Lou Grant

Season 4 Episode 17


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 23, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a fire of suspicious origin occurs at a California electronics plant, Billie and Rossi do a story suggesting a link between the fire and safety violations. When this turns out to be wrong, the Trib is accused of unfair anti-business leanings, and Charlie and Lou reply by criticizing business for not being open with the press.moreless

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  • Well done

    This episode didn't quite deliver all the way, but it was certainly well written and thought-provoking, as most episodes of Lou Grant usually are. What I liked was how the story illuminated the conflicts that exist between the media and big business, with neither side really able to trust each other. That still occurs today. I thought Nancy Marchand did great, and I always like it when the stories focus on the ownership of the paper and how biased or objective the paper's coverage truly is. This episode could easily be rewritten about the relationship between the media and government.moreless
  • The Tribune as the bad guy.

    Some have attacked this show for being too left wing, too smug or too self-righteous. Each week a social problem was discussed, with the Tribune taking the side of the weaker element in society. This episode dares to be different. It starts off as a classic case of the paper finding out about possible fraud by a big company. But then it changes into a study of the dangerously harmful effects of newspaper allegations, the politically correct attitude towards big business. It even uses countercasting: Edward Winter is known for his portrayal of unsympathetic characters. Here he turns out to be the good guy, misunderstood by the press. It is also remarkable that the really bad guy is television news. Let's not forget that this was a network televison program.moreless
Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Adam Wilson

Guest Star

Edward Winter

Edward Winter

Russell Davidson

Guest Star

David Spielberg

David Spielberg

Rich Havens

Guest Star

Paul Kent

Paul Kent

Glen Maris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Hal: I'm a little dry on column material. Any suggestions?
      Charlie: There's news stuff going on all the time. What's your problem?
      Hal: When you're writing a daily column as long as I have, nothing's new.
      Charlie: Have you tried relaxing and giving the thoughts from your subconscious a chance to bubble up?
      Hal: I don't want to hear from my subconscious.

    • Mrs. Pynchon: A good newspaper tells the reader the who, what, where and why. Unfortunately Mr. Sorensen was the why, which is the toughest part of any story.

    • (A businessman accuses the paper of double standards.)
      Russell Davidson: When you make a mistake, it's a bad call. When we make one, you hang us out to dry.

    • Charlie: What bothers me is that I don't know if it's a good idea or if I'm overreacting to all that pressure from Calectronics, you know, bending over backwards.
      Lou: Relax. I think bending over backwards now and then is good exercise for a newspaper.

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