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Episode complete credited cast:
Mickey Sholdar ...
Gerald Paulson
Rick Schneiderman (as Michael Vincent)
Robert Brubaker ...
Martin Kirsop
Cathleen Cordell ...
Lois Kirsop
Paul Whidden
Robert Cleaves ...
George Nash
Lorean Harper (as Heather Menzies)
Barbara Luddy ...


Friday and Gannon are working out of the juvenile division when they get called to a movie theater to investigate an attack on a high school student who had acid thrown on his back. The suspect is another boy named Gerald Paulson, who is emotionally disturbed. Later, Gerald has an argument with his stepfather and runs out of the house carrying a live hand grenade. Eventually, Friday and Gannon trail him to a house where a girl he attends high school with is throwing a party and he is holding them hostage and threatening to pull the pin. It is now up to the two detectives to get the grenade out of his hands before he kills himself and seriously wounds several other people. Written by Brian Washington <>

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grenade | acid | teenager | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery




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14 September 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Alternating shots of the record player at the party show the multi-play arm on and off. See more »


Sergeant Joe Friday: You're going to have to go to a court hearing, without the grenade.
Gerald Paulson: Sure.
Sergeant Joe Friday: See if you can scare the judge.
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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

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Don't ignore troubled adolescents
15 April 2011 | by (Southwest USA) – See all my reviews

There is one review here which does not characterize this episode well at all. In fact, I wonder if the writer thereof is confusing it with something else, like the 50's Dragent episode entitled "The Big War." Anyway, while Gerald Paulson's mother (as little as we see of her) does seem to be the type who has over-mothered him, his step father seems to know that he is a problem kid; but being the step, he also seems to succumb to his more limited role as a "father" and has let the doting mother do the parenting. That is until he has been caught pouring acid on another teenage boy in a movie theater (becaues that boy and his girlfriend were "bugging" him by talking and giggling). Even his mother seems to change her approach (though it's off camera) and backs up her husband, who has told Gerald to clear his chemistry paraphernalia out of the garage-- the tie was obviously made, correctly, between his troubled, tempestuous, loner-type personality and his interest in chemicals, explosives, etc. Meanwhile, another reviewer has it right that Gerald has also learned how to be a phony. When interrogated by Friday and Gannon, he indicates he is regretful for his overreaction to the situation and desires to make things right (as possible). But shortly, it is his mother taking his step-father's side that set him off to use power over his 'acquaintances' that he doesn't have in influence.

I can sympathize with Gerald. I was somewhat like him when I was in high school-- almost friendless, considered strange or "weird" (the more common term) and was never invited to parties or fun events. Occasionally I was (as Gerald *might* have been) asked questions about science, history, or other subjects they knew I was an A student in. But that, of course, was just to use me to help them get a better grade. But I can't, of course, justify Gerald's solution to his not being taken for a friend. In my middle age, I think the way I was (and, for the most part, still am) has helped me stay clear of many other problems I've seen.

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