The "CHiPs"
Season 2
Episode Guide


Season 2 - 1978-79

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201 - "Peaks and Valleys" (09/16/78)
Plot: A couple try to switch seats while driving and get stuck. Ponch and Jon pull them over. A camper driver gets distracted by them and drives off the road. When the paramedics arrive, one of them accuses Ponch and Jon of moving a spinal victim. Later, they pull over a high school buddy of Jon who tries to talk him into selling cars. When they return to Central, they meet "Dave" the dog and his owner Harlan (the new mechanic). Grossie tells them that the dog was on dope patrol at the border. As Ponch and Jon go back on patrol, Harlan tells Getraer that he would be a CHP officer if he was 2 inches taller. At the hospital, the spinal victim identifies Ponch and Jon as the ones that pulled him from the camper. Later, Ponch and Jon chase a truck with a trailer fire. They pull the driver just before the truck explodes. Off duty, they visit the used car lot and consider working there. The next morning, Ponch helps Jon tell high school students about the California Highway Patrol. While Jon gives a ticket, Ponch and Baricza respond to an anonymous call of bikers near the reservoir. When Baricza leaves his cruiser to look for the bikers, two guys shoot up his cruiser. Ponch calls in "shots fired" and Jon responds. As the guys walk away, Baricza draws his weapon on them. Ponch and Baricza are arresting them when Jon arrives. Later, Ponch introduces Jon to a woman who asks him to a disco. Then they visit the spinal victim, Bob Niles, in the hospital. He remembers that it wasn't Ponch and Jon that moved him...but power line guys! That night, Ponch and Jon show off their disco techniques with the ladies. When they take a break from the dance floor, a pregnant woman is about to give birth. Ponch takes control while Jon assists. In the world's easiest delivery, she gives birth to a boy. Ponch and Jon enjoy the applause when the DJ announces that they're CHP officers.
Guest Stars: Troy Donahue (as Bob Niles), Kaye Stevens (as Karen Niles), Lou Wagner (as Harlan), Richard Gates (as Stan Bosca), Martin West (as Lundsford), Pam Norman (as Melanie), Jack Rader (as Carl), Paul Mace (as Bernie), David Clover (as Medic #2), Peter Looney (as Rogers), Melody Queen-Engle (as Pregnant Woman), Annie Wharton (as Corky), M.G. Kelly (as Himself)
Disco Sequences by: Joe Bennett
Written by: Rudolph Borchert
Directed by: Phil Bondelli
Fun Fact: Ponch's "dancing" clip in the season 6 theme is from this episode.

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202 - "The Volunteers" (09/23/78)
Briefing: Sarge needs volunteers to escort the trucks (given at the chemical facility)
Plot: Ponch and Jon join Turner (not Jeb...Jane Turner!) in persuit of a stolen car. It crashes at a chemical storage facility and explodes. Getraer needs volunteers to escort the trucks to the nearest cholorine gas facility. They feel it's too dangerous to store it there. Turner, Ponch, and Jon are on escort duty. Meanwhile, some drunk guys are shooting a gun out of a truck. They pass the truck convoy but manage to cause a major accident up the road. Ponch, Jon, and Turner have to deal with a loose criminal and tiger. They find the criminal (who's just a drunk) and catch the tiger in a convenience store. Instead of waiting, they decide to take the alternate route. They're stopped by a mob of people who don't want the trucks going through their town. After sweet talking the local townsfolk, they drive through town. They have to stop when the road is blocked due to a landslide. Ponch, Jon, and Turner shovel the dirt and rocks away. While Robbie tries to fix her truck, a rock accidentally breaks a valve. While shutting it off, she starts to suffocate. Some hikers tell Ponch that there's oxygen nearby. He rides off on the trail to get it while Jon moves a large rock out of the road with Turner's cruiser. One of the hikers, Robbie, Turner, and the oxygen head towards the hospital. Ponch leaves his motor (with a flat tire) and a hiker behind. Jon drives one of the trucks to replace Robbie. When Jon hits a rock, his trailer comes loose. He can't stop or the trailer might fall off. Ponch sees that the trailer is coming loose. Ponch has to get onboard to fix it. He rides ahead, parks, and jumps on Jon's truck. When Charlie pushes the trailer back on, Ponch locks it in place. Ponch gets a ride back to Jon's motor with a woman. The next day, Ponch arranges a date with Robbie using his secret code and the credits roll.
