Lou Grant - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • Physical
    Episode 22
    3/20/78
    9.4

    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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  • Poison
    Episode 21
    3/6/78
    8.9
    When a friend of Rossi's is killed after claiming that there are safety violations at the nuclear plant where he works, Rossi and Billie attempt to initiate an investigation themselves.
  • Spies
    Episode 20
    2/27/78
    8.4

    When the Trib receives a request from the CIA to stop investigating two young men arrested for drug dealing, the staff comes to suspect that there is a CIA informant in their midst.

  • Scandal
    Episode 19
    2/13/78
    8.9

    Because of his disrespectful attitude toward a city supervisor, Rossi is pulled from covering the man's re-election campaign and replaced by a female reporter. But when she comes up with scoops, Rossi suspects that she has become romantically involved with the politician she is supposed to be covering.

  • Sect
    Episode 18
    2/6/78
    8.4

    Charlie Hume and his wife are upset about their son Tommy's conversion to the Hare Krishna religion, but have second thoughts after hiring a "de-programmer" to kidnap him. Meanwhile, Rossi and Billie do a story on such religious cults.

  • Renewal
    Episode 17
    1/30/78
    8.5

    Lou tries to help Earl, the local newsstand owner, when an urban renewal project threatens to destroy his building... along with the artwork he painted directly on his room's walls.

  • Hero
    Episode 16
    1/17/78
    9.0

    When a gubernatorial candidate is saved from an assassination attempt by an anonymous bystander, Rossi identifies the man and writes a story about him that reveals a hidden conviction for armed robbery in his past. This causes the hero to lose business clients, as well as his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Billie's story on a struggling halfway house for women newly released from prison gains sympathy from Mrs. Pynchon.

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  • Sports
    Episode 15
    1/10/78
    8.0

    When the Tribune's sports department refuses to cover the UCLA football team's recruitment scandals, Lou steps in, but he meets unexpected resistance from a columnist whom he has long admired.

  • Airliner
    Episode 14
    1/3/78
    9.4

    The Tribune staff return to work after hours because a jet liner experiencing mechanical troubles might crash. Joan Hume, Charlie's daughter, is on the plane.

  • Christmas
    Episode 13
    12/13/77
    8.4

    Billie's holiday assignment to profile a needy family leads to an oupouring of sympathy and monetary support, whereas Rossi's assignment leads him to discover that an uninteresting official is a bigamist supporting two separate families.

  • Takeover
    Episode 12
    12/6/77
    8.4
    A charming media mogul romances Mrs. Pynchon and attempts to add the Tribune to his somewhat disreputable media empire.
  • Housewarming
    Episode 11
    11/29/77
    8.6

    Working on a story about spousal abuse, Billie gives advice and refuge to a battered wife, then discovers that one of her co-workers at the paper is a wife-beater.

  • Psych-Out
    Episode 10
    11/22/77
    8.9

    Without telling anyone, Rossi has himself checked into a mental hospital to gather information on patient abuses, and then has trouble getting out. Meanwhile, Lou becomes concerned that fear of litigation is causing the Tribune to censor its news reporting.

  • Judge
    Episode 9
    11/15/77
    8.5

    When Lou visits the Courthouse to verify reports of a Superior Court judge's bizarre behavior, he ends up getting jailed for contempt and the newspaper's publisher threatened.

  • Scoop
    Episode 8
    11/8/77
    8.8

    Billie and Rossi have problems trying to cover the news in a timely fashion. Billie keeps taking too long to verify her stories and misses the deadline, whereas Rossi keeps turning them in too soon and getting the facts wrong.

  • Barrio
    Episode 7
    11/1/77
    8.4
    Billie and a Hispanic community leader try to help a teenager whose mother was shot by a barrio gang from getting caught up in the endless cycle of gang violence and retaliation.
  • Aftershock
    Episode 6
    10/25/77
    8.0

    Rattled by his first exposure to a Los Angeles earthquake, Lou sends Rossi and Animal to investigate a local researcher's claim that his insects can predict upcoming earthquakes. Meanwhile, a recently-deceased colleague's widow comes to depend more and more on Lou as a replacement for her husband.

  • Nazi
    Episode 5
    10/18/77
    7.8

    Trying to delve behind the headlines about a violent demonstration by American Neo-Nazis, Billie uncovers the fact that their leader comes from an Orthodox Jewish family.

  • Henhouse
    Episode 4
    10/11/77
    8.3

    Lou and the editor of the women's section of the paper engage in a turf war by proxy as their respective reporters, Joe Rossi and Billie Newman, clash over whether the death of a prominent New Mexico playwright is murder or suicide. At the end, Billie is offered a chance to move up from the "Today" section to the "City" staff.

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  • Hoax
    Episode 3
    10/4/77
    8.8

    Veteran journalist Jack Riley convinces Lou and Rossi to go to Jamaica to find a missing Los Angeles industrialist who was thought to have been kidnapped.

  • Hostages
    Episode 2
    9/27/77
    9.1

    A gunman takes the Tribune newsroom hostage, ordering Rossi to rewrite his story about the man's brother, who was supposedly killed by a store owner while committing a robbery.

  • Cophouse
    Episode 1
    9/20/77
    8.7

    50-year-old Lou Grant, down on his luck, is hired by his old friend Charlie Hume to be the new city editor of the Los Angeles Tribune. He is immediately faced with a dilemma, when brash young newshound Joe Rossi accuses the paper's veteran police reporter of covering up a scandal concerning cops having sex with underage girls in a police-sponsored soccer league.

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  • spinoff from The Mary Tyler Moore Show
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