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The sound of a moving train can be heard prominently during the chase scene at the rail yard, but it is obvious from the different camera angles that there aren't any moving trains in the area.
This episode concludes with a title card reading "To Be Continued in Part II", and a voice over by Jack Webb: "Travel with Officers Reed and Malloy, as they continue their ride with the commissioner."
Leo Gordon is credited as the writer of this episode and also plays the role of the fugitive at the hotel. His wife, Lynn Cartwright, also appears in this episode as the woman who is suffering from withdrawal convulsions in her car.
This is the first credited appearance of Fred Stromsoe as the recurring character Officer Jerry Woods, although he made a brief appearance as a uniformed officer in the season premier episode, "Dirt Duel".
This is the second time that Adam-12 and Emergency! crossed over on screen. The first time was in the Emergency! pilot, "The Wedsworth-Townsend Act."
This episode was notable for featuring three children of iconic musical performers: Gary Crosby, Christina Sinatra, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. They were credited together at the end of the episode.
Fred Stromsoe makes his first (albeit brief and uncredited) appearance as Officer Jerry Woods, who will be a recurring character during the final three seasons. He sarcastically congratulates Malloy at the end of the town hall meeting.
Sid McCoy, who guest stars as the dispatching officer, was best known for being the announcer for Soul Train during its entire run from 1971 to 2006.
Harry Rustin, the grizzled trainer of the college football team, is portrayed by Jackie Coogan. Coogan was one of the most popular child actors of his time, discovered by Charlie Chaplin and on stage with his family by the age of four. More than fifty years earlier, he has starred in "The Kid," one of the most popular films of the '20s. And if that's not impressive enough, he also was the hilarious "Uncle Fester" in the Addams Family series. Keep an eye on these A12 episodes, and you'll find a who's who of Hollywood talent in bit roles in these shows.
Goof: When Malloy and Reed enter the sewer, Reed leaves the pry bar used to open the manhole cover laying in the middle of the street.
Heather North, who guest stars as the terrorized woman, is best known for providing the voice of Daphne on "Scooby-Doo" cartoons from 1970 to 1997.
The woman who played Cindy Williams is Angela Cartwright who played Penny Robinson on Lost in space, and his the real life sister of Veronica Cartwright who played Jemina on Daniel Boone.
Malloy has been promoted to Senior Officer.
Two different cars were used for this crash scene. When the car is airborne, it is a 1971 Plymouth Satellite. When it lands, it is a 1969 Plymouth Belvedere. The lights on the Satellite are embedded in the rear bumper, while the ones for the Belvedere are on either side of the trunk lid.
Ozzie Nelson both directs and guest stars in this episode.
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.
During the exterior shots of the riding school, the large sign on the adjoining property reads "Berkeley Western Stores". However, during the scene shot from inside of the riding school showing the woman riding a horse, the sign reads "Pickwick Western Stores."
The man being attacked in the phone booth is portrayed by Dick Whittinghill, an LA deejay and restaurateur who was a close friend of Jack Webb and had a number of unrelated guest roles in his television shows. The attack takes place in front of the Whittinghill Restaurant, which is shown prominently in the background during the scene.
This episode contains Stephen J. Cannell's third credit as a television writer. He would go on to become one of the most prolific television writers of his generation, including writing credits credits for 14 more episodes of Adam-12. He will also become the series' story editor and executive story consultant during the fourth and fifth seasons. He is credited in this episode as "Steve Cannell."
Instead of the usual opening for this series, executive producer Jack Webb's voice that is heard as the opening credits run.
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