Great Line: "...they're even lettin' 'em vote!" -Ponch answering Jon's comment about the woman truck driver
Guest Stars: Tige Andrews (as Charley Davis), Katherine Cannon (as Robbie), Warren Berlinger (as Market Owner), Steve Brodie (as Sam), Richard Collier (as Prisoner), Paul Comi (as Councilman), Lee Paul (as Police Chief), Rana Ford (as Jane Turner), Paul Sorenson (as Superintendent), Bill McLaughlin (as Gabe), Todd Everett (as Young Man), James Crittenden (as Leo), Maxine Elliott (as Elderly Woman), Anna Uppstrom (as Jogger), Karen Wyeth (as Young Woman), Mark Carlton (as Pete)
Written by: Arthur Marks
Directed by: John Florea
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203 - "Family Crisis" (09/30/78)
3 Briefings: Auto theft is overworked & movie prop car is stolen / Movie car performing robberies / Go catch the movie car thieves
Plot: While directing traffic, Jon sees his nephew. Shortly later, they see someone stealing a motorcycle and chase him. Sindy joins in but is arrested by an LAPD officer who thinks she's an accomplice. Ponch and Jon free her. After the briefing, Ponch sells his motor home. After lunch with Fritz and Grossie, Jon's nephew and his friends steal another car. Later that day, Jon drives his truck to Ponch's new apartment near the marina but finds that the waterbed in the apartment upstairs flooded his. When he moves into the temporary (more expensive) apartment and sees the woman upstairs, he decides to move in there. Later, Ponch, Jon, and Wes go to dinner with some other CHP officers. The next day, Wes & friends abandon a stolen car. Ponch and Jon are checking it out when they get a call about the movie car and head towards it. Sindy gives up her chase after skidding on the oil and the car gets away. Ponch brings Wes's bus pass to him and tells him he knows he's involved in the car thefts but that Jon doesn't. He promises not to tell if Wes stops riding in stolen cars. Later, Sindy gets called in by the Captain about her report on the movie car thieves. Meanwhile, Wes is out on an unopen section of the 210 freeway racing cars when Grossie spots them. Ponch and Jon join in as they leave the freeway. When they finally catch them, Jon arrests Wes. Wes gets off with a misdemeanor. Out on the streets, Ponch spots a familiar trash rig and they decide to stake it out. The movie car pulls off another robbery and the CHP was ready. After a chasing the car while it uses smoke screen and other movie devices, they trap it on a pier and the thieves eject and land in the water. At Ponch's house warming party, we find out that Sindy got a commendation.
Guest Stars: Christopher Knight (TV's Peter Brady as Jon's nephew, Wes Miller), Danny Bonaduce (from The Partridge Family as Fred), Jack Carter (as Salesman), Don Stark (as Officer Allen), Denise DuBarry (as Sue), Gene Dynarski (as Capt. Grube), Shell Kepler (as Gail), Leslie King (as Betsy), Joan Crosby (as Manager), Michael Potter (as Detective)
Written by: William D. Gordon and James Doherty
Directed by: Phil Bondelli

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204 - "Disaster Squad" (10/07/78)
Briefing: Courtesy
Plot: While Ponch, Jon, and Grossie check out women on the freeway, an old guy is driving recklessly in a truck. As Jon tries to calm the guy down, the channel 3 news crew (aka "The Disaster Squad") shows up and provokes the guy. He climbs onto an overpass and the news crew try to get the guy to jump. Ponch accidentally knocks the guy over. After helping him up, he says, "It's a crime to assist a suicide, creep. Now you keep your mouth shut or I'll have you in the slammer." When the boss shows up, they make up and everything turns out fine. Back at the Central garage, Ponch and Jon meet a lost kid named Chris. After following him home while he rides in a cruiser, Chris shows him his mini-motorbike. While Ponch, Jon, and Chris's mom watch him ride it, Jon hits on Chris's divorced mom. After the briefing, Jon wants to date Ellen while Ponch rides with Chris. On the freeway, a driver is driving in reverse. It distracts another truck which causes an accident. While Jon writes the ticket, the "Disaster Squad" reporter kicks a flare into a gas puddle and causes an explosion. Back in business, Ponch and Jon are pulled over by Sindy. Chris is in her backseat. Ponch and Jon bring him home. While Ponch rides with Chris, Jon hits on Ellen again. Ponch suggests that Chris enter a race. Soon we see Chris in a pee-wee dirt-bike race. Just before he's about to win, "Bobby" knocks him over. Chris is mad and wants to punch him. Ponch tells him it's not nice to punch people. Meanwhile, Chris is home watching the news. He sees Regis Philbin's fake report on Ponch saying "I'll slam you in the mouth creep" and runs away. The report was really forged by fancy editing. Sindy finds Chris near the flood control channels. He rides his motorbike too close and falls in. Ponch and Jon try to rescue him, but can't reach. When Ponch tries again, he falls in. Jon tries again in another minute by throwing them a hose. They're all pulled to safety as the TV crew covers it. The reporter wants it to seem bad, but his crew turns the tables and makes him confess as to how he faked everything. At the motorcross track, Ponch makes Chris swear never to ride alone. While they ride together, Ellen tells Jon that her ex-husband asked her to marry him again...but she doesn't want to marry him. Jon knows that she really loves him.
