Lou Grant

Season 4 Episode 10

Boomerang

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 19, 1981 on CBS
9.0
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Boomerang
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When a Tribune foreign corespondent dies, the paper goes after companies that dump defective or dangerous goods in Third World countries. Lou clashes with an old friend, a celebrity columnist who tries to take over his city room.

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    9.0
    This offering contains some very noteworthy scenes. The very beginning where a man dies because of faulty equipment sets the story in motion. It seems that substandard products are being dumped on developing nations, and it comes at the risk of endangering those populations. I learned a lot watching this episode, and it didn't surprise me that certain products like contraceptives were not allowed in the U.S market but sold overseas with the U.S. government's knowledge, and in some cases, assistance. The more I think about it, this is a real gutsy episode. It really does challenge the way our government looks the other way when it comes to turning a profit overseas. Those kinds of things are still happening 30 years later. One of my favorite scenes in this episode is when Mrs. Pynchon stops drinking her coffee because she says that the coffee beans have probably been sprayed with unsafe pesticides from U.S. companies that are not allowed to be used in this country. That moment really illustrates, through humor, the global food chain and how domestic and foreign policies should work in tandem.moreless

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    • Charlie: Something troubling you, Lou?
      Lou: Well, I guess I'm sort of happy and depressed at the same time. I'm happy because Kovac is a buddy from way back and it is nice to see an old pal do well.
      Charlie: Then why are you depressed?
      Lou: Because I can't stand to see an old pal do that well.

    • Animal: My mother's in town. I loaned her my car.
      Charlie: You let your own mother drive that old thing?
      Animal: Sure, I trust her.

    • (Billie tries to understand a financial report.)
      Billie: What does this mean?
      Adam: Sometimes I think a general assignment reporter is someone who is equally ignorant in all fields.
      Billie: Yes, but we're great at cocktail parties.

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