Tom Williams, who appears as the man who answers the door at the Hewlitt party, was Jack Webb's long time assistant who went on to become associate producer of the series beginning in Season 3, and producer during its final two seasons.
If the young man seen in Malloy and Reed's first call looks familiar, he is. Barry Williams, soon to become famous on The Brady Bunch guest stars as the young teenager in the opening scene.
It's revealed in this episode that Reed has only been on the job for three weeks.
The drunk driver that Malloy and Reed deal with is played by veteran character actor Hal Smith, who is best known for his portrayal of Mayberry town drunk Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show.
At around 5:18 into the episode, when Reed and Malloy are talking about Malloy getting smacked in the bar and not going by the book, when the scene cuts to a close-up of Kent McCord, the camera is very out of focus compared to the same shot on Martin Milner. This "fuzzy" camera would stay this way the rest of the episode. Because there was no "video assist" back then to view what the lens was "seeing", it's possible that the focus ring could have gotten bumped after the camera was in place and since they would have shot all of McCord's lines back to back without moving the camera, once bumped, it wouldn't have been discovered until the film was processed. By then, it was too late to re-shoot the lines so they just used what they had.
Reed states in this episode that he has been on the job for about six months. That would indicate that this episode takes place after the episode Log 51: Jumper - Code Two, where Reed reveals that he has only been on the job for about three weeks. Apparently the Log's are not numbered in chronological order.
As the strange sound begins in the police cruiser, at around 4:02, the house used in the TV show The Munsters can be clearly seen over Officer Reed's right shoulder.
As Malloy and Reed see the horse thief and speed up to cut off his escape on the road, Martin Miller, who is actually driving the police car, mis-judges the speed of the car and the distance he needs to stop, sliding on the loose gravel and rocks, and comes within an inch or two from smashing the front of the car into the rock embankment.
In the scene where Susu is sitting behind the white 1968/69 Mercury Cyclone, notice in the close-ups all across the rear of the car on the center trim, and over the name Cyclone on the right rear quarter panel. The manufacturer and model of the car are covered with a black cloth tape called "Gaffer's" tape. This is to prevent any legal issues with the maker of the car, since both names would be trademarked and copyrighted.
Upon completing his communication with Malloy, Sgt. MacDonald ended his radio transmission with KMA. KMA was the official Federal Communications Commission call sign for Los Angeles. KMA-367 was the designation for Los Angeles Police Department radio transmitters from 1948 through the 1980s, but most of the time, dispatchers would shorten it to just KMA.
Sgt. MacDonald's radio call sign was L20.
To gain access to the drug house at 23rd and Victoria, one had to knock once, wait a few seconds, and then knock again.
The name on the glass door of the retirement facility that J.H. Saulsberry, the 91 year old man from Deadwood South Dakota, has wondered into is Hogan's Guest Home.
At 8:56 in the episode, as Malloy and Reed start to chase a drunk driver in a green Chevy SS through the studio backlot, the house used for the TV show The Munsters can be clearly seen center frame directly behind the cars as they drive past camera.
After giving Mr. Haines a breath test, Malloy remarks that he blew a 3-1. There is a problem with this reference in that if he's referring to .031, that's far below the usual legal requirement of .08 which is almost universally accepted as the point of impairment. If Malloy actually means a .31, that level is almost four times over the legal limit and technically the person with that much alcohol in their system would be dead or unconscious and near death with massive organ failure.
When Reed and Malloy receive the call for the report of a stolen car, Reed reaches over to write something on a notepad. In the wide shot, he is seen wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt, but in the close-up of the same shot, the arm seen writing on the pad has a long-sleeve on it.
At approximately 15:28, as Malloy pulls the squad car over to check out the 58 Ford on the side of the road, the shadow of a reflector known as a "shiny board" can be seen with it's operator on the road center frame where the police car stops.
At 15:40 of the same scene, as the car owner walks up in the wide shot, he walks right into the shadow of the camera and the assistant camera operator because of the bright, direct sun behind them.
When the scene cuts away to Reed listening, and then back to Malloy talking with the car owner, the whole shot is now shaded by flags, no bright sun, and no shadows of crew and camera.
The tag number on the first white Ford convertible Reed and Malloy investigate is LNI452. This is not a valid California tag number. I's were never used as the third letter on the tag right next to a number because there could be confusion looking at the tag at a distance if a "1" and an "I" were back to back. So all I's and O's were never used as the third letter on California tags.
At around 19:15 into the episode, while Malloy and Reed are driving in their police cruiser, a shading device called a "solid" can be seen at the very top edge of the camera's frame. These "flags" are used to keep the reflection off of the windshield so the camera can "see" better through the glass.
During a conversation with Ms. Tipton, Malloy reveals that his birthday falls on March 17th.
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