Great Line: "A fist fight never proved nothin' except you're dumb." -Ponch to Chris Roberts
Guest Stars: Harvey Jason (as Lee), Cliff Osmond (as Michael), Joshua Bryant (as Benson), Christian Zika (as Chris), Larry Gelman (as Becker), Marvin Kaplan (as Hilmer Nelson), Liberty Godshall (as Ellen Roberts), Nathan Jung (as Wrong-way Driver), Regis Philbin (as Newscaster), Lawrence L. Levine (as Gene), Hinton Pope (as Starter), Paul Smith (as Announcer)
Written by: Max Hodge
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Oops: When the reckless truck driver rolls over, you can see the jump ramp on the car he hit. You can even still see it when the guy he hit gets out of his car.
Related Episode: See Ellen and Chris Roberts in "Tow Truck Lady".

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205 - "Neighborhood Watch" (10/14/78)
Briefings: Counter the neighborhood speeders by doing a neighborhood watch / Keep your breaks to 10 minutes
Plot: After Ponch tries to get Dodgers tickets, they find Oliver on a skateboard carrying a surfboard. He's almost run down by a speeder. Ponch lectures him and lets him ride off in the Brady-esque station wagon. After the theme, Jon pulls over the speeder (Mr. Billings) and gives him a lecture for shaving while speeding. After Mr. Billings is allowed to go, the Brady wagon speeds around a corner and Ponch and Jon chase it. It turns out that kids are driving it and can't stop. Ponch gets them to stop by turning off the ignition. After the kids' parents pick them up, it's briefing time. Out on the streets, Ponch and Jon find a mon who refuses to let a tow truck driver tow his car...so he burns it. Ponch buys it (using some of Jon's money) for $83. As Jon steps into the street, he's almost killed as Billings speeds by. Jon chases him and pulls him over. Jon arrests him for drunk driving. Later, Ponch and Jon catch the kids fooling around and save the girl with the cast when the shopping cart she's in rolls away. After visiting Central, Ponch and Jon get pinned down by a toy plane. The next day, after the briefing, our heroes encounter those meddling kids again. They accidentally knock over a lady's groceries and the owner of the store gets upset with them. Ponch gets an idea to keep them out of trouble. They have Sindy pick the kids up and go to a skateboard park. Ponch and Jon show up in Jon's truck to show the kids "how it's done." The next day is the "last day of neighborhood watch." Billings is speeding again...while drinking. After he hits someone at about 35 mph, he abandons his car and runs home. Ponch and Jon respond to the hit-and-run call. While Ponch tends to the injured jogger, Jon goes to find Billings. Jon knows that Billings is trying to get home to report his car stolen. Jon has to beat him there...and he does. When Billings sees him, he runs. (He looks goofy while running in the alley.) Jon arrests him when he gets to a cliff and can't run anymore. At the end of the day, Ponch and Jon relax with the kids at the skateboard park.
Guest Stars: Stephen Young (as Billings), K.C. Martel (as Scott), Alan Sues (as Florist), Robbie Rist (The Brady Bunch's "Oliver" as Brian), Shelly Berman, Gabriel Melgar (as Donnie), Charlie Brill (as Tow Truck Driver), Lauri Hendler (as Robin), Samantha Caulfield (as Karen Wilkens), Shirley O'Hara Nolan (as Elderly Woman), Mary Betten (as Waitress)
Written by: L. Ford Neale & John Huff
Directed by: Phil Bondelli

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206 - "Trick or Trick" (10/21/78)
Briefing: Use the radio for official use only
Plot: Ponch and Jon are on patrol on Haloween. They chase a speeding van that was carrying 13 black cats. When it stops, they all ran away in front of Ponch. Before the briefing, Ponch walks under a ladder. Grossie shows up with a jack-o-lantern that's supposed to look like Getraer. After Ponch nicks himself with his electric razor, closes his locker door, and breaks his mirror. After the briefing, Getraer tells Grossie to get a candle for the jack-o-lantern...he has one in his locker. (Do we want to know why?) On the streets, a kid asks Ponch for a treat, but Ponch gets a trick from a perfume filled squirt gun. Ponch threatens toput handcuffs on him. When they pass by a house later on, two men are taking up sod. Ponch and Jon chase and catch them. Later, while Ponch stops at a store to fill his saddlebag with candy, an angry father blames Ponch for making his kid run away when Ponch told him he'd put handcuffs on him. After a hobgoblin broadcast, Ponch and Jon find two women trying to steal a street sign. They convince them to forget about the scavenget hunt and get invited to a party. That night, a woman dressed as a ghost robs a deli and Ponch and Jon chase her. Ponch has to tend to a ghost caused accident and she gets away. Ponch and Jon find a kid who had his candy stolen and Ponch offers them some of his. Later, Ponch and Jon check out the local "haunted" house for the missing kid. After a while, they find him in the kitchen. After a third hobgoblin broadcast, Jon notices a woman stealing candy. They chase her to her house where they find out she's just looking for her engagement ring. Jon finds it in her own candy bowl. Back on the streets, Ponch and Jon chase the ghost again. They catch them when their windshield is egged. At the party, Getraer reveals that he knew everything that was going on because Grossie left an impression on the page under the one he wrote his plans on.
