The BEST episodes written by Michael Donovan

Lost and Found
star
8.70
9 votes

#1 - Lost and Found

Adam-12 - Season 5 - Episode 4

Reed and Malloy rush 8-year old Jimmy to Rampart Emergency Hospital with an as yet undiagnosed illness. Upon arrival, the immediate conclusion, and diagnosis are the same: Diabetes. Scared of the hospital, Jimmy runs off, and it's up to Reed and Malloy to find him before he goes into a diabetic coma. They follow the only lead they have, to the one happy place he was before the attack began, at the pet store, to buy a puppy. Elsewhere, Malloy's new girlfriend Cathy mans a hospital telephone hotline which is about to go under due to lack of funds. One call has her worried, that from Sherry, a 15-year old junkie threatening suicide to escape her troubled life. Sherry won't discloes where she is while she takes some "reds," supplied by her similary junike mother. Malloy and Reed need to find her fast, before she OD's. NOTE: This episode is a crossover with "Emergency!", featuring Doctor Bracket and Nurse McCall but also featuring cameos of Dr. Early and Firemen Gage and DeSoto.

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Assassination
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8.55
10 votes

#2 - Assassination

Adam-12 - Season 4 - Episode 11

A phony prowler call results in shots being fired at Malloy and Reed. Shots ring out again when the officers head to the airport to transport a blood donor. The suspect is a known check bouncer, and Reed's wife gets a disturbing phone call. Later Reed heads home and meets an acquaintance who just happens to be driving the same car as the shooting suspect. Other cases include a suicidal man who tries to incinerate himself with gasoline, and a wino who is nearly shot by a hyped-up Reed.

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Who Won?
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8.24
37 votes

#3 - Who Won?

Adam-12 - Season 4 - Episode 22

Malloy and Reed work to curtail the rise in illegal street racing by working with the leaders of rival racing clubs and obtaining the legitimate use of a drag strip through a race promoter. Their work is threatened, along with an anticipated race between Reed and Officer Wells, when one of the racers resorts to sabotage.

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The Professor
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8.11
18 votes

#4 - The Professor

Emergency! - Season 2 - Episode 15

A man shows signs of schizophrenia for no apparent reason and the Secret Service won't give any clues. Roy has an admirer, yet John accuses him of having no charisma. The paramedics respond to a false alarm on a fireboat, and end up saving the victim of a plane crash; they also deliver a premature baby and rescue a man threatening to jump off a tall building.

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Rip-Off
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8.11
19 votes

#5 - Rip-Off

Emergency! - Season 2 - Episode 20

Roy and John are accused of stealing money from a victim. A premature delivery and a blinded man result from a car crash. A perilous rescue involves a plane that might explode.

Easy Rap
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8.08
36 votes

#6 - Easy Rap

Adam-12 - Season 5 - Episode 24

Reed loses a case against a young car thief in juvenile court, who is later spotted in his dad's car. Later, a robbery leads to a high-speed pursuit which ends in a traffic accident; the teen car thief is killed in the crash. Other incidents include a girl whose boyfriend died from a heroin "hot shot", and she provides the name and address of his supplier, but the officers need more, so she buys drugs from the supplier and provides the serial number of the $10 bill she used to buy them. The officers stakeout the house and arrest the supplier. An elderly woman insists on being arrested rather than ticketed for a traffic violation.

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Training Wheels
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8.02
40 votes

#7 - Training Wheels

Adam-12 - Season 5 - Episode 5

The officers undergo their driver refresher courses to hone their pursuit and driving skills, but a rash of car strippers brings about a new approach suggested by Officer Wells: going undercover as paperboys riding bicycles to find the thieves. Hilarity ensues; Wells wrecks his bicycle that belonged to a young girl, Malloy deals with an irate newspaper customer, and Reed and Malloy pull over a VW Microbus on a traffic violation where the driver's parrot chanted "Down with Pigs!", but the tactics work and the officers break up the car stripping ring.

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I.A.D. - The Receipt
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8.00
4 votes

#8 - I.A.D. - The Receipt

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 23

Two of the department's veteran homicide detectives are accused of stealing $800 from a dead man. Joe and Bill investigate and try to find a missing receipt that would clear the detectives.

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The Dinosaur
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7.91
11 votes

#9 - The Dinosaur

Adam-12 - Season 4 - Episode 12

Officer Art McCall returns from eight years on disability and rides with Malloy and Reed to see how much has changed in law enforcement. McCall soon learns exactly how much has changed when he tries illegal techniques to help a young woman with her ex-con husband, fails to Mirandize a boy after arresting him for robbery, and screws up an arrest of a gun-carrying man who later plants a bomb in his ex-wife's car, which requires Malloy to dress down the veteran officer on his use of antiquated (and illegal) police procedures.

