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Lou Grant
Season 2
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1978 (1978-09-25) –
May 7, 1979 (1979-05-07)
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List of episodes

This is a list of episodes for the second season of Lou Grant.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
231"Pills"Jay SandrichMichele GallerySeptember 25, 1978 (1978-09-25)8502
Rossi investigates an amoral doctor who overprescribes pills for his patients, then faces a moral dilemma when he's offered stolen medical records.
242"Prisoner"Gene ReynoldsSeth FreemanOctober 2, 1978 (1978-10-02)8501
Mrs. Pynchon tries to reconcile Charlie and the wife of a dictator who once had him imprisoned.
253"Hooker"Alexander SingerSeth FreemanOctober 16, 1978 (1978-10-16)8508
While investigating a prostitute's murder, Billie does a profile of a hooker (Dee Wallace) who wants out of the business.
264"Mob"Corey AllenLeon TokatyanOctober 23, 1978 (1978-10-23)8505
As Lou makes plans for the paper's annual tennis tournament, he discovers that the resort venue is being occupied by a mob meeting.
275"Murder"Mel DamskiGary David GoldbergOctober 30, 1978 (1978-10-30)8504
Rossi's story about an old woman fighting a home invader (Jane Rose) is getting more coverage than Billie's story about a young ghetto mother's murder.
286"Dying"Alexander SingerMichele GalleryNovember 6, 1978 (1978-11-06)8509
Donovan goes into denial about his mother (Geraldine Fitzgerald)'s terminal illness and Billie does a story about it.
297"Schools"Burt BrinckerhoffGary David GoldbergNovember 20, 1978 (1978-11-20)8510
The Tribune does a coverage about the issue of violence in an inner-city high school and Lou works to get a student from that school a scholarship. Special Appearance by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
308"Slaughter"Roger YoungBud FreemanNovember 27, 1978 (1978-11-27)8503
While on a fishing trip with his old boss (Stephen Elliot), Lou discovers a mysterious illness plaguing a small town.
319"Singles"Michael ZinbergGina Frederica Goldman & Sally RobinsonDecember 4, 1978 (1978-12-04)8506
Rossi and Billie do a series of stories about singles in Los Angeles to make the Tribune appealing to younger readers, while Lou clashes with a newspaper consultant (Peter Donat).
3210"Babies"Alexander SingerDavid LloydDecember 11, 1978 (1978-12-11)8512
Rossi and Billie pose as husband and wife in an undercover sting operation investigating a baby-selling syndicate.
3311"Conflict"Mel DamskiMichele GalleryDecember 18, 1978 (1978-12-18)8513
Rossi causes discord in the Tribune when he finds conflicts of interest as a newly-appointed in-house ethics czar.
3412"Denial"Charles DubinLeonora ThunaJanuary 1, 1979 (1979-01-01)8507
Lou's daughter refuses to accept the fact that her son (Meeno Peluce) is deaf.
3513"Fire"Roger YoungSeth FreemanJanuary 8, 1979 (1979-01-08)8514
The Tribune uncovers a scandal in a suburban fire department while investigating a series of apartment building fires.
3614"Vet"Alexander SingerLeon TokatyanJanuary 15, 1979 (1979-01-15)8511
Lou tries to help an unemployed vet find work, while Animal deals with the fallout from his service in the Vietnam War.
3715"Scam"Gerald MayerGary David GoldbergJanuary 22, 1979 (1979-01-22)8515
Lou discovers $15,000, which becomes part of an investigation regarding the intentions of Charlie's financial advisor (John Considine).
3816"Sweep"Charles DubinSteve KlineFebruary 5, 1979 (1979-02-05)8517
The Tribune does a story about illegal immigration in Los Angeles, while Lou discovers the secret of Mrs. Pynchon's college-aged niece (Maureen McCormick), whom he hires as a flunky.
3917"Samaritan"Paul LeafElliot WestFebruary 12, 1979 (1979-02-12)8516
A psychopathic serial killer still on the loose gets the Tribune hopping.
4018"Hit"Peter LevinMichele GalleryFebruary 19, 1979 (1979-02-19)8519
Rossi gets personally involved with a woman (Allyn Ann McLerie) searching for her son's hit-and-run killer, while Lou becomes offended at the increasing violence in society.
4119"Home"Alexander SingerGary David GoldbergFebruary 26, 1979 (1979-02-26)8520
Billie goes undercover to investigate a nursing home that just kicked out an old woman, while Lou interviews an involuntarily retired old man (Jack Gilford) to examine the plight of the elderly.
4220"Convention"Charles DubinDavid LloydMarch 5, 1979 (1979-03-05)8522
Lou, Charlie and Mrs. Pynchon attend a newspaper convention where a rumor spreads about a potential kidnapping, while Billie looks up an old college acquaintance who's now a suspected terrorist.
4321"Marathon"Alexander SingerGene ReynoldsMarch 19, 1979 (1979-03-19)8518
As the Tribune does a story about a tunnel collapse at an excavation, Donovan considers a job offer from the governor.
4422"Bomb"Gene ReynoldsSeth FreemanMarch 26, 1979 (1979-03-26)8521
A group of terrorists has threatened to blow up Los Angeles with a nuclear bomb, so the Tribune races to find out who came up with the plans.
4523"Skids"Burt BrinckerhoffSteve KlineApril 2, 1979 (1979-04-02)8523
Lou reunites with his old doctor (Andrew Duggan) when the Tribune investigates the murders of alcoholic bums, while Rossi worries about his father(Al Ruscio)'s new sobriety.
4624"Romance"Roger YoungMichele GalleryMay 7, 1979 (1979-05-07)8524
As Billie gets involved with a story about a high-school girl trying to get pregnant on purpose, Rossi interviews a rock star being sued for "palimony" by a figure skater and Lou talks about moving in together with his girlfriend (Frances Lee McCain).


The show ranked 33rd out of 114 shows airing during the 1978-79 season, with an average 19.6/31 rating/share.[1]