The Canonical Lou Grant Episode Guide
Online since 1995

FIFTH SEASON - 1981-1982

REGULAR CAST:

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

OTHER RECURRING CAST:
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Emilio Delgado (National Editor)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Peggy McCay (Marian Hume)
Cliff Potts (Ted McCovey)
Lance Guest (Lance)


Guide to the author's ratings


EXTRA! Special episode
Front page, above the fold
Regular coverage
Not quite as good as it should have been
Why did they make it? (n.b. no episodes are rated one star)

EPISODE 91 - Wedding (2 November 1981)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Alexander Singer

SYNOPSIS: Billie accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, baseball scout Ted McCovey. Lou tries to patch things up with his youngest daughter, but his plans for a family reunion are scuttled by problems at the paper.

GUEST CAST:
Cliff Potts (Ted McCovey)
Parley Baer (Carlton Stiefel)
Barbara Dirickson (Janie)
Arthur Rosenberg (Chetwynd)
Michael Griswold (Tyler)
Joe Rassulo (Lvoff)
Art Kimbro (Speakes)
Joanna Gallegos (Rodriguez)
Fran Bennett (Chaney)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Ann Sweeny (Ellen)
Jeff Severson (Minister)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Art does not appear contented when he learns that Billie is engaged. His unrequited interest in Billie had simmered on the show for several seasons.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Lou's daughters surprise him by coming to Los Angeles after he is unable to attend their reunion in Chicago.


EPISODE 92 - Execution (9 November 1981)
Written by: April Smith; Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff

SYNOPSIS: Rossi profiles a young woman on death row who killed a Tribune reporter in an armed robbery.

GUEST CAST:
Terri Nunn (Kitty Larsen)
George Wyner (Jeff Benedict)
Christopher Cazenove (Peter Witter)
Mariclare Costello (Louise Larsen)
Sharon Spelman (Jeanette Pepper)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
William Edward Phipps (Spence)
Kres Mersky (Lee)
Sheila Frazier (Beth MacDougall)
Matthew Faison (Mario Varari)
Bill Baldwin (Judge)
Troy Evans (Tom Pepper)
Michael Leon (Jimmy Lee)
Patrick Pankhurst (Phil Morgan)
Barbara Jane Edelman (Linda)
John C. Colton (Bartender)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Who's Who

Terri Nunn, who had played a pregnant 15-year-old in "Romance," once again plays a troubled young woman.


EPISODE 93 - Reckless (16 November 1981)
Written by: Steve Kline; Directed by: Alexander Singer

SYNOPSIS: Lou is arrested for drunk driving; meanwhile, Charlie leads the paper to set up a crime-tip hotline that will supposedly help the Tribune get scoops on crime stories.

GUEST CAST:
Michael McGuire (Roger Sandler)
William Schilling (Bob Jurgenson)
Michael Tucci (Marvin)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Chip Lucia (Cop)
Mary Betten (Mrs. Brown)
Milt Kogan (McElwain)
Ed Griffith (Richards)
Danil Torpe (Mechanic)
East Carlo (Judge)
Kate Fitzmaurice (Woman)
Linda Montana (Operator)
Sandra de Bruin (Waitress)
Lisa Donaldson (Secretary)
Marland Proctor (Truck Driver)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Lou and Billie have a contest on a closed course to see who can drive better while drunk.


EPISODE 94 - Hometown (23 November 1981)
Written by: Michele Gallery; Directed by: Gene Reynolds

SYNOPSIS: Lou returns to his hometown to settle his aunt's estate and gets involved with economic development activity in the flagging community, and he also meets up with an old flame.

