Dragnet 1967: Season 2, Episode 25

The Big Departure (7 Mar. 1968)

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A few teenagers want to start their own country on an island off the coast of California. The steal from local stores to fund their efforts.

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A few teenagers want to start their own country on an island off the coast of California. The steal from local stores to fund their efforts.

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During his lecture to the boys, Friday says,"And if you can't settle that one, how about the 55,000 Americans who'll die on the highway this year? That's nearly six or seven times the number that'll get killed in Vietnam. Why aren't you up in arms about that?" Although no one could have known any better at that time, about two years into the heavy combat phase, the total number of American dead would eventually reach 58,000, far exceeding Friday's rosy prediction. See more »

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Sergeant Joe Friday: Don't think you have a corner on all the virtue vision in the country or that everyone else is fat and selfish and yours is the first generation to come along that's felt dissatisfied. They all have, you know, about different things; and most of them didn't have the opportunity and freedoms that you have. Let's talk poverty. In most parts of the world, that's not a problem, it's a way of life. And rights? They're liable to give you a blank stare because they may not know what you're talking ...
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Don't try to build a new country.. Make the old one work.
2 December 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

Overly sermonizing "Dragnet" episode with Sgt. Friday, Jack Webb, and to a lesser extent Officer Bill Gannon, Harry Morgan, acting as if their history and philosophy professors as they try to put straight a trio of self-centered youths Paul Seever Dennis J. Meldon & Charles L, Vail, Kevin Coughlin Lou Wagner & Roger Mobley, who by committing a string of robberies are planning to start a new utopia at the expense of those that they victimized.

Smug and self-righteous at first but by the time that both Friday & Gannon got through with them the trio of somewhat clueless juveniles got to see just how both stupid and ridicules they really are. This bunch of brainless social revolutionaries couldn't survive even a day in the world that they planned to create much less then be able to create it in the first place! Sgt. Friday who did most of the talking gave them a lesson in social justice and the fact about being the rugged individuals that they think that they are but in all reality are not. And by the time that he and his partner Officer Gannon got through with them they all realized that the utopia that they were planning was nothing but a drug induced pipe dream on their part.

Jack Webb had been accused by many of his critics as being insensitive to the youth, or hippies, of his day on the "Dragnet 1967 and 1968" police drama show that he both produced and directed. It's in this episode that Webb clarified his opinions on what he thought about the uncontrolled American youth of the 1960's and just how wrong they were in making complete jerks of themselves in their thinking that they and only they are the way or wave of the future. A future that they will shape in their own image that in the end would better all of mankind. It was the cold hard truth that Friday enlightened them with that put the trio of misguided youths back into the real world. A world that they rejected but in their half baked ideas of improving it would only end up destroy it along with themselves and those forced to live in it!


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