitress)
Allen Williams (Wilson)
Patricia Van Patten (Alma Findlay)
Corrie Lyn Washnurn (Betsy)
Keily Farley (Jimmy)
Stephen Cassidy (Wally)
Charles Bracy (Copyboy)
Ian Altman (Butch)
Gina Merrick (Sweetie)

Unfortunately, this episode is low on a Christmas feeling, although it tries admirably.

Classic Lou Grant Moments

Animal snaps Charlie just as he reaches into Mrs. Pynchon's lap for a piece of mail which had fallen there.

Who's Who

Patricia Van Patten is the wife of Dick Van Patten and the sister-in-law of Joyce Van Patten, who had been featured in Episode 6, "Aftershock."

EPISODE 14 - Airliner (3 January 1978)
Written by: Charles Einstein; Directed by: Mel Damski

SYNOPSIS: The Tribune braces for a major breaking news story as an L.A.-bound plane runs into potentially catastrophic trouble, which becomes personal for the city room when a personal connection to one of the imperiled passengers is discovered. Meanwhile, Lou has trouble sleeping due to a bird.

Penny Santon (Aunt Rose)
Allan Miller (Hal Pearson)
Jack Grapes (Mel Brunner)
Lee Bryant (Carole)
Lou Cutell (Haskins)
Laurette Spang (Joanie Hume)
Rod Gist (Harley Clayton)
Grayce Spence (Evelyn Harper)
Lewis Arquette (Airline Official)
Robbie Rist (Josh)
Buck Young (Airline Pilot)
Robert Bell (Reporter #1)
Hettie-Lynne Hurtes (Reporter #2)
Charles Bracy (Copy-Boy)
Albert Henderson (Night-Guard)

Perhaps the most compelling story of the first season. Strong performances all around.

Who's Who

Robbie Rist was a semi-regular on the last season of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," playing Ted & Georgette's son David. He had one memorable scene with Lou on that series, where Ted wanted to spank David in Lou's office and asked Lou for a hairbrush. David asked, "Now what would he be doing with a hairbrush?"

Who's Who

Charles Bracy, who worked in the mailroom at MTM productions, played Leon, a copy boy at the paper. It was never much of a part, and Leon is probably not remembered well by fans of the series.

EPISODE 15 - Sports (10 January 1978)
Written by: Bud Freeman; Directed by: Harvey Laidman

SYNOPSIS: The city room's aggressive coverage of a recruiting scandal by the athletic department of a local university leads the paper's well-known syndicated sports columnist to publicly target Lou with personal criticism.

John Randolph (Sid Locke)
David Ackroyd (Mike Kessler)
Sandy Kenyon (Eddie Talbert)
Keene Curtis (Coach Diehl)
Michael D. Henry (Frank)
Grand Lee Bush (Henry Spence)
Vaughn Armstrong (Rick Waterhouse)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Lewis Arquette (National Editor)
Allen Williams (Sacramento Editor)
Elizabeth Herbert (Ruth Eisle)
Joe Di Reda (Bartender)
Vivian Brown (Waitress)
Michael Morgan (Tom)

This episode cemented the Lou-Pynchon relationship in showing that Mrs. Pynchon would back up Lou's strong stands.

Who's Who

Lewis Arquette, who played one of the editors at the budget meeting in a few first season episodes, was the father of Rosana, David, and Patricia Arquette.

EPISODE 16 - Hero (17 January 1978)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Mel Damski

SYNOPSIS: The paper identifies an anonymous man who thwarted an assassination attempt on a judge, but the story takes a different turn when the hero proves to be an ex-offender who had not told people in his life about his past. Billie profiles a halfway house for female ex-offenders. A romantic entanglement arises in the newsroom.

Jim McMullan (William Danvers)
Marlene Warfield (Joanne Bartlett)
Doria Cook ()
William Bryant (Marston)
Marilyn Coleman (Corrie)
Shirley Jo Finney (Pat)
Hazel Medina (Janey)
Kerry Sherman (Barbara)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Lewis Arquette (National Editor)
Allen Williams (Financial Editor)
Herbert Braha (Larry Arno)
Barbara Edelman (Maxine)
Lola Mason (Ellen)
Abi Young (Secretary)
Bill Dalziel (Floury)
Peter Lempert (Assassin)

An interesting exposition of the journalistic conflict over invasions of privacy.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

The romantic tension between Billie and Art developed in this episode continued to simmer in the series until Billie was married in the fifth season.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Lou gloats at the budget meeting that page 1 is all local. "Do you mind if we keep a little box for the weather?," another editor asks. "Sure," Lou says. "That's local too."

Who's Who

Doria Cook is the wife of Craig T. Nelson.

Did you notice...

... Lou had to look at his sleeve to tell Leslie what color his suit was?

EPISODE 17 - Renewal (30 January 1978)
Written by: Ken Travey; Directed by: Gene Reynolds

SYNOPSIS: An urban renewal project in the ghetto threatens to destroy the murals a poor elderly man painted on his apartment walls as a memorial to his late wife.

