Staffers' demands overwhelm Charlie; Lance overdoes it on an out-of-town assignment; guest Joanna Cassidy.
Rossi investigates the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II; guests Pat Morita, Clint Howard.
Lou is in hot water over the Trib's story on rival surfing gangs; Billie and Ted get in a neighborhood feud.
Cub reporter Lance (Lance Guest) digs up dangerous information on a hit-and-run victim; guests Dixie Carter, Christina Pickles.
A Middle East crisis has the staff gearing up to cover a nuclear war; guest Bonnie Bartlett.
Billie's lobbyist ex-husband undermines her; Lou finds shocking news about a respected foundation; guest Vincent Baggetta.
A councilman uses one of Animal's photos in a revenge lawsuit; Lou has home-repair difficulties.
A frank sex column causes attacks on the Trib; a staffer may once have been an FBI informant.
Tragedy hits the city room; Rossi joins Animal's fight for an endangered species.
A police officer shoots a thief during an armed holdup in which Lou was injured; guest Barry Primus.
Impelled by Lou's dare, Rossi devotes himself to a story about mass starvation in Third World countries.
The refugee plight comes to light when the Trib hires a Vietnamese photographer; a tip leads Rossi to welfare fraud.
A complaint against the Trib comes before a news review board with a hostile chairperson; guest Margaret Hamilton.
Billie is a defense witness when a woman claims her son was injured in a hostage case; guest John Blyth Barrymore.
After a murder suspect blames ghosts, skeptical Billie joins scientists holding a seance in a haunted house.
Rossi reunites Sonny Goodwin's (Joe Williams) famous jazz quartet; retirement splits a top news team.
Rossi becomes involved in a friend's election campaign; Donovan tussles with the health editor.
Charlie's troubled nephew (W.K. Stratton) wants a job; a hunt begins for an escaped bear; with Conchata Ferrell.
A wealthy man donates a time capsule to the public, with a mysterious jeweled cross inside.
Sharon conceals her source in a child-pornography story; Donovan accompanies a rescue volunteer.
In his hometown, Lou covers a troubling story and meets an old flame; with Robert Prosky, Thom Bray.
Lou and Billie take a drunken-driving test; Charlie's hot line creates headlines.
A publisher (Christopher Cazenove) sees profit in the story of a condemned killer (Terri Nunn) who won't appeal her sentence.
Ted (Cliff Potts) proposes to Billie, but her work on a story distracts her.
With Mrs. Pynchon hospitalized, the editors clash with her nephew over control of the paper.
A police reporter has a midlife crisis; Mrs. Pynchon orders Charlie to hire a new executive editor.
Billie probes sports violence; Lou goes along with the paper's film critic; with Fred Williamson, Tyne Daly, Fred Dryer.
Coverage of a factory fire raises accusations of anti-business bias; with Edward Winter, David Spielberg.
Rossi publicizes striking farm workers and ends up in jail.
Animal investigates a dead girl's background; a salary dispute plagues the Trib; with Trinidad Silva.
Caught in a storm, Lou and Rossi encounter survivalists; with Keene Curtis, Ed Harris, Lance Guest.
Lou confronts his staff during a bitter strike by the printers over jobs lost to automation.
Rossi helps a worker seek her birth mother; the gossip columnist wants Lou's secret.
Children harass an elderly man; Charlie's bored father shoplifts; a retiree (Whitman Mayo) dispenses money; with Matthew Broderick.
Rossi and Billie drop all to help a columnist (Michael Constantine) with a potentially sensational story.
Sharon, (Lynne Moody), Rossi's partner on a difficult story, is raped.
Billie falls for her news source, baseball player Ted McCovey (Cliff Potts); strange computer problems arise.
Rossi's style irritates a reporter (Carl Franklin) investigating a ghetto killing with him.
A tabloid publisher sues the paper over an expose; with Bernard Fox, James Van Patten.
Billie and Rossi investigate a dump site; Lou and Charlie debate sending someone under cover at a chemical plant.
A strange couple renting Charlie's house makes changes; with Larry Linville.
Billie gets a rough welcome covering a politician's road campaign; with Eileen Heckart, Ed Nelson, John Hillerman.
Billie uses office events in an article on sexual harassment; with David Spielberg.
Lou works with the Trib's eccentric night crew on a late-breaking story.
A source demands payment for providing information; guests Ed Harris, Carl Lumbly.
Lou connects a bar owner (Rue McClanahan) and Americans sending money and weapons to Ireland.
Mrs. Pynchon backs a controversial airport proposal; Lou protects an alcoholic financial editor; guest James Whitmore Jr.
The search for Mrs. Pynchon's missing Yorkshire terrier leads Rossi to dogfight promoters; guest Geoffrey Lewis.
An earthquake causes damage, vandalism and a blackout that cripples the Tribune.
Lou deals with a nuclear protest rally, a possibly libelous column and a persistent writer; guest Rae Dawn Chong.
The Trib decries book-burning in a farm community, but pulls a controversial comic strip.
Billie may be the victim of a carcinogen; Animal uncovers a historic feud that threatens a wedding.
Rossi suspects a cover-up around a troubled private-school teacher; Lou reveals movie kickbacks.
A runaway boy inspires Rossi and Animal to delve into American Indian culture.
A brush fire threatens Charlie's neighborhood; Billie's father (Marshall Thompson) watches her at work.
Rossi interviews a child TV-star but can't use the story; guests Matthew Laborteaux, Michael J. Fox.
The Trib probes an unsolved murder involving old-time Hollywood stars; guests Howard Duff, Margaret Hamilton.
