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.
Did You Know?
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.
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] See more