Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 4


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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Nancy Marchand doesn't appear in this episode.

    • Guest star Georgann Johnson was 55 when she appeared in this episode. It's possible she's playing a slightly younger character, but she does seem too old to have elementary school aged children.

  • Allusions