Donovan's disturbed cousin (Bruce Davison) is tried for murder; guest Barbara Barrie.
Donovan's cousin (Bruce Davison), a mental patient, becomes increasingly hostile; guest Barbara Barrie.
A basketball-team plane disappears; the Trib may be sold.
Billie has police protection in a grand jury case involving a game-show host; good Samaritan Lou is sued; guest Peter Marshall.
Lou has a tip on a long shot; Billie's boyfriend borrows to cover gambling losses.
An administrator (Harold Gould) pressures a scientist to speed up research; Lou meets a human guinea pig (Craig Wasson).
Billie's story about a corporation's air-pollution standards causes the firm to sue.
Rossi investigates a nude man on a church steeple; Lou defends a pornography publisher; guest Ellen Travolta.
Lou helps prison inmates whose newspaper has been shut down; guests Kene Holliday, Alan Fudge, Danny Glover.
The hard-drinking husband of a respected politician makes headlines; a gossip magazine exposes the Trib.
Lou witnesses a murder; Lou questions publishing names of victims of a fire in a gay bar; guest Joe Penny.
Susan (Frances Lee McCain) makes an offer to Lou; Billie talks to teens who became pregnant to escape home; guest Terri Nunn.
Rossi and Lou find personal connections in Skid Row stranglings; guests Andrew Duggan, Scoey Mitchlll.
A terrorist threatens to detonate a homemade nuclear device; guests Dinah Manoff, Joe Spano.
Harried Lou copes with a hectic news day and city-room upheaval; guest Michael Warren.
A radical group threatens a kidnapping at a publishers convention while Lou tries to discourage a job-hunting newsman.
Billie goes under cover in a shoddy nursing home; Lou looks into other problems of the elderly; guest Jack Gilford.
Rossi and a distraught mother seek her son's hit-and-run killer; Billie explores cars as weapons; guest Ed Harris.
The Trib's star columnist writes a piece that Lou fears will incite a six-time killer to strike again.
Lou deals with a new copygirl, Mrs. Pynchon's spoiled niece, while investigating illegal aliens; guest Rene Enriquez.
While trying to find out the best investment for a $5,000 windfall, Lou uncovers a clever confidence scheme.
Animal's erratic behavior touches off a Trib inquiry into the plight of Vietnam veterans who are still suffering under the strain of their war experiences.
Animal's building is the next target of arsonists Lou is investigating; guest G.W. Bailey.
Lou's grandson has hearing problems; Rossi chases down a construction-company scandal; guest Meeno Peluce.
Mrs. Pynchon assigns Rossi as staff "watchdog," causing repercussions.
Rossi and Billie pose as husband and wife to expose a baby-selling racket; guest Joseph Mascolo.
A newspaper expert's plans for the Trib include an in-depth piece on single people, sex and computer dating.
Vacationing Lou clashes with his old boss (Stephen Elliott), a crusty rural newspaper editor, over an explosive story.
A high-school counselor gives Lou a crash course on violence and drug abuse; guests the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Kevin Hooks.
Billie gets an unusual assignment when Donovan cannot deal with his mother's (Geraldine Fitzgerald) terminal illness.
A woman's murder generates no interest; the tale of a woman who fought jewel thieves does.
Lou and Rossi wonder why an old-time mobster has appeared at a posh resort; guest Nicholas Colasanto.
Billie's investigation of a prostitute's murder causes her to question some beliefs; guest Dee Wallace.
Lou puzzles over Charlie's irrational reaction to an expose of political torture.
Rossi's investigation of a pill-pushing doctor lands him in jail.
Lou learns he must undergo cancer surgery.
Rossi's investigation of radiation leaks at a chemical plant leads to a friend's death and personal peril.
The CIA asks Lou to abandon a local espionage story; he refuses; guest Laurette Spang.
Rossi thinks a woman reporter is trading personal favors for political information; guests Gail Strickland, James Olson.
Lou investigates when Charlie fears he has lost his son to the Hare Krishna movement.
Lou tries to prevent the destruction of his friend's artwork; guest Robert Earl Jones.
Lou seeks a man who foiled an assassination, then feels responsible for the resultant tragedy.
The Tribune courts public outrage by exposing a college-football cheating scandal; guests David Ackroyd, Keene Curtis.
Charlie's daughter is a passenger on a jumbo jet in trouble above Los Angeles.
Two stories -- one on a homeless family, and one on a politician -- take unexpected turns; guest Tim O'Connor.
Lou and Charlie suspect that Mrs. Pynchon's beau, a publisher, covets the Tribune; guest John Anderson.
Billie writes a series on wife abuse then finds it in the city room; guests Julie Kavner, Edward Winter.
Lou fears he has pressured Rossi into taking unnecessary risks while doing a feature on mental hospitals.
Lou's observation of a manslaughter trial leads him to question an elderly judge's (Barnard Hughes) mental competence.
Billie's accuracy causes her to miss a deadline; Rossi's speedy reporting yields errors.
Billie becomes personally involved in her story when she investigates an apparent street gang shooting.
Lou has trouble ending his relationship with a Tribune reporter's widow; guest Joyce Van Patten.
Billie probes anti-Semitic activities of an American fascist group; guests Brian Dennehy, Peter Weller.
Lou competes with the editor of the paper's feature section over whose reporter is to cover an important murder story.
Lou's con-artist pal (Eugene Roche) offers him an exclusive interview with a missing tycoon.
A dead thief's brother orders hostage Rossi to rewrite a story about a shooting; guest John Rubinstein.
Lou, fired from his TV job, leaves Minneapolis and becomes city editor on the faltering Los Angeles Tribune.