Thursday, August 28, 2014

Log 1: The Impossible Mission (Part 2)

Roll Call/ Inspection then Reed & Malloy meet cute

I think this is inspection, not roll call.  Roll call usually takes place inside, maybe they didn't have the set built yet. Anyway, all of the officers look sharp in their uniforms. I think Malloy is sixth in from the end.

Here's Malloy during inspection. He looks like is already done with this job.

Here's Reed. He looks...like Reed.

The man talking is Sgt. MacDonald aka Mac. He is played by William Boyett. He is the watch commander, he always has the same shift as Malloy and Reed.  He's great and I just love him, all bosses should be like Mac. He's tough, but fair, he follows the rules, but is not above joking around. He and the Lieutenant are telling the officers that their badges could be shinier and their creases sharper.

Inspection is over, time to "protect and serve" the citizens of Los Angeles.

Except Malloy sees something that is not quite right...

This little lost cop.

"Of all the Probationers in the world, I get this one." (He doesn't actually say that.)
Tap, tap, tap...the beginning of a beautiful partnership
Malloy: Didn't we meet at roll call?
Reed: Yes, sir!
Malloy: You know, I could tell right off...
Reed: Yes, sir?
Malloy: You've got a real flair for police work.
Reed: Yes, sir!
Malloy: Reed, do me a favor?
Reed: Yes, sir?
Malloy: See if you can manage to follow me to the car.

Tomorrow: We've met Milner and McCord, now we meet the other "star" of the show.

9 comments:

  1. I believe they shot this bit using an exterior - it doesn't seem like Rampart Division - and I think you're right; no way they were done building the large and wonderful A-12 sound stages.

    The footage of the gang all lined up also made its way into a Dragnet 66-70 intro a time or two.

    Loving it,
    SD

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    1. That is what I love about Everyone Nods, your research. I need to more research on the shooting locations, etc. Right now I just type the first dumb thing that pops into my head.

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    2. You're right Suzy, the exterior shots in the pilot were of North Hollywood Police Station. Later on, a replica of the Rampart station back parking lot was constructed at Universal Studios.

      L.A. Copper

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  2. Oh, yes, I do love William Boyett as the watch commander. I was sad when they stopped featuring him on Dragnet but when I discovered Adam-12 - the rest is Mark VII history…

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  3. I like him better on Adam-12, there's something about that uniform....

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    1. I concur. He has that "sweet but rugged boss" look.
      Did you happen to catch the episode in which he has trouble with his son?

      Totes adorbs!

      SD

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    2. I love that one! It's so sweet that he reaches out to Pete for help even though he is Pete's superior. I also love the one where Mac's wife has (gasp) a job!

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  4. Mac is a great boss. I agree he usually is pretty fair even when he's tough. He gives one line later in Season 7 that was very profound to me. How long will it take you to get to season 7? LOL.

    Malloy: See if you can manage to follow me to the car.
    This is the greatest line that I was not expecting when I watched this for the first time. I wasn't expecting the show to be funny. Reed is so exuberant and can't wait to start being a police officer. Reed's Yes Sir!! and Malloy's comment were so perfectly delivered.

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    1. Let's see the next episode I'll cover will be episode 39 of 174, season 7 starts at episode 150. So, there are 111 episodes between were I am now and season 7. If I cover one episode a week, I'll reach season 7 in 2.13 years. Wow!
      I wasn't expecting the show to be funny, either. I figured it would be Dragnet in uniforms. Reed is such an eager pup in the pilot. I especially love Malloy's reaction when he asks, "Do you want me to drive?".

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