GUEST CAST:
Robert Prosky (Paul Policzinski)
Georgann Johnson (Carol Kuzik)
Kenneth Kimmins (Howard Cutler)
Sandy Ward (Skip Rogers)
Anthony Costello (Tim Switzer)
Stacy Keach, Sr. (Hap Constable)
Thom Bray (Len Holland)
Hal Landon Jr. (Frank Blankenship)
Sandra McKnight (Margie McIntyre)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Kenneth Patterson (Ray Hoyt)
Bobs Watson (Pete Trumbull)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Jonathan Woodward (Eric Kuzik)
Katie McClain (Amy)
J.W. Talirowski (Max)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Rossi writes about a source who ate lamb chops with his fingers, but Donovan decides the incident is off the record when Rossi divulges he too ate the chops with his fingers. "That's entrapment," he chides Rossi.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

When a woman makes a dubious claim to some of the deceased's belongings, Lou tells her, "I want you to have them. I hope you outbid everybody here."

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Lou pays homage at his parents' graves.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Rossi and Animal (and Donovan) feign shock upon learning that Billie as a child had captured fireflies in jars.


EPISODE 95 - Risk (30 November 1981)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Allen Williams

SYNOPSIS: Police work the Tribune from several angles when a reporter refuses to divulge the identity of a young girl being exploited for child pornography. Donovan jumps out of a helicopter to prove a point to a new photographer.

GUEST CAST:
Lynne Moody (Sharon McNeil)
Michael Alldredge (Lieutenant McPhee)
Kario Salem (Mike Schrader)
J. Jay Saunders (Frederick Gibbs)
Ken Smolka (Larry Hockney)
Sandy Martin (Gloria)
Kate Zentall (Maggie Stayskal)
Lance Guest (Lance)
George Ball (Phil Denton)
Gary Allen Poe (Mrs. Pine)
Wendy Lynne (Connie)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Who's Who

Michael Alldredge was one of the series' most frequent guest stars, usually playing Detective McPhee. In this episode, he was hot after Sharon to reveal the identity of the girl being exploited.


EPISODE 96 - Double-Cross (7 December 1981)
Written by: Michele Gallery; Directed by: Roger Young

SYNOPSIS: Billie pursues a story about the legacy of a gold cross being excavated from a time capsule.

GUEST CAST:
Linwood McCarthy (Alex Matheson Sr.)
Barbara Cason (Jinx Matheson)
Nigel Bullard (Michael Shepherd)
Jeff Lester (Alex Matheson Jr.)
Roger Kern (Brad Matheson)
Peter Fox (Ed Matheson)
Lynne Thigpen (Mrs. Dupree)
Lou Fant (Von Hauser)
Jon Lormer (Max Matheson)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Stanley Waxman (Dr. Geiler)
Barbara Jane Edelman (Linda)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:
It is fairly obvious that this episode (left over from the previous season) was made before Billie got married.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Charlie is exposed as having used the byline "F. Charles Hume" when he was a young reporter.

Who's Who

Lynne Thigpen, who played the nurse who actually stole the cross from the Mathesons, later played the L.A. County district attorney on "L.A. Law" and later supervised the young detectives on PBS's "Carmen Sandiego."


EPISODE 97 - Drifters (14 December 1981)
Written by: Bud Freeman; Directed by: Peter Levin

SYNOPSIS: Charlie's nephew comes to stay with the Humes, and the man's disturbed mental condition soon becomes apparent. The paper works to find an escaped zoo bear.

GUEST CAST:
W.K. Stratton (Scott Hume)
Tom Atkins (Dr. Sorenson)
James Callahan (Steve Hume)
Peggy McCay (Marian Hume)
Conchata Ferrell (Myra Wexler)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Bruce Gray (Professor Kreiger)
Emilio Delgado (Castillo)
Laurence Haddon (Foreign Editor)
Charlie Stavola (Dave Razulo)
Michael O'Guinne (Diskant)
Margaret Bacon (Waitress)
Michael Chierio (Vagrant)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:
The bear story seemed to be generic enough and lacking in actual footage that it could be tacked onto any episode needing a subplot.

Who's Who

James Callahan is a veteran actor familiar from many series. He played Charlie Hume's brother here.

This time Tom Atkins played Scott's psychiatrist.


EPISODE 98 - Friends (28 December 1981)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Seth Freeman

SYNOPSIS: Rossi deals with conflicts of interest when a friend becomes a political candidate.

