Sunday, April 26, 2015

Log 83: A Different Thing (Episode 5, Season 2)

Episode 31

I'm back from my week of travel and ready to recap another great episode from Season 2!


Pete and Jim think there is more to a hit-and-run accident than meets the eye. Will they be able to investigate the crime and prove their suspicions?

The Story:

It's the beginning of the shift and Jim is still not awake, as evidenced by his gargantuan yawn.

His reason for not sleeping well last night? He had a weird dream that he delivered his and Jean's baby. In the dream, he wasn't nervous or anything. It all went down just as he was trained in the academy. Pete was in the dream, too, and said he handled it "just like a regular doctor". Pete agrees that the dream was pretty weird.

Jim then wants to know if Pete has ever put his academy training to use and delivered a baby while on the job. He did, once, and it was a "busy" experience.
She had twins, her husband passed out, and his partner got sick.

The radio then delivers a call to them, "1-Adam-12, 1-Adam-12, a screaming woman, 216 Kentucky Street, apartment 3. Code 2."

Pete and Jim arrive at the quiet apartment building and begin to wonder if they are at the wrong address. They don't hear a woman screaming, there is no crowd gathered, everything seems calm.

Suddenly, a woman's scream can be heard coming from apartment 3. They are at the right place. Jim knocks on the door, but there is no answer.
Pete isn't going to stand around knocking all day, there could be a woman in trouble! He decides to kick the door.

When the door opens, Malloy and Reed don't find a damsel in distress. They find two surprised women in karate uniforms.
Malloy asks one of the women, "Are you alright?"
Sarah Shapiro answers that she is alright, "Sylvia didn't lay a hand on her."
Pete explains to the women that one of their neighbors probably called the police because they thought a woman was being beat up, he and Jim certainly did. Sylvia and Sarah are shocked, they have been practicing their self defense moves for months and none of the neighbors have complained despite their yelling and banging.

As the ladies are talking to Pete, Sarah's husband bursts out of the bedroom and exclaims, "I told you the police would come! There they are brave and bold!"
Yes, there they are brave and bold. I wonder why Mr. Shapiro is wearing sunglasses indoors.
Sylvia and Sarah then begin debating which neighbor could have called the police. After listening to them for a few seconds, Mr. Shapiro erupts and announces, "It was me! I called the police!" He then removes his sunglasses, to show that Sarah and Sylvia have been using him as a practice dummy.
This is Pete and Jim's cue to leave. They'll let the Shapiros work this out on their own.
As they are leaving the building, Pete and Jim hear a distressed Mr. Shapiro yell "No!" several times followed by a loud thump. Jim asks if they should intervene.

"Shall we?", asks Jim.
"No way, pal," answers Pete
Back in the car, the dispatcher calls 1-Adam-43 to the scene of a felony hit and run at 1203 West Salem Ave. The location of the accident is in Adam-12's district, Reed lets dispatch know that he and Pete will handle the call.

When Pete and Jim arrive at West Salem Ave. a crowd has gathered around something on the street. The crowd disperses and we can see what they had been assembled around.

Pete checks the victim's pulse to confirm that she is dead.
Any woman that doesn't respond to this is dead. It's a medical fact.
Once Pete is positive that she is dead, he sends Jim to call a sergeant with a camera and get some chalk out of the trunk.

No one in the crowd witnessed the accident, but some of them saw the victim before it happened. One man tells Pete that he saw her drinking with a man in the Mermaid Bar. Pete asks anyone who saw her in the bar to stay and talk with him and Jim.

As Jim begins outlining the victim's belongings and body with the chalk, an ambulance arrives as well as Mac. He begins taking pictures of the scene.

Jim outlines her body with the chalk. One of her curls falls outside the chalkline and he sweeps it back inside.  I'm guessing that most hit and run victims probably don't look this tragically beautiful.
Mac takes pictures with an Instamatic...? Where's Marco Lopez and his big fancy camera?
The victim is given an identity when they find her driver's license. She is Barbara Stewart, 24 years old from Redondo Beach. 

