Billie investigates the death of a woman in a house that is said to be haunted. This leads her to attend a séance and search out the owners of a Ouija board.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Dr. Lucille Haas
Milton Selzer ...
Claude Cunningham
Josephine Bowers
Lionel Mark Smith ...
Sergeant Roche (as Lionel Smith)
Alex Conrad
Paul Comi ...
Howard Kraft
Constance Kraft
Ellen Blake ...
Rose Racine


Billie investigates the death of a woman in a house that is said to be haunted. This leads her to attend a séance and search out the owners of a Ouija board.

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11 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Charlie Hume: Marion had another dream last night, she's quite disturbed by it. She said there was a new man in the City Room, who was in terrible danger. She saw blood all over the place. I know it sounds silly, but she didn't sleep all night.
Lou Grant: There are no new men around here.
Art Donovan: No new women...
Charlie Hume: Sorry I asked.
Billie Newman: [they walk past Billie who picks up her phone] Billie Newman...
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Eerie, spooky episode that is one of the best of the series!
12 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Lou Grant" was one of the best series ever made. Most of the episodes are a wonderful example of just how good television can be. "Ghosts" is not the best episode of the series, but it's close.

Billie is investigating the death of a woman, supposedly murdered by her estranged husband by being pushed over an upstairs balcony. The death occurred in their now empty house, which they were trying to sell. The husband is jailed for the murder, but he says he's innocent. Billie then hears that the house is possibly haunted, and the husband says it was an entity in the house that killed his wife.

Billie meets the dead woman's sister at the funeral, who truly believes that there is something going on in that house. Billie goes to the house to do some investigating, and scares away a group of kids in an upstairs room using a Quija board to contact the spirit. Billie tracks them down to ask them about the night of the murder. They don't say much but tell her about one of their female companions who was hurt in almost the same way as the dead woman, in the house. Billie interviews the girl, who says she was pushed from behind while on the stairs of the empty house, which broke her leg. There was no one behind her.

A seance is planned when Billie consults with a psychotherapist who investigates hauntings, which Billie attends. The dead woman's sister attends as well. The seance breaks up when "something" happens. Billie is no longer sure that there is no such thing as a ghost.

Animal goes to the house to take some photos, and is visibly uneasy while taking the photos; he hears noises and rustlings when there is no one about.

The dead woman's sister is doing a tarot reading in the empty house, all by herself, and calls Billie to tell her she's in contact with the spirit and asks her to come to the house. I won't spoil the ending, but it's a good one, with three different reveals. The very last shot in the episode is why I love ghost stories.

This episode is a must if you're interested in ghosts and hauntings, and also "Lou Grant." It's one of the most unusual ghost stories I've seen, and holds it's own with the best of them. Don't miss it. "Lou Grant" is being released on DVD by Shout!, and I highly applaud them for it. Get all five seasons, because there is nary a bad episode in the bunch.

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