Welcome to Season 2!
It's season 2! Most things are the same way we left them in season 1, but some things have changed.
Here are the differences between season 1 and season 2:
-The uniforms are different (more on this later).
-The car is new. The season 1 car was a 1968 Plymouth Belvedere, the season 2 car is a 1969 Plymouth Belvedere.
-The opening credits. In the first season the communications operator reads 4 dispatches during the opening sequence. In the second season, this is cut down to 2 radio calls.
This is what has not changed from the first season to the second:
-Mrs. Reed is still pregnant!
-Jim is still on probation
Now, I've read some arguments online that the first season equals one year in the life of Malloy and Reed. But, I don't see how that can possibly be true if Jean is still pregnant and if Jim is still on probation at the start of the second season.
Let's get started!
Synopsis:Jim takes off his shirt, revealing a portion of his naked torso and Pete does the high jump in short-shorts while training for the California Police Olympics! Also, there's some kid that needs help or something.
The Story:Our story starts in the locker room where Mac is a hanging California Police Olympics poster on the bulletin board.
|Are those runners in the illustration naked?|
|"...and they had the day off, so you're sending us," quips Reed.|
"Take it easy, Reed, you're stepping on his punchline," adds Malloy.
|"The more kids we talk to in school, the fewer we're gonna have to talk to on the streets," explains Reed.|
|Mac thinks he's got a great future in this business.|
|"You're reading my mind," adds Malloy.|
|"Looking at this guy here, for instance, makes 1967 seem like an awful long time ago."|
|He doesn't want to scare away the competition.|
We next see our heroes at the school, fully clothed in their new season 2 uniforms! Let's compare their first season uniforms to their second season uniforms.
|Season 1 uniforms had belts with buckles, brass buttons, and no name badges.|
|Season 1 uniforms also had peaked hats. You can see the brass buttons and absence of the name badge better in this screen cap.|
|Here's the class. Love the mod sailor dress, I think that blond kid has his yellow sweatshirt on backwards, and that kid in the plaid shirt just moved here from Walton's Mountain.|
|"You can relax nobody's gonna get arrested."|
Malloy, having completed his introduction, turns it over to Reed. Reed begins by telling the students that a policeman must keep himself in top physical condition.
He adds that he and Malloy will be working on their physical conditions during their workout tomorrow. One of the kids ask if they can come along. Reed thinks that's a great idea and invites the class to join them the next day.
While Reed and Malloy are addressing the class, one boy stands apart from the group.
|He's hiding a terrible family secret. His father is a collection of reanimated corpse parts, and his mother is a vampire. His shaggy 1960's hair is hiding pointed ears and a rather strange widow's peak.|
|"Me in a cop car? You've got to be kidding."|
Reed is now showing the students how the two-way radio works.
|No wonder he likes being Policeman Bill, he finally gets to sit in the driver's seat!|
|"After a slight delay," adds Pete.|
|These two slashed tires are the reason for the delay.|
|"All together the taxpayers are out a pretty hefty chunk."|
|"Honest, I swear I didn't do it! Please, won't someone believe me?"|
|Pete doesn't want to get up quite that early on his day off. He must have a hot date tonight.|
|The kids mark where Pete has put the shot.|
(I feel sorry for everyone who had to workout in 1969, their choices for exercise attire were atrocious.)
|He struggles out of his constricting sweatshirt.|
(I'm sorry. I passed out and my head hit the keyboard.)
|He then hands his sweatshirt to the waiting boy,|
|takes the heavy shot in his muscular arm,|
|then gets in position to throw the shot.|
(Sorry, it happened again.)
|Tony has been watching from afar.|
|Thank God Pete did not choose to go "commando" this day.|
Jim takes a break and finds Tony at the water fountain. In an effort to include the boy, he asks Tony to get the stopwatch from Pete's car. He gives Tony Pete's car keys.
After their stunt doubles jump some hurdles, Pete practices the long jump.
|Jennifer, the class know-it-all, argues that Pete has committed an "obvious foul" when attempting his jump.|
|"Maybe he found something more exciting, like some uncut tires," theorizes Pete.|
|No Tony, no stopwatch, no keys to be found. But, hey, it's the same Mustang from Log 73: I'm Still a Cop all repaired and cleaned up!|
|"Isn't it correct, Officer Malloy, to say 'put the shot'?"|
|First I get my stopwatch and car keys stolen, now I'm being corrected by a pre-pubescent smart aleck. I'm so glad you forced me to get up at the crack of dawn for this, partner.|
|It's Tony's father, he's looking for his son. In other news, Jim has finally removed his sweatpants.|
Pete and Jim attempt another race, but this time they are stopped short by Tony. He has the stopwatch and returns Pete's keys. Now that they have the watch, it's time to race.
|"It was exactly 100 yards," argues Jennifer.|
|Using Jennifer's favorite adjective, Malloy tells Jim that he ran a "fantastic race, Mr. Reed, just fantastic." Jim is sick of his partner's BS.|
Jennifer then joins them at the car. She apologizes for measuring the course incorrectly, it was only 93 yards and 6 inches. She also tells them that Mr. Niccolo found Tony and ordered him home. She hopes that there is no trouble about the gun that Tony has stashed in his belt. Upon hearing about the gun, Pete and Jim leave to find Tony.
They find Tony and his father walking home and pull up beside them. Pete and Jim jump out of the car and confront the Niccolo men.
|"Tony, do you want to tell him or should I?" asks Pete.|
|Then this happens.|
|And finally this.|
|"Oh boy, talk about a communications gap," laments Mr. Niccolo.|
(Do you see what I see? He is wearing a v-neck undershirt under his crew neck undershirt. That is some undershirt dedication right there.)
|"Yes, sir, sounds like you've got a few bridges to build."|
Tony then admits to slashing the tires.
|Oh man, I was wrong. Pete's never gonna let me live this down.|
|"...it might turn out that they're dirt cheap."|
|"That's our motto, son, 'stay in shape'," quips Pete.|
|"Thanks, Malloy here claims I had a following wind."|
(Geez, Malloy sure is a sore loser. Isn't he?)
|"That's right, Tony, you've seen one gold medal, you've seen 'em all."|
(Milner's such a fine actor he can convey a message just by using his large, freckled hands.)
|You go Jim! Be proud of your accomplishments, don't let the jealous haters bring you down.|
|"Me, in a police station? What do you want me to do, ruin my reputation?"|
(Shouldn't Tony have already been in a police station? Isn't slashing the tires on a police car some kind of crime? Doesn't he have to be held accountable for that?)
My evaluation:What a perfect episode to cover as I come down from the high of meeting Kent McCord last week. I don't remember every detail of what I talked about with Kent. There were many times when I couldn't hear what Kent was saying over my own inner voice that was saying, "Oh my God, I am talking to Kent McCord! This is important and I should try to remember every detail. But, oh my God!". But, I do remember that I told him I was excited to cover this episode because we get to see some of his naked flesh when he takes his shirt off. Mr. McCord was very gracious and just laughed at my lascivious comment.
I have always liked this episode, and not just because of the flesh. I loved learning about the Policeman Bill program. I think the parts with the kids are fun and there are some really good Milner faces in this one. Even though he comes off as a hot-head when we first meet him, I also really like Mr. Niccolo. He realizes that his actions are at the root of Tony's problems and vows to make a change.
I don't think many will agree with me, but I give this episode a rating of:
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See you next time! KMA-367