Malloy and Woods went fishing, and the car smells like fish. Adam-12 picks up a disoriented senior who spills a bottle of perfume in the car as well. The pair mistake a minister to be a church prowler, and retrieve a young girl.
While on patrol, Reed stops into the local bank to pay a loan - and walks right into a bank robbery. Two hardened criminals with nothing to lose learn that Reed is a police officer and decide to take him hostage as a bargaining tool. Malloy and Mac are forced to come up with a drastic way to save Reed's life and foil the criminals.
When Mac assigns Reed to write an article about Malloy for Police Beat magazine, he agonizes to find details and an angle for the story. Meanwhile, the pair chase a gas station robber, end a domestic dispute, and capture a fleeing gunman.
Mallory returns to duty with a new car. He lets Reed drive it to work. They leave the car parked in the street when they chase a purse snatcher and catch him in a dumpster. On their return they find someone scraped the right front fender. At roll call they fill Mac in on what happened and he suggests his brother's body shop in Beverly Hills. Reed agrees to pay half but Malloy is worried about the cost. They receive a call from a woman whose drunk boyfriend is playing Indian and shooting arrows. They catch him at a newsstand in a fight. A store is held up and the owner...
Reed and Malloy start their shift at a bar where a drunk woman is threatening everyone with a gun. Other cases involve carjackers who happen to steal a car with guns, and a death of a mentally challenged man which looks suspicious.
Reed returns from vacation with a bad case of sunburn and is in agony all day. Reed and Malloy deal with a traffic accident, drug dealer, robbery suspect, and help rescue two boys from the water whose boat capsized.
Malloy and Reed are assigned as vacation fill-in at LA airport. As Zebra-12 they work on foot and motorbikes around LAX, handling an amazing number of crimes. Pete makes time with a shapely blonde supervisor at a ticket counter.
When an old man wearing a strange-looking belt is found dead of natural causes, fraud is suspected and the case is turned over to major frauds division. Investigation leads to a Dr. Gantman, whose useless treatment of a blind seven-year-old girl with a pituitary tumor is preventing its timely surgical removal. A break comes when a television repairman, who makes "electro-charged oscillator belts" for the doctor, is arrested for bookmaking and is willing to testify against him. The bookie isn't needed after a courtroom demonstration by the doctor, and participation by ...
The officers respond to a potential break-in catching a man leaving the building and finding a young boy inside hiding in a locker. The boy has no record and his single mother says this is his first time in trouble. Malloy decides to give the boy a break and releases him to his mother. On patrol they pull over a taxi driving erratically. They find the driver is being robbed by a passenger and thought he had a gun. While at the station Mac informs them that the young boy has a record under a different name and a man posed as his father. A call about an accident at a ...
Malloy is off on a week long youth camping trip that includes Greg Whitney. The trip does not start well when Greg who is short for his age was told to bunk with the younger campers. He gets into trouble for stealing ice cream followed by a charge by some of the campers he stole a boy's watch. He runs off before one of the counselors finds the watch was misplaced. Greg is found stuck down a hill but okay. He proves his mettle by beating the other boys in a cross country race after the boys were coached by Olympic pole vaulter Bob Seagren. Reed tries to provide Greg's ...
Reed and Malloy are assigned to "team policing", where officers from different departments work as a unit. Their team uncovers and busts a car accident insurance scam and works an undercover stakeout for a daylight burglar.
When an officer calls for help but fails to give his name or location, it results in a frantic search for the missing officer. The dispatcher helps by doing a roll call of all the known officers on patrol at the time of the call, while Reed and Malloy assist in the search. A motorcycle officer is the one who is missing, eventually leading their comrades to a parking garage and an armed hostage situation.
Malloy is contacted by Charlie Bishop who has served his time and is having a hard time adjusting to life on the outside. After listening to Charlie's story Malloy and Reed go back out on patrol, and after catching a potential tax cheat they check out a halfway house in hope that it has room for Charlie. In the meantime Charlie has decided that he'd rather be back in prison and after receiving a radio call Malloy and Reed realize they have to stop him from making a big mistake.
When Mac's wife gets a job he complains to Malloy but the patrol calls all teach lessons about this new "women's liberation". Malloy and Reed rescue a hostage from supermarket bandits and find an elderly nursing home escapee.
The officers spot a girl in a park by a school who has been raped by a serial rapist in the area. They accompany Sgt. Gloria Tyler to help teach a class of girls at the school how to handle sexual assaults. At a home burglary they catch an elderly man they know and his nephew leaving the scene. A market reports a shoplifter in a rain coat who ran away. The officers' search turns up the rain coat outside a bar and the man inside pretending to be a comic. Several officers participate in an undercover sting to catch the rape suspect using Tyler as the bait. They catch ...
A door-to-door search for a missing girl in a red sweater leads to a foot chase with the pedophile who kidnapped the youngster. Malloy catches the suspect, then loses his cool when the suspect makes a smart remark. The suspect fights back by filing an excessive force complaint against Malloy. Malloy admits what he did and accepts the consequences, even though he knows it could affect his long-term career goals.
Malloy and Reed handle a humorous drunk forced to dry out at the station jail and help a woman recover an antique when she discovers her husband hid their savings inside. They capture a rapist, and free a woman stuck in a phone booth.
Reed goes to visit the bank when his credit rating is incorrect. He and Malloy stop a liquor store robbery, return two kids that ran away from home, and resolve a mystery fender bender all the while Jim gets his bank records fixed.
Christmas in sunny Los Angeles finds Reed and Molloy in a series of seasonal vignettes. They meet up with a colorful tree lot salesman and help out a Santa entertaining a retiree's home all the while chasing down a rooftop gunman.