After roll call, Reed and Malloy provide backup at a robbery, help a lost man return home, handle a call about a prowler, then respond to a silent alarm. Malloy demonstrates for Reed the importance of "officer presence".
Reed volunteers to find entertainment for the department party but he is having poor luck and his options left are poor. They spot TJ, an informant, who tells them about a possible drug house. They spot a woman and girl at the same bus stop an hour apart. When they stop to talk to her, she tries to run. They learn she is from New Mexico looking for her husband but doesn't know how to contact him and has no money. She stole but did not open a box of cookies. The officers take her to the Salvation Army. That night they locate the drug house and call in support. They ...
The officers have one of those nights where they either have no calls or minor issues they can do nothing about until the end of the shift when Malloy is successful with a dangerous solution to a suicide jumper.
While Malloy is attending college, radicals learn he is a cop. They reject him stressing him on the job. After helping arrest demonstrators, his new car is vandalized. When a timer is found missing, he locates and disarms a bomb using it.
They respond to a call about a drug overdose and track the drugs to a 17 year who has barricaded himself in his room with a gun and threatens kill himself. They contend with a distraught mother and an overbearing father.
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, forcing them to come to his rescue.
Reed hears a joke from Ed Wells before roll call, then spends the shift retelling it to Malloy. The partners solve a mystery for a little old lady. Later, Reed needs to break up a noisy party hosted by an old school chum.
Malloy and Reed volunteer for the LAPD Olympics to improve relations and invite students to join them but there are problems. There, they meet a youth who is in need of a positive role model due to problems at home between his parents.
The "Mulholland Mauler" is the object of a department wide search and several cars are assigned to patrol 'lovers lane' but more than one suspect ends up matching the description. How do they smoke out the Mauler?
A pair of freelance reporters are determined to do a story on police brutality, and harass Reed and Malloy as their marks. The officers warn the reporters to cease their behavior, but they don't and they end up causing a tragedy.
Reed is shaken by a child molester and learns valuable lessons on controlling his emotions. They handle a potential dead body, father-son robbery team and a pair of black men who shoot a pair of store owners and try to create a race riot.
An older husband complains about his wife and friend's noisy karate practice. A hit and run traffic accident looks looks like a homicide. The officers use their investigate skills to locate the suspect and arrest him.
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.
Reed foolishly comes to work on the same day his wife is admitted to the hospital to give birth. Reed continually attempts to contact his wife but is always foiled by crime, timing or incompetence. Malloy just tries to get through the day.
Malloy and Reed begin to suspect that their street informant has returned to using and is committing crimes to support his habit after he is hit and found with a wad of cash. He loses his job but a priest still has faith in him.
Malloy and Reed investigate a complicated landlord/tenant dispute that leads them to a report of a series of seemingly random thefts of odd items in a neighborhood which has an interesting cause involving a young boy.