In the summer of 1930, a staggering gait called the Jake Dance made it's appearance in the midwest. It was caused by drinking a beverage known as Ginger Jake which contained methyl alcohol. Imbibing this liquid caused many drinkers to develop a permanent loss of muscle coordination and the ensuing staggering gait. In Wichita, 1% of the adult population was stricken. Because of this, the U.S. Public Health Department sends two of its top guns to Wichita: Dr. Victor Garr, deputy surgeon general, and his assistant, Dr. Daniel Gifford. ..Read the full recap
Sondra Blake is billed as Sondra Kerr, her maiden name, in the ending credits. She was married at one time to actor Robert Blake.
This episode serves as a companion episode of sorts to Season Two's Jamaica Ginger Story in that they both describe the battle against the distribution of rotgut Jamaica Ginger alcohol.
Locations: Chicago, Wichita
Hobson: (to Dr. Gifford) The longer you stay in this job, the madder you get. Don't use it up all at once. There's a lot more of these cockroaches.
Ness: (to Gifford and Garr) Meet Nicholas Contine. He sells poison for a living.
Garr: (to Gifford) What are you doing? The roof's falling in on these people.
Ness: (about the stolen hair tonic) Doesn't sound like anybody'd wanna drink it.
Contine: Not unless they have a cast iron stomach.
Frohlich: You two had some sort of trouble in Wichita?
Gifford: Just some sort of intramural collision.
Garr: (about the stolen hair tonic) Maybe we better start looking for 23,000 hospital beds.