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Adam-12 (1968)/Log 71: I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy

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Log 71: I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy
Season 1, Episode 7
Airdate November 2, 1968
Written by Robert I. Holt
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by R.A. Cinader
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Log 71: I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy is the seventh episode of the first season of Adam-12.

The centerpiece call of this episode is a loud party complaint that is discovered to be something far more tragic.

Starring: Martin Milner (Officer Pete Malloy), Kent McCord (Officer Jim Reed)

with Ned Glass (Bookie), Charles Dierkop (Janney), Dennis G. Turner (Crane), Alice Frost (Mrs. Stockton), Judy Brown (Sharon), Jerome Sheldon (1st Kid), James McEachin (Patrolman), Richard Crane (Sergeant), Steve Mitchell (Liquor Store Owner), Nira Barab (Karen), James Reader (3rd Kid), Anthony Aiello (2nd Kid), Marlene Tracy (Waitress)

Uncredited: Shaaron Claridge (Dispatcher)


Plot Overview

Late in the episode, a lighthearted conversation about Reed buying his first house is interrupted by what seems to be a routine "loud party"/attempted breaking and entering complaint.

There's loud music to be sure, but a loud party this won't be. Indeed, the woman who called the complaint was certain that the teenaged girl knocking on the door and crying frantically was stoned out of her mind and desperate for her next hit. The girl was indeed desperately crying ...

... but it was because the girl she was babysitting, a 4-year-old named Cissy, disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek, and then it turned out Cissy had found a place to hide: the backyard swimming pool. The girl was crying frantically and begging for help when the woman not only refused to help (certain she was lying), but screamed threats at her to go away or the police would be called. Reed immediately rescues Cissy and administers CPR ... but it may tragically be too late. The girl is able to give Malloy an emergency phone number where Cissy's mother can be reached, and he contacts her. As Malloy turns off the stereo and calls the number, Reed – in between calling an ambulance – asks the old woman to get some towels and bring the girl inside.

Afterward, Reed and Malloy are talking about the call. Reed, who has never been on a child drowning call, doesn't think Cissy will live. Malloy bemoans the situation, sadly, with anger and disgust: "People die everyday. ADW, hit and run, murder ... most of the time we're involved. Somehow you learn to live with it. But, I'll tell you something, when it happens to a child, you never get used to it."


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