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Botulism
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7.89
76 votes

#10 - Botulism

Emergency! - Season 1 - Episode 2

John plots his revenge after being the repeated target of practical jokes. Dixie is worried about a student nurse, whose performances are affected by Dr. Brackett's personality. A man breaks his back falling off a tower. A woman fakes an illness. Dr. Early's stethoscope becomes lodged in his ear. A man brought into the hospital from a movie set is the first indication of an outbreak of botulism. Roy and John rescue a boy trapped in a collapsed building.

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Personnel - The Shooting
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7.83
5 votes

#11 - Personnel - The Shooting

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 1

Joe and Bill are assigned to the Medical Services Division. Two policemen have been shot. Joe and Bill must notify the wives.

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Homicide - Who Killed Who?
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7.80
5 votes

#12 - Homicide - Who Killed Who?

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 15

There is a multiple homicide at a rooming house. When Joe and Bill arrive, they find two dead in the lobby near a broken TV set and the manager has been shot and is near death. The manager mumbles the words "oft one" to Joe as he is taken away to the hospital. Bill and Joe start searching for clues and what the managers word mean.

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Syndrome
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7.80
20 votes

#13 - Syndrome

Emergency! - Season 2 - Episode 16

John tries to convince Roy he has tonsillitis. An old flame of Dixie's, who is now a famous actor, is admitted to Rampart. Two kids are trapped on top of a gas tank; a girl's college lacrosse game turns violent; Boot has surgery to remove a tick; Dr. Early deals with a hypochondriac. Chet is injured during a rescue and is roomed with Roy, who has had his tonsils removed.

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Internal Affairs - Parolee
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7.75
4 votes

#14 - Internal Affairs - Parolee

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 10

The warden of a Colorado prison has notified the department that an inmate is about to be paroled, but there is a hold from LA because of an outstanding warrant. Joe and Bill investigate whether there is still a case after 15 years.

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Burglary Auto - Juvenile Genius
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7.75
4 votes

#15 - Burglary Auto - Juvenile Genius

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 11

Burglaries are happening and the thieves are leaving a red cloth at each crime scene. Joe and Bill respond to another break in at a chemical company and a safe company. Joe and Bill stake out the chemical company and catch an unexpected pair of thieves.

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Burglary - Helpful Woman
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7.60
5 votes

#16 - Burglary - Helpful Woman

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 14

A woman befriends elderly people and then steals from them. Joe and Bill contact a radio personality and ask to have him talk about the scam. The radio broadcast turns up a lead, and a stakeout is set up where Bill poses as an invilid.

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Narco: Missing Hypo
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7.50
4 votes

#17 - Narco: Missing Hypo

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 13

A teenage Hype from a nice home has missed his parole officer meeting. Joe and Bill are asked to locate the teenager before he starts up his habit.

Dirt Duel
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7.49
39 votes

#18 - Dirt Duel

Adam-12 - Season 5 - Episode 1

A series of purse snatchings involving motorcyclists is causing problems with the police, as they cannot follow them down the off-road trails they take. Reed holds a community meeting with the various motorcycle clubs (one of which is suspected in the snatchings), but one of the club leaders challenges Malloy to a race on one of the off-trails. Reed teaches Malloy the secrets of off-road cycling, however Malloy loses the race but gains the respect of the club's leader, who helps them apprehend the suspects by blocking their escape route after another crime.

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Truant
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7.47
45 votes

#19 - Truant

Adam-12 - Season 4 - Episode 7

Truancy is on the rise in the district and Reed has a plan to pick up truants on the street, which was approved after a garage break-in by two truants. Results show a drop in crimes committed by truants, in one case two truants were stopped by the police and were implicated in a burglary, and one of the two truants involved in the garage break-in is brought in on another incident. Other incidents include arresting two heroin smugglers who hid the stash in their car's gas tank, which leaked some of the contraband after the car stalled, and stop car thieves from stripping the parts to build a dune buggy.

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Sub-Station
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7.41
41 votes

#20 - Sub-Station

Adam-12 - Season 4 - Episode 20

Malloy and Reed are temporarily assigned to a police sub-station at LAX. While there, they deal with a hostage situation between a flight attendant and a man desperate for the attention of a television producer, go undercover to intercept a drug shipment from Toledo, Ohio, and prevent a rape suspect from escaping on an outbound flight.

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Log 014: S.W.A.T.
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7.35
37 votes

#21 - Log 014: S.W.A.T.

Adam-12 - Season 2 - Episode 14

A rooftop sniper endangers the lives of people in a neighborhood, resulting in Malloy and Reed calling in the SWAT unit to secure the scene.

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The Big Clan
star
7.33
9 votes

#22 - The Big Clan

Dragnet - Season 2 - Episode 21

Sgt. Friday is offered a bribe to assist a gypsy family trying to gain control of the gypsy community.

