Adam-12: Season 5, Episode 23

Keeping Tabs (14 Mar. 1973)

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Malloy and Reed stop a car full of young men on a midnight joyride. They are surprised when one is Sgt MacDonald's son. Pete wants to help, and quickly finds himself in the middle.



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Episode complete credited cast:
William Boyett ...
Sean Kelly ...
Bill MacDonald
Louise Lorimer ...
E.A. Sirianni ...
Ta-Tanisha ...
Lizzie (as Ta Tanisha)
Fred Stromsoe ...
Cinque Attucks ...
Nathaniel Taylor ...
Ben Frommer ...
Gerald Wilson
Drunk Man


The officers encounter a car speeding and driving recklessly. After pulling it over, they find teenagers in it including Mac's son. The next day when Pete makes a crack about young John Dillinger to Mac, Mac is not happy. A call about a burglar turns up a man robbing an apartment they must chase up a fire escape. Several men playing chess in a park complain about a woman feeding ducks which creates noise. When the woman says the men are poor chess players, the officers suggest she show them. Mac's son stops by Pete's apartment to see if he can help with Mac's treatment of him. The officers receive a call from a woman that her two boyfriends are fighting with a knife. As they arrest the two men, she leaves with a third. Mac asks Malloy for advice on handling his son and Pete suggests backing off and let the boy mature on his own which Mac tries. Reed must rescue a drunk who is trying to direct traffic at an intersection. Written by Anonymous

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During the chase scene in the beginning of the episode, there are repeated passes by the same parked cars. See more »


Sgt. MacDonald: I end up not wanting him to do anything, fearing he will make some kind of mistake.
Officer Peter J. Malloy: You know, when I was a kid I built one of those model ships. I worked on it every day after school. It was pretty detailed, exact rigging and built to scale. When I was done, I took it to a pond where we lived and I put it in the water. A gust of wind grabbed it and got it going too fast and sent it toward some rocks. So I ran around the pond and jerked it out of the water. I never sailed it again, I was afraid ...
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