Adam-12: Season 2, Episode 26

Log 173: Shoplift (9 May 1970)

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Malloy and Reed track down a kooky female shoplifter involved in a cult-type relationship with a ego-maniacal spiritualist weirdo. Malloy gets help tracking her down from an old girlfriend.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Eastham ...
Mr. Courtnay
Nina Shipman ...
Jane Hayes
M'Liss Courtnay (as Nira Barab)
William Boyett ...
Jo De Winter ...
Mrs. Courtnay (as Jo de Winter)
Harry Geldard ...
Mr. Bernard
Mina Martinez ...
Leona Early ...


Mac and Reed notice that Malloy's thoughts are elsewhere when told that Adam-12 is to report to Summer's Department Store on a reported shoplift. Reed soon learns it's because the store's security investigator, Jane Hayes, is an old flame of Malloy's who he has not seen in a while. Jane is a police officer who works at the store on her days off. They broke up a year earlier because Malloy could not handle dating a policewoman. There are feelings still between them, despite she now being engaged to someone else. The shoplifter, who Jane has in custody, is nineteen year old heiress M'Liss Courtnay. M'Liss is a chronic shoplifter at the store, the so far small items stolen which store management always placed on her father's charge account after the theft. This time, the item was a little more substantial, a diamond watch retailing at $2,500, but not found on her person when arrested. Malloy and Reed's investigation takes them to the Courtnay home to see what her father and stepmother ... Written by Huggo

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9 May 1970 (USA)  »

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When Malloy and Reed first approach the temple for the first time, Reed is on Malloy's right. In the next shot, Reed is on Malloy's left. See more »

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Pete and the lady cop
6 July 2013 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

The most important aspect of this episode is the fact that we see one of Pete's former girlfriends. Apparently at one time (more than a year ago) he dated Jane Hayes, and since she was with the force, he had somehow kept up with her career, acknowledging that he knew she worked part-time in the security force of a department store. He also knew that she was "practically engaged to some guy"... although we don't know if that relationship still exists. Jane's response? "Yeah. Some guy who's willing to overlook the fact that I'm a policewoman."

The clear implication is that Peter J. Malloy was NOT willing and/or able to "overlook" the fact that she was a policewoman. Which I find a little disappointing and pretty much out of character for him. I always thought that Malloy was quite open-minded about a lot of things, and that he was willing to give anyone (even us second-class womenfolk) the benefit of the doubt and not pre-judge anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or whatever.

Regardless, it was clear that he was "over" this woman, as he cast no longing glances her way, nor was there any look of regret on his face at any time that she was on screen. That part is fine with me, as I like the thought that Pete is (as he ever was) a 'free agent.' What's NOT fine with me is the hint that he might have been a little narrow-minded, even if it was somewhat understandable for the time. :-/

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