Adam-12: Season 4, Episode 21

Backup 1-L20 (23 Feb. 1972)

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While transporting a burglary suspect, Sgt. MacDonald hits a pedestrian who was crossing the street. Eyewitnesses say the pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk and the Sargent should have stopped.



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Episode complete credited cast:
William Boyett ...
Victor Lamson
Edward Faulkner ...
Sgt. Ed Powers
Walter Burke ...
Billy Fuller
Sgt. McCall
Angela Greene ...
Patrolman Stan Arnold
Fred Stromsoe ...


Malloy and Reed are called to provide backup to of all people Mac, who happened upon a B&E in progress. Despite it being a good bust, Malloy can't help but rib Mac about it being an easy bust. Mac requests Malloy to be the accompanying officer in transporting the perpetrator, Victor Lamson, back to the station, while Reed secures the crime scene. Both Mac and Malloy's friendly attitude change as they, while driving to the station, hit an elderly pedestrian. Both Mac and Malloy know that the pedestrian came out from between two parked cars into traffic, whereas the three independent witnesses on the street all state that the pedestrian was in the pedestrian crosswalk, thus had the right of way, and that Mac was speeding. Lamson, who knows that Mac and Malloy are telling the truth, will not corroborate their story unless they let him go, which they both refuse. Beyond Traffic investigating, Internal Affairs also does. Mac comes to the realization that he could be in real trouble and ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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This was Fred Stromsoe's first appearance on the show. However, it would be two more episodes before he would settle into his regular role as Officer Jerry Woods. See more »


After the pedestrian is struck, her body comes to a rest, and then she adjusts her head position, probably for comfort. She's was supposed to be unconscious. See more »

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