Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 6


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 07, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Billie works with a local historian to discover the truth about a valuable gold cross, retrieved from a time capsule, which has become the pawn in a game between two feuding sides of the Matheson family.

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  • Thought-provoking mystery

    Michele Gallery's script has a lot of surprises in it...it's more a mystery with elements of history and religion. It's obvious that a great deal of research about the history of Los Angeles and its people went into her writing of this episode. The actors are great, and the on-location filming in the Olvera Street district of L.A. adds a nice touch of authenticity. I think what I most like about this episode is that you see two families fighting over some sort of artifact, and you almost think it's going to be a Hatfield & McCoys type of thing, but it goes in a completely different direction (and both families don't realize it, but there's another group that ultimately claims victory). The scenes are very compelling. It's more than a double-cross; it's a triple-cross, actually. Great episode.moreless
Lin McCarthy

Lin McCarthy

Alex Matheson Sr.

Guest Star

Nigel Bullard

Nigel Bullard

Michael Shepherd

Guest Star

Barbara Cason

Barbara Cason

Jinx Matheson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Lou: Did you ever see the Mona Lisa?
      Billie: No.
      Lou: Everybody says it's smaller than they figured it would be.
      Billie: Have you seen the Mona Lisa?
      Lou: No, but I met Forest Evashevski once, which is the same thing. He's a big guy, but not as big as I thought he was.
      Billie: (to Art): He knows perfectly well I have never heard of Forest Evasheski.
      Art: He was Tom Harmon's blocker at Michigan.
      Billie: (to Lou): He knows perfectly well I've never heard of Tom Harmon.
      Art: Ricky Nelson's father-in-law.
      Billie: Oh.
      Lou: Ever heard of lasagna?
      Billie: Yes.
      Lou: Have you ever seen a frozen lasagna that looked as good as the picture on the box?
      Billie: No.
      Lou: It's hyped, just like the Mona Lisa is hyped.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Location filming for this episode occurred in the historic Olvera Street district of downtown Los Angeles, near Union Station. The church in the final scenes is located in an area known as La Placita (the little plaza).