Lou Grant

Season 4 Episode 11


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 26, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Charlie lets his father stay with him, which causes tensions with his wife Marian. An old man in Lou's street is harassed by the neighbors' kids. But are the kids to blame?

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  • Charles Lane steals the show

    This is a truly superb episode of Lou Grant. The two plots seem to work equally in terms of theme (in this case, the generation gap). The story with Lou getting involved with an old neighbor's plight against kids he cannot understand or communicate with is truly heartbreaking. There are no easy solutions there, and the script leaves the viewer with a lot to think about. The other plot, with Charlie's dad coming to stay at his house after a shoplifting incident combines humor and plenty of wisdom. Charles Lane is wonderful as Rupert Hume, the old patriarch. The scenes where he walks around the Trib and gives pointers about how a business should be run are classic. My only quibble is that the ending is a bit too tidy. I would still expect Charlie's dad to stay with him and his wife, even if he's going to be working a little bit from time to time.moreless
Arthur Space

Arthur Space


Guest Star

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Rupert Hume

Guest Star

Whitman Mayo

Whitman Mayo

Fred Jenkins

Guest Star

Peggy McCay

Peggy McCay

Marion Hume

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lou: You're sure looking spry.
      Rupert Hume: Spry? That's a word they use for old men. You never hear them call a young person spry.
      Lou: Frisky, then.
      Rupert Hume: I don't feel that good...

    • Rupert Hume: What did he call you?
      Animal: Animal.
      Rupert Hume: Why would you let him do that?
      Animal: I don't like my real name. Dennis.
      Rupert Hume: That's not so bad. Mine's Rupert.
      (Animal bursts out laughing.)

    • Art: When you're a kid, there's something funny about bald heads. I've grown out of that.
      Lou: (sighs) Me too.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Charles Lane has one of the most impressive supporting actor resumes in movie history, appearing in over 250 movies, including 'It's A Wonderful Life', 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington', 'You Can't Take It With You',  and 'Arsenic And Old Lace' to name just a few. He was also all over television, appearing in numerous shows including 'I Love Lucy', 'The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis', 'Dennis The Menace', 'The Twilight Zone', 'Mister Ed', 'Petticoat Junction', 'Bewitched'... on and on. Google him. It's insane.

    • Matthew Broderick made his television debut in this episode. He plays a high school kid, even though he was already 19 at the time.