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


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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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Very Good Season-Opener
26 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, the opening episode of the second season certainly had a dramatic ending For me, for some reason, the highlight of the half-hour show was one of those cop-to-cop talks "Friday" (Jack Webb) and "Gannon" (Harry Morgan) had in the car, the discussion being why some kids turn out bad. Morgan is more in favor of the environment causing kids to go bad while Webb just thinks some kids are born bad. It's a very interesting talk and would be a conversation piece for anyone.

Anyway, the story is about a teen - "Gerald Paulson" (Mickey Sholdar) who is an outcast and seems to be one of these "troubled" kids. While in the a movie theater another teen gets acid thrown on the back of his jacket by "Paulson." That kid (the acid victim) by the way, turned out to be a fairly famous actor: Jan Michael Vincent.

What happens after that, I'll let you watch as this "Paulson," who sounds like "Eddie Haskell" when he's first confronted by Friday and Gannon, begins to cause far worse problems.

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