Two officers are critically wounded in the high speed pursuit of a vehicle suspected in a hit and run. Because of the pall it places on the station, Malloy asks Reed if he wants to postpone the BBQ the Reeds are hosting tomorrow for him. Reed decides to go ahead with it. Upon Malloy's arrival at the Reed's, he understands why Jean was so anxious to go ahead with the gathering: it is a blind date of sorts as there is a fourth, a high school friend of Jean's named Ruth Bannister. The timing of the BBQ may also not be good timing for Ruth, as the talk between Malloy and Reed gives her an idea of what it would be like to be in a relationship with a police officer. Malloy and Reed are also preoccupied by Reed's new project: fixing up a jalopy of a pickup truck, a project he is working on with his next door neighbor, fifteen year old Tim Richmond. Their already unusual social gathering gets more unusual when Tim stumbles into the picture. He is strung out, on what Malloy and Reed believe is...
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When Reed gets off the phone after McDonald informs him about Chavez's death, he mentions that he and Pete have to get back to work because of trouble at a jazz festival in the West Valley. This probably was a reference to the Newport 69 festival, which took place from June 20th to June 22nd 1969. During that festival there were several incidents of gate crashing as well as festival goers camping out on the lawns of various houses within the adjoining neighborhood. The trouble at the festival eventually lead to a ban on all music festivals within the city of Los Angeles. See more