Investigating allegations that a motorcycle being marketed to young people is unsafe, Rossi is offered proof by a whistle blower at the company, but Mrs. Pynchon refuses on principle to pay the $4000 he wants for the documents.
Francie Fitzgerald, whom Lou thinks is an Irish colleague, turns out to be a gunrunner for the IRA. The reporters of the Tribune learn more about the "Troubles" and Art gets annoyed when people think his Irish ancestry makes him an expert on the matter.
Lou has to decide how to handle a co-worker's drinking problem. Mrs. Pynchon gets courted by a group of prominent businessmen, who have a secret agenda.
After the theft of Mrs. Pynchon's dog Barney, the Tribune looks into the underreported problem of dogfighting. Rossi goes undercover to catch an interstate dogfighting ring.
A power outage cripples most of the city, including the offices of the L.A. Tribune. If the staff can't find a way to get the next paper out, it will be the first time in 64 years that the Trib misses a day.
Several members of the Tribune's staff clash with Lou, who is having a really bad day.
A story on the banning and burning of books strikes close to home when Charlie Hume refuses to publish a controversial political cartoon, and an old friend of Lou's turns out to be behind a new book-burning crusade.
While researching the cancer-causing effects that the artificial hormone DES has among young women, Billie discovers that she is a "DES daughter." Meanwhile, Rossi covers the legal struggle of a young woman who has been disowned by her family.
When a teacher in a private school is accused of sexual misconduct with a student, Mrs. Pynchon tries to stop the board from making a hasty decision about the future of a promising teacher. Meanwhile, Billie tries to uncover corruption in a film studio.
While covering an Indian marathon organized to protest the treatment of Indians in South America, the reporters of the Tribune meet several Native Americans.
Rossi and Billie cover a devastating local brush fire, and Animal's photos serve to lead police to the arrest of an arsonist. Meanwhile, struggling to save their home from the conflagration, Charlie Hume and his wife Marion reconcile their differences.
Billie researches an article about the suicide of two teenagers and the effects on their families, while Rossi does a story about the personal and professional pressures on child star Carly Mitchell. Meanwhile, Lou tries to help a troubled youngster.
The reporters of the Tribune get interested in the murder of a boxer thirty years ago. It leads them into the world of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Cousin Andrew goes on trial for murder and the Trib staff feels the strain of covering the story because of Donovan’s close relationship to the defendant. Even as Andrew continues his erratic behavior in jail, Donovan argues that the legal system is better equipped to punish crime than prevent it.
Donovan's cousin Andrew is a mental patient whose own mother says he's like a ticking bomb, but nobody knows how to prevent the explosion. While Donovan's Aunt Edna worries over Andrew's increasingly hostile behavior, the Trib staff is enthralled by the purple prose that mysteriously turns up in the city room computers.
When Lou sends both Billie and Rossi to cover the kidnapping of a small town's high school basketball teams, they clash about who will beat the other to the scoop. Meanwhile, Mrs. Pynchon mulls over an offer to sell the Tribune to a large newspaper chain.
Ed Asner stars as Lou Grant, the committed city editor of the Los Angeles Tribune in this critically acclaimed spinoff of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.