Just like the previous episode, the log number on this one ends in 3 and the descriptive title is one-word beginning with "C".
A 415 at a grocery store leads to the discovery of a series of thefts in a neighborhood.
Reed and Malloy are cruising the streets of L.A. when they receive a 415 call at 1690 Woodstock. They race to the address, which is a neighborhood grocery store owned by Mr. and Mrs. Brady.
|This must be an awful neighborhood in L.A., they are called here at least once an episode.|
|Is that lady in the background a lost Star Trek extra?|
The empty store is in disarray, displays are knocked over and the floor is littered with product that has been knocked off the shelves.
A man holding a terrified Mr. Brady at knifepoint emerges from a backroom.
|The knife-wielding maniac, Johnson, is played by "Bing" Russell a.k.a. Kurt Russell's father.|
|I'm not sure what Malloy's plan is here, but he holsters his gun and tells Reed to do the same.|
|"Add it up, Johnson, you beat up two people, wrecked their place of business and threatened a man with a knife."|
"Six months easy time."
"You didn't let me finish, you forced Brady to come out of that room at knifepoint. Ever hear of kidnapping?"
|Malloy asks Johnson about the car, he says he's never seen the car before.|
Malloy doesn't see the plate number, Lincoln X-ray Ida-483, on the hot sheet. When he radios for wants and warrants on the vehicle Johnson admits that he "found" the car. He complains again about the $10 rent that Brady charged him and Reed asks how much he thinks the room was worth. Johnson estimates $1.50 or $2.00, at the most.
|"I guess you're a victim, just like the rest of us," comments Reed.|
"Victim of what?" asks Johnson
|"Inflation," quips Reed.|
|[Well, look at that, junior made a funny.]|
|Pete and Jim look fantastic standing at Duke's counter.|
|Duke likes to bet on the horses.|
|Angie, Duke's waitress and girlfriend, wants to settle down.|
|Pete thinks Angie should give up, Duke will never commit.|
|Jim thinks Duke sounds like somebody else he knows.|
|Her son, Artie, runs in and out of the door twice while Malloy is talking to her.|
After Malloy is done at the Finlay's, Reed introduces him to Miss Grimes. She tells the officers that they have a problem, the neighbor has suffered a series of thefts and has become a "sinkhole of crime". She threatens to form a vigilante if the police don't do something about it.
|If she lays eyes on the thieves, she will "blast them to kingdom come".|
|Her gun is only a pellet gun, but it fooled Pete.|
|Pete ponders the possibility of prepubescent plunderers.|
|His brand new, color, portable TV was stolen from his rec room last night while he was at work.|
As they drive through a nearby neighborhood, they pass a house that is locked-up tight with drawn shades and newspapers in the front lawn. Soon after this, the ever-observant Reed spots what he thinks is a laundry bag on the curb.
|Pete then drives up this on-ramp of interstate 5 that is still under construction.|
|Jim spots this man coming towards the bag. Pete then exits the unfinished portion of highway and catches up with the suspect. Jim bails out of the car and gives chase.|
|The suspect drops the evidence during the pursuit.|
|Pete runs out of the car and picks it up.|
|[You're my new partner now, pillowcase, let's get out of here.]|
|Jim always catches his man.|
Pete decides that Jim makes a better partner than a pillowcase would, even if he talks more. He picks them up, and takes them back to the station.
In the coffee room Pete and Jim finish their report, which includes an inventory of the pillowcase.
Once the report is complete, Pete wants to clear and go for seven again. He must have worked up an appetite driving and sprinting out to get the pillowcase. Before they can get out of the coffee room, the phone rings with a call for him. Mrs. Finlay is on the other end of the call.
|"Something else is missing, her son."|
|[So, we're not eating now? 'Cause I was getting kind of hungry, don't forget I did all that running today. And writing, I did all that writing, too.]|
|The scene in the Finlay living room. Notice how Pete and Jim are in the chairs and Mrs. Finlay is on the couch. Also, what is that picture behind the couch? It's kinda scary looking.|
Pete tells him that Artie's mother is "pretty worried". Jimmy replies ,"I'll bet Mr. Finlay isn't, though." He then asks if he can go look for Artie and quickly runs off without waiting for his father's reply. Mr. White is stunned, Jimmy has never defied him before.
Pete returns to the Finlay house to relay what happened at the White residence.
|I mean, just look how she was looking at him before.|
|It's a dirt-covered and desperate Jimmy. He wants Pete and Jim to come with him, but not Mrs. Finlay.|
"Not her, please!"
|Pete removes debris from the cave opening while Jim radios for an ambulance.|
|Jimmy blames Mr. Finlay for what has happened.|
"It's his old man's fault..."
"All he wanted was a room of his own."
|He starts breathing on his own. Artie is going to be okay!|
|Jim observes that the chamber has "all the comforts". Pete points out that if one heavy truck used the on-ramp above, the entire cave would have collapsed. Even Duke wouldn't take those odds.|
I felt kind of unfulfilled after I watched this episode. I wished there had been some sort of resolution between Artie and his stepfather at the end. I know real life doesn't work like that, but TV shows usually do. When it didn't happen in this TV show, I was left feeling unsatisfied and empty.
This episode itself felt kind of empty, too. Adam-12 usually packs a lot of action into 24 minutes, but there were spaces big enough to drive a Plymouth Belvedere through in this one.The scene at Duke's cafe was cute, but all it really did was set up two jokes later in the show about odds and betting. There was also too much driving in this for my taste. The sequence on the interstate was too long and drawn-out and came right after even more driving. I usually don't mind a long driving scene, if they are chasing someone or chatting in the car. But when they were cruising through the area and onto the interstate, there was no chase or conversation. Just that weird bongo music.
Although the writers seemed to go out of their way to connect the Duke scene with the rest of the story, the only connection they made between the Johnson/ Brady story and the Finlay story was the car. I felt there was a deeper connection between the two. The two stories were mirror images of each other. Johnson had a place of his own and didn't want it, in contrast Artie desperately wanted a place of his own. Too bad I wasn't around in 1969 to help the writers.
Overall, I liked all of the parts of this episode. I just wish they would have come together in a better way. I give "Log 143: Cave" a rating of:
Do you agree? See you next time! KMA-367