Dated and loaded with coincidence
LCShackley from United States
3 June 2010
A lot of people complain that LOU GRANT was too leftist in its
political leaning. After 30 years, most of the episodes seem fairly
tame in that regard, but this one dredges up one of Hollywood's
favorite topics: the evil HUAC and the "blacklists" of the early 50s.
As a result, all the usual clichés are recycled, which makes this
episode tedious. It even ends with a room full of people singing "This
Land is Your Land" (which actually was a pro-communist song in its
original version), for an especially cloying touch.
Even worse, the cast is loaded with phony characters. Rossi suddenly
has a girlfriend from the newspaper staff, who works just a couple of
desks away. They seem fairly involved, but she has never appeared
before. But of course...her father is a blacklisted folk singer. (And
of course, she is black, which I suppose made their very chaste kiss
somewhat of a scandal in 1982.)
Then there's another "manufactured" newsroom employee, William
Schallert, who plays the "bad guy" who ratted out his friends during
the McCarthy era. He has never been there before, but everyone acts
like he's a regular. This kind of thing became more and more common in
the fifth season. I guess the producers were running out of ideas for
the regular cast, and had to add new people to make stories work.
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