Guest Stars: Elaine Joyce (as Susan), Fran Ryan (as Nancy), Bobby Van (as Eddie), Edward Call (as Manager), Barbara Leigh (as Paula), Jenny Sherman (as Karen), Hal Baylor (as Reed), John Dennis (as Collins), Joe Medalis (as Mr. Stone), Susan Page (as Julie), Justin Dana (as Tommy), Jack Perkins (as Drunk), Hap Lawrence (as Truck Driver), Gary Dubin (as Teenager), Tony O'Dell (as Teenager), Bobby Porter (as Sammy), Darryl Cooksey (as Skeleton), Jeff Cotler (as Allan), Brandi Tucker (as Child), Beatrice Colen (as Mary)
Written by: James Schmerer
Directed by: Phil Bondelli
Related Episode: Having a Halloween marathon? Check out "Rock, Devil, Rock".

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207 - "High Flyer" (11/04/78)
Briefing: Stolen car parts
Plot: A woman leaves her car to go to the call box and three guys steal her engine. Our heroes chase their blue van. They lose it in a nearby neighborhood. Later, Ponch takes Jon's neighbor shopping while Jon repairs Ponch's car with the help of a girl who has a crush on him. The next day, Ponch pretends to have a cold so he doesn't have to go up in the helicopter. Grossman goes up instead. Soon, Ponch and Jon respond to a call about car strippers. The strippers, now in a tan van, drive down an alley and throw tires at Ponch and Jon. Ponch hits one and falls over in garbage. That night, Jon's neighbor has a fight with her daughter, Kim. Kim visits Jon at 1am. The next day, Ponch fakes an earache but finds out that the flight was cancelled anyway because of weather. Remember that van? It's now blue and white and still stripping cars in broad daylight. Ponch and Jon chase it until it rolls over and catches fire. So much for the new paint job. Back at Jon's apartment, Kim is waiting for him. Jon and Ponch go talk to Kim's mom. Later, Ponch and Jon pull over a van with 20 L.A. Rams cheerleaders in it. Jon makes 8 wait for a cruiser. While Jon directs traffic, Ponch hangs out with the cheerleaders. While Ponch is at Central, asking Sindy out on a date, Jon greeted at his apartment by Kim. Sindy and Ponch show up at Jon's shortly and Sindy pretends to be Jon's girlfriend. Jon is shocked and Kim gets depressed. After talking to Kim, everything turns out fine. The next day, Ponch has no ailments and goes up in the helicopter. Ponch reveals he's terrified of crashing. Ponch and Bob in Helicopter 5 notice a brown van (didn't it burn?) near a Mercedes. Jon goes after the van on the ground. He arrests the bald buy after he tries to run. Meanwhile, Ponch and Bob chase the Mercedes. The guy runs away and Ponch gets out and nabs him. Back at Central, Ponch and Bob are headed out to the airport for Ponch's flying lesson. As Ponch leaves, he notices that there are four L.A. Rams cheerleaders there.
Guest Stars: Mary Louise Weller (as Carol), Cyndi Bain (as Kim), John Ericson (as Bob Patterson), Lee de Broux (as Bates), David Roy Chandler (as Sammy), Grand Bush (as Paul), Ty Henderson (as Tony), Harvey J. Goldenberg (as Mr. Affelrod), Vern Rowe (as Mr. Carter), Jenilee Harrison (as Cheerleader), Lisa Benson (as Cheerleader)
Written by: James Schmerer
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Fun Fact: The helicopter/car chase is one of the best chases "CHiPs" has ever done. Check out how close the helicopter gets to the power lines. Flying like Bob does isn't easy.
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208 - "The Grudge" (11/11/78)
Briefings: Assignments for the CHP open house / Commendations for the open house
Plot: Driving home, some Alpha Alpha Omega fraternity brothers are headed towards a tunnel in their motor home. Jon notices they're over the height limit and our heroes chase after them. The motor home scrapes some scaffolding and stops just at the entrance to the tunnel. Somehow, the motor home catches on fire. Jon saves a trapped frat brother while Ponch puts out the fire and finds quite a bit of pot. After the trial of the frat brothers, Ponch and Jon return to Central for the briefing. Meanwhile, the frat brothers scheme revenge on the CHP. Later, Ponch and Jon run across an abandoned VW Beetle in the middle of the road with a letter addressed to Ponch in it. Later, Ponch gets more letters based on nursery rhymes. Everyone's confused by them. On patrol, the frat brothers pass Ponch and Jon. When our favorite officers chase them, the frat brothers start dumping play money on the freeway. It causes an accident and everyone jumps out to grab some cash. After stopping by Central, Ponch and Jon return to the streets and find the convertible that dumped the cash. They chase it to Travel Town where the two frat brothers try to hide in trains. Ponch and Jon find them and go visit them and their other frat brothers when off duty. While the CHP sets up for the open house, the frat brothers have girls from Gamma Delta Phi making brownies. Back at the open house, everything is going fine and the CHP motorcycle drill team performs. During the performance, Jon somehow figures out the riddle and tells Ponch. They catch the frat brothers and destroy a few open house booths in the process. The next morning, Getraer reads a commendation for Baker but gives a damage bill to Ponch.
