One in this series of dramas about a Los Angeles newspaper, its staff, and city editor Lou Grant. In this episode, Charlie Hume and his wife, Marian, worry that they are losing their son to a religious cult. Charlie is distracted and moody at work and confides in Lou about his son, Tommy, whom he is convinced has been brainwashed by the Krishnas. Charlie bristles when others suggest that the sect may be aboveboard and Lou grows concerned when Charlie attempts to take drastic measures to regain his son, including trapping him into forced "deprogramming" session. Meanwhile, Billie and Rossi have difficulty working with Cavanaugh, and come to Lou for help. Commercials deleted. (Includes approximately three commercial blackouts.)

Cataloging of this program was made possible by Grant Tinker in honor of Ed Asner.


  • DATE: February 6, 1978 Monday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:48:18
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:14824
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1977-1982


  • Allan Burns … Executive Producer, Created by
  • James L. Brooks … Executive Producer, Created by
  • Gene Reynolds … Executive Producer, Created by
  • Roger Young … Associate Producer
  • Alexander Singer … Director
  • Leon Tokatyan … Developed by
  • Michele Gallery … Writer
  • Patrick Williams … Music by
  • Edward Asner … Cast, Lou Grant
  • Robert Walden … Cast, Joe Rossi
  • Linda Kelsey … Cast, Billie Newman
  • Mason Adams … Cast, Charlie Hume
  • Jack Bannon … Cast, Art Donovan
  • Daryl Anderson … Cast, Dennis "Animal" Price
  • Nancy Marchand … Cast, Mrs. Pynchon
  • Richard Erdman … Cast, Cavanaugh
  • Peggy McCay … Cast, Marian Hume
  • David Hunt Stafford … Cast, Tommy Hume/Visnu Das
  • James Beach … Cast, Orrin Houston
  • John Carter … Cast, Ken Harrelson
  • Jean Gillespie … Cast, Shirley Ballard
  • William Boyett … Cast, Bill Ballard
  • Melissa Newman … Cast, Kim Ballard
  • Bucklind Beery … Cast, Mitch Collins
  • Bill Zuckert … Cast, the National Editor
  • Michael Irving … Cast, Jayson
  • Laurence Haddon … Cast, the Foreign Editor
  • Allen Williams … Cast, the Financial Editor