Ironside: Season 2, Episode 15

Up, Down and Even (9 Jan. 1969)

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Eve's teenage niece faces reform school after her second arrest for possession of illegal drugs. As Ironside tries to find the source of supply, the girl escapes from Eve's home and disappears.

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Alfred Ryder ...
Sgt. John Darga
Don Galloway ...
Barbara Anderson ...
Don Mitchell ...
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Kimberly Channing
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Ted Channing
Rachel Ames ...
Carolyn Channing
Gene Lyons ...
Edith Atwater ...
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Christine
Barbara Sanford ...
Kathy
Charles Brewer ...
Terry Lawrence
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Eve's teenage niece faces reform school after her second arrest for possession of illegal drugs. As Ironside tries to find the source of supply, the girl escapes from Eve's home and disappears.

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Ironside and his team of squares do their best to bleed the fun out of schools.
11 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

This outdated public information piece pushes the idea of gateway drugs so hard-headedly you can fully understand why this method of aversion toppled no walls. Not content with wildly spewing shock statements, mock students are lined up to be interrogated in strained, pleading tones. Smoke green and you could find yourself -- as these young druggies and their near-pubescent siblings did -- grinding opium between your teeth and staggering bandy-legged into math class to zonk out over your desk!

The state sponsored solution for rehabilitation they offer consists solely of the medium security youth slammer. Into which a student dangerously close to the line is dragged by the spinning cop's compassionate clerical assistant, Eve, to get a closer look at other complacent drug users, sobbing regretfully in the darkness amid the recurring clunk of lock and key. Barely ten minutes into the visit, some choked crazy grabs onto her arm and pleads with her: shape up, stay clean, I used to be like you, it's SO terrible here! I can just about make out the writing on the writer's memo fluttering down from the top: stress and underline maximum deterrence!

Of course this isn't just nonsense when you realise that this was exactly the totalitarian treatment that scared generations of kids away from telling their side to those in charge of improving the situation. Maybe if Ironside wasn't so busy quoting from 'dope fiend' prevention leaflets he'd picked up at the last police conference, he might have realised just how golden this level of feedback really was.


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