Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 24


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 13, 1982 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

This episode covers a day in the life of managing editor Charlie Hume, who tries to fire two employees but is overruled by Mrs. Pynchon. He then counsels Art on a personal matter, and confronts the possibility of losing ace reporter Billie, who is talking about moving to Sacramento.moreless

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  • When I was trying training

    At the time that this show came out, I was already a fan of Mary Tyler Moore and therefore a fan of Lou Grant....I was also a high school student interested in journalism when it first came on and was a student studying journalism at the prestigious university Marquette during its later years so sometimes used this show as a motivation factor in my own career...definitely had a good cast...and a lot of what they covered was timely...I would love to see another great journalism show now....I love shows that cover timely issues and in a timely fashion....let's bring back some more quality TV.moreless
  • Lou Grant goes soap opera.

    What a disappointing finale for a great series. Let's start, though, with the good news. Every important character gets his or her moment to shine in this one, with the possible exception, perhaps, of ... Lou. But what did the writer do to them? She gave them all emotional problems. If it hadn't been for the plot line about Lance's investigation, this episode would have had no link to journalism. Rossi and Abby discover that it is difficult to work together once they have an emotional relationship. Billie has to choose between her career and a family, while Art faces fatherhood. Even Animal lets jealousy get the best of him.

    Charlie Hume is in the middle of all of this. Although the episode is named after him, his situation is not as central as Lou's was in "Lou" (episode 65). He acts as a sounding board to the reporters' complaints. His one fight, the struggle with Mrs. Pynchon about firing reporters, is solved very easily.

    I kept wondering whether the production team realized this was the final show when they made it. The last shot (a slow pan with a sax solo) seems to imply that they did. But then they could have made a better job of it. I was hoping Lou would get the final line, but that honor was left to Art who is heard mumbling "Oh, boy".moreless
  • I as well as the entire group of actors&other employes as well, was Crying. because I Honestly & Wholeheartedly LOVED The show!that is everyone!But the one thing that I have been searching for,for the LONGEST TIME!Is the Theme song! can anyone helmoreless

    My review of the show has to be one of my favorite shows that was ever made!! it whent strait to the heart. You could feel all of the Love that was put into the writting, produceing and acting in each and every episode!!! THANK YOU! there is only one Television show that I enjoyed over the "Lou Grant" show and that is M.A.S.H.

    But M.A.S.H. was a Comedy/Drama. it is only somewhat in the same catigory and the Lou Grant show.

    It is going to be very hard if not impossible to top it

    Again Thank You very very very much!!

    Sincerely & Wholeheartedly

    Stephen E Kozlovichmoreless
Macon McCalman

Macon McCalman

Dolph Masterson

Guest Star

Freddye Chapman

Freddye Chapman

Abby McCann

Guest Star

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Barbara Costigan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • For this episode, another fictional Arab country was created. After Qular in "Unthinkable" (episode 110) we now get Qulai. Or did the story continuity editor merely make a typo?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lou: See if you can call in an off-the-rack story before six o'clock.
      Lance: Great, sure. But the expression is "off-the-wall".
      Lou: Off-the-rack. Adequate and fast. I don't want you agonizing over every detail.

    • Billie: I got shot down for the job at the Sacramento bureau.
      Art: Oh, no. I'm sorry. Sit down.
      Billie: Do you know why? Because I'm a good reporter!

    • Art: I didn't sleep last night, I'm having trouble keeping my food down. If I had to come up with your name at the moment, I'd really have to take a wild guess.
      Billie: Billie.
      Art: Thank you. My guess would have been Wendy.

    • Art: Some people have families; some people have families thrust upon them.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The series ended in what is probably one of the most controverisal cancellations in television history. Since Lou Grant was undeniably slipping in the ratings, CBS cited that as the motive for canceling Lou Grant. However, many people blamed the cancellation on Ed Asner's reputation as an outspoken liberal politcal activist. During the '80s, Asner publicly denounced foreign policy and the Reagan administration.

    • The final aired episode of Lou Grant