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D.H.Q. - The Victims
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7.33
6 votes

#23 - D.H.Q. - The Victims

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 26

Joe and Bill investigate a series of victims. An elderly man has been stabbed to death in his hotel room. An elderly is assaulted and her purse stolen. A store is robbed and the owner is stabbed. Rights are given to the criminals, but there are no rights for the victims.

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The Tip
star
7.31
39 votes

#24 - The Tip

Adam-12 - Season 4 - Episode 16

Malloy and Reed deal with a woman who thinks she has a rattlesnake in her luggage, an out-of-town traffic violator, and a bar brawl, all while tackling armored truck robbers whose attacks have been predicted in advance by an informant.

Log 152: A Dead Cop Can't Help Anyone
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7.30
44 votes

#25 - Log 152: A Dead Cop Can't Help Anyone

Adam-12 - Season 1 - Episode 22

Malloy and Reed respond to a domestic disturbance, involving a man with a gun, with Officer Wells and his partner arrive on the scene as their backup. Not wanting to wait to follow proper procedure, Wells barges into the apartment, nearly getting shot to arrest the man. Afterwards, at the station, Wells brags about how criminals need to be put in their place and the police can't let them get away with anything. Concerned that rookie partner Reed may be picking up on Wells' habits, Malloy confronts Wells, telling him he is a negative influence on the younger officers and that, unless asked in the future, he is not to respond to their calls. Back on patrol, Reed tells Malloy how impressed he was with Wells handling of the situation. Malloy tells Reed, that in that situation, a dead cop is no help to the public or their partner. However, Wells' reckless habits catch up with him, when on a similar call as earlier, he again rushes toward the front door of the residence and is shot.

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The Big Problem
star
7.29
7 votes

#26 - The Big Problem

Dragnet - Season 2 - Episode 28

Community relations is the theme, as Friday and Gannon try to narrow the gap between the Department and the citizens it is sworn "to protect and to serve." The gap is especially wide between African-Americans and the primarily Caucasian LAPD, as demonstrated when a young - and slightly militant - black man barracades himself in his apartment rather than submit to a traffic warrant.

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Log 172: Boy, The Things You Do for the Job
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7.28
43 votes

#27 - Log 172: Boy, The Things You Do for the Job

Adam-12 - Season 1 - Episode 24

Malloy writes a young woman a traffic ticket and then is bombarded with attention and affection, all of which he doesn't want.

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Training Division
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7.19
32 votes

#28 - Training Division

Adam-12 - Season 6 - Episode 8

A rookie cop with a "know-it-all" attitude, Officer Barrett, presents problems for the officers on the force, including Officer Wells, Malloy and Reed. At the start of the episode -- after an academy demonstration of an arrest gone tragically wrong -- Barrett bungles the arrest of an elderly man suspected of holding up a bank. Officers Malloy and Wells verbally reprimand Barrett (who has apparently made similar mistakes before) about his latest mistakes, even though the old gent did not display a weapon (he simply presented a note to a teller requesting $1 million) and had a few screws loose. Near the end of the show, the officers must deal with a bomber who has planted an explosive device inside a cereal box at a local grocery store, with the bomb set to go off within the hour. After the officers corner the suspect (who holds another man at gunpoint) Barrett chokes when Reed orders the hot-dog rookie to arrest the suspect; Malloy eventually takes the man into custody. In the wrap-up,

Fuzz Lady
star
7.18
85 votes

#29 - Fuzz Lady

Emergency! - Season 2 - Episode 7

John falls for a lady deputy when called to treat a mugger. Items are stolen from Rampart. The firemen rescue an elderly man from a house fire. Boot returns to Station 51. A grandfather is injured by a model rocket. The paramedics rescue a boat thief trapped on a crane.

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Burglary - The Dognappers
star
7.00
7 votes

#30 - Burglary - The Dognappers

Dragnet - Season 4 - Episode 19

Dogs are disappearing from cars parked at the El Centro shopping center. Joe and Bill suspect that the dogs are being stolen to get a reward for the dogs return.

Most Deadly Passage
star
6.43
6 votes

#31 - Most Deadly Passage

Emergency! - Season 7 - Episode 3

Roy and Johnny are sent to Seattle to study the techniques used there. A skydiver jumps off the Space Needle, a worker is trapped at the top of the Kingdome, and a fuel pumper loads a ferry with gasoline instead of diesel fuel, which sets the ferry on fire in the middle of the Elliot Bay.

Peace Pipe
star
6.42
55 votes

#32 - Peace Pipe

Emergency! - Season 2 - Episode 5

A drunk driver rams a parked car, trapping a child inside. Chet pesters John about his Native American heritage. A kid gets his finger stuck in a gumball machine. A woman's new girdle causes breathing difficulties. A worker's error leads to fuel being mixed with the water supply, causing explosive results. A sniper makes a scaffold rescue dangerous.

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