I give episode #3, Log 11: It's Just a Little Dent, Isn't It?, a rating of:
I love the dynamic between Reed and Malloy in this episode. Worry-wart Jim is so afraid of messing up because he is a probationer that he can't stop obsessing over the dent. Pete, the experienced officer, just wants to focus on the job. But, we find out at the end that Pete, despite his irritation, has Jim's best interests at heart.
I also love the scene with Pete and the man with a gun. The entire scene is mostly tense close-ups of Malloy's and the mad man's faces. Right before he drops the gun a single tear rolls down the man's cheek because Pete's words have hurt him so much. After the confrontation is over Pete sits down and holds his head, he needs a minute to recover from what has just transpired. This scene shows the human side of both the suspect and the officer. The man with the gun is not evil, he is human and Pete's words affect him. Pete can't just move onto the next call without taking a moment to reflect on what just happened, he has saved a child's life, he has driven a grown man to cry, he has survived the scene himself. Pete has feelings and this moment they are overwhelming.
The story of Getz vs. Claver is great, too. The story begins with a suspicion, Claver vandalized Getz' home, and ends with an arrest. Adam-12 stories are not always wrapped up by the end of the episode as this one was. We also learned something in this episode, an officer can't arrest a suspect for a misdemeanor if he has not witnessed the crime.
Once again, Adam-12 has delivered comedy, drama, mystery, adventure, and education in 24 minutes. In this episode, it was all delivered in a thoroughly entertaining packaging.