Sharon McNeil gets a story about child pornography by promising not to reveal the names of her source. A promise her superiors at the Trib' and the L.A. police department soon want her to ... See full summary »

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Sharon McNeil gets a story about child pornography by promising not to reveal the names of her source. A promise her superiors at the Trib' and the L.A. police department soon want her to break. Art goes out on a helicopter jump with some volunteer rescuers and young reporter Lance has big dreams involving dating Billie and becoming the first newsman in space. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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30 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Mrs. Pynchon: I came down to talk about Miss McNeil's child pornography piece.
Lou Grant: What'd you think?
Mrs. Pynchon: [sighs and looks disgusted] I thought it was infuriating... depressive... nauseating... and terrific writing.
Lou Grant: [relieved] Oh, good.
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Interesting but problematic
8 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The main plot concerns child pornography, but in many ways, that is merely the backdrop to a larger story. The larger story is that reporter Sharon McNeil has promised confidentiality to the mother of the little girl making adult films. The police get a tip from the girl's teacher, whom we saw earlier in the episode, but they arrive at the house too late (the family has moved). We go through scenes where Sharon feels guilty about putting the child in more danger, and Rossi tries to remind her of the good that her article is accomplishing. In some ways, the drama seems a bit exaggerated, because the teacher should've reported her concerns to the principal or to the police directly, instead of just consulting with a newspaper reporter. Also, it is established that the family is on public relief, so after the police have found out the mother's name, they should be able to track her down at the next location.


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