Hawaii Five-O

Season 1 Episode 16

Up Tight

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 1969 on CBS
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After Danno fails to stop a woman from jumping to her death off a seaside cliff, the investigation leads to David Stone, a drug-promoting professor. Danno goes undercover to learn the details of the drug distribution network.

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  • A drug dealing professor gets people addicted to speed with various results.

    6.5
    Hawaii scenery/landmarks: The Makapuu Point area. Various other unidentifiable locations, probably because of later development.



    Notable stars: Ed Flanders plays professor Stone. In addition to many TV show appearances, he also played Dr. Morton on the 1979 TV cult classic movie Salem's Lot. Sadly, Flanders shot himself in 1995 due to depression.



    This is my least favorite in the series so far. David Stone is the professor/drug dealer who gets people hooked on speed, and then lets them run wild. Danno tries to talk a girl from jumping off the Makapuu Point cliff, but she leaps anyway because of her drugged out state. McGarrett questions the suicide victim's friend, a hot blonde swimming in the pool with a white bikini. She later gets drugged out and crashes her moped off the road into the sand, but survives. Lots of halucinatory special effects propaganda is used as the blonde is placed in a mental hospital with various kooky patients. "That's Lt. Hurwitz. Extreme shell shock - thinks he's Ethel Merman." Woops - wrong show. The dead girl's father tries to get back at Stone by forcing him to ingest a bunch of speeds at gunpoint. The professor then runs around like a goofball in a blurry haze.



    I tried speed at 2 different times in 1981, a pink heart and a black beauty. Both made my mind race and I hated the "amped out" feeling. They seemed harmless though, but maybe because I wasn't hooked. Football players used to take these in the 60's and 70's and I doubt they saw colorful kaleidescopic images and babbled out loud incoherently. This episode may be a little over the top as far as drug symptoms go - but then again I was never addicted and didn't know anyone in Hawaii who got to that point.



    I can see heroin having these extreme side effects, but not from personal experience! This was a little too much for just speed - or was it stronger stuff back then? It just seems far fetched, that's why I give it a "fair" rating.moreless
Jack Lord

Jack Lord

Steve McGarrett

James MacArthur

James MacArthur

Danny "Danno" Williams

Zulu

Zulu

Kono Kalakaua

Kam Fong

Kam Fong

Chin Ho Kelly

Brenda Scott

Brenda Scott

Donna

Guest Star

John McLiam

John McLiam

Ralph Hastings

Guest Star

Susan O'Connell

Susan O'Connell

Eadie Hastings

Guest Star

Maggi Parker

Maggi Parker

May

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    • Timothy Leary

      The character of Professor David Stone is based on the real-life professor and personality Timothy Leary, famous and notorious for his advocacy of LSD use. He received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He lectured at Harvard University until he was dismissed in May 1963 for his experiments with hallucinogenic drugs (although a different official explanation was given for the firing).

      Leary continued his experiments at a private mansion and campaigned for the widespread acceptance of LSD. He coined the phrase "Tune in, turn on and drop out" to help promote the supposed benefits of LSD. He was later convicted of drug-related offenses although at the time this episode was filmed and broadcast, Leary had only just begun to experience legal problems from his possession and use of controlled drugs.

      In later decades, Leary became a pop celebrity and a lecturer on space colonization and altered states of consciousness. He continued to use illegal drugs until his death in 1996.

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