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What do I have to celebrate? Well, this blog has reached over 30,000 page views since I started it. Which in the world wide web may not be huge, but it makes me very happy. So, since I have hit over 30,000 page views and I am covering the third episode of the third season, I think I will give away a set of the Adam-12 Season 3 DVD's. The 2-disc set I am giving away also comes in a collectible tin.
|Fancy, isn't it?|
SIGNED BY KENT McCORD!!!
Now, just to prove that I didn't sign it myself, here's a terrible photo I took of Kent signing the DVD at the Hollywood Show in Los Angeles on October 31, 2015:
|Don't ask me what that guy in the background is doing.|
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OK, now that I have that out of the way, let's get to "Log 95: Purse Snatcher".
Episode 55Officer Brinkman has a purse snatcher problem in his district. Since Reed and Malloy have cleaned up all of the crime in their own district, they lend him a hand.
A purse snatching has just occurred in 1-Adam-11's district. While Brinkman and his partner handle the investigation at the scene, Reed and Malloy will attempt to catch the three suspects who were last seen running through an alley. When 1-Adam-12 reaches the alley, Reed gets out to search for them on foot while Malloy drives around to the other end.
In the alleyway they find the purse, but they are too late to catch the suspects.
|[I could go for some gum, maybe there's some in here.]|
|[If you find any Doublemint, toss a piece my way.]|
|Brinkman must be a common name in the LAPD, because this is not the Officer Brinkman we came to know and love during Season 1.|
|This is the Officer Brinkman I remember.|
|Reed remembers the kid, a Benjie something. But, he doesn't think he'd be able to pull off today's caper, he'd be in Juvenile Hall.|
|Malloy doesn't think it will be easy to catch Tremain now that he is an experienced criminal.|
Benjie is unsurprisingly not happy to see his old friend Officer Malloy. He brags to the cop that busted him that he was released from the Hall after only two days. The teenager tries to establish himself as a tough customer to the officers. He scoffs at the idea of his Probation Officer rehabilitating him and brazenly orders his two friends around.
|"Benjie Tremain can take care of Benjie Tremaine."|
|"I'm a tree..."|
|Malloy warns Benjie that someday he'll get in over his head and be in real trouble.|
|"Why aren't you in school today?"|
"Well, you see, I have this sore throat."
|"Real leader, isn't he?", observes Reed.|
"Yeah, only question is, 'what's he leading 'em to?'," asks Pete.
|Malloy doesn't like the sound of this either.|
|Brink"woman" here will be the bait for the purse snatchers.|
"Aw, Brinkman, you're beautiful," exclaims Pete.
|These are LAPD officers dressed as women to catch purse snatchers in 1960.|
I'm hoping the drag is better in the Hollywood Division.
During the stakeout Pete and Jim keep watch over Brinkman in a UC car while he waits for someone to come steal his purse.
Benjie and his crew stop and size up their victim. Their motive is about as subtle as Brinkman's makeup.
|That's Pete and Jim in the Vista Cruiser.|
|Of course Benjie runs and Jim takes off after him.|
|While Mac and his partner stop Paul.|
|Brinkwoman gets her man, Artie.|
Jim chases Benjie into an alley and grabs the him as the youthful offender tries to climb over a fence. Pete arrives in the undercover station wagon to assist his partner.
|He then forcefully snatches the purse out of Benjie's hands.|
|Brinkman has exceptional penmanship.|
|"When will you learn Benjie?"|
|"Just like always, huh, Mr. Tremain. Well, I wouldn't release Benjie to you even if I could. Now, your boy is in deep trouble. Can you understand that?"|
|You can see the eruption building inside Malloy as Tremain speaks.|
|"Look purse snatching is not 'kid's stuff'. Think about it. What comes next? Benjie's sixteen years old and he's already got a package as thick as a telephone book. Now he needs help, Mr. Tremain, and he needs it badly."|
|"Well, Officer Malloy, that's a typical cop's mentality, always seeing something that isn't there. I think it must be some kind of sickness you guys have."|
(Oh, hey, look it's the dad from "Log 143: Cave".)
