Lou Grant (1977–1982)
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Hooker 

After a homicide occurs in the city, Billie finds out that the victim was a prostitute who worked at a "spa" business. While investigating, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Singer

Writers:

Allan Burns (created by), James L. Brooks (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Robert Walden ... Joe Rossi
Linda Kelsey ... Billie Newman
Mason Adams ... Charlie Hume
Jack Bannon ... Art Donovan
Daryl Anderson ... Dennis "Animal" Price
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Pynchon
Dee Wallace ... Patti
Paul Lambert ... Congressman Phelps
Gail Edwards ... Karen
Michael Alldredge ... Sgt. Roche
Mary-Robin Redd Mary-Robin Redd ... Ellen
Earl Boen ... Vice-Cop
Jeffrey Chandler Jeffrey Chandler ... Customer
Barbarao ... Cathy (as Barbara O. Jones)
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Storyline

After a homicide occurs in the city, Billie finds out that the victim was a prostitute who worked at a "spa" business. While investigating, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the victim's co-worker who does not seem to fit the stereotypical profile of a hooker. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Billie Newman: Ah nuts!
Joe Rossi: Hang around with hookers, your language gets awful raunchy.
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Connections

References The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) See more »

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Dee Wallace gives an amazing performance in this memorable episode
1 September 2019 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I recently discovered I could watch episodes of Lou Grant on Hulu, and the first one I watched was Hooker, because I remember so distinctly being blown away by the girl who played The Hooker. That girl, Dee Wallace Stone (the mom on E.T.), is wonderful because her performance feels so real. She completely confirms the point of the episode, which is that prostitutes are not cartoon characters but actual people.

Stone is wonderful at conveying the sort of translucent emotion I associate with Jennifer Jason Leigh in which you feel you can see deeper into the character's emotional character than she wants you to. She is wonderfully affecting, and her offhand description of her early traumas is far better than a more typically dramatic delivery.

The episode itself is, like most of the early ones, fantastic. As with many much of Lou Grant, there can be a little too much time spent teaching the audience IMPORTANT THINGS, and, especially in the early scenes the dialogue can feel a little artificial, but overall it's great.

It's a shame that one of the best performances ever on TV is in an episode of a fairly forgotten TV series.


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