The White Shadow

Season 2 Episode 9

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 26, 1979 on CBS
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Hayward's cousin dies from a lethal dose of heroin, and Reeves must stop him from seeking revenge.

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  • The best episode of the second season.

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    I rank this episode #1 for season 2 because of the character development of James Hayward. Hayward's young cousin Jason gets in too deep with drug dealers, becomes addicted to heroin, and dies from a lethal overdose. Hayward, disgusted and dissatisfied with the police, decides to take justice into his own hands and seeks out Trotter, the dealer, to kill him. He even goes so far as to purchase a handgun and call upon his neighborhood connections to get to Trotter. Meanwhile, Coach Reeves and his teammates desperately try to convince Hayward that killing him won't solve anything and that he will have to live the rest of his life knowing he murdered someone. Three moments at the end stand out: (1) Coach going into the neighborhood and trying to stop Hayward, wrestling with him, and Hayward, in his anger, pushing him through a store window, (2) Hayward, at the moment of pulling the trigger, struggling and deciding not to shoot, and (3) Coach putting out his hand at the end. We don't know if Hayward shook it or not, and that makes the scene, and this episode, more powerful. This was a pivotal episode for Hayward, as he learned to channel his anger and went on to become a great student and go to college and law school.moreless
John Mengatti

John Mengatti

Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

Ed Bernard

Ed Bernard

Jim Willis (1978-1980)

Joan Pringle

Joan Pringle

Sybil Buchanan

Ken Howard (I)

Ken Howard (I)

Ken Reeves

Kevin Hooks

Kevin Hooks

Morris Thorpe

Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Warren Coolidge

Marc Jefferson

Marc Jefferson

Jason Hayward

Guest Star

Hope Clarke

Hope Clarke

Aunt Edna Hayward

Guest Star

Leopoldo

Leopoldo

Trotter Jordan

Guest Star

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    • In the scene where Reeves is trying to stop Hayward from going after Trotter, it was never intended for Ken Howard to fall through the store window - that was purely an accident.  Seeing he was hurt, the director wanted to stop the scene immediately but Howard waved him off and insisted on finishing.  In the season two DVD commentary, the director refers to him as having "huge pieces of glass" in his back.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Goldstein: Now, why would he go to all that trouble if he wasn't looking to score?
      Thorpe: Because he's not looking to do the dope, he's looking to do the dope pusher!

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