Lou Grant

Season 5 Episode 23


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 30, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Two shootings have a big impact at the Tribune. First, Lou is shot by a robber in the parking lot after work. Then a police officer shoots and kills a man trying to rob a liquor store, but subsequently becomes depressed and abusive, and eventually joins a therapy group of fellow officers who have been forced to kill in the line of duty.moreless

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  • This should have been the last episode.

    The penultimate episode of the series should have been the last one. Unlike the dire "Charlie", it does center around Lou and even hints at a new career move, which would bring him back to the situation he was in at the start of the series. There are plenty of opportunities for humor and each character is running on full steam. The main theme is thought-provoking, a study of the effects of an armed robbery on two people involved. (Let's not forget that the police officer is also considered a victim.) Compare the final image of this episode with that of the next one, and it is clear that they chose the wrong final episode. If only Lou hadn't still suffered from his wound in "Charlie", they could have switched the order.moreless
Steve Marachuk

Steve Marachuk

Vince DeMayo

Guest Star

Bruce Kirby

Bruce Kirby

Capt. Shackley

Guest Star

Barry Primus

Barry Primus

Sgt. Stapler

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lou: Where's my watch?
      Charlie: It's eight o'clock. Now, just relax. Maybe the nurse took it. Lou: No, the guy took it.
      Charlie: Save your strength.
      Lou: It was running five minutes fast. Tell the cops to look for a guy with a watch running five minutes fast.

    • Mrs. Pynchon: (Noticing a soap opera playing on Lou's television set) Christie's up to her old tricks again, I see?
      Lou: You watch this show?
      Mrs. Pynchon: Not recently, but I got hooked on it when I was laid up.

    • Art: I agree with a story about Lou today, but after that it's not news.
      Charlie: Who says he isn't?
      Art: Charlie, he a city editor, he's not Elizabeth Taylor.

    • Charlie: (Billie has temporarily taken over Art's job.) How is she doing?
      Art: She's got a flair for management.
      Charlie: I think she's after your job.
      Art: I think she's after yours!

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    • Apart from Rossi, every colleague of Lou gives him the new book by Halberstam as a present. David Halberstam (1934-2007) was a journalist, political author and Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent. At the time of the original broadcast his most recent book was 'The Breaks of The Game', the story of a yearlong journey with the Portland Trail Blazers. It seems unlikely that Mrs. Pynchon would be interested in a book about basketball, and yet she professes to love it.