Late 70's/early 80's Made for TV After school special-I am trying to find a specific episode.
October 3, 2011 11:52 PM   Subscribe

Late 70's/early 80's Made for TV After school special-I am trying to find a specific episode.

The episode I am trying to find had a young guy living at home that built a hidden "drug den" -it was maybe hidden by access through a closet and the inside walls were covered in tin foil.I vaguely remember him taking Quaaludes- some one jumping out school window on PCP and other various pills from that era.Shocked concerned parents in denial and their suddenly "insane/violent " son vibe.

The son seems to go to a level far beyond his friends-regarding drug intake

I found a few After School Special shows but none that were close.


If anyone can remember this episode and/or knows a source-please share what you know.I really want to see it again as it had a big impact on me when I was young.

I"sort" of remember Boy in a plastic bubble around the same time frame..
posted by plumberonkarst to Media & Arts (7 answers total)
 
Was it Desperate Lives?
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:39 AM on October 4, 2011


some one jumping out school window on PCP

Unless there was a plague of PCP-fueled auto-defenestrations in after-school specials, this event was probably Helen Hunt in Desperate Lives (personally, I prefer the Keyboard Cat version).
posted by mhum at 12:41 AM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Part of your description sounds a bit like Robbie Benson in The Death of Richie.
posted by FreezBoy at 4:35 AM on October 4, 2011


Additional info on the Wikipedia page.
posted by FreezBoy at 4:37 AM on October 4, 2011


The Helen Hunt clip is definitely the PCP scene I remember..THANKS!!
..memory..such a fragile thing :0 I will get Desperate lives and see if any more of the film fits my memory.

and YES I think you nailed the other scenes I remember....the wiki page and "reds" mention seems totally right...THANK YOU Freezboy and mhum !!! Late 70's TV was interesting to say the least.Now i can enjoy some non- intended hilarity.


-always great and fast answers on Mefi!
posted by plumberonkarst at 2:20 PM on October 4, 2011


I think "Stoned" an after school special starring Scott Baio was another part of my 'memory" now that I found a clip and watched a bit.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286988/
posted by plumberonkarst at 2:31 PM on October 4, 2011


Thank you for your suggestion Oriole Adams-I just noticed it as well.

I am all set for my memory lane journey!
posted by plumberonkarst at 2:34 PM on October 4, 2011


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