Lou Grant

Season 3 Episode 19


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 1980 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Several members of the Tribune's staff clash with Lou, who is having a really bad day.

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  • Stress in the newsroom.

    An unusual episode because, apart from two short scenes, it is completely set in the newsroom and takes place during one particular day. This gives it the feel of a play. If it hadn't been for the occasional humour and the happy end, you might even call it a mini Greek tragedy. The protagonist, Lou Grant, is struggling with self-doubt, making wrong decisions, fighting for what he believes is right, alienating others. I don't think there's ever been an episode in which Lou became so isolated in the newsroom. However, his reactions are never unrealistic and you could even say that his grumpiness is a throwback to his days on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I'm slightly disappointed in the ending though. So it turns out the only thing Lou needs is a holiday? The suggestion made by Regina that editors usually get burnt out in their third year, could have been examined more thoroughly.moreless
Richard B. Shull

Richard B. Shull

Jack Towne

Guest Star

Elta Blake

Elta Blake

Regina Kelly

Guest Star

Michael Bond

Michael Bond

Sam Huntington

Guest Star

Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Adam Wilson

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mrs. Pynchon: The reality, Mr. Grant, is that my mechanic called you with a story idea about recycling used inner tubes for shower caps. You called him dumb.
      Lou: Are you sure I used those words?
      Mrs. Pynchon: My engine's been knocking ever since.

    • Jack Towne: You know how I am on names. That's the wonderful thing about being a columnist. You don't have to clutter up your prose with details.

    • Regina: She's burned out. She's in year 3.
      Lou: What's that?
      Regina: You know, editors wearing out after 3 years.
      Lou: Wonderful.
      Regina: Lou, you're the exception that proves the rule.

    • Jack Towne: Kiss me goodbye and you're kissing goodbye to 35,000 readers!
      Mrs. Pynchon: I wouldn't dream of kissing you goodbye. (waves her hand) Goodbye!

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    • Lou: I know you think the nuclear industry's the biggest bad guy since Sidney Greenstreet.

      Sidney Greenstreet (1879-1954) was a character actor who became famous playing bad guys in films such as The Maltese Falon.