Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 3


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Charlie Hume has second thoughts after starting a crime hotline that rewards people for making anonymous accusations. Meanwhile, Lou is arrested for drunk driving.

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  • Humorous episode

    This is a Lou centered episode, and there's a lot of humor in Steve Kline's script. We see Lou's cagier side when he gets arrested for drunk driving, and we get to see him in court and doing community service. Later, there's a sequence in which he and Billie take a road test at the legal limit of intoxication. Of course, they don't do so well! But funny gags aside, the more serious point is that there must be a cut-off point or some sort of line that says when something is legal or illegal. I think this idea could be redone today (in 2010) about marijuana. The episode's other plot, about a tip hotline, is very well done. The concern is that anonymous tipsters may be using the hotline to unnecessarily bring neighbors under the watchful eye of police. In this instance, Rossi learns that a suspicious tip is actually legit. Again, there's a bit more humor when a woman thinks he has come to collect for the paper.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Billie mentions her husband Ted a few times in this episode... He has borrowed her car, and he will meet Billie and her co-workers at a football game.

    • Lou gets arrested for having a blood alcohol level of 0.12%, with the maximum allowed being 0.10%. Since this episode was first aired California has lowered its limit to 0.08%.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Animal: (to hungover Lou) Lou, are you in there? Nod if you can hear me.
      Rossi: It's a miracle he made it to work today.
      Art: People like to be close to their friends when they're dying.

    • Billie: You know, it's always bothered me how we can predict how many people will die on a holiday weekend and no-one seems to mind.
      Lou: Yeah, it's an acceptable level of carnage.

    • Charlie: Do you know there are guys who do nothing but hit cars for their stereos?
      Lou: If you want to make it in the world of crime these days, you've got to specialize. I had a pair of pants taken out of my car once. They left a perfectly good pair of loafers.

    • Lou: The way I see it, you gotta be Dick Tracy or Clark Kent, but you can't be both.

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