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Lou Grant

Season 4 Episode 14


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 23, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After encountering a survivalist near Art's cabin in the California backwoods, Rossi starts gathering information for a story. But then Rossi and Lou become stranded in the forest when a rainstorm causes flash flooding.

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  • Early Ed Harris role

    It's fun to see Ed Harris, before he became a big movie star. The role is an interesting one with him as a militant dad, teaching his sons how to shoot and defend themselves. Of course, since this is Lou Grant, the character is VERY militant and is obsessed with end-of-the-world scenarios. What I like is how this backwoods nut is contrasted with Rossi, who interviews him. Rossi is the complete opposite, much more sensitive and serene. The subplot about Art lounging around a pool in Hawaii provides some good comic relief. And there are some good moments with Rossi and Lou at Art's cabin; as well as a writer (played by Keene Curtis) who develops a relationship over the phone with a weather forecaster. Also worth noting: there are some good shots of actual storms in southern California at the time, which gives this one more of a documentary feel than other episodes.moreless
Keene Curtis

Keene Curtis

Wild Bill

Guest Star

Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Ralph Cooper

Guest Star

Doreen Lang

Doreen Lang


Guest Star

Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Adam Wilson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Lou and Rossi walk into Art's cabin, they smell gas. It doesn't stop Lou from switching on more lights, which would be dangerous in case of a leak.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Wild Bill: I once had to deliver a baby during a tropical storm at Guadalcanal. I sure wish someone had told me it was coming.
      Charlie: The baby or the storm?

    • Rossi: It still seems to me that if anyone had been thinking of public welfare - boom or no boom - we could have had a system all along that worked.
      Engineer: You're living out west, my friend. And the west was built on one great motto: every man for himself. This town grew up on greed.

    • Wild Bill: Just got a confirmed report from Henrietta Gordon. That series of storms is on its way.
      Lou: Okay, let's run with it.
      Animal: More rain?
      Wild Bill: Lots of it.
      Animal: Then I was right.
      Lou: About what?
      Animal: I almost got my car washed.

    • Charlie: Lou and Rossi marooned in the same house together! Out of that will either come a six-part story ...
      Animal: Or a murder/suicide.

  • NOTES (1)