Guest Stars: David Gilliam (as Chris), Damon Douglas (as Freddy), Dirk Blocker (as Turk), Dennis Kort (as Todd), Kay Peters (as Judge), Chip Zien (as Davey), Tain Bodkin (as Workman), Gloria Delaney (as Motorist), Laura Sayer (as Linda), Luis Contreras (as Perez)
Written by: Richard B. Mittleman
Directed by: John Florea
Fun Fact: During the briefing, the blackboard behind Getraer says "CHP-7 FBI-4". Are they keeping score?

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209 - "The Sheik" (11/18/78)
Briefing: "...accepting.gifts...is strictly prohibited."
Plot: After Jon loses his cool, Jon bets Ponch can't keep his. Ponch agrees to give Jon a quarter every time he does. Ponch and Jon pull over a speeder who gives Ponch a sore chin and claims that he has diplomatic immunity. Out on the highway, Ponch and Jon find an accident caused by spilled nails in the road. After hanging around, they chase the speeding sheik again. When they check his registration, they find it expired a year ago and impound the car. When the sheik invites them to a party, Ponch and Jon show off their jet-skiing ability. On deck of the boat, Ponch enjoys caviar and cold beer while Jon speaks "lousy French" to some "foxy ladies". The sheik then tries to bribe Ponch and Jon. They're about to leave when they see a boating accident and chase after the runaway boat with jet-skis. Jon saves the unconsious captain while Ponch steers the boat away from the sheik's yacht. After jumping overboard, the boat explodes. Later, Ponch shows off his new apartment (without any furniture) to the sheik's cousin. The next day, Ponch and Jon take sheik Barney out in a cruiser to a junk yard where they show him wrecked cars. Later, they arrive at an accident scene where Ponch has Barney hold an I.V.. After the briefing, Ponch and Jon find that the sheik was giving them each a new Mercedes. They give them back and take a handshake. Later, Ponch and Jon pull over Barney's Ferarri again...with his cousin at the wheel. She was speeding all over their beat to find them...and got tickets from the whole CHP. She had to leave the country and wanted to say goodbye.
Guest Stars: Kario Salem (as Barney), Marianne Marks (as Fay), Joey Aresco (as Husband), William Bronder (as Workman), Jill Jaress (as Pregnant Woman), Maggie Malooly (as Irate Wife), Chris Beaumont (as Ambulance Attendant), Colette Bertrand (as Michelle), Dorit Renier (as Girlfriend), Tony Locatorto (as Driver), Michael Barker (as Mr. Taylor), Anita Jodelsohn (as Suzanne), Peter Ashton (as Servant), Robert Hoff (as Paramedic), Dick Valentine (as Husband in Car)
Written by: Jerry Thomas
Directed by: Phil Bondelli
Oops: Ponch and Jon's gift cars have no license plates on when they're driving them.

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210 - "Return of the Turks" (11/25/78)
Plot: Jon returns from some time off to learn that Ponch got a record number of 278 citations in one month. Then they respond to a call of an officer down and find he limped off. After the theme, Ponch and Jon stop a van and find out the driver is one of Ponch's high school buddies. Later, two of Ponch's buddies are out on the highway ram 22 cars and lose control. When Ponch and Jon chase them, they refuse to stop. They manage to lose Ponch and Jon so they park the car, take the plates off, and run. While Ponch and Jon are at lunch, Jon talks about his previous partner Gary who died chasing a speeding car. Gary's brother Pete works at the place where they were eating. Back at central, Sarge withdraws Ponch's commendable incident report when he finds out that not all of the citations were Ponch's...some were faked. The next day, one of Ponch's friends (Rudy) decides to try to ram more than 22 cars. He ends up causing an ambulance carrying a girl in an iron lung to overturn. As our heroes arrive, the fake CHP leaves. Ponch pumps the lung in the ambulance while Jon tries to keep pipes from crushing the ambulance. The pipes are finally lifted and the girl is transferred to an upright ambulance. Later Ponch responds to a stalled vehicle, and Jon watches the fake CHP. Back at central, Jon figures out that Pete got ahold of one of Ponch's citations to copy and that he has been acting as a CHP. Jon follows him the next day in his truck...speeding past him on the highway and getting pulled over. Pete explains that he thinks its his fault that his 28-year old brother Gary is dead. Jon arrests Pete and tells him to turn himself in the next day. Later, Ponch and Jon chase after Rudy when he's out playing bumper cars on the freeway. They find him hiding in a junkyard. To keep him from escaping, Jon almost kills him with a forklift. The next day, Ponch and Jon find out that Pete turned himself in and will probably just end up on probation. They also help the girl in the iron lung celebrate her birthday.