GUEST CAST:
Larry Breeding (Burton Cary)
Logan Ramsey (Jerry Hollister)
Paul Kent (Ralph Shillitoe)
Dick Anthony Williams (Tyler Humphries)
Murphy Dunne (Price Townsend)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Jill Jaress (Bella (uncredited))
Jennifer Holmes (Noelle Kilmen)
Jean Howell (Claire Szabo)
Emilio Delgado (Castillo)
Michael Irving (Jayson)
Carmen Argenziano (Morton Tracy)
Robert Rothwell (Keach)
J.P. Bumstead (Carl)
Harry Beer (Kenny Geibel)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Who's Who

Jennifer Holmes, who played the young politico Rossi tried to date, played the maid on the first season of "Newhart," another MTM series; Larry Breeding had earlier starred in the MTM sitcom "The Last Resort," which was based on "Lou Grant" writer and producer Gary David Goldberg's days as a young waiter.


EPISODE 99 - Jazz (4 January 1982)
Written by: Rogers Turrentine; Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff

SYNOPSIS: Rossi reunites a famous jazz quartet. Meanwhile, the Tribune investigates a corrupt politician but a vacancy soon arises on the investigative team.

GUEST CAST:
Todd Susman (Jed Crosley)
Richard Erdman (Gary Banks)
Med Flory (Ron Rickell)
Joe Williams (Sonny Goodman)
Louis Bellson (Johnny Albert)
Ray Brown ()
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Danny Wells (Vince)
Paul Hampton (Ray Rumbo)
Paula Shaw (Anita)
Marte Boyle Slout (Mrs. Bains)
Toni Sawyer (Mrs. Garbers)
Michael Salcido (Dishwasher)
Ernie Orsatti (Crandall)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:


EPISODE 100 - Ghosts (11 January 1982)
Written by: April Smith; Directed by: Roger Young

SYNOPSIS: Billie tries to get to the bottom of an unexplained death in house believed to be the site of paranormal activity.

GUEST CAST:
Jacqueline Brookes (Dr. Haas)
Milton Selzer (Claude Cunningham)
Penelope Windust (Josephine)
Lionel M. Smith (Sergeant Roche)
Peter Maloney (Alex Conrad)
Paul Comi (Howard Kraft)
Pat Finley (Constance Kraft)
Ellen Blake (Rose)
Jane Davis (Emily)
Jim Calver (Walter)
Mark Wellman (Danny)
Barbara Jane Edelman (Linda)
Anita Jesse (Emily's Mom)
Deirdre Hepburn (Teenager)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Billie takes part in a seance in an effort to discover what went on in the mystery house.

Who's Who

The murdered woman was played by Pat Finley, another MTM veteran. She played Ellen Hartley Borden, Bob's sister and Howard's wife, on the 1970s "Bob Newhart Show."


EPISODE 101 - Cameras (25 January 1982)
Written by: David Lloyd; Directed by: Peter Levin

SYNOPSIS: A hostage situation at a fast-food restaurant provides the backdrop for an episode about the role of television in making news and influencing the outcome of criminal trials. Billie is miffed when Lou makes changes to her copy.

GUEST CAST:
Marcia Rodd (Vivian Hamlin)
Jack Collins (Judge Strohmeyer)
Robin Rose (Peggy Daye)
Corinne Michaels (Prosecutor)
Kenneth Tigar (Defense Attorney)
Vincent Caristi (Angelo)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Emilio Delgado (Castillo)
Kevin Breslin (Jake)
Neil Flanagan (Dr. Lucius Vandenberg)
Lisa Blake Richards (Mrs. Frazier)
Will Hare (Driver)
Danny Borshell (Rickie)
Read Morgan (Lieutenant)
Terry Wills (Stranger)
John Blyth Barrymore (Harold)
Barbara Jane Edelman (Linda)
Roberto Ramirez (Counterman)
Michelle Walker (Amy)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Billie is called as a defense witness after a piece she wrote reveals that the plaintiffs might be exaggerating their claims.

Who's Who

Marcia Rodd appeared as a guest actor in numerous series, usually playing a grievously unsympathetic character. She played Maude Findlay's daughter before Adrienne Barbeau was cast in the part permanently.

