Reed learns that some people don't respect the badge, no matter who is wearing it.
Our story opens in the station, Jim is engrossed in a joke that Wells is telling him. He even refuses Pete's offer of coffee before roll call.
|["Go away, Pete. Do you know how hard it is for me to find people who haven't heard all my jokes?"]|
Pete heads to the break room sans Jim where he meets up Walters. He tells Walters about the overtime he and Jim had to put in last night logging 37 stolen dresses into evidence.
|Does it bug you that the break room set is always changing? It bugs me.|
When Pete finishes his story, it is time for roll call. On the way to the assembly room, they walk past Ed and Jim. Ed still has not reached the punchline of the joke. Pete hopes it's a good joke, he's going to be hearing it all night long.
At the start of their patrol, Pete and Jim are in the black and white when Jim suddenly bursts into laughter.
|"What's with you?" asks Malloy.|
Oh, Pete, really? Haven't you learned yet not to ask such questions? Well, if you must know, he is thinking about the joke Ed Wells told him earlier. Now that Pete has opened the door, Jim will start retelling the joke.
|The best part about Jim telling the joke is that we are treated to a new interior view of the car.|
Jim doesn't get very far with the joke before he is interrupted by the radio. They have been called to 1919 1/2 South Bayview Terrace Apt. 22 for a burglary report. He promises Pete that he will finish the joke later.
|"I know you will."|
|"I can't wait."|
Ms. Hoyt was doing her best to preserve the "scene" including any fingerprints on the glass. You see, her mink scarf is missing and she suspects that one of the ladies she had over for cards stole it. They have been jealous of the mink ever since her suitor, Maj. Collins, gave it to her.
She realized it was missing when she looked in the refrigerator and did not see it. The fridge is her is personal cold storage for the fur. Pete decides to do some investigating in the kitchen while Jim continues to interview Alice.
Alice had accidentally placed the mink in the freezer. Everyone has a good chuckle at her frozen fur.
Back to the patrol car means back to the joke. Reed manages to tell some more of the story before he is, once again, interrupted by the dispatcher's voice. They are called to 522 North Hudson where a man is assaulting a woman. Jim doesn't think he will get to finish the joke. Pete tries to set his mind at ease.
|"Don't worry, it's going to be a long night."|
Pete and Jim arrive at 522 North Hudson and walk into a scene that looks like it came straight out of Coal Miner's Daughter. They find the PR, Muriel Fletcher, in her apartment surrounded by her five children.
Mrs. Fletcher wants her husband arrested for beating her up and cutting her with a knife. After hearing her complaint, Pete and Jim arrest Henry Fletcher. This is not Henry's first time in handcuffs, he has been arrested before for burglary. Once they have the suspect out of the apartment, Malloy calls Reed over for a private conversation.
|"This whole thing seem a little hinky to you?" He asks his partner.|
|There's also no blood on the phone that she used to call for help immediately after the attack.|
|Oh, hey, look. Henry is played by Harry Dean Stanton! He was in my favorite Michael Nesmith-produced movie, Repo Man, and some other stuff.|
It then comes out that Henry and Muriel are on welfare. They concocted the story about the fight after Muriel had accidentally cut herself. They wanted Henry to be arrested because Muriel will get more welfare money if Henry is in jail. Armed with this evidence, Malloy instructs Reed to let Henry go. Henry's not happy, he complains that the cops always arrest him when he doesn't want them to do so.
|"That's life, Henry, no justice."|
Malloy, on the other hand, does not have the same hysterical response. This confuses Reed.
|He studies Pete as if he is an exotic enigma.|
|"I can't help it. It just didn't do anything for me."|
|"In about one minute,|
|I'm gonna give you an honest reaction.|
|I'm gonna paint you yellow."|
Before Malloy can gather up his brushes and paint Reed yellow, Walters and Brinkman join them. Walters immediately notices Reed's dejected look and asks what is wrong with him. After Reed explains why he is upset, a curious Brinkman announces that he wants to hear the joke.
|["Brinkman, who invited you?"]|
The waitress has also listened to the entire joke (I guess she doesn't have any other tables). Her reaction is unlike any of the police officers'.
|"I think that's the most disgusting story I've ever heard in my life."|
|"I'm not gonna tell that story anymore, too chance-y," announces Reed.|
Malloy agrees and tell his partner his decision is a "good idea".
As soon as they exit the elevator on Hewlitt's floor, an elderly woman stops the officers. Reed volunteers to handle the noise complaint on his own, he shouldn't have any trouble if this is his old friend Howie. He goes to the apartment where the party is being held while Malloy talks to the woman.
|Oh look, show producer Tom Williams is at the party. He doesn't look to happy to see Reed, though.|
The Howard throwing the party and Jim's old buddy, Howie, turn out to be the same party. Howie is happy to see his classmate and agrees to turn down the music. He leaves Jim to talk with his wife Jan while he goes find the stereo. Since the music does not get softer, Jim goes to find Howie. He finds him at the bar, not at the sound system. Jim reminds Howie that this is serious.
|He threatens Howie with arrest if he doesn't comply and turn down the music.|
|Howie loudly announces to the party that they have to keep it down or the "fuzz" is going to make trouble.|
|Jim then has to navigate a sea of angry faces to reach the door.|
|Jim's disappointment is apparent as he lingers at the door.|
After handling the noise complaint, Pete and Jim return to the station. It's now the end of their shift and Jim has just left the lieutenants office after being asked to correct some punctuation on his report (I just think it is adorable that they have to correct their spelling and punctuation. It's like they're little school boys.) Jim then informs Pete that the lieutenant is now telling the infamous joke to some officers who just ended their watch. He's also telling it all wrong.
|There's a right way to tell that joke?!?|
|"Oh, you tell it right. You're just not lieutenant yet."|
|They then walk down the hall to the locker room to change out of their season 1 uniforms for the last time.|
Or does this episode have a deeper meaning? Does it really illustrate why cops almost exclusively socialize with their brothers in blue? Is it showing the viewer that only cops understand other cops' jokes? The Howie Hewlitt incident certainly demonstrates one reason why it is difficult for officers to be friends with civilians. Some people expect their cop ally to cut them a break and then become angry when the officer can't do this. Are both the joke and the final call making the same point? Or is the joke just a fun way to pass the time until the next radio call?
Either way, this is a good episode. Other than the ever-changing break room set, there's not really anything I don't like here. So I give the final episode of season 1 a rating of:
You guys won't hear from me next week. I have something super duper important to do next weekend and I will not be able to concentrate on the blog. Don't worry, though, I'll share my special "assignment" with all of you!
Anyway, see you in two weeks with the first episode of season 2! KMA-367