Guest Stars: Kaz Garas (as Sid), Mark Thomas (as Rudy), James Houghton (as Pete), Dee Wallace (as Angy), Tara Talboy (as Kathy), Loyita Chapel (as Blonde), Nancy Sinclair (as Redhead), Newell Alexander (as Motorist), Lanny Duncan (as Van Driver), James Ferrier (as Intern), Christopher Skinner (as Businessman), John Wheeler (as Wally), Alyscia Maxwell (as Housewife)
Written by: Stephen Lord
Directed by: Barry Crane
Related Episodes: MST3K fan? Need more forklifts? Try "Forty Tons of Trouble" and "Anything But The Truth".

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211 - "Supercycle" (12/02/78)
Briefing:
Plot: Jon and Ponch pursue the phantom, a daredevil artist who endangers bystanders. A "supercycle" performs illegal stunts on the California freeway and then speeds away. Harlan builds a motorcycle that can match the speed of the "supercycle". Ponch chases the suspect on the CHP cycle, jumps a moving ramp on the freeway, and catches the suspect.
Guest Stars: Jason Evers
Story by: Barney Slater, William D. Gordon and James Doherty
Teleplay by: Gordon and Doherty
Directed by: Phil Bondelli
Related Episode: See the prequel in "Return of the Supercycle".

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212 - "High Explosive" (12/09/78)
Briefing: [We never see it...just Grossie running a lottery.]
Plot: A misguided youth shoots his pellet gun onto the highway and causes an accident when he hits a passing car. Ponch and Jon assist with the accident. The ambulance driver speeds with the concussion victim off like a nut while Ponch and Jon investigate the scene of the crime. Later, the kid calls the hospital asking about the woman's contition. He's obviously upset about the whole thing. When Ponch and Jon arrive at Valley General Hospital to do their follow-up, they end up chasing a speeder. When they pull it over, we learn it's the ambulance driver. Before the briefing, everyone's entering a lottery about how long it will take Jon to rope a steer. When the kid goes back to get his gun, Sindy spots him and calls Ponch and Jon. He brings the gun to his friend, the gun dealer. When he leaves the store, Ponch chases him on foot. Jon cuts him off and catches him. After talking things over at Central, Jon and Ponch take him out to a ranch to ride. Jon shows off and then lets the kid ride. Meanwhile, the ambulance driver is fired from his job. When he leaves the hospital, he tells his wife that he still has his job. Later, Jon and Ponch introduce the kid to the un-injured accident victim. She begins to like him. Later, Ponch and Jon chase the ex-ambulance driver in a stolen ambulance full of dynamite. The ambulance stops in a playground and kids start picking up the dynamite while Ponch and Jon chase the driver. After they catch the driver, all three of them run to the dynamite and convince the kids to hand it over. At the end, everyone's enjoying Jon in the mini-rodeo.
Guest Stars: Steve Oliver (as Brad Holmes), Jonathan Goldsmith (as Stan Mallory), Lynne Marta (as Beth), Ike Eisenmann (as Barry), Rosanne Katon (as Mary), Bucklind Berry (as Shorty), Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes from Dallas as Dr. Faraday), F. William Parker (as Gus), Robert Yuro (as Eddie), Carol Vogel (as Mrs. Lasher), Marie Denn (as Receptionist), Steven Mond (as Boy)
Teleplay by: William D. Gordon & James Doherty
Story by: Susanne Ryder
Directed by: Barry Crane
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213 - "Down Time" (12/16/78)
Briefing:
Plot: Ponch's Firebird is stolen by an unlikely group of thieves.
Guest Stars: Randi Oakes (from "CHiPs")
Written by: Richard B. Mittleman
Directed by: John Florea

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214 - "Repo Man" (01/06/79)
Briefing:
Plot: The "repo-man" is doing more than just repossessing cars.
