Lou Grant

Season 2 Episode 3

Hooker

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 1978 on CBS
8.6
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The victim of the murder Billie is investigating turns out to be a prostitute. But Billie ends up befriending Patti, a young lady who seems too bright and personable to be in the business of selling sex.

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  • Wonderful performance by Dee Wallace Stone

    9.0
    I recently discovered I could watch episodes of Lou Grant on Hulu, and the first one I watched was Hooker, because I remember so distinctly being blown away by the girl who played The Hooker. That girl, Dee Wallace Stone (the mom on E.T.), is wonderful because her performance feels so real. She completely confirms the point of the episode, which is that prostitutes are not cartoon characters but actual people.



    Stone is wonderful at conveying the sort of translucent emotion I associate with Jennifer Jason Leigh in which you feel you can see deeper into the character's emotional character than she wants you to. She is wonderfully affecting, and her offhand description of her early traumas is far better than a more typically dramatic delivery.



    The episode itself is typically fantastic. As with many episodes of Lou Grant, this episode sometimes gets a little too much into teaching the audience, and especially in the early scenes the dialogue can feel a little artificial, but overall it's great.



    It's a shame that one of the best performances ever on TV is in an episode of a fairly forgotten TV series.moreless
Dee Wallace Stone

Dee Wallace Stone

Patti

Guest Star

Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert

Congressman Phelps

Guest Star

Gail Edwards

Gail Edwards

Karen

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Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Adam Wilson

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Michael Alldredge

Michael Alldredge

Sgt. Roche

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