Tearjerker / Adam-12

  • '"Elegy For A Pig" full stop. Malloy's emotion over his lost partner and the fact that his death seems meaningless and will be forgotten by most people soon. The episode is still very relevant in society today.
  • The episode with two kids who are sent to L.A. by their mother who no longer wanted them and thought they'd get better care there. Just try not to tear up at the boy telling Malloy he doesn't want to grow up yet.
  • In one episode, a cop saves Malloy's life, but Malloy later learns that this cop is as twisty as a corkscrew. Malloy's shock and anger when the pedestal breaks are heartwrenching.
  • In one episode, a cop who had been hors de combat the previous eight years tries to catch up with changes in procedures, but is unable to in time to avoid spoiling several cases, and a near-tragedy ensues when they have to let a murderous stalker go as a result. He [the cop] is absolutely devastated.
  • Not an episode or scene, but still very much related to the series. Martin Milner's End of Watch broadcast Here.
    • "Be advised, 1-Adam-12 is no longer answering radio calls. Martin Milner, end of watch."
  • During the early seasons, Reed was especially prone to letting those who injure (sometimes mortally) or abuse children get to him, and the scripts were written in ways that it was meant to evoke emotional reaction from the audience:
    • "I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy," where Reed rescues a 4-year-old girl who — after a wild game of hide-and-seek with her babysitter — wanders into a swimming pool at her home, thinking that would be the perfect place to hide. Sadly, the girl went underwater and never came back up. After the girl is taken away by ambulance, a soaking wet Reed comments that it's clear to him the little girl will likely die.
    • Reed is also emotionally distraught after his meeting with a 6-year-old girl, Charlie, in the late first-season episode "He Was Trying to Kill Me" ... a tale of child abuse and neglect. In this case, Charlie is beaten by her mother — a wannabe, drugged up model and her long line of boyfriends — and left alone in an unkempt apartment to care for her 9-month-old sister. At least Reed is able to put things into perspective after he and Malloy talk about what happens to Charlie and her sister now (they are taken into police custody while the mother is charged with neglect and (presumably) stripped of her parental rights). Back at the station, Reed presses Malloy for answers as to why no one seemed to care about Charlie or her baby sister ... and Malloy doesn't even seem to know why. ("You just said it all, partner," he said ... perhaps in his own way stating that drugs and their own selfish goals and priorities and a plain lack of parenting skills by people who have no business being parents are primary reasons.)
    • "Good Cop, Handle With Care," from early in Season 2, focusing on a particularly rough day for Reed. He had just brought a sex offender into the station (his first such arrest) and, by their conversation, the suspect had brutally raped and beaten a 5-year-old boy to the point where he was in critical condition. The kid later dies on the operating room. While viewers are left to imagine the parents' shock, anger, and grief, and the fate of his killer, it is Reed's reaction that we see — him punching a locker door in frustration and breaking down emotionally — that shows that he takes these cases personally ... way too personally.