Lou Grant

Season 1 Episode 22

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 1978 on CBS
9.4
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Lou is feeling unusually tired as he helps a copy boy who is trying to become a reporter, and has to fire a promising intern who impishly inserted a fake award into a list of awards. Then a routine checkup reveals that Lou has cancer of the thyroid, which requires immediate surgery.

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  • Could have been the series finale

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    In the last episode of the first season you can see that producers and writers got the tone of the show exactly right. Rather than the usual plot about a newspaper story (and the social problem it describes) Lou becomes the center of the story. Whereas it could easily have turned into a tearjerker, the writer is clever enough to infuse criticism against the medical profession. Lou constantly bumps into a lack of information, doctors who won't say what they think, decisions that patients have to make after they've just had a shock, etc. Anyone who's ever had to deal with a hospital procedure will recognise the problems. Having the gruff Lou react to all of this not only heightens the frustration, it also provides some (black) comedy.



    As the episode winds down you realise that this could have been a final episode of the series. Perhaps it was not known yet whether the series would be picked up when this one was being filmed. The last scene seems to come straight from a Frank Capra movie.moreless
Leonard Ross

Leonard Ross

Bill

Guest Star

Thomas Carter

Thomas Carter

Chris

Guest Star

Laird Stuart

Laird Stuart

Dr. Engle

Guest Star

Laurence Haddon

Laurence Haddon

Foreign editor

Recurring Role

Sidney Clute

Sidney Clute

National editor

Recurring Role

Michael Irving

Michael Irving

Jayson

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