Obscure History

Cameras in courtrooms were a novelty when this episode was made, and this episode touches on not only the ethical aspects of allowing cameras, but also the disparate competitive impact allowing them has on print journalism.


EPISODE 102 - Review (8 February 1982)
Written by: Jeffrey B. Lane; Directed by: Neil Cox

SYNOPSIS: The Tribune is called before a media-review board, and the staff is puzzled by the overt hostility of one of the board members to the Tribune; meanwhile, Billie works to ghostwrite a piece for Mrs. Pynchon.

GUEST CAST:
Margaret Hamilton (Thea Taft)
Karen Carlson (Meredith Hall-Sutton)
Diana Douglas (Carole Fuller)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Emilio Delgado (Ruben Castillo)
Yolanda Márquez (Amalia Castillo)
Don Plumley (Frank Laven)
James Hardie (Steve)
Mary Ann Gibson (Bebe)
Ted Moose (Sheriff)
Larry Vigus (Press Photographer)
Charles Bracy (Leon)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Mrs. Pynchon threatens to fire Billie over her aggressiveness in probing her life story. Mrs. Pynchon quickly realizes her arrogance and regains her composure.

Who's Who

Margaret Hamilton, whose credits included "The Wizard of Oz," reprises her role from the episode "Hollywood" as former city editor Thea Taft.

Did you notice...

Mrs. Pynchon discusses Veal Prince Orloff with Billie? This is likely a reference to a memorable episode of the MTM Show. On that episode, Mary threw one of her typically lousy parties and Sue Ann served Veal Prince Orloff, of which Lou took half. Mary made him put it back. "You know what?" Lou told the guests. "I'm not as hungry as I thought I was."


EPISODE 103 - Immigrants (15 February 1982)
Written by: Steve Kline; Directed by: Alexander Singer

SYNOPSIS: The Tribune looks at issues of Vietnamese immigrants in Southern California, including one of its own photographers. Lou ducks visiting relatives.

GUEST CAST:
Raleigh Bond (Cy Wood)
John Carter (Gunther Larson)
Kieu Chinh (Anh)
Doan Chau Mau (Colonel Eyen Van Long)
J.D. Hall (Norman Diggs)
Le Tuan (Tam)
Antony Ponzini ()
Gregory Sierra (Hector)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
William Bronder (Lester Pauley)
Nguyen Cu (Tran)
Ron Joseph (Oscar Franco)
Drew Katzman (Sherm Bowman)
Tran Thi Phuong (Grandma)
Phyllis Applegate (Clerk)
D.J. Sydney (Mother)
Phan Hui Bao (Tuan)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:
The series came close to implausibility here, with Tam getting a retention bonus only hours after nearly being fired for unreliability.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

The investigator tells Rossi, "He knows more ways to kill you than you know how to die."


EPISODE 104 - Hunger (1 March 1982)
Written by: Gene Reynolds; Directed by: Peter Levin

SYNOPSIS: Rossi bets Lou that he can make a story out of any person Lou picks at random on the street, and the woman Lou points to turns out to be the tireless head of a soup kitchen who leads Rossi to investigate hunger at home and abroad. Meanwhile, Mrs. Pynchon nitpicks to cut costs.

GUEST CAST:
Uta Hagen (Sister Louise Frawley)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Ivan Bonar (Phil Springerman)
Stanley Grover (Charles Keefer)
Alan Haufrect (Chope)
Tonyo Meléndez (Juan)
Barbara Jane Edelman (Linda)
Georgia Schmidt (Mrs. McLean)
Carmen Filpi (Mr. Brubaker)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Who's Who

Uta Hagen played a nun crusading against hunger in this episode.


EPISODE 105 - Recovery (8 March 1982)
Written by: Michele Gallery; Directed by: Roger Young

SYNOPSIS: Rossi pursues a story about land claims by Japanese-Americans who sold cheaply prior to their forced internment during World War II, but Lou and Charlie try to stop him from following through with a key source. Billie traces a scam to a politician.

