Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 15


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 08, 1982 on CBS

Episode Recap

Dr. Ike Tatsumi approaches The Tribune with an idea for a story about the Japanese internment camps. He was supposed to meet Rosenthal but Rossi takes over the assignment, learning more about the complex situation in 1942. More than 112,000 Japanese Americans were given a five day warning before being sent to a camp. As their future was uncertain most sold their possessions for very little money. Some American companies made a killing out of the deal.

Many people in Los Angeles expect a lot from Iris Rooney, appointed to the police review board. She is, however, married to infamous plastic surgeon Dr. Rooney. Billie Newman tries to convince Lou that a politician should not be judged by his/her spouse. Tribune reporter Ken Watanebe joins the police during a raid on Dr. Rooney's offices after the doctor has been suspected of fraud. Unfortunately the doctor succeeds in running off with his files before the police can catch him. In an interview with Billie, his wife claims she was unaware of her husband's shady dealings.

During his meetings with Mrs. Pynchon Charlie notices that the publisher has not quite recovered from her stroke: she tends to have memory lapses. Meanwhile Rossi digs deeper into the story of the Japanese American properties. He discovers that Matthew Pynchon bought a lot of land from people facing internment and made heaps of money later on. Charlie and Lou forbid Rossi to tell Mrs. Pynchon, afraid that she might not survive the shock.

Billie's faith in Iris Rooney gets a nasty shock when the politician is arrested on her way to Suriname, where her husband is hiding. Her luggage is filled with money.

Rossi accidentally bumps into Mrs. Pynchon in the elevator and they start talking. The reporter tells Mrs. Pynchon about her husband's questionable acquisitions. Mrs. Pynchon is left speechless and insulted.

During the annual staff outing at the Santa Anita Race Track Ken Watanebe has a flashback when he sees some of the buildings. He realizes that he spent a few weeks there as a child when it was a temporary internment camp for Japanese Americans.

Mrs. Pynchon announces to Charlie and Lou that Rossi's findings are all correct. She feels guilt for the fact that she never questioned her husband's dealings. To make up for the injustice she plans to start the Trans Pacific Foundation, an organization that will give loans and scholarships to Japanese Americans. She's also interested in the origins of a ring her husband gave her, a ring with Japanese inscriptions. Ken Watanebe tracks down the family that originally owned the jewelry and together with Mrs. Pynchon he goes to see them.

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