Officer Carlson drove up to the Brown Detective Agency with Bugs and Mrs. Meany with some pretty serious news. Charges were being brought against Encyclopedia. Bugs went on and told a story of how he had been kidnapped the evening before.
He had been minding his own business when, at about 5 p.m., he said he was hit over the head. When he woke up, he was in a dark room with no windows. He said he had overheard the kidnappers call his mother about leaving $1,000 with Encyclopedia for ransom. Bugs also said that he heard them say that Encyclopedia was getting $100 for the deal.
Mrs. Meany confirmed that she did get the phone call telling her to meet Encyclopedia with the $1,000, but when she went to the drop-off point, he wasn’t there.
Bugs wasn’t going to have any of that. He found a crowbar in the room and had planned to use it to take the hinges off of the door, but the hinges were on the other side. Just then, the door swung open with such force that it knocked Bugs over. The men took Bugs and drove him to where he had been picked up. That was at about 9 p.m.
I’m not sure why Carlson, and not the Chief, was handling this case. Carlson never thinks twice about interrupting the Chief’s dinner to tell him about some robbery. Here, the Chief’s own son was being implicated in a kidnapping, and Carlson decided to handle it himself.
To make matters worse, Carlson seems to be terrible at his job. I’ve seen enough episodes of Cops to know that when the police are called to the scene for anything, the first thing they do is separate everyone to hear everyone’s version of the story. They certainly don’t drive the accusing parties to the suspect’s house and have the supposed victim tell the story in front of everyone.
Now, let’s get back to the case. Encyclopedia pointed out that Bugs’ story didn’t make sense because he said the hinges were on the other side of the door. If that were true, then the door wouldn’t have swung into the room, knocking him down. Again, Bugs gave too much information which ended up exposing his lie. What’s even dumber is that he didn’t even have to mention anything about hinges if, in his version of this story, he had a crowbar. He could have tried to pry the door open with a crowbar, regardless of where the hinges were.
One thing in Bugs’ story that wasn’t contested was the fact that he had supposedly been hit in the head so hard that he was knocked out for several minutes. Did anyone bother giving Bugs some medical attention? Because that’s a pretty serious injury, and anyone who cares about the welfare of this boy – maybe his mother, or an officer of the law like Carlson – would want to make sure he didn’t sustain any permanent damage. I suppose that didn’t occur to Mrs. Meany, and that doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me. I say that because when her son had apparently been kidnapped and then returned, she waited until the next day to go to the police.
It’s probably just as well Bugs didn’t see a doctor, because anybody with a semi-decent amount of medical training would take one look at Bugs and see that he hadn’t been hit over the head, which would tip off some people that Bugs was lying. What’s the matter, Mrs. Meany? Didn’t want to miss Johnny Carson?
Look, boys will be boys. Kids get into trouble. However, it’s one thing to steal a tent that has been set up in a junkyard and something completely different to fake your own kidnapping. Bugs is clearly crying out for help. I’m guessing Idaville doesn’t really have much in the way of social services.