While the ambulance crew removes Barbara's body, Reed studies the tire marks in the street.
Malloy thinks they are acceleration marks and points out that the tracks are intermittent, it looks as if the rear tires broke traction then caught hold again. Mac agrees and tells them to find a connection between the tire tracks and the victim. Reed and Malloy will start by interviewing witnesses.
Malloy interviews this man, Mr. Lyden, he is the one who told them about Barbara drinking with a man right before the accident. The man's name was Eddie and Mr. Lyden has seen them together 4 or 5 times in the past month. He wants everything he tells Malloy to be confidential, he knows Eddie can be violent. He has seen Eddie almost beat a man to death. Police were called to break up the fight, but no arrests were made. It was deemed a case of "mutual combat".

Reed interviews these two ladies. (My, the Mermaid Bar does have some well-dressed mid-day drinkers. That bow, though, ugh!) They weren't trying to eavesdrop, but they felt so bad for Barbara. She seemed like she wanted to curl up and die when Eddie refused to take her to Seattle. They overheard Eddie tell Barbara, "That's your problem, baby. You can keep it and love it."
Malloy also interviews the bartender, Mr. Budley, he tells Malloy that Eddie drives a blue Chevy.  He saw Barbara run crying after Eddie when he left the bar. He seems to think that Eddie's departure for Seattle is immediate. After several minutes, he finally rembers that Eddie's last name is Troy.

After their interviews Malloy tells Mac, "we think we got more than a hit and run" and asks for permission to return to the station to find the field interview (FI) card on Eddie Troy from the fight at the Mermaid.
I think the stalker Mustang had something to do with this.
After making their broadcast on the accident, Pete and Jim return to the station and search the FI cards for information on Eddie Troy.

Jackpot! They find a description of Eddie, his address, and the license plate number of his blue Chevy.
 They report the information on Troy and their hunch about the accident to Sgt. King in detectives. (Sgt. King? Who the heck is Sgt. King? Where is Sgt. Miller?)
I demand to see Sgt. Miller! Who is this pinky-ring-wearing, Jerry-Ohrbach-resembling, tie-straightening jerk? (Alright, that may be harsh. I'm sure this man is not a jerk, but I am very upset.)
Let's check IMDB and see when when Jack Hogan returns as Sgt. Miller.
Season 6?
As Lt. Fred Benson?!?
I can't go on.
But, I must.
Since there is no Jack Hogan to look at, enjoy this cap of Martin Milner.

Anyway, this Sgt. King person tells Pete and Jim that there is only circumstantial evidence against Eddie Troy, not enough for him to make an arrest. Also, he can't investigate the case further for 2 reasons, he doesn't have the manpower and officially it is a hit and run felony case which means that Accident Investigation does the follow-up. (Humph! I bet Sgt. Miller would have been more helpful.)

We next see Pete and Jim with Lt. Moore asking to investigate Troy themselves. King doesn't have the manpower and, since it is Sunday, it will be over an hour until someone from AI can come from their home to work the case. If they wait that long, Troy may already be on his way to Seattle.

Lt. Moore is running a short car plan and doesn't know if he can spare them. Reed convinces him to let them work the case by assuring the lieutenant that they will clear immediately if anything big goes down.

Their first stop is Troy's apartment building. The FI card did not provide an apartment number, his name is not on any of the mailboxes, the manager is not home, and his car is nowhere in sight; no luck there.
I wonder what the rent on a "spacious unfurnished 1-2 Bdrm. with full drapes, built-ins, and gold shag carpeting" as back then? $150?
They hop in the car to conduct a circle search of the neighborhood in order to, hopefully, find Troy's car. As they drive, the calls coming over the radio don't stop for a second. If they don't find the blue Chevy soon, they'll have to start taking some of those calls.

Lucky for them, Malloy spots the car. Upon closer inspection of the vehicle, Malloy discovers a piece of evidence.
His freckled fingers fish out familiar fabric from the felled female's fashionable frock.
And there's blood on the fabric.
Pete wants to get their "black and white neon sign out of sight", so they move the patrol car to a service station lot across the street and stakeout Troy's car.

The radio dispatcher is now assigning calls 3 at a time.
Reed listens to the radio (and looks damn good doing it).

Now that they have found the car and tied it to the victim, they have to prove that Troy had custody and control over the car at the time of the accident. Troy never registered the vehicle in his own name, so they can't use DMV records to prove the car is his.
Malloy drops some knowledge on Reed.

