Lou Grant

Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 04, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Mrs. Pynchon, the newspaper's owner, has a stroke that causes partial paralysis and loss of speech, Charlie and Lou are confronted with the possibility that her nephews will either shut down the paper or make big changes.

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  • April Smith/Nancy Marchand winner

    Another superb script by April Smith and Nancy Marchand goes the distance. The two best scenes are when Lou comes into Mrs. Pynchon's hospital room and her aphasia scares the heck out of him; and the moment when she struggles to finish the magazine acquisition. And the final scene when she comes back into the office is very inspiring. I thought it interesting that this script was saved as a season ender. Since Lou Grant would be off the air for awhile, or at least not producing any new episodes for a few months during the late spring/early summer, then Mrs. Pynchon's full recovery time could easily occur off camera. Or, the producers could've kept her in this sort of physical state permanently which would've taken the character in a whole other direction. The subplot for this episode about campus pin-ups is a bit weak...but Smith's script does make a good point when it is mentioned that a lot of general news stories do begin at the university level.moreless
  • Ever wonder why Nancy Marchand kept winning awards?

    For her performance as Mrs. Pynchon Nancy Marchand received five consecutive Emmy nominations. She won four times. When you watch separate Lou Grant episodes you might wonder why. In some instalments she only appears in one scene, often no more than an excuse for some witty dialogue. In this episode, however, she plays the central part and rarely has a stroke victim been portrayed with more accuracy and sincere emotion. Characters with a physical disability offer actors a chance to go in overdrive. With a stroke the opposite is necessary. Getting across emotion while limiting you physical movement is not simple but Miss Marchand does it impeccably. As is often the case on this show, the secondary plot was somewhat underwhelming. The story of the student and the girlie magazine went nowhere. With the title of a typical Lou Grant episode usually referring to both story lines, I wondered how Stroke could apply to this one. And then I realized ... Surely it can't be because pornographic magazines are sometimes referred to as stroke magazines?moreless
Alan Fudge

Alan Fudge

Fred Hill

Guest Star

Jim Antonio

Jim Antonio

Prof. Williams

Guest Star

Paul Sparer

Paul Sparer

Dr. Walter Goren

Guest Star

Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Adam Wilson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Art: Soon as you become managing director, you go conservative.
      Lou: You know you're really getting to be a big pain?
      Art: Just doing your job.

    • (Art lists the qualities of a good editor.) Art: Don't do it yourself, Rossi. Talk to the writer, help him, direct him. But, most of all, guide him into doing it himself. The real heart of this job is equanimity and tact. That's why I'm so good at it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The exterior campus scenes were filmed at the University of Southern California, which is a private university. The story mentions the problems of a public university and its taxpayers, probably referring to UCLA. The episode uses the name Los Angeles University, which is completely fictitious.