The station's new owner, Frank Coleman, has been on a firing spree of late. When it comes to the 6 o'clock news, Lou tells him to watch the show for himself to make his own evaluation of specifically Ted. Ted believes that this directive marks the end of his stay at WJM, and begs that if he does get fired, the others will show solidarity and quit. But Ted still does whatever he feels he needs to to keep his job. Coleman, true to form, does make some drastic changes, with pink slip(s) handed out. Some unexpected competition occurs the result of Coleman's decision. But through it all, all the newsroom staff, but especially Mary, are most sad to see the break-up of what Mary considers her family. Written by
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Referenced in Lou Grant: Hostages