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Log 152: A Dead Cop Can't Help Anyone 

Malloy tries to shield an impressionable Reed from Officer Ed Wells, a shoot-first ask-questions-later style officer. Wells' reckless philosophy endangers his own safety when he responds to a sniper thus forcing them to come to his rescue.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed
Gary Crosby ... Officer Ed Wells
Walter Mathews ... George Thurston
Barry Williams ... Johnny Grant
Barbara Baldavin Barbara Baldavin ... Betty Wells
Angela Greene ... Sally Gentry
William Boyett ... Sgt. MacDonald
Claude Johnson ... Officer Brinkman
Bobby Hall ... Chester Wilbanks
Ted Foulkes Ted Foulkes ... Bobby Thurston
Marco Lopez Marco Lopez ... Officer Sanchez
Jan Reeves Jan Reeves ... Wilma
Dick Hitt Dick Hitt ... Suspect


Before shift, Officer Ed Wells impresses all the new officers including Reed with stories of his ignore-all-danger style of police work. The senior officers including Malloy are not impressed or happy. Wells ignores Malloy's desire to safely handle a man with a gun and hostage and instead busts in taking the suspect whose gun shot misses Wells. Reed is impressed with Wells while Mac chews Malloy out for not handling his own calls. A call about a man taking a boy turns out to be a father trying to take his son to the barber. Malloy and Reed backup Wells on a call about a man with a shotgun. Wells rushes the house but is downed with a load of buckshot. Malloy and Reed use their car to shield them as they rescue Wells. They visit Wells in the hospital and Reed has learned another lesson. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 March 1969 (USA) See more »

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Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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1.33 : 1
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12-year-old Barry Williams appears in this episode, just nine months before his most famous role as eldest son Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch (1969). See more »

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"You run around like a comic strip character, you think you're doing good police work, but you're not!"
17 February 2020 | by The_Light_TritonSee all my reviews

What makes Malloy such a good character is how seriously he takes his job as a police officer. He's seen his partner (Before Reed) get shot and die on the job and therefore knows the danger associated with it. Unfortunately, not every other policeman in his department knows that pain. In this episode he clashes with one such officer who is more reckless than conservative.

This is also the episode that introduces us to Ed Wells, A recurring character who is the closest thing to "Robo-cop" as the common man says. In this episode, Wells is called in as back-up for Malloy and hijacks the call and makes a clean bust but unnecessarily risks his life in the process, agitating Malloy and getting him in trouble with Sergeant MacDonald. But it's only a matter of time before Wells' luck runs out and Malloy's maturity saves the day.

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