Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 5


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 30, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

For a story on purveyors of pornography, reporter Sharon McNeil has promised anonymity to her source, a mother who to pay the rent has allowed her daughter to appear illegally in such films. Lou and Mrs. Pynchon reluctantly support their reporter's refusal to reveal the mother's identity to the police.moreless

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  • Interesting episode

    The main plot concerns child pornography, but in many ways, that is merely the backdrop to a larger story. The larger story is that reporter Sharon McNeil has promised confidentiality to the mother of the little girl making adult films. The police get a tip from the girl's teacher, whom we saw earlier in the episode, but they arrive at the house too late (the family has moved). We go through scenes where Sharon feels guilty about putting the child in more danger, and Rossi tries to remind her of the good that her article is accomplishing. In some ways, the drama seems a bit exaggerated, because the teacher should've reported her concerns to the principal or to the police directly, instead of just consulting with a newspaper reporter. Also, it is established that the family is on public relief, so after the police have found out the mother's name, they should be able to track her down at the next location.moreless
Lynne Moody

Lynne Moody

Sharon McNeil

Guest Star

J. Jay Saunders

J. Jay Saunders

Frederick Gibbs

Guest Star

Kario Salem

Kario Salem

Mike Schrader

Guest Star

Michael Alldredge

Michael Alldredge

Lt. McPhee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sharon: I can't break confidentiality, Lieutenant. You know what that means.
      McPhee: It means you're honoring a pact with someone who's completely dishonorable.

    • Art: I don't want to spend the rest of my life playing it safe. I'm 38 years old. This may be my last chance to try new things. That's why I asked to get away from the desk more.
      Lou: Right. If you hadn't, you wouldn't have had this enriching experience of making a fool of yourself.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Several things indicate that this episode was probably the first one produced for season 5, though not the first one that aired: first, Mrs. Pynchon is still recovering from her stroke; and when one of the guys at the office hits on Billie, she says that she is dating someone. Billie is obviously referring to Ted McCovey, and actually, she should have said she was married, not dating. This episode was probably intended to air before 'Wedding,' but the wedding show got bumped up to be the season opener.

    • Allen Williams, who portrays the character of Adam, is the director of this episode.