Adam-12 (1968–1975)
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Log 103: A Sound Like Thunder 

Malloy and Reed double date on their day off to a ghost town only to be confronted by a motor cycle gang. It takes their quick police instincts to save the day as Mrs Reed gets too close to delivering the baby.


Joseph Pevney


Robert A. Cinader (created by) (as R.A. Cinader), Jack Webb (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed
Barbara Baldavin Barbara Baldavin ... Sally Fisher
Bruce Glover ... Bach
Ralph Moody ... Gus Archer
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Billy Catcher
David Hayward ... Georgie
Robert Matson Montgomery Robert Matson Montgomery ... Lou (as Roger Matson Montgomery)
Don Adkins Don Adkins ... Doctor
Mikki Jamison ... Jean Reed


Malloy and Reed bring an elderly man into Central Receiving for treatment. While there Malloy confirms his date with nurse Sally Fisher to join him and Reed plus Jim's pregnant wife the next morning on a visit to a remote ghost town. After arriving they hear "thunder" which Malloy recognizes as motorcycles. A gang of several men and women search Reed's car. They learn the men are police officers with women and decide to have fun. The officers and women hold up in an old saloon. They capture the leader of the gang while he is searching for them and shoot another in the leg. The rest are scared off and Jim rides a captured cycle for help as they destroyed his car. Written by Anonymous

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1 November 1969 (USA) See more »

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Officer Jim Reed: After he's back with help, his wife mentions that he made pretty good time on the borrowed motorcycle. Reed says "Yes, it's a nice bike, I wouldn't I mind owning it."
Jean Reed: Jean's immediate response "You want a divorce?"
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Definitely one of their lesser episodes
15 February 2016 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

SPOILER: On their day off, Reed and his pregnant wife and Malloy and his date--a cute nurse--go exploring an old ghost town and run into a gang of nasty bikers, who disable their car and whose leader threatens to kill them. Although the series didn't very often show Reed and Malloy spending a lot of time together off-duty, you'd think the show's writers could have come up with a better idea than this. It's taken for granted that nothing bad is going to happen to the show's two stars, so no matter how much the bikers threaten them or actually attack them, there's no tension or suspense wondering if Reed, Malloy and company are going to come out of it OK--of course they will. So that means that the bikers will end up on the short end of the stick, which--to no one's surprise--is exactly what happens. The writing is simplistic in the extreme: the bikers are pure evil and are sneeringly referred to as "unwashed" and listening to "indecent, filthy music", which in 1969--when this episode was shot--was anathema to arch-conservatives such as the show's producer Jack Webb and pretty much a sign of the coming apocalypse that would be brought on by the "hippies", the "youth movement" and all the other forces of evil that were destroying America (to their way of thinking, at least). In addition, the biker gang's leader is played by Bruce Glover--Christian Glover's father--in such snarling, clenched-teeth, off-the-wall scenery chewing as to be embarrassing. Of course Reed and Malloy--and, by extension, the forces of goodness and decency--triumph, much as you knew they would. I actually like Adam-12 and thought it was overall a pretty good show, but every so often Webb's far-right politics would find their way into an episode or two, and this is one of them. Skip it.

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