Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 4


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 23, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Because of the death of his aunt, Lou makes a visit to his hometown of Goshen, Michigan. He has a reunion with an old girlfriend and writes a piece about the shutdown of one of the town's main employers, a glass factory that is now owned by a corporation back in Los Angeles.moreless

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  • Heartfelt episode

    Michele Gallery turns in a nice script, and Ed does a great job with it. The story is rather simple, with Lou revisiting his hometown in Michigan after the death of an aunt. There are numerous odds and ends he must take care of, such as his aunt's estate auction, the selling of the house and his own need to put the past into perspective. He also meets the girl he let get away (superbly portrayed by Georgann Johnson). And he gets caught up in the town's problems when a factory that happens to be the major source of jobs and income faces being shut down. The story of a dying small town is as relevant today in 2010 as it was when the episode was produced. But I think what makes Gallery's script so good is that she shows how these events reverberate through the town and how all its people, including its many generations, are affected. The music that is used when Lou first arrives and especially when he leaves at the end really helps convey a sense of nostalgia AND importance. This is a special episode.moreless
Robert Prosky

Robert Prosky

Paul Policzinski

Guest Star

Georgann Johnson

Georgann Johnson

Carol Kuzik

Guest Star

Kenneth Kimmins

Kenneth Kimmins

Howard Cutler

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • During a cemetery scene, Lou visits three relatives' graves. The first grave shown on camera is his aunt's, and the stone reads 'Jane Howell Grant 1905-1981.' Then, we see two other graves which we can probably assume are his parents, since he puts flowers near them: 'John Simpson Grant 1887-1956;' and 'Ellen Hammersmith Grant 1890-1961.'

    • We learn a lot about Lou's background: first, he was a newspaper boy when he was a kid; his first car was a 1934 Plymouth his aunt helped buy; he was one of the Goshen Hornets at the high school he attended; his sweetheart was a Catholic girl; and Lou's dad sold office supplies.

    • We learn more about the backgrounds of the main characters. Lou is originally from Goshen, Michigan. Rossi hails from Newark, New Jersey. Billie calls Rapid City, South Dakota her hometown. It was already established that Art grew up in Honolulu. Animal mentions that he is a suburban boy, but he doesn't give the town's name.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Howard: Everybody warned me about your temper.
      Lou: No fooling? I don't think I got my temper until the army.

    • (Lou notices the dilapidated buildings of his old high school.)
      Lou: Do you have a vandalism problem?
      Howard: Oh, no. The school has been consolidated. All the kids go to Perrysburg now.
      Lou: You mean, no more Goshen Hornets?
      Howard: Perrysburg Highlanders. The band wears kilts.
      Lou: Poor kids.

    • Billie: Did you ever catch fireflies on a summer night and put them in a glass jar?
      Rossi: What?
      Billie: Sure, you poke little holes in the top of the lid and you put little blades of grass in.
      Animal: Talk about sadistic!
      Billie, Oh, for Pete's sake.
      Rossi: I've never heard of such a thing.
      Animal: Why would you want to bottle up something beautiful like that?
      Art: I used to squash scorpions, but that was self-defense. It was them or me.

  • NOTES (2)