"The Surprise" is an episode of Adam-12 starring Martin Milner, Kent McCord, and Don Stroud. When a string of jewelry stores are robbed with the same M.O., Reed pulls some clever police work during an unrelated traffic stop. Also, Malloy spots the pattern of a second burglar as he breaks into stores in a path across town.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Officer Pete Malloy
... Officer Jim Reed
... Bert Stanley
... Floyd Sinclair
... Sgt. MacDonald
... Paul
Victor Campos ... Officer Benson
... Officer Snyder
... Suspect
Fred Stromsoe ... Officer Jerry Woods
Gary Crosby ... Officer Ed Wells


Shift starts at roll call where Mac announces a chain of robberies using milk crates to break store windows. It is Pete's birthday and he tells Reed he doesn't want a surprise party. On patrol they receive a call to backup another car on a jewelry story break-in but are interrupted by a DUI who turns out to be the jewelry store owner called by the police. They handle a call from an embarrassed man whose leather shoulder purse is stolen while buying a negligee. They spot a man working at a closed gas station and find he has the wrong uniform resulting in a arrest. They pull over a car for dangerous passing. The driver has an outstanding warrant but Reed notices a milk cartoon in the back seat and secretly marks it thinking he is the thieve mentioned at roll call. They return to the station where Malloy continues to see hints of a surprise birthday party for him despite Reed's denials. Shots in the police garage results in a major shootout with a good natured drunk an officer decided ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 November 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


We find out in this episode that Officer Snyder is from Stockton, California as is the suspect that shot him. This is a rare glimpse of the personal lives of one of the show's character the series rarely reveals. See more »


During the shootout in the parking lot, there is a hail of gunfire in an enclosed area and ricochets can be seen on the walls. However, after all the shooting is over, there is no broken glass on the ground and no cars appear to be damaged in any way. See more »

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