Guest Stars: Mills Watson
Written by: Richard B. Mittleman
Directed by: John Florea

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215 - "Mait Team" (01/13/79)
Briefing: How the accident happened (drawn on chalkboard)
Plot: Sindy is involved in a major accident and Ponch and Jon respond. Our heroes arrive at the same time as the emergency vehicles. It isn't until later that someone notices Sindy's cruiser. Eleven people died. Luckily Sindy's alive but unconsious. She was the only survivor and witness. Ponch and Jon become part of the MAIT team to investigate the accident. Several witnesses claim to have heard a siren just before the crash. The next day, pictures and measurements are taken at the scene of the accident. Everything seems to be pointing to Sindy as the cause. Trouble arises when a Senator joins the investigation. While Ponch and Jon do a (safe) re-creation for the Senator, Getraer is following up clues and ends up chasing a truck which lost a part at the scene of the accident. When Getraer slips and tips over, Ponch and Jon take up the chase. When they catch the guy, Ponch makes the arrest. It turns out he ran because he thought they were getting him for excess parking tickets. When Sindy regains consiousness, she remembers nothing. Ponch suggests they recreate the accident. The next day, they have a truck and multiple old cars to play with. On their second run through, they get it almost exact. When Ponch and Jon get blinded by the reflection of the sun, Ponch realizes why the truck drove on the wrong side. They recreate it once again with the reflective sheets on top of the hill which were being delivered at the time of the accident. Jon is blinded and drives on the wrong side. The accident almost happens again. When Ponch and Jon visit Sindy in the hospital, they bring her an 8-track player. When Ponch realizes he forgot the batteries, he runs out to get some.
Great Line: "Didn't you guys have any witnesses?" "None that were any help." -Sindy (in the hospital) and Jon (referring to the dead accident victims)
Guest Stars: Eric Braeden (as Senator Larwin), Michael Bell (as Margolis), Carmen Argenziano (as Borlov), Michael Christian (as Ken Thomas), Dan Ferrone (as Anderson), Robert Lone (as Welch), Scott Mulhern (as Doctor), Russell Shannon (as Citizen #1), Lorraine Barkley (as Citizen #2), Wonderful Smith (as DMV Supervisor), Peg Stewart (as Mrs. Harris), Lee Terri (as Barbara Daniels), Wade Wallace (as Construction Worker), Ingred Wang (as Cheng)
Teleplay by: William D. Gordon & James Doherty and George Zateslo
Story by: George Zateslo
Directed by: John Florea
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216 - "Pressure Point" (01/20/79)
Briefing:
Plot: After a guy on a motorbike (with the help of some cars) breaks the window of a man's limo, his chauffer speeds after them. Ponch and Jon chase after the speeders as the theme begins. Ponch and Jon pull over the limo and the passenger (Mr. Forbinger) claims the broken glass was an accident. When Ponch and Jon meet up with Sindy, they find broken glass and figure out what happened. Because Mr. Forbinger's granddaughter is threatened, he hires security for her. At a Mexican restaurant, Ponch and Jon try to get the answers from Mr. Forbinger. Even though Jon figures out the plot, he doesn't know it and they get nowhere. Because Mr. Forbinger's an "important" man, Ponch and Jon are assigned to protective services detail. On the streets, the car/motorcycle group tries to corner a truck but Baricza shows up to stop them. When the cars drive off, the truck driver has a heart attack and drives off a cliff. Baricza, Ponch, and Jon go to the man's rescue. Later, Ponch and Jon show up at Forbinger's house. Ponch is posing as a diplomat and Jon as his driver. Soon, Ponch and the granddaughter go for a ride to see who follows them. They pass Grossie and he follows them. Shortly, Grossie pulls over the guy following them for making an unsafe lane change. Ponch returns to Forbinger's house with Sindy posing as the granddaughter. Later, Ponch, Jon, Sindy, and Forbinger head out on the road. It's not long until the cars and motorcycle try to corner them. Jon manages to escape their formation and drives the limo wildly. The CHP shows up and it all comes to an end. Jon apologizes for the rough ride and Mr. Forbinger says he loved it! In the final scene, everyone's glad it's over.
Guest Star: Rudy Vallee (as Arthur Forbinger), Mary Frances Crosby (from Dallas (she shot J.R.) as Chris), Tom Troupe (as Darrell Justin), Guy Stockwell (as Paul Everett), Douglas V. Fowley (as Barney), Michael Stearns (as Guard), Phillip Moyer (as Steve Leahy), David Wiley (as George Price)
Written by: Paul Robert Coyle
Directed by: Phil Bondelli
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217 - "The Matchmakers" (01/27/79)
Briefings: Welcome & Goodbye Derk Hutchins (a 30 year CHP motor officer) / Reminder on Secret Service seminar
Plot: Ponch and Jon chase a woman (Cora) driving her truck recklessly. She ends up driving into a pond and Ponch wades in after her. It turns out she was attempting suicide. Ponch, Jon, and Sindy go to the Cora's house to drop her off later. After the briefing, Ponch and Jon respond to an accident. Some loose scrap cars could fall on an occupied car but Derk manages to tie down the load. On the freeway, Ponch and Jon are chasing a car which is chasing another car when Derk joins in. Derk pulls them over and the man in the first car turns out to be a P.I. who was taking the mother's daughter to the father. After their shift, Ponch and Jon ride out to Derk's place to check out his motorcycle collection. Meanwhile, Animal Control goes to Cora's house to take her animals. She can't take it and tries to drive off a cliff...but stops just in time. Just up the road, she swerves to avoid an oncoming car and flips over. The truck slides to the edge of the cliff. Luckily, Derk lives nearby so Ponch, Jon, and Derk ride up on some old motrocycles to save her. Just as Jon saves her, the truck falls over. At the hospital, Ponch and Jon convince Derk to take in Cora's animals. After the second briefing, Cora asks Derk out to dinner. Across town, the P.I. kidnaps the girl again. Ponch and Jon respond covering the 405 northbound. Sindy follows him on the freeway but loses him when he pulls off. Ponch, Jon, and Sindy split up, but Dirk (aka Mary 9) finds him headed for the airport. When he arrives, his plane is ready and waiting. Dirk chases the plane followed by Ponch, Getraer, and Sindy. Ponch sticks his stick in the elevator of the plane so they can't take off. They manage to stop the plane and everything is fine. That night, Cora moves her animals into Dirk's garage and Ponch and Jon help.