|"No, sir, we call it experience."|
|Jim thinks, "typical Pete" after he hears about his partner's weekend.|
On Cameron Street a pedestrian has just been struck by a car driven by a middle-aged man named Brian Michaels. Reed talks to Michaels while Pete checks out the injured man.
|Reed listens as Michaels tells him that the pedestrian ran out from between two parked cars.|
|Pete finds an intriguing piece of paper on the stricken man.|
|It's ticket for jaywalking that was issued to the pedestrian a half an hour ago.|
|"Ticket sure didn't have the educational value it was supposed to."|
Pete and Jim return to patrol and soon receive a hot shot call from the male link operator, there's a 211 in progress at the liquor store at 1620 Northgate Avenue.
When 1-Adam-12 arrives at the scene a young man runs out of the store with an employee chasing after him.
|It's Benjie and he's got a gun!|
(Is he wearing a windbreaker? Has he graduated from the School of Hard Knocks and is now able to wear the official Mark VII bad guy uniform?)
|Pete stops to check the liquor store clerk for a pulse as backup arrives.|
Meanwhile, Benjie has run into a dark alleyway surrounded by high fences. Reed remains on the other side of the fence and orders the troubled young man to throw the gun out.
The officer's forceful command doesn't convince the teenager to give up his weapon. Instead, he fires two shots that hit the fence near Reed's head.
|Malloy thinks talking may be the best way to start. Reed tells his partner to give it his best, but doubts Benjie will listen.|
|"You said it, 'nowhere', I was going nowhere when I got here!"|
Through Mark VII magic, Mr. Tremain is quickly delivered to the scene. He's shocked and confused by the nightmarish turn of events. He asks Pete for help in finding the right words to say to his son.
|"I don't know, you're his father."|
|[You stand here, sir. Us guys with the guns will be way over here.]|
|Malloy tries to stop him from going into the alley, but Mr. Tremain runs in anyway.|
|Pete and Jim cover Mr. Tremain while he confronts Benjie.|
[You can't see us, we're behind a tree.]
|Pete takes the gun from a shaken Mr. Tremain.|
|"Why, God, why?" laments Mr. Tremaine.|
|"It's a little late to ask God, mister. Maybe you better ask yourself."|
Oh, where to begin? Let's start with what I liked. I liked the ending scene of this one. This part of the story is dramatic and well-played. Gary Morgan as Benjie is a bit over the top here, but he is playing a hysterical teenager. McCord's panting, nervous Reed; Milner's calm and collected Malloy; and Myron Healy's bewildered senior Tremain are all adeptly portrayed in this tense scene. The fenced-in, dead-end alley as a metaphor for Benjie's life is a nice touch, too.
Other than that, I wasn't too enthralled with "Log 95: Purse Snatcher". Just like "Log 35: Easy, Bare Rider", this episode also contained a scene that just seemed out of whack with the rest of the story. The auto versus ped call really stood out as a public service announcement inserted into the episode. At least last week's scene about the reserve officer somewhat related to the story.
While this is a show about cops and criminals, it doesn't seem that the writers ever met any juvenile delinquents. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but I think that experienced purse snatchers like Benjie and his crew would carry out their crimes in a more clandestine manner. They're practically shouting, "Hey, we're going to steal her purse!" when they are on that sidewalk. Also, did bad kids spend time pitching nickels in the street in 1970? This just seems like an incredibly archaic past time for modern day delinquents.
Also, this is the third tale in five weeks that involves a troubled teenager and their clueless, self-absorbed parent. I know that when these shows first aired there was an entire week between each episode, but I think even 1970 audiences would have noticed this pattern. I do think Mr. Tremain is the worst of these parents, he seems particularly unwilling to help his son. At least Mr. Erickson was willing to bribe the police for his son and M'Liss's parents were willing to write checks to fix her problems. Mr. Tremain doesn't even attempt a misguided tactic to save his son. Hopefully its a long time before we see this type of story again.
Since I didn't find much to like in the sad tale of young Mr. Tremain, I give "Log 95: Purse Snatcher" a rating of: