Lou Grant

Season 4 Episode 12


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 09, 1981 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Rossi helps a colleague find her birth mother. Lou discovers the negative effects of being a trendsetter.

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  • A weak offering

    There are a few implausibilities in this episode, which makes it rate lower than many other Lou Grant offerings. First, I'll start with the subplot. While the story of Lou finding an out of the way eatery has a great deal of charm, it seems odd that the owner of the restaurant would be happy that his unexpected boom in business has dramatically tapered off at the end. I don't know any restauranteurs that would be happy with going back to just one or two customers, instead of having a whole room full of hungry people with money to spend. I also thought that the woman who wrote about the food in the Trib was a bit overdone in terms of the dialogue, and she seems to get equal prominence with the other characters, as if the writers are trying to turn a guest star into a regular cast member. Now, as for the main plot, about the adoption search...again, the writers have put a guest character front and center and with the exception of Rossi, she pretty much upstages everyone else. I think this story would've worked better if one of the characters we follow in each episode was the one that had been adopted. It could've been Billie or one of the guys. Then, we could've had more empathy.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Lou: I was out in Pasadena - I mean, I'm never in Pasadena - and I was trying to get back on the freeway. Did you ever try to find a freeway on-ramp in Pasadena? They hide them! So I was wending my way west on the surface streets and I was somewhere between Eagle Rock and Glendale, working up a huge appetite. And then I see this place: Mario's Trattoria. Best Italian food since Minneapolis.
      Art: The pasta capital of North America.

    • Charlie: Did you see this review in the Tempo section?
      Lou: Which one? The movie that was excruciating, the art exhibit that was uninspired or the concert that was lackluster?

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