Adam-12

Million Dollar Buff

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 9/22/71
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  • Episode Description
  • An eccentric millionaire who spends his free time as a strong-armed police buff provides assistance apprehending a drunk driver and ending a shootout, but seems destined to overstep the law.  A professional jewel thief who stole a $1500 engagement ring may walk due to lack of evidence.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Milner

    Officer Pete Malloy

  • Kent McCord

    Officer Jim Reed

  • Lindsay Wagner

    Jenny Carson

  • Dennis McCarthy (I)

    Dave Walbrook

  • Ed Begley Jr.

    Bud

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  • Notes (2)

    • Leo Gordon wrote the script and guest starred in this episode as the police buff.  His wife, Lynn Cartwright, also appears in this episode as the suspected jewel thief.  They were married 50 years, until his death in 2000.

    • This was Lindsay Wagner's first credited television role. She played the near-sighted jewelry clerk.

    Trivia (1)

    • The young store clerk who cannot see without her glasses, Jenny Carson, is played by Lindsey Wagner. It was the first TV credit for Wagner, who became as big start as "The Bionic Woman" not long after.

       

      The episode also features a young Ed Begley, Jr. as one of the young men falsely "arrested" by the police buff, the kids changing the tires on the car. Begley, who portrays "Bud" in this ep, has a long rich TV history from "Room 222" to "Arrested Development" over six decades.

       

      Ironically, perhaps Begley's most famous role was on St. Elsewhere, a series which featured two appearances as Bjorn Johnston of old character actor Leo Gordon...who stars in "Million Dollar Buff" as the hated police buff, Jennings Thornton. He plays a similar character, a former cop turned bad named Jack Donohoe, in Season 3 Ep 19 "Once a Cop." Those are two of his five appearances during the run of "Adam 12." Gordon's TV career spanned back to 1952, but acting was far from his only talent. "Once a Cop" was one of 21 episodes of "Adam 12" for which Leo Gordon was credited as the writer.

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