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Log 105: Elegy for a Pig 

This commemorates the life and death of a slain officer. It's not just a recounting of his achievements as an policeman, but a look at his life and family, and the meaning of his loss to his friends and to the community.


Christian Nyby


Robert A. Cinader (created by) (as R.A. Cinader), Jack Webb (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed
Mark Goddard ... Officer Tom Porter
Rachel Romen Rachel Romen ... Marge Porter


The on the job shooting death of Medal of Valor recipient Officer Tom Porter, Malloy's colleague and close personal friend, is the impetus for Malloy to relay Tom's story, documentary style as the narrator. As Malloy was Tom's friend even before they joined the academy together, he and Reed had the unfortunate task of breaking the news of his death to Tom's wife, Marge, who Tom and Malloy first met when they applied to become police officers, as Marge was the clerk at city hall. His death leaves Marge to raise their two infant children on her own. Tom excelled at most things related to the academy training and later on the job work, but those few things in which he didn't he was harder on himself than anyone else could be. Although Tom and Malloy's naive dream of being partners never materialized, their professional paths crossed often. Malloy has the honor of telling his story, if only the reason to do so was different. Written by Huggo

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In Malloy's narration, he notes he has only been on the police force five years longer than Reed. It was previously mentioned in the series that he had been on the force for seven years when Reed became his partner. See more »


In the opening parade scene, the people in the background are out of order between the shots of Malloy, Reed and Porter. See more »


Officer Peter J. Malloy: Officer Tom Porter. One of six thousand. An ordinary policeman. But he was more to me. He was a friend. And now he was dead.
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Crazy Credits

In addition to the special opening sequence, the episode ends with the credits in plain white lettering on a black screen, running in total silence until the trademark Mark VII Limited is shown. See more »


Written by Daniel Butterfield
[Played at the funeral just before the flag is removed from the coffin]
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A very unusual episode of "Adam-12"
15 June 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I normally wouldn't bother reviewing an individual episode of "Adam-12", as most shows are essentially the same--an episodic view of Officers Reid and Malloy during a day's work. For the most part, the shows are very similar. This is NOT a complaint...the show was well made and enjoyable. However, it is nothing like the others...nothing.

The show begins with a cop being senselessly murdered by a thug...and soon the other cops apprehend the killer. But one of these cops is Malloy...and the dead cop he discovers is his friend, Tom Porter (Mark Goddard). Then, in documentary style, Malloy narrates an overview of Porter's life and service to the community.

This is an excellent program and shows Jack Webb's sincere appreciation of the police force. It's well made and effective...and a nice change of pace for the show.

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21 November 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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