Lou is arrested for driving under the influence. His sentence includes attending a group meeting which culminates in a drunk driving test. Charlie sets up a 'Private Eye' hot-line at the ... See full summary »

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Lou is arrested for driving under the influence. His sentence includes attending a group meeting which culminates in a drunk driving test. Charlie sets up a 'Private Eye' hot-line at the Tribune for people to phone in crimes. Rossi is asked to write a success story about the initiative even though he is very skeptical about it's accuracy. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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16 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Lou Grant: The way I see it, you've got to be Dick Tracy or Clark Kent. But you can't be both.
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Serious issues and humor
13 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a Lou centered episode, and there's a lot of humor in Steve Kline's script. We see Lou's cagier side when he gets arrested for drunk driving, and we get to see him in court and doing community service. Later, there's a sequence in which he and Billie take a road test at the legal limit of intoxication. Of course, they don't do so well! But funny gags aside, the more serious point is that there must be a cut-off point or some sort of line that says when something is legal or illegal. I think this idea could be redone today about marijuana. The episode's other plot, about a tip hotline, is very well done. The concern is that anonymous tipsters may be using the hotline to unnecessarily bring neighbors under the watchful eye of police. In this instance, Rossi learns that a suspicious tip is actually legit. Again, there's a bit more humor when a woman thinks he has come to collect for the paper.


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