Robert Earl Jones (Earl Humphrey)
James Karen (Tyler Armitage)
Lou Frizzell ()
Phillip R. Allen (Sackler)
Ray Oliver (Hardhat #1)
Michael Mancini (Hardhat #2)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Bill Zuckert (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Billy Beck (Photo Editor)
Allen Williams (Financial Editor)
Brett Ericson (Kid)
Rachel Bard (Miss Apthorp)
David Bond (Bum)

Kind of a weak plot, but the players pull it off with charm.

EPISODE 18 - Sect (6 February 1978)
Written by: Michele Gallery; Directed by: Alexander Singer

SYNOPSIS: Charlie and Marian deal with their son's conversion to Hare Krishna and consider some extreme measures to deconvert him. Billie and Rossi have to deal with a shiftless co-worker.

Richard Erdman (Mal Cavanaugh)
Peggy McCay (Marian Hume)
David Stafford (Visnu Das)
James Beach (Orrin Houston)
John Carter (Judge Murphy)
Jean Gillespie (Shirley Ballard)
William Boyett (Bill Ballard)
Melissa Newman (Kim)
Bucklind Beery (Mitch Collins)
Bill Zuckert (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Allen Williams (Financial Editor)

Crediting the son by his Krishna name is an illustration of the show's sterling attention to detail. For the audience, seeing Charlie cave in at the end is not particularly satisfying.

Who's Who

Laurence Haddon played the foreign editor from the start of the series and was seen in many first season episodes, but after that his appearances became less frequent.

EPISODE 19 - Scandal (13 February 1978)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Mel Damski

SYNOPSIS: Rossi is pulled from covering a political campaign and is replaced by a new reporter. Rossi discovers she is secretly involved romantically with the politician and uncovers a nursing-home scandal leading to the same man.

Gail Strickland (Liz Harrison)
James Olson (Corwin)
Brian Farrell (Larry Kean)
Paul Jenkins (Jack Efros)
Betty McGuire (Stevens)
Bobs Watson (Lind)
Sidney Clute (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Allen Williams (Financial Editor)
Vivian Brown (Vivian)
Robert G. Bell (Reporter)
Virginia Bingham (Marsha)

Viewers are never given a chance to feel sympathetic toward Liz. The nursing home plot would be visited again in the second season.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Rossi has a "deep throat" moment with an anonymous source in a parking garage and complains about how much it costs to park there.

Did you notice...

... Rossi and Liz use the same box to clean out their desks?

EPISODE 20 - Spies (27 February 1978)
Written by: Leon Tokatyan; Directed by: Charles Dubin

SYNOPSIS: The city room becomes a less friendly place when the editors suspect that someone on the staff is a paid CIA informant.

Peter Hobbs (George Driscoll)
Michael Strong (Sohner)
Laurette Spang (Joanie Hume)
James Ray (Mr. Morrison)
Sidney Clute (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Fred Stuthman (Photo Editor)
Allen Williams (Financial Editor)
Robert Casper (Kellum)
Thomas H. Middleton (Gary Kellum)
John Otrin (Man #1)
Jean Allison (Mrs. Morrison)

The ambiguous ending is particularly unwelcome, and the portrayal of Driscoll as a diligent and teamworking reporter seems out of character so soon after "Cophouse."

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Mrs. Pynchon asks Lou, "Why must you continue making arguments when people are agreeing with you?"

EPISODE 21 - Poison (6 March 1978)
Written by: Michele Gallery; Directed by: Gene Reynolds

SYNOPSIS: Rossi and others pick up an investigation begun by a friend of Rossi's who was unable to continue his work, into safety in the nuclear power industry.

Belinda J. Montgomery (Carol)
Guy Boyd (Sam Beecher)
Paul Lambert ()
Jennifer Rhodes (Dr. Roberta Giani)
Carolyn Conwell (Mrs. Pratt)
Arthur Batanides (Stranger)
Wayne Heffley (Sheriff Turner)
Michael Alldredge (Worker #2)
Sidney Clute (National Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Allen Williams (Wilson)
Nocona Aranda (Attendant)
Michael Twain (Worker #3)
Gino Ardito (Worker #1)
Robert Rothwell (Howard Rindell)
Charles Bracy (Copy Boy)

A strong script makes this more than just a routine treatment by the series of the excesses of big business.

Did you notice...

... Rossi looks up the number for the police? 911 was not universal in 1978.

ERROR! In every scene, the name "Tucor" has obviously been dubbed in over another company name.

EPISODE 22 - Physical (20 March 1978)
Written by: David Lloyd; Directed by: Charles Dubin

SYNOPSIS: A routine medical exam finds Lou with a serious condition that requires immediate surgery. Lou also has to deal with an intern who takes his work at the Tribune less than completely seriously and a copy boy who wants to break into reporting. Meanwhile, speculation swirls that Rossi will win a Pulitzer prize.

Thomas Carter (Chris)
James Lydon ()
Fred Sadoff (Surgeon)
Garret Pearson (David)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Sidney Clute (National Editor)
Billy Beck (Photo Editor)
Allen Williams (Financial Editor)
Lydia Lei (Technician)
Laird Stuart (Dr. Engle)
Max Keller (John Gilroy)
Leonard Ross (Bill)

Lou's dismissal of the intern is reminiscent of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" episode where he chastised Mary for not treating the news as sacrosanct.

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