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Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 2


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 1981 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Rossi develops a personal relationship with a woman on death row, who killed 4 people in a holdup, after she asks him to tell the world her story.

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  • Great April Smith script

    The story covers a lot of ground. I don't know how many women have been executed in California, but we do get a sense of the individual circumstances surrounding a woman like the one featured in this episode. Having Rossi get emotionally attached to her makes it that much more real for us. She's scheduled to die, and she does die at the end, but Smith's script is a nail biter and you keep thinking she will be granted a stay of execution and somehow live...it's truly suspenseful television. What I think Smith does well, as she has in other stories, is plant little revelations about the character's life and what probably led to this outcome. For instance, we learn about the girl's relationship to the other killer, her boyfriend (sort of like Bonnie & Clyde) and we learn about her mother and how she ran away from home and was raped as a teen. Of course, these events do not excuse her criminal misdeeds, and Lou as the gruff bad guy in this episode, represents the other side that is clamoring for justice, which might really be code for revenge. Robert Walden does a great job in this episode and so does Christopher Cazenove as a slick British reporter. My only quibble is that when Billie goes to interview the girl's mother she asks questions that I think would've been gone over in court and would've been in the transcripts of the trial.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Kitty Larsen's last meal before her execution is a vegetarian one. It is mentioned that she asked for a glass of wine but was denied.

    • When Kitty describes her experience of being raped as a teen, Rossi refers to what happened to his friend Sharon (Lynne Moody) in the 4th season episode 'Rape.'

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Art: Billie, you're going to be mad.
      Billie: How mad?
      Art: On a scale from one to ten? Maybe five.
      Billie: I can handle that.
      Art: You're supposed to be in Frontera tomorrow ...
      Billie: On a story I am really looking forward to.
      Art: I need you to keep going on airport noise, and the hearing is tomorrow.
      Billie: That's more of an eight.
      Art: Rossi, come here!
      Billie: Ten!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Continuity Goof: In the flashback at the beginning of this story, on-screen text reads that the robbery/killings took place on September 28, 1978. That would've been at the beginning of season 2 of 'Lou Grant,' and since it involved the death of a star reporter and a photographer, it would not have gone unmentioned by Lou and the others back in 1978.

    • Nancy Marchand only appears in one scene, and it's near the end of the episode. Daryl Anderson does not have much to do either, and in his scenes, he basically stands around without having any dialogue... Animal doesn't even seem to be working or heading out on any assignments.