"Log 122: Christmas: The Yellow Dump Truck" is the first Christmas episode of the NBC drama Adam-12, produced and aired as the thirteenth episode of its first season.


It's the Christmas Eve shift, and Adam-12, along with all the other units, is delivering donated toys to many of the disadvantaged families in the area in-between calls. One of those families is the Wards. Malloy and Reed learn directly from young Harvey Ward that he has his heart set on a yellow toy dump truck for Christmas. Beyond arranging to meet Mrs. Ward later to give her the toys then so that Harvey and her other kids won't see the toys before Christmas, Malloy and Reed discuss the pros and cons of themselves adding to the Christmas donations of a yellow toy dump truck for Harvey. Regardless of what Malloy and Reed decide to do about the toy, they later find out that Harvey may not get any presents at all as Mrs. Ward's old beater of a car gets stolen, along with all the toys in the trunk. With a few leads of past GTA cases from Sgt. Miller, Malloy and Reed hope they can locate Mrs. Ward's car by the end of the shift to get the toys back to her. But Reed also realizes that the toys may not get back to Wards regardless by Christmas, unless he and Malloy can do some sweet talking to Miller.

The other issues Adam-12 deals with on this shift are a too common one on this day, namely:

  • a drunk driver, who has far too much alcohol induced Christmas spirit,
  • and a domestic dispute call where balancing the traditional festivities against the cost of doing so is the issue of contention between husband and wife.

Malloy and Reed just hope that that Christmas spirit, which got the couple into their argument, will also get them out of it.


Martin MilnerOfficer Pete Malloy
Kent McCordOfficer Jim Reed
Dick ForanFred Haines
Mitti LawrenceMrs. Ward
Jack HoganSgt. Jerry Miller
Bob HastingsCharles Beuhler
Dan FerroneOfficer Johnson
William StevensOff. Jerry Walters
Eunice ChristopherReba Beuhler
Serge CrawfordMary Ward
Edward CrawfordHarvey Ward
Zolya TalmaMrs. Hirsch
Uncredited actors/actresses
William BoyettSgt. MacDonald
Herbie BrahaCar Thief
Shaaron Claridge (voice)Dispatcher
Art GilmoreLt. Moore
Rick WarickPolice Officer
Jason WingreenMr. Kerr


The episode was made available on the Adam-12: Season 1 DVD set, released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on August 23, 2005.

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See also

Universal Studios
Movies Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceThe Munsters' Scary Little ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)Love ActuallyThe HolidayKrampusAlmost ChristmasThe Grinch (2018)Last ChristmasBlack Christmas (2019)
Direct-to-video films The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausBarbie in a Christmas CarolA Very Monkey ChristmasBarbie: A Perfect ChristmasBeethoven's Christmas AdventureAll I Want for Christmas is YouMy Adventures with Santa
Live-action television episodes "The Day They Captured Santa Claus" • "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas…" • "Christmas Presence" • "Home for the Holidays" • "Yule Laff" • "Christmas Brains" • "Seoul Mates" • "A Christmas Secret" • "Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa" • "A Benihana Christmas" • "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad" • "Moroccan Christmas" • "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" • "Ludachristmas" • "Christmas Special" • "Secret Santa (30 Rock) • "Christmas Attack Zone" • "Secret Santa" (The Office) • "Classy Christmas" • "Christmas Wishes" • "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"
Animated specials and episodes "Dickens of a Christmas" • A Wish For Wings That Work • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" • "A Christmas Peril" • "Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits" • "Fright Before Christmas" • "A Very Woody Christmas" • "It's a Chilly Christmas After All" • "Yule Get Yours" • "The Twelve Lies of Christmas" • How Murray Saved Christmas • "ChristMess Eve"
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