And the winner is...
It's the moment you've been waiting for, it's time to announce the winner of the drawing! Thanks to everyone who entered, the response I got for the giveaway was truly overwhelming. OK, without further ado, the winner of the season 3 DVD's signed by Kent McCord is:
Congratulations, Sue! Be on the lookout for an e-mail from me, please respond back to it with your shipping address and the DVD's will be on their way to you. I hope you enjoy the DVD's and Kent's autograph.
Now, the rest of you shouldn't worry. We're all winners this week, because we've got a humdinger of an episode to cover.
This is usually where I put a brief summary of the episode, but really the title says it all for this one.
The first car we encounter in this episode is this huge, old green one. I wonder if it's driven by one of those wild, wild women?
|Doesn't look like it.|
Now I've always maintained that I'd never seen Adam-12 until I decided to watch the series on Netflix almost two years ago. But, as I watched Pete walk up to this car with a grandmotherly driver in a black and white dress, I had an overwhelming sense of deja vu.
For years I had the recurring image in my head of a policeman in a hat and an old lady arguing about an amber light, however I had no idea where that memory originated. I knew I must have seen it on a TV show, but I had no idea which one. It drove me nuts, every time I drove under a yellow light I would think about that scene. As I watched Pete approach this green car, I just knew he and this woman were going to argue about whether or not the light she just drove through was red or amber. When that actually happened, I breathed a huge sigh of relief, my mystery had been solved!
After Pete and the driver have their disagreement about the color of the light she just blew through, he asks to see her license. He studies the license, then looks at the woman in front of him with a confused expression.
|"Are you Prudence Armstrong?"|
|"Well, there's a picture. Look at it!"|
|"Why did you give your age as thirty-four?"|
Maybe Prudence does have a wild streak after all, you'd have to be a little wild to think you could get away with a lie like that.
Back in the patrol car, Reed can't stop chuckling at Prudence's attempted deception.
Before they can begin discussing the psychological reasons that would drive a woman to falsify official documents, they are interrupted with a radio call. A 1970, green, two-door Chevelle has been stolen from the Market at Twenty-sixth and Harding, the suspect is a female caucasian.
Back in the patrol car, Reed can't stop chuckling at Prudence's attempted deception.
|"Who does she think she's kidding?"|
|Maybe the D.I. can straighten him out.|
|Pete suggests they "do this by the numbers".|
|Pete likes miniskirts, too.|
After they drop off Cpl. Miller, Pete and Jim return to the station. They meet up with Mac in his office, where the watch commander tells them that there has been a rash of sixteen car thefts in the last five weeks. He then introduces them to Bert White, a man who has just had an experience similar to Miller's. The girl, a redhead, used the same MO as the blonde who stole the Marine's car.
|Pete asks Mr. White how old the girl was.|
|A nervous Mr. White, who was only being a good Samaritan, places the girls age at 18, "give or take a year".|
Mr. White then asks for the office door to be shut so he can talk to the officers in private. He explains that he's a married man and gives them his business card with his office phone number. He wants to help, but has one stipulation. "Please don't use my home number," he begs.
|Pete, Jim, and Mac all agree to call only his office number, day or night.|
I'm sure Kent McCord had no problem remembering the lines about working in a gas station and an airport since he did those exact things when he was growing up. He started working at the gas station when he was ten and then started at the airport a few years later.
|Here's a picture of young Kent working at the airport.|
He called Kent over asked the strapping young man, "Buck, how old are you?".
Kent answered, "Thirteen, sir."
When he found out that Kent was much younger than he looked, Audie exclaimed, "Well, damn, son. What are you gonna be when you grow up?"
Anyway, back to Jim Reed and his 1950 Ford.
Once he earned enough money, Jim bought the car and fixed it up "so it ran great". He also made some cosmetic adjustments to the vehicle. He painted the dash white, he painted the exterior lavender, and he put a big, orange gear shift knob on it.
|"Sounds like a real dreamboat."|
Meanwhile, the lady in the leotard goes through a fence and around the back of the houses on the block. Using her shortcut, this wild woman catches up with the guy before Malloy and Reed. She grabs him and tackles him to the ground.
|Reed: "All right, that's enough, lady!"|
As Malloy starts to walk the would-be thief to the patrol car, Miss Leotard coyly asks the handsome officer if he is mad at her.
|"Why should I be mad?"|
|(Sexy sax music plays in the background.)|
|"Whadda ya think?"|
|"I refuse to answer on the grounds I may incriminate myself."|
|"You mean one for each eye? I live alone, remember?"|
|Does buying "on approval" still happen? I've never experienced this type of purchase, so I had to look up what this means.|
Here's the definition of buying on approval according to businessdictionary.com:
Arrangement under which items of durable nature (such as appliances, books, equipment) are provided to a prospective customer for a pre-purchase trial. These items are returnable after a specified period in re-saleable condition if not accepted for purchase.
Nobody answers the doorbell at 215 West Adams, but a weak voice tells them to "come in". After they enter the house, the same voice directs them into a bedroom. There they find that the voice belongs to Clara Fisher, a shut-in lying on a hospital bed.
|Pete and Jim greet Miss Fisher and try to determine what the trouble is.|
|Come closer and let me count your freckles, young man.|
|[You know what that means.]|
In the hallway they find their first clue, a marijuana plant. But Malloy wonders how the thing gets any light in the windowless hall.
|"You can grow anything under that."|
|Party's over, hippies, here come da fuzz.|
|"I don't see you bothering the squares who lap up the booze."|
|"To begin with drinking liquor is legal, smoking pot is not. Growing it is not, possession is not, that's for openers."|
After they drop off the Joey Boy dance party at the station, Pete and Jim are back on the streets of Los Angeles where they spot two men engaged in suspicious behavior.
|These two guys are pushing a safe across the street using a makeshift dolly made from two pipes and a board. Pete stops the car and he and Jim get out to have a chat with the men.|
|He asks Malloy to join them, but the on-duty officer politely refuses.|
|"Some days you finish your watch you feel like you just pulled out of the parking lot, other days..."|
|"You'll carry me?"|
|That's a 1970 Dodge Challenger picking up the purple-clad cutie and that's a white over gold Mustang next to the Challenger.|
|Reed watches the red car from down the street.|
Malloy can't believe that these girls are just out for joy rides. He thinks that this felonious filly will lead them to a bigger payoff than one stolen Challenger.
They follow the convertible to an auto body shop where the door opens for the Challenger after a series of coded honks. Pete parks the patrol car and they walk up the drive to the shop door. They peer between the stickers on the front window and see a giggling gaggle of mini-skirted minions gathered around the red convertible.
|Can you see the policemen in this picture?|
|This ain't Petticoat Junction.|
|"And a basketful of kittens. You ever try rounding them up?"|
Reed sees his point and goes to the car to call for assistance.
|Reed sees her.|
|Malloy sees her.|
|Sally sees that they see her, but decides to keep walking with a confident smile.|
|She's the runaway from episode 12! Glad to see that she got over her infectious hepatitis.|
|[Up against the car. If you're wearing a miniskirt, do not put your feet back and spread 'em. This is a family show.]|
|"You're treating us like common criminals," protests Sally.|
"You are, we saw you steal a car," counters Reed.
|"Be sure to tell detectives to call him at the office, not at home."|
Since "Log 65: Cigarettes, Cars, and Wild, Wild Women" has all those things and a memorable title, I give it a rating of:
Do you agree? Let me know what you think in the comments! See you next time.