One in this series of dramas about a Los Angeles newspaper, its staff, and city editor Lou Grant. In this episode, a terrible heat wave leads to an outbreak of major brushfires in several residential parts of Los Angeles. Plot developments include the following: Charlie tells Lou that he and his wife Marion have decided to separate; Mrs. Pynchon calls in a fire story from a riding stable; Rossi interviews firefighters and frightened residents as entire neighborhoods are evacuated and houses are consumed in minutes; Charlie learns that fires have spread into his neighborhood and rushes home to check on Marion; Charlie works to save his house despite the warnings of the firefighters; Billie tries politely to keep her visiting father out of her hair as she covers the disaster from the city room; Animal learns he is suspected of arson by a fire department investigator; and Charlie and Marion make a decision about their relationship. Commercials deleted. Cataloging of this program was made possible by Grant Tinker in honor of Ed Asner.


  • DATE: January 7, 1980 Monday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:49:06
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:35100
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1977-1982


  • Gene Reynolds … Executive Producer, Created by, Writer
  • Seth Freeman … Producer
  • Michael Vittes … Associate Producer
  • Donald A. Baer … Director
  • Leon Tokatyan … Developed by
  • Allan Burns … Created by, Writer
  • James L. Brooks … Created by
  • 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
  • Peggy McCay … Cast, Marion Hume
  • Marshall Thompson … Cast, Newman
  • Jeff Corey … Cast, Bergman
  • Brian Farrell … Cast, Sweeney
  • Tony Perez … Cast, Ramirez
  • William Joyce … Cast, the Fire Chief
  • Allen Williams … Cast, Adam Wilson
  • Michelle Downey … Cast, Jody
  • Matthew Faison … Cast, the Man
  • Kurtwood Smith … Cast, the Fire Captain
  • Charles Bracy … Cast, Leon
  • John Christy Ewing … Cast, Frank Taylor
  • Kiva Lawrence … Cast, the Woman
  • Lloyd McLinn … Cast, Fireman #1
  • Terrence McNally … Cast, the Policeman
  • Robert Rothwell … Cast, Man #2
  • Gene Whittington … Cast, Fireman #2