GUEST CAST:
Clyde Kusatsu (Ken Watanabe)
Pat Morita (Ike Tatsumi)
Clint Howard (Jerry Kovacovich)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Eunice Christopher (Iris Rooney)
Lee McDonald (Leland Willoughby)
Arthur Taxier (Dale Tollifer)
Peggy Frees (Receptionist)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:
The best episode of this season.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Donovan finds out that Billie has been regifting nuts to him.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Rossi confronts Mrs. Pynchon about her husband's business dealings, a story Lou and Charlie had calculatedly kept from Mrs. Pynchon given her condition.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

How many takes do you suppose it took to get the "crushed milk carton" scene down?


EPISODE 106 - Obituary (22 March 1982)
Written by: April Smith; Directed by: Paul Stanley

SYNOPSIS: At the last minute, Billie is pulled from a plane that crashes. She writes the obituaries of four Tribune staffers killed. Animal has to face the dilemma of reporting the impending extinction of a moth without tipping bug collectors to its location.

GUEST CAST:
Rae Allen (Helen Patterson)
Simon Oakland (Colonel Taylor)
William Jordan (Pomeroy)
Michael Bond (Keith Wilbert)
Peter Michael Goetz (Bob O'Brien)
Barney Phillips (Jerry Ellison)
Lance Guest (Lance Reinecke)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Ward Costello (Aldous Whitmore)
Shelby Leverington (Denise Pomeroy)
John Dukakis (Parker Paterson)
Larry Flash Jenkins (Lionel)
Susan Barnes (Jacqui Oswell)
Howard Vann (Sam Egan)
Buddy Farmer (Danny Evanston)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Lou tells Rossi that "the hottest bug story in months" is "the bee's knees."

Who's Who

John Dukakis, who plays the son of the deceased woman, is the stepson of former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, 1988 Democratic presidential nominee.


EPISODE 107 - Blacklist (5 April 1982)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff

SYNOPSIS: One of the paper's many requests under the Freedom of Information Act leads Rossi to pursue several angles about the effects of blacklisting of Communists and suspected Communists during the 1950s. The Tribune is picketed by people opposed to its carrying a syndicated sex-advice column.

GUEST CAST:
Freddye Chapman (Abby McCann)
William Schallert (Frank Obler)
Graham Brown (Price McCann)
Jeff Corey (Larry Hill)
Helen Stenborg ()
Rick Lenz (Sam Valentine)
Lance Guest (Lance)
Sam Weisman (Mike Pearson)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Barbara Tarbuck (Mother)
Frank Dent (Bryan Dunne)
Camila Ashland (Rita Cooley)
Ivan Bonar (Foreign Editor)
David J. Bowman (Father)
Tony Perez (National Editor)
Charles Bracy (Leon)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

A protestor asks Lou for the names of newspaper editors. Lou names Ben Bradlee, Perry White, and Horace Greeley.

Who's Who

William Schallert is one of the most prolific television actors. He formerly had supporting roles on both "The Patty Duke Show" and "The Many Adventures of Dobie Gillis." Helen Stenborg is the wife of Barnard Hughes, who played the judge in episode 10.


EPISODE 108 - Law (12 April 1982)
Written by: Steve Kline; Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff

SYNOPSIS: The proliferation of litigation on various fronts is pursued: Billie's story on a political recall movement leads to people she named in her story being sued by the target of the recall; Lou hires Animal's brother to represent him in legal action against a crooked plumber; meanwhile, the Tribune considers switching law firms.

GUEST CAST:
Charles Cioffi (Councilman Garbers)
Harold J. Stone (Fred Gruber)
Charles Hallahan (Chuck)
Sally Kirkland (Vicky Doppler)
Bartlett Robinson (Jacob Bauman)
James Canning ()
Mary Louise Wilson (Elvira Wissler)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Richard Sarradet (Ryan Lindstrom)
Fredd Wayne (Charles Bolsa)
Ivan Bonar (National Editor)
Angelina Estrada (Anna Ortiz)
Ann Nelson (Neighbor)
Joel Lawrence (Chester Barclay)
Barbara Mealy (Woman)
Maurice Hill (Whitney)
Dan Priest (Man)
Barbara Jane Edelman (Linda)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Lou asks to use his neighbor's bathroom while his plumbing is out. "Anything," she says, "but that," and closes the door abruptly.

