Lou moves into Rhoda's old apartment in Mary's building.


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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Gerritsen ...
David Boyd
T.J. Castronovo ...
Moving Man (as Tom Castronova)


Lou is having many problems with his house and getting the necessary repairs done. Based on an off-the-cuff comment by Mary, Lou decides to sell the house and downsize by moving into a one-room apartment, he feeling like one room is all he needs for the type of life he leads. While Lou's over at Mary's apartment one day, Bess blurts out to Lou that Rhoda's apartment is still empty and is thus available. For Mary, the damage has already been done as although she doesn't want Lou moving in so close to her since she believes Lou will invade her privacy, she also doesn't want Bess to lie or for anyone to deny Lou what may be exactly what he's looking for. After viewing the apartment, he decides to take it. Having Lou as a neighbor not only ends up affecting their personal relationship, but also their professional relationship, with Ted the unwitting pawn caught in the middle. Written by Huggo

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7 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Lou had already seen Rhoda's old apartment in episode 22 of season 4, "Lou's Second Date." See more »


[Ted is pestering Lou about losing his cue card boy]
Lou Grant: What do you want, Ted?
Ted Baxter: It's about my cue card boy, Lou!
Lou Grant: Oh, yeah, that's right. Mary, hire somebody to do idiot cards for Ted.
Ted Baxter: Don't call them "idiot cards." I resent that. They're called "cue cards."
Lou Grant: Uh-huh. I'm - I'm sorry, Ted. Mary, hire somebody to do cue cards for the idiot.
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Recipe for Disaster
21 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lou has had all kinds of trouble with his house. The roof. The plumbing. Mary makes the mistake of saying, "Why don't you sell it?" Lou immediately agrees. Now he will need a place to live. Well, remember Rhoda? She had that apartment by Mary. Guess which apartment is available for rent. So Lou moves in and begins to make it hell for Mary. He is so insensitive, he never has an inkling of how pushy and obnoxious he is. Mary does everything she can to dissuade him, knowing how awful it would be to have him as a neighbor. It gets pretty funny when Mary brings a date home and Lou is sleeping on the couch. Not only that. When the boyfriend wakes him, Lou slugs him. There is also some funny stuff with Ted. Because Lou is mad at Mary, he tells Ted his right about something. What ensues is hilarious. Very good episode.

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