Lou buys a friendly little bar, a lifelong dream. He comes to realize, though, that he might not have the right personality to be a friendly little-bar owner.



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During a dinner break in a late working night, Lou takes Mary to his favorite hangout, an Irish bar called McCluskey's. The bar just isn't the same since the death of its owner, McCluskey. Since it's for sale and since Lou mentions that he's always dreamed of owning a bar, Mary convinces him that he should buy it. He's $1,500 short of the $10,000 down payment. He reluctantly accepts the offer of the only person who can make up the difference: Ted. Beyond Ted being a not so silent partner who wants to nickel and dime his way to a fortune, Lou finds that owning a bar isn't what he thought, and it just isn't pulling in the patrons like it used to. Lou quickly learns that what made McCluskey's successful was McCluskey, a real people person. So Lou tries to transform himself into a "McCluskey". But not being a McCluskey by nature, Lou goes slightly overboard. Written by Huggo

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6 January 1973 (USA)  »

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Alexander's Ragtime Band
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Edward Asner with Valerie Harper & Mary Tyler Moore
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The Cure for Alcoholism
9 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode spotlights the great Ed Asner. Lou Grant has always wanted to own a bar and when his favorite watering hole becomes available, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, to get the money he needs for the down payment, he has to borrow 1500 dollars from Ted. Unfortunately, the bar is a bust. The previous owner, now deceased, was the drawing card. All the regulars have deserted the place. Lou's solution is to change his personality to a happy, friendly guy. What ensues is one of the funniest five minutes in the entire series. He tries to lead the few customers he has in a rousing rendition of Alexander's Ragtime Band. Don't miss this one.

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