Adam-12 (1968–1975)
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Log 105: Elegy for a Pig 

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... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Officer Pete Malloy
... Officer Jim Reed
... Officer Tom Porter
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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21 November 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Except for Martin Milner's narration and Jack Webb's introduction, there was no dialog in this episode. See more »


In the story the Porter's first child is a girl but when Malloy and Reed go the Porter's house years later to deliver a chicken dinner the older child is a boy. See more »


Officer Peter J. Malloy: Telling a policeman's wife she's a widow is a job nobody wants. I never tried as hard for anything. He was a friend. It had to be me.
[much softer]
Officer Peter J. Malloy: It had to be me.
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Crazy Credits

This episode did not open with the regular credit sequence. The name of the show, it's two stars, the producer, writer and director were flashed in white letters on a black screen as show creator Jack Webb did a voice over of the credits. The sequence ended with Webb saying, "For the next 30 minutes, Elegy For A Pig". See more »

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A very unusual episode of "Adam-12"
15 June 2016 | by See 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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