Reed thinks they'll just have to catch him in the car. But if they wait until he is in the car, he'll be able to say that's when his prints got in the car. They need to bust him with the keys in his hand unlocking the door. His possession of the keys will prove his custody of the car. If his prints are already in the car, it will prove that he was in it earlier.

Since they are running out of time, Malloy devises a ruse to bring Troy out to the car.  He calls Troy's number from the FI card and pretends to be Mr. Budley from the Mermaid. Impersonating the bartender, he warns Troy that the cops are on their way over to his place.
Milner did a pretty good impression of the bartender.
While they are waiting to see if Troy takes the bait, the gas station attendant starts asking questions.
Hey, you guys, what's going on? 
Official police business, don't you have a customer?
Pete's scheme pays off and they soon see Eddie heading towards the blue Chevy with a suitcase in his hand. The attendant, who knows all about Eddie, suddenly makes himself scarce.
You're right, I do have a customer.

Eddie unlocks the trunk, that's their cue.

Eddie tries to run when he sees the officers approaching. They're not letting him get away. No if's, and's or... 
or butts about it. 
While this "tough customer" is being cuffed he starts sobbing, "I didn't mean to do it! I didn't mean to do it! She made me mad. She wouldn't get out of the way of the car! She said it was my baby and I had to take her with me."

 The final image in the scene reveals the contents of Troy's suitcase.
Barbara sure liked polka dots, didn't she?
After Troy is in the jail at the station, he swears that his foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas. He loved Barbara, it was an accident!
Reed's not buying it, he doesn't think Troy knows the meaning of the word "love".
Malloy thinks maybe he did love her.
"Words mean different things to different people," he explains.

The sergeant from AI is waiting in the watch commander's office. He asks Reed and Malloy if they have determined a motive.
"The girl was pregnant, Troy was leaving town and she wanted to go with him, he wanted to write her off. That's about it."

"Her second mistake was getting in front of Troy's car."
The sergeant corrects Reed, getting in front of the car was her third mistake. The medical examiner's report uncovered her second mistake.
"The girl wasn't pregnant."
The End.

My Evaluation:

When I saw that this my next episode to cover I thought, "That's the one where the girl gets killed in a hit and run and that woman in the yellow dress wears that dumb bow in her hair." As you can see, it didn't make much of an impression on me when I first viewed it. I must have been distracted when I first saw this, because this episode is really good (despite the dumb bow).

Every scene is a surprise, nothing is as it seems in this story.
You think that screaming woman is being beat up? Wrong! She's practicing karate with her friend and possibly beating up her husband.
You think that the victim was hit by a stranger? Wrong! Her boyfriend did it.
You think she was pregnant? Wrong! She faked her condition to trap her boyfriend.

You think Reed's dream was really about him delivering the baby? Maybe not. According to, "to dream that you are giving birth or see someone giving birth suggests that you are giving birth to a new idea or project". Is this dream really about Reed embarking on the new project of becoming a full-fledged officer instead of a probationer? Is Malloy in the dream because he is assisting Reed in his professional transformation? When he praises Reed in the dream for delivering the baby like a real doctor does this illustrate Reed's subconscious desire to be praised and accepted by his FTO? 
Or maybe a cigar is just a cigar.

My favorite aspect of this episode is the way it shows all of the steps of the investigation from what happened at the scene up to the capture of the suspect. No wonder this show was used as a training tool for police departments. I almost feel like I'm qualified to run an accident investigation after watching this. 

I also like that it showed the difficulties Malloy and Reed faced during the case and their solution for each setback. Who will handle the investigation? Homicide detectives don't have enough people to cover it, AI will take too long. Reed and Malloy can do it, but only if it doesn't get in the way of their main responsibility, taking radio calls. Reed's assurance that they will clear if something big goes down is a compromise the lieutenant can live with.

How do they prove Troy had custody and control of the car? It's not registered in his name and they don't want to set up an alibi for him? Malloy's experience provides the solution. Catch him with the keys unlocking the door! Luckily, in the end he confessed to the whole thing. (I wonder if he got a light sentence since she faked the pregnancy.)

Once again, Season 2, nice work! I give Log 83: A Different Thing a rating of:

Do you agree? See you next time! KMA-367

Goodbye, Sgt. Jerry Miller! You will be missed!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Log 23: Pig is a Three-Letter Word (Episode 4, Season 2)

Episode 30

Dear Season 2,
Stop being so good! It's very difficult to come up with a new way to say "I love this episode" every week.
Your Friend,


While dealing with emotionally-charged cases, Reed learns the importance of an unbiased attitude.