Who's Who

James Canning played Animal's brother, a lawyer, in this episode.


EPISODE 109 - Fireworks (19 April 1982)
Written by: Michele Gallery; Directed by: Jeff Bleckner

SYNOPSIS: Billie covers a story about a fireworks bill from the Tribune's Sacramento bureau where she encounters her ex-husband, who is now an aggressive lobbyist on behalf of the fireworks industry. Meanwhile, Lou raises ethical questions about the sponsor of an award for which the Tribune is nominated.

GUEST CAST:
Vincent Baggetta (Greg Serantino)
Parley Baer (Ray Elders)
Sandy McPeak (Matt Lupton)
Lance Guest (Lance Reinecke)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Emilio Delgado (Ruben Castillo)
Kale Brown (Chris Maitland)
Belita Moreno (Cathy Short)
Thomas H. Middleton (Bob Cage)
Stephanie Blackmore (Christine)
James R. Winker (Howie Peyser)
Conrad Bachman (Gunderson)
Ken Letner (Boyel Kleman)
Charles Bracy (Leon)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Billie appears thunderstruck when she realizes the principal lobbyist on the bill she is covering is her ex-husband.


EPISODE 110 - Unthinkable (3 May 1982)
Written by: April Smith; Directed by: Allen Williams

SYNOPSIS: As the Tribune covers the fate of a girl being treated in a burn unit, the possibility arises that a confrontation in the Middle East will lead to a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and the burn unit is mobilized.

GUEST CAST:
Lane Smith (Dr. Lawrence)
Peggy McCay (Marian Hume)
Warren Kemmerling (General Sutherland)
Bonnie Bartlett (Claire)
Dean Santoro (Dvorak)
Michael Fairman (Senator)
Lily Mariye (Judy)
Ivan Bonar (Foreign Editor)
Lee Kessler (Cynthia Termick)
Emilio Delgado (Ruben Castillo)
Matthew Faison (Moffatt)
David Wiley (Mr. Bouf)
Gregory Itzen (Young Reporter)
Iva Lane (Sarah)
Mitchell Edmonds (TV Announcer)
Betty Bridges (Reporter)
Marc Jordan (Businessman)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Who's Who

Bonnie Bartlett went on to co-star in "St. Elsewhere," another MTM series. (Note the fallout shelter sign in the background.) Lane Smith went on to play a newspaper editor himself, in "The Adventures of Lois and Clark."

Did you notice...

... someone finally fixed the sign in the break room that formerly read "BUSS YOUR OWN DISHES"?

ERROR! During the scene where Claire lectures Charlie and Marian at 2:30 a.m., someone else's voice has clearly been dubbed in for Claire.


EPISODE 111 - Suspect (17 May 1982)
Written by: Seth Freeman; Directed by: Alan Cooke

SYNOPSIS: A rookie reporter gets in over his head when covering the death of an environmental agitator that might not have been accidental; meanwhile, Lou dates an unfaithful woman.

GUEST CAST:
Lance Guest (Lance Reinecke)
Dixie Carter (Jessica Lindner)
Ren Woods (Karly)
Christina Pickles (Elsa)
Roxanne Reese (Delia)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Ron Recasner (La Pierre)
Ron Vernan (Gerhardt)
Maurice Woods (Tenney)
Drew Katzman (Police Officer)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

The police arrive just in time to save Lance from the criminal who is trying to stop him from pursuing the story.

Who's Who

Christina Pickles went on to play a nurse in the MTM series St. Elsewhere.


EPISODE 112 - Beachhead (24 May 1982)
Written by: Gene Reynolds; Directed by: Roy Campanella

SYNOPSIS: The Tribune is blamed for inflaming rivalries between surfer gangs. Billie and Ted differ on the place of a group home in their neighborhood.

