Dragnet 1967: Season 2, Episode 1

The Grenade (14 Sep. 1967)

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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 ... See full summary »


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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 <Sargebri@att.net>

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grenade | acid | teenager


Crime | Drama | Mystery




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14 September 1967 (USA)  »

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


Officer Bill Gannon: Kids today are missing out on the best thing; growing up as kids, not teenaged adults.
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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

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Yes, that kid IS Jan-Michael Vincent
16 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is about a kid who is seriously disturbed. However, despite tons of warning signs, his parents are morons and live in a constant state of denial. At first, his behaviors are dangerous but he always seems to have an excuse that the parents buy quickly. Even when Friday and Gannon get involved, the parents continue to insist that their little angel is just 'misunderstood'. Eventually, this culminates in much more serious behaviors such as pouring acid on Jan-Michael Vincent's clothes as well as his threatening a group of kids with a live hand grenade--and Friday and Gannon jump into action to save everyone. Finally, the parents realize they have a problem on their hands!! While it's way too easy to blame parents for all a kid's problems, this show is a wonderful example of a mentally disturbed kid whose parents are just incompetent boobs. Very, very informative, entertaining and tense. One of the better episodes.

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