While most series stories thus far have concerned juvenile or adolescent topics such as peer pressure (“The Joyriders”), being nice to your sibling (“The Brothers), or even caring for a pet (“Thou Shalt Not Kill”), this episode actually involves youngsters becoming involved with drug dealers and illegal drugs.
Perhaps it was too much trouble to find good quotations once the grind of the series was in full swing, or perhaps the producers were simply attempting to dial back the moralizing. Also by allowing Billy to choose his own course, the writers make room for a little more heroism in the series. He’s not quite so…programmed.
When confronted, Holly claims that they belong to her brother, who has fallen in with a villainous drug dealer. Captain Marvel saves her brother, Gary, during a car chase, and instructs Holly to bring the drugs to the police. But instead Holly flushes the drugs down the toilet to spare Gary any jail time, an act certain to have repercussions.
Even more radically, one of the drug dealers is really destructive, and immune to lessons about moral goodness. He actually lies and claims that Billy is a drug pusher, which confuses Holly and makes it difficult to achieve her total trust.
Usually, bad kids completely fold when faced with the upright moral values of Billy or Captain Marvel. Here, Holly goes against his wishes and destroys the drugs.