The Story:

Reed and Malloy enter the station with a prisoner, who stops and takes a moment to take in his surroundings. He claims he has never been inside a police station before, but Reed knows this is not true.
Mr. Bates here has a package that is 2" thick, filled with crimes like lewd conduct and enraging public decency. Today he has hit the "big casino" with a charge of 288 PC (lewd acts with a child).
Mac stops to ask if Bates is the child molester. Malloy confirms that their prisoner is the molester and he goes on to report that his latest victim is not doing so well. Reed feels the need to give Mac some more information on Mr. Bates.
"Right, Mr. Bates here is kinda rough on knee-high boys. Aren't you, mister?"
Bates claims that he wasn't responsible for his actions, he had been drinking. His lack of culpability enrages Reed.
"Why? To get up enough nerve to enter that playground restroom? Or were you afraid that little 5 year old might have attacked you?"
Let's take a minute here and appreciate this scene. This is some pretty graphic dialogue for a 1960's show. I wonder what the viewing public thought when this episode was first aired. Had they ever heard this type of language on television before? Kudos to Mark VII for actually talking about child molestation without using euphemisms or changing the true incident to a less-explicit crime.
OK, back to our story.
Malloy warns his young partner to take it easy.
But, Reed is not done yet. He makes one more comment when Mac tells him to put Bates in the holding cell.
"Yes, sir. I'll have it fumigated when he leaves."
Let's stop again and talk about Bates' haircut. I often wonder if this actor already had this haircut or if Larry Germain said, "No, he's not creepy enough, let's give him some bad bangs". However it happened, the hair fits the character perfectly. (I am deeply sorry if I've offended anyone who has this same haircut.)

After Reed's final outburst, Mac wants to have a word with Malloy.
Mac wants to know if what he witnessed in the hallway is Reed's "customary attitude".
Malloy jumps to the defense of his young partner and explains to Mac that Bates is the first child molester Reed has ever arrested. Mac reminds him that Reed is a probationary officer with less than one year on the job. He is not qualified to be judge and jury nor will he ever be, that is not the job of a police officer.
Using his freckled digits for emphasis, Malloy explains that Reed is a better probationer than he or Mac ever was. He describes his partner as "better trained, better educated, smarter all the way around".
He ensures that he and Reed will be able to work it out. Mac warns that if they don't he will do everything in his power to take the load off of Reed's chest. (He's talking about the badge.)

While Mac and Pete are having their discussion, Jim works on his arrest report and chats with another officer who recently completed his probationary period.

He tells Jim that his first year out of the Academy has been a rough one. He recounts a story about a particularly trying case he worked on. He and his partner had arrested a purse snatcher who also hit women. The ex-probationer wanted to hit the guy but instead just told him off. His partner reprimanded him for his treatment of the prisoner. This was when the neophyte officer learned about sick people.

So, this guy is telling Jim this story as a way of giving him advice on dealing with Mr. Bates and I'm not sure that I agree with it. I understand his intention, but I think better advice may have been, "treat this guy fairly or else you won't get a conviction". By telling a story about "sick people" as advice on dealing with a child molester, is he saying that Mr. Bates shouldn't be punished for his actions because he is sick? 

Anyway, here's a cap of Jim listening to the story.

When we next see our heroes, they are back on the street. Jim is glad to be out of the station. Pete praises him for his fair report and asks when his baby is due and if he is hoping for a boy or a girl. 
Jim then tells Pete how he wanted a boy, but after meeting a neighbor girl he'd be happy with a daughter.
Do you see that weird pink pattern reflected in the window? The script girl, Cynnie Troup (Can you guess who her father is?) used to lay down on the floor of the backseat and read the radio dispatcher lines to McCord and Milner during filming. Do you think this is a reflection of what she was wearing that day? I've read that she always wore black, but maybe one day she didn't? Or am I just seeing things?
Pete goes on to address what happened back at the station and asks Jim if he was thinking of his unborn son when he was leaning on Bates. Jim admits that maybe he was and apologizes for his actions. He sheepishly asks Pete if he wants to trade him in.
"What for?" answers Pete. "You're the latest model, aren't you?"
Before Jim can check his expiration date, the radio interrupts with a call of unknown trouble, possible DB (dead body).

