Lou Grant

Season 3 Episode 5

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 22, 1979 on CBS
9.0
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Billie and the Tribune receive a lot of criticism after her article describing a company as a big polluter causes it to cancel a planned move to Los Angeles. Then the company reverses its decision, and Billie learns that it was all just a ploy so that the company could negotiate for more incentives and tax breaks from the state government.

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  • A newspaper story, but not too formulaic

    9.0
    What made this show great were the interesting social issues it handled, What proved to be its biggest problem was the tendency to be too socially relevant. To a certain extent this episode strays off the beaten path, while at the same time emphasising its other strength: the ensemble of characters and their interaction.



    It might be difficult to define the social issue this episode puts into the light. Is it about pollution? Industry's hold on local government? The media's habit of overreaching? Unlike many other episodes there is an element of mystery here. Who did what to whom? The press is being manipulated by a conglomerate that uses its legal power to threaten the messenger. But everything is not what it seems, and as a viewer you're more interested in Billie's fate than in the social issue at the heart of the story. That's where the cast of beloved characters take over the episode. Everybody at the Tribune seems to defend Billie, but without enough proof to be sure. And then there's the unlikely knight in shining armor. Rossi has always been the playful opposite of Billie, and here we see how his approach can supplement Billie's tenacity. The final scenes, in which Lou can proudly support his reporter and in which he can reward her for her work, are never too sentimental, but they make you realise you care for these people.moreless
Stephen McHattie

Stephen McHattie

Curtis Folger

Guest Star

Wendy Phillips

Wendy Phillips

Nell Wheeler

Guest Star

Edward Marshall

Edward Marshall

Supervisor

Guest Star

Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Adam Wilson

Recurring Role

Paul Kent

Paul Kent

Councilman Naughton

Recurring Role

Emilio Delgado

Emilio Delgado

National Editor

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Rossi: How many irate phone calls is that?
      Billie: I don't know. Who counts?
      Rossi: Fifteen since I got here.
      Billie: Must be three times that.
      Rossi: Forty-five? That's pretty good. Of course, I got 212 one time.
      Billie: Well, I guess I'm not in your class.

    • Adam: You cover a story onca and right away you're the expert, which means you're stuck with it for the rest of your life. I did one forest fire while I was working up in Seattle, and the next four years I was stuck with the lumber beat.
      Lou: Lumber is a big story in Seattle.
      Adam: Yeah, but trees are a tough interview.

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