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Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 18


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 12, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Is everyone turning to lawsuits to solve their disputes? When some of a politician's disgruntled constituents petition to have him recalled, he sues them. When Lou is dissatisfied with a plumber's work, he sues the man. But then Lou is counter-sued, and faces the prospect of ruinous legal fees.moreless

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  • Possibly the best episode of the season.

    They got everything right in this episode. The controversial topic of (frivolous) lawsuits is looked at from different angles, using comedy and drama. Lou's little plumbing story causes some great laughs but is perhaps the most recognizable of all. The dilemma of the ordinary citizens fighting and being harassed by the bigwig politician is gut-wrenching, but written and played very understated. It could only work with Billie Newman and Animal reporting on it. (Rossi would have caused a stink.)

    Margaret Pynchon's problems with her law firm are a matter of loyalty. By now Nancy Marchand has made the excentric character of The Tribune publisher so believable, that the viewer can't help but share her doubts.moreless

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Adam: There is a question about who has jurisdiction in the Raiders' attempt to move from Oakland to LA.
      Charlie: Jurisdiction between the LA and the Oakland courts?
      Adam: No, between me and sports. Since it is a story that deals with dollars and not first downs, I say it's a business story.

    • Neighbor: It's terrible to be without water. Is there anything I can do for you? Anything at all?
      Lou: Now that you mention it, there is. Could I borrow your bathroom for just a minute?
      Neighbor: Anything but that.

    • Kenny Price: Lou, the difference between being right and proving you're right, is called "legal fees."

    • Animal: Why is it hard to believe I have a brother?
      Art: It's just that we think of you as one of a kind.

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    • A news story mentioned in this episode is the impending move of the Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles. The Raiders, a team since 1960, did make that move later in 1982. However, in 1995 General Manager Al Davis brought it back to Oakland.

    • During an editorial meeting the problems of the Howard Hughes estate are mentioned. At the time of the episode's production, lawyers had still not decided who was to get the two billion dollars that Howard Hughes (1905-1976) had left upon his death. A year later, in 1983, the estate was divided among 22 distant cousins of Hughes.