They arrive at the call and meet neighbors Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Ryan.
I think Mrs. Walton's Cunningham's grandson was in Log 15: Exactly 100 Yards.

Mrs. Cunningham suspects that a family who used to live in the neighborhood, the Ashtons, have hurriedly moved after killing their young daughter. She wants them to investigate an awful smell that is coming from under what used to be the Ashton's porch.
Pete reacts to the smell. Jim doesn't admit that the smell is not coming from under the porch.
Pete sends the ladies home then examines the area under the porch, he spies a sack that could be the right size for a child's body. Jim volunteers to go under the porch and get the sack, but Pete doesn't know if that is such a good idea. He asks Jim how many DB calls he's been on. Jim admits that he is only been on one, the one "back at the hotel" (meaning the DB call from Log 131: The Dicks Have Their Jobs and We Have Ours). Lack of experience does not deter Jim, though, he is going to get that sack.
Pete's still not so sure about this.

Jim climbs under the porch and emerges, covered in dirt and cobwebs, with the sack. Pete opens it and reveals the contents.
"Pacific mackerel, fun to catch, hard to clean, and if you're moving; a great way to get even with your neighbors."
Now Jim is angry. Pete knew all along what was under there, but he still let him climb under a porch, get his uniform dirty, and skin his knee; all for a sack of rotten fish. Pete knows he's taught his inexperienced partner a valuable lesson, now he'll know better the next time a busybody accuses recently vacated neighbors of murder.

They return to the station so Jim can get a fresh uniform. As he is changing, he has a question for Pete. He wants to why Pete has never taken the sergeants' exam, everybody says he would have done better than Mac on the test.
Jim then pats Pete's tum-tum and reminds him that he's not getting any younger.
"When opportunity comes along, you gotta grab it."
Pete is horrified by this brazen invasion of his personal space.
"I like what I'm doing.  Is that all right with you?"
The light-hearted mood quickly changes when two other officers enter the locker room and begin talking about Bates' five-year-old victim. Jim silently listens to their conversation while Pete and Mac watch his reaction. One of the officers comments that the victim has died from his injuries. The news is too much for Jim to bear.

Look at Pete's face when Jim punches the locker.
I would be eternally grateful if someone could make me a .gif of this scene.

I wonder what happened immediately after Jim punched the locker.  I imagine Mac ordered Grant & Benson out of the locker room. Then left himself, telling Pete that he was going to give him and Jim a moment but he wanted to see them in his office when they were ready. Pete nods at Mac, then sits in silence for a few seconds. He finally tells his partner that he knows it's hard but he has to pull himself together, if he breaks down every time something like this happens he won't be able to function on the job. Pete would then attempt a joke about Jim buying new locker doors for the entire room. He leaves the room and tells Jim he'll meet him in Mac's office.
Jim finally turns around after Pete is gone and reveals his wet, bloodshot eyes. He wipes his eyes, takes a deep breath to pull himself together then leaves the locker room and walks down the hall to the watch commander's office.

We next see Pete & Jim in the car, Jim worries about the locker door and if he'll make it through his probationary period. He doesn't believe it when Pete tells him that he has had to pay for a few locker doors himself.  
They receive a radio call for a 459 at 1200 Loma Linda and something amazing happens.
OK, watch carefully. Here they are before the radio call.
Then the call comes through and we see a shot of the radio.
"1-Adam-12, roger."
Wait a second! They were just wearing their class A uniforms, now they're suddenly in class C uniforms!
They arrive at 1200 Loma Linda and they're back in their class A uniforms!
I'm shocked that this mistake is not on the IMDB page for this episode.
Mr. Plaid shirt in the screen cap above has called the police because his house is being robbed for the third time in four months. Today he caught the pair in the act. He let the phone ring so they would think he was not home, then the one and a half thieves got to work. That's right, one and a half thieves.  He gets in the back of 1-Adam-12 to show them what is happening at his house.
Mr. Mitchell Barnes hopes Malloy and Reed can help with this "menace"-ing
This is the half thief, he has entered the house through a doggy door. He gathers the loot then drops it over the fence where the one thief, his father, is waiting in the back alley with the getaway car.
Malloy and Reed catch both of them, haul the father off to jail and take the kid to juvenile detention. (Sorry, I'm not gonna spend much time on this call. There's a lot to cover in this episode.)