GUEST CAST:
Cliff Potts (Ted McCovey)
Michael Constantine (Joe Lombardi)
Robert Pierce (Panface)
Bill Ostrander (Moose)
K Callan ()
William Traylor (Chairman)
Marc Vahanian (Stuart)
David Graf (Russ)
Al Fann (Jesse)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Emilio Delgado (Castillo)
Paul Stolarsky (Hammer)
Lillian Garrett (Nunez)
Tim Clark (David)
Rich Smith (Johnny)
Joe Sagal (Young Man)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:
Not a bad episode, but it was the second time in as many years the show had used a gag about someone being accidentally sprayed by a sprinkler.

ERROR!? In every episode where Lou's home has been discussed, it has been north or northeast of Downtown L.A.: Eagle Rock, South Pasadena, Echo Park. So why was Lou jogging on the beach ... twenty miles from his home?


EPISODE 113 - Victims (30 August 1982)
Written by: Steve Kline; Directed by: Peter Bogart

SYNOPSIS: Lou is shot in an armed robbery in a parking lot, and the robber is soon killed by a police officer who has trouble dealing with his actions.

GUEST CAST:
Steve Marachuk (Vince DeMayo)
Barry Primus (Sergeant Stapler)
Bruce Kirby (Captain Shackley)
Lincoln Kilpatrick (Dr. Turner)
James Gallery (Dave Rabowsky)
Ann Sweeny (Ellen)
Kate Zentall (Ginny DeMayo)
Wyn Saunders (Leslie Heart)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Bill McLaughlin (Felker)
Michael Mitz (Timothy)
Bob Larkin (Benny)
Bruce Wright (Man)
Amy Kirkpatrick (Carla)
Barbara Jane Edelman (Linda)
Don Dolan (I.O. Cop)
Kirk Cameron (Joey)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Billie and Animal are stunned when they learn the name of the original shooting victim.

Who's Who

Kirk Cameron was only 11 when he made one of his first TV appearances on this episode, playing the son of the cop who shot the robber.


EPISODE 114 - Charlie (13 September 1982)
Written by: Michele Gallery; Directed by: Seth Freeman

SYNOPSIS: A bad day for Charlie involves firing misfits and dealing with static from reporters over their assignments; meanwhile, Donovan suspects his girlfriend is pregnant.

GUEST CAST:
Lance Guest (Lance Reineke)
Freddye Chapman (Abby McCann)
Betty Kennedy (Cheryl)
Joanna Cassidy (Barbara Costigan)
Macon McCalman (Dolph Masterson)
Richard Lineback (Dory)
Allen Williams (Adam Wilson)
Virginia Bingham (Sandra Plitt)
Wayne Grace (Perkins)
Ronald Spivey (Chub)
Ian Patrick Williams (Gilroy)
Robert Gribbin (Brian's Dad)
Robert Rothwell (Foster)

AUTHOR'S REVIEW:
This episode was a horrible ending to TV's greatest dramatic series. EVERY CHARACTER (except Animal) is shown in a negative light in this "bad day" episode.

Classic Lou Grant Moment

Donovan's philandering was frequently mentioned on the series, but this was one of the few times the viewers got to see one of his girlfriends.

Did you notice...

there were only two episodes in which Charlie's secretary spoke? This episode and the very first one.

Lou told lance he wanted an off-the-rack story? After Lou Grant, Ed Asner starred in a short-lived sitcom called "Off the Rack."

Obscure History

The abortion subplot reminds us of the relative ease with which this issue was broached in 1982. Abortions are actually quite rare on TV these days, in contrast to the 1970s during which CBS characters Gloria Stivic and Emily Hartley pondered terminating their pregnancies and Maude Findlay actually did so. To this day, abortions are not allowed on NBC.


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About the author

Tony Hill is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at MIT and earned his BA and MA from the University of Minnesota. He started this episode guide in 1995. He is the author of the book Canadian Politics: Riding by Riding, and he has contributed to several reference books.

Copyright (C) 1995-2006 by Tony L. Hill. All rights reserved.

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