A stick-up at a Mr. Ginty's fast-food restaurant turns into a hostage situation with a group of birthday party kids. The possible trauma caused by this becomes a big part of the subsequent ... See full summary »

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A stick-up at a Mr. Ginty's fast-food restaurant turns into a hostage situation with a group of birthday party kids. The possible trauma caused by this becomes a big part of the subsequent trial. Billie thinks one mother in particular is telling her son how to react and feel, but when she writes it down Lou finds her story too soft and rewrites it. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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25 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Joe Rossi: TV is showbiz. They just go for the fastest, most sensational stuff. I don't trust anybody in TV.
[glances at Lou]
Joe Rossi: I didn't say anything about people who used to be in it.
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Excellent fifth season episode
8 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Makes you wonder why they didn't do a TV-news themed episode much earlier in the show's run. Watching this one not long ago, I couldn't help but think of the televised coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995. Some things really haven't changed! This was a very action-oriented script...with the kidnapping and rescue occurring during the first twenty minutes. Then, we get to the trial of the kidnappers and how the print journalists compete with TV reporters for the story. I liked how Billie was subpoenaed to appear as a witness for the defense. And seeing her tangle with Lou about the way he edited her story was great.


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