Later, Reed and Malloy are in the car discussing the future of Johnny Standish, the half thief, when the male dispatcher comes over the radio with a call of a 211 at the grocery store, the two suspects with guns are there now. Pete speeds to the address, which is located in the Universal part of town.

When they arrive on the scene, the suspects are backing out of the store while firing their guns. Pete and Jim chase them on foot through the streets and into an alley that is blocked with a high chain link fence.
One of the suspects attempts to scale the fence, but he gets vertically tackled by Jim (or McCord's stuntman, but I want to believe that it is McCord). 
As soon as Jim pulls the surly suspect down from the fence, the prisoner starts hurling hateful language at the officer. Jim, having learned from his experience with Mr. Bates, keeps his cool and lets the abuse roll off of him like "water off of a duck's ass".
The insults continue after Pete reads them their rights, but Jim does not rise to the bait. A crowd gathers and Binger, the loud-mouthed suspect, tries to start an incident. Jim hiply warns him against it.
"Do all the talking you want, Binger, but don't incite a riot. You dig?"
Binger is still heaping abuse on Jim as they walk to the patrol car. Some young men in the crowd want to join Binger in disparaging the officers. But one of them goes against the crowd and points out that it is Binger and his accomplice who have wronged the community today, not the police.
They finally arrive at the car where Mac and backup officers have also assembled. Binger is upset that the crowd is not doing anything about the "pigs". 
"That's right 'soul brother'," says this young man.
He was the one who pointed out earlier that Binger did not deserve the crowd's support.
Mac announces that Binger and his accomplice, Vern Bayliss, are to be charged with two counts of 187 PC. 
Binger is still shouting "Kill these pigs!" as backup hauls him away.
Vern Bayliss whines, "All we wanted was a bottle of wine!"
And Jim continues to look stunning.
(Is Binger wearing the same sweatshirt with cut-off sleeves that Jim wore in Exactly 100 Yards?)

The final scene takes place in the locker room.

Pete has something on his mind.
He finds his partner and asks Jim why he was so quiet as they drove to the station. Jim explains that he was thinking about Bates and the five-year-old boy who was alive and well this morning. He wants to know if there is a "trick to it". Pete doesn't understand what he means.
"Putting him out of your mind. The boy, Bates, and the others; I still haven't learned to shut them out."
"You will."
At this point the young man who spoke in Reed and Malloy's defense during the 211 call enters the locker room. His name is Jessie Smith and wants to talk to the officers but he feels silly. Reed thanks him stopping a possible riot earlier. 

Jessie feels that he needs to apologize for what happened earlier. Not for his actions, but for the actions of those involved with the crime. (I think.)

I'm confused here. Is Jessie apologizing for the actions of Binger and Bayliss because they are part of his community or because they are fellow African-Americans? Anyway, Malloy says he understands (that makes one of us) and then gives us the greatest screen cap ever.

Mr. Smith leaves and Mac enters the room. He wants to know how Reed is doing.
"That's a good question."
"He's doing just fine."
The End.

My Evaluation:

As you may have guessed, I love this episode! It touches on themes explored in other episodes, it's chock full o' action, and it has a glaring continuity error! What a wonderful gift!
Jim gets emotional after the death of a child and asks Pete how to deal with the unique stresses of their job, much like S1 E7 Log 71: I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy and S1 E17 Log 33: It All Happened So Fast. Anytime Jim is vulnerable, it just breaks my heart, but these are still some of my favorite episodes. 
Just like the previous episode, Log 52: Good Cop Handle with Care, Reed learns that a good cop does not let his feelings get the better of him. 
All of these episodes also illustrate the strong "brothers in blue" bond between the two partners. Which is why I love the entire show. Their relationship is a beautiful thing. 

I'm going to have to give yet another episode of season 2 the rating of:

Do you agree? 

Before I say "See you next time", I have to let you all know that I won't be posting next Sunday. I'll be traveling for work the majority of this week, so between meetings and long days I won't be able to devote much time to the adventures of Pete and Jim. So, I am sorry to say, "See you in 2 weeks!"