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August 17, 2010, 1:59 am
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Telecast  Date :  November  12,  1980

“Jack  is  down  and  depressed.  Getting  stoned  seems  like  the  answer.  Until  someone  almost  gets  killed.”

Stoned is  a  1980  made-for-television  movie  featured  in  the  Peabody  Award  winning  ABC  Afterschool  Specials.  The  film  starring  SCOTT  BAIO is  built  around  peer  pressure  and  its  resultant  drug  abuse.  It  was  featured  as  the  fourth  episode  in  the  program’s  ninth  season.

Jack  Melon  ( SCOTT  BAIO ) is  a  gangling  and  awkward  teenage  freshman  who  doesn’t  fit  in  at  his  local  high  school.  Distracted  by  a  new  girl  named  Felicity  ( Largo  Woodruff ),  Jack bumps  into  Teddy  ( Jack  Finch ),  a  classmate  who  is  a  reputed  marijuana  pusher  and  user.  Teddy  tells  him  to  watch  where  he’s  going  and  calls  him  “Goofball”  as  he  leaves.

Teddy’s  drug  habit  is  outed  in  Spanish  class  which  Jack and  Teddy  share.  Their  teacher  Mr.  David  ( John  Herzfeld who  also  served  as  this  special’s  EMMY award  winning  director )  orders  Teddy to  stand  up  after  catching  him  sleeping  at  his  desk.  Teddy  complains  that  he  didn’t  sleep  well  last  night  but  then  refuses  the  teacher’s  offer  to  send  him  to  the  nurse’s  office.  When  Teddy protests,  Mr.  David  tells him  “Don’t  come  to  class  stoned.”

Later,  Jack catches  Teddy  and  Alan  ( Steve  Monarque ),  another  classmate,  smoking  pot  in  the  boy’s  room.  Teddy  offers  him  a  chance  to  try  it  but  Jack refuses,  saying  he  doesn’t  have  to  eat  dirt  to  know  he  doesn’t  like  the  taste.  Alan  teases  him  by  asking  if  his “goody-goody”  older  brother  Mike  ( Vincent  Bufano )  taught  him  that  remark.  Jack leaves  them  and  later  asks  his  brother  if  he  had  ever  tried  pot.  Mike  says  he  had  tried  it  once  or  twice  but  didn’t  like  it.

Jack also  looks  up  to  his  older  brother  but  is  often  ignored  by  their  father  who  constantly  praises  Mike  for  his  athletic  abilities  on  the  swim  team  while  his  younger  son  has  no  athletic  prowess.  As  there  is  no  presence  of  a  female  authority  in  their  house,  it’s  presumed  that  their  father  is  either  widowed  or  divorced.

On  the  day  before  an  important  swim meet,  an  argument  occurs  between  the  normally  close  brothers.  Mike  tells  Jack  that  he  wants  to  take  a  long  drive  alone  to  clear  his  head.  When  Jack suggests  Mike  talk  it  over  with  him,  Mike  explodes  and tells  him  to  “stop  hanging  around  my  neck  like  an  anchor”.

The  next  day  at  school,  Jack is  approached  by  Teddy  again.  This  time,  he  grabs  the  joint  and  smokes  it  but  doesn’t  feel  the  effects.  Teddy  invites  him  to his  home  after  school  where  he  presents  Jack with  a  bong.  This  time,  Jack gets  high  after  a  couple  of  hits.  This  shared  drug  experience  leads  to  a  friendship  between  Teddy  and  Jack.

Mr.  David,  noticing  Jack‘s  erratic  change  in  behavior,  conducts  class  outside  one  day  to  teach  his  students  about  the  dangers  of  marijuana.  Like  he  previously  did  with  Teddy,  Mr.  David  outs  Jack‘s  obvious  drug  use  when  the  boy  starts  goofing  off  during  the  lecture.  Felicity,  who  had  been  earlier  attracted  to  Jack‘s  new  found  sense  of  humor,  now  brushes  him  off  because  she  realizes  that  his  current  behavior  does  not  represent  the  real  Jack.

Meanwhile,  Jack‘s  relationship  with  his  older  brother  also  deteriorates.  Mike  begins  to  notice  the  unexplained  changes  in  his  younger  brother’s  conduct.  He  takes  action  when  Jack intercepts  a  school  letter  about  his  absenteeism  addressed  to  their  father.  After  a  confrontation  between  the  pair  erupts,  Mike  tries  to  mend  fences  with  Jack by  asking  his  help  in  doing  swimming  laps  at  a  nearby  lake.

Jack accepts  but  foolishly  smokes  a  joint  prior  to  the  outing.  While  Jack is  in  the  rowboat,  Mike  swims  too  close  to  the  boat.  Jack accidentally  hits  his  older  brother  in  the  jaw  with  one  of  the  oars,  knocking  him  unconscious.  Jack,  stoned  and  initially  thinking  that  Mike  is  merely  joking  with  him,  later  panics  when  he  realizes  that  his  older  brother  is  seriously  injured.  He  frantically  jumps  into  the  lake  and  rescues  Mike  who  has  been  unconscious  in  the  water  for  some  time.

Mike  wakes  up  in  the  hospital  with  a  broken  nose  and  no  recent  memory  of  what  had  happened.  Jack tearfully  confesses  that  he  was  stoned  and  accepts  responsibility  for  Mike’s  near  fatal  accident.  Angry  at  his  younger  brother  for  possibly  ruining  his  athletic  career  as  a  competitive  swimmer,  Mike  orders  him  out  of  the  room.  Suddenly,  their  father  bursts  in  at  that  point,  demanding  to  know  what  just  happened.  As  Jack gets  ready  to  tell  their  dad  the  truth,  Mike  interrupts  and  covers  up  for  his  younger  brother,  saying  that  he  was  the  careless  one  who  had  smacked  into  a  tree  trunk  underwater  after  swimming  way  ahead  of  the  rowboat.  He  adds  that  Jack saved  his  life.

The  following  day,  Teddy  approaches  Jack and  informs  him  that  he  has  some  “dynamite  new  pot”.  Jack ignores  him  and  walks  over  to  Felicity,  letting  her  know  that  he’s  off  drugs  for  good.

“Hi,  I’m  Jack,”  he  says  to  her.  “Not  Super  Jack.  Not  Super  Stoned  Jack.  Just  plain  Jack.”

“Nice  to  meet  you  Jack,”  she  smiles  in  quiet  realization.  “I’m  just  plain  Felicity.”

They  hold  hands  as  they  walk  down  the  hall  in  this  final  scene.

( from  WIKIPEDIA,  the  free  encyclopedia )

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ACCOLADES :

SCOTT  BAIO won  his  second  Young  Artists  Award,  this  time  as  Best  Young  Actor  In  A  Television  Special,  from  the  Third  Annual  Youth  In  Film  Awards  for  the  challenging  role  of Jack  Melon.

SCOTT also  garnered  his  first  EMMY  nomination for  Outstanding  Individual  Performance  In  A  Children’s  Special  ( entertainment  or  informational ).

John  Herzfeld received  an  EMMY trophy as  Outstanding  Director  Of  A  Children’s  Program  ( entertainment  or  informational  series  or  special ).

Stoned itself  was  nominated for  an  EMMY as  Outstanding  Children’s  Entertainment  Special.