Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 16


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 22, 1982 on CBS

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  • A look at the reporter's lot.

    April Smith was the story editor for Lou Grant and wrote some of the best episodes. This is again one that dares to be a bit different. Billie's near-death experience gives the viewer a shock and leads to rather emotional scenes. What makes the episode interesting, though, is the study of the lives of three different reporters. They all seem to suffer from some kind of insecurity, contradicting the self-assured detective image journalists often have in television dramas. As usual, a lighter story line has to put everything in balance, but even the moth story contains a serious environmental message. What confused me were the completely unnecessary scenes about Rossi's allergies. I presume they were included to explain why he doesn't appear in the location scenes, possibly shot while a more Rossi-centered episode was being filmed in the studio.