Most of this episode was very good, though a few aspects of it could have been better. Friday and Gannon are tracking down a probationer who has disappeared and whose probation officer suspects is once again using heroin. The episode consists of the detectives interviewing a variety of people to try to find the young man and in the end it's just too late.
Showing the downward spiral of an addict and its impact on friends and family was a good idea. But, a few things could have been done better. For example, at one point there is an impromptu debate that erupts between Friday and a free-thinking college professor (Vic Perrin). This discussion is almost like a mini version of an episode where Friday and some pro-legalization forces debate on local TV ("Public Affairs-DR-07") or the one where the detectives spend the entire show arguing with a drug guru about the effects of drugs ("The Big Prophet"). One problem is that this is simply a rehash of this old material and the other problem is that hearing Friday lecture about drugs comes off as preachy--whereas when they actually SHOW the results of drug use, the episodes are brilliant. So instead of trying to prove that pot is bad (something that will be debated until the end of time), show the road that the pot-head takes to the next level of drug use and its increasing toll on the user.
When the episode was not preaching at you, it was generally good. It showed the path that many heroin addicts take--leading to a sad and lonely death. The only negative about this is that the dying addict looked amazingly "white bread"--in other words, his clothing, hair and overall look was too sanitized. I'd have rather they showed the guy with obvious track marks, incredible weight loss, missing teeth and living in his own filth--now THAT would have had a greater impact.
Overall, not a bad episode but other drug episodes of the show (such as the very first episode--with "Blue Boy") have done much better.
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