Highway to Heaven: Season 3, Episode 9

Code Name: FREAK (19 Nov. 1986)

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Jonathan is working as a teacher at a college. And the focus of his assignment is a young boy genius who's accepted to college. The boy feels like an outcast. His roommate is a guy who's on... See full summary »

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Chris Gunn (as Jeffrey Davis)
Jack Ging ...
Michael Gunn
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Danny
Richard McKenzie ...
Professor Fish
Tegan West ...
Tim
Carol Vogel ...
Pam Gunn
Lance Fenton ...
Brad
Keri Montgomery ...
Kerry Gunn
Nancy McLoughlin ...
Cashier
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Jonathan is working as a teacher at a college. And the focus of his assignment is a young boy genius who's accepted to college. The boy feels like an outcast. His roommate is a guy who's on an athletic scholarship. When his roommate has trouble in a class, he's asked to help get him a copy of a test. But when it's found out what happened, things get out of hand. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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6 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is, in my opinion, an extremely well-written and well-performed episode. I can only find the smallest of complaints ("Dr. Smith" describing a simple computer log-in by saying "Program in your name") as I find this episode to be one a highly laudable and relevant treatment of the "young prodigy" theme. Jeff Davis, who was "unknown" on screen at the time, seemed to be custom-made to play this part. At the time I thought they must have sought an actual prodigy for the part rather than using a trained actor. The drama works really well. Very nice characterization of "Chris Gunn" - trying to fit in at college while full of doubt and sensitive to the cues exuded by his "peers." His father's character adds enormously to the drama despite the briefness of his appearances. The episode is extremely well written when it comes to building the characters and revealing their concerns and conflicts. The average person may think this is merely "fine" but for those who have experienced this kind of social isolation, I give a special plus to the episode and rate it as 10 out of 10. Its theme deals with the difficulty (but also the need) to try to bridge social gaps.


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