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