Guest Star: Gregory Walcott (as Derk), Jenny O'Hara (from The Facts of Life's early years as Cora Gilford), Danny Wells (as Phil Davies), Judy Penrod (as Doreen Evans), Hal Frederick (as Animal Control Officer), John Bernabei (as Caddy Driver), Marc Baxley (as Paramedic), Jerry Boyd (as Trucker)
Written by: L. Ford Neale and John Huff
Directed by: Harvey Laidman

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218 - "Rally 'Round the Bank" (02/03/79)
Briefing: The commendation of Baker, Baricza, Cahill, and Poncherello and presentation of a safety citation
Plot: When two robbers rob a bank at the drive thru window, Ponch, Jon, and Baricza chase after them. After the robbers get away, they remove the flame decals from their sports car and head off to a rally. Meanwhile, Ponch calls Sarge and finds out that his mom is coming! He immediately calls up a furniture rental company and has furniture delivered to his empty apartment. He and Jon arrive at the airport late and park in a no parking zone. After meeting his mom, Ponch brings his mom to his newly decorated apartment. The next day, Ponch and Jon have lunch with Getraer and then some rally drivers. They head out and, assisted by Sindy, attempt to catch the bank robbers again. After losing the robbers, they go check out the rally checkpoint for the robbers. Later, Ponch and his mother discuss old times. She makes him feel guilty about moving away. Back at Central, Ponch and Jon get lectured by Getraer about being "given the slip" by "those jokers". Meanwhile, the robbers pull off another bank job. Ponch and Jon lose them after they sneak under another low clearance. That night, Ponch brings his girlfriend to a disco square-dance. (It can't be described in words.) Getraer isn't into it, but Grossie and Ponch's mom watch on. When Ponch tells his mom how the robbers are using the rally as a cover, she suggests staking out banks along the next day's route. When they do so, Ponch, Jon, and Getraer all end up chasing the robbers after Sindy tends to an accident. Ponch and Jon chase them through the flood control channel while Getraer goes around to cut them off. They round the robbers into a side tunnel where the passage gets to narrow and the sports car gets stuck. At the briefing, Ponch gets a safety citation for a year without any accident. They celebrate with a cake Mrs. Poncherello and Grossie made. Ponch says goodbye to his mom in his apartment parking lot just before she gets a ride to the airport in Sindy's cruiser. As Ponch is about to leave, he crashes into the cruiser. Everyone laughs.
Guest Stars: Anna Navarro (as Mrs. Poncharello), Frank Ashmore (as Larry Fletcher), Ron Hajek (as Richard Moore), Denise DuBarry (as Sue), Markie Post (from Night Court as Roberta), Linda McCullough (as Janice), Clay Alexander (as Jack), Tiger Joe Marsh (as 1st Mover), Al Stellonne (as 2nd Mover), K.C. Winkler (as Marie Stockwood), Gloria Delaney (as Pam Benson), Karen Specht (as Jessica Bond), Frances Fong (as 1st Teller), Esther McCarroll (as 2nd Teller), Jaime Rogers (as Dancer), Fenton Jones (as Caller)
Written by: Lee H. Grant
Directed by: Barry Crane
Fun Fact: Ponch still hasn't painted the burned out car he bought in "Neighborhood Watch"!
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219 - "Bio-Rhythms" (02/17/79)
Briefing: Sindy talks on biorhythms
Plot: Two trucks are side-swiping each other on the highway. Jon chases the truck that started it but finds it parked and empty. Large scale trucking conglomerate tries to put a friend of Ponch and Jon's out of business. (FULL TEXT COMING SOON)
Guest Stars: Michael Conrad (Hill Street Blues as Karl Maddox), Steve Brodie (as Sam), Katherine Cannon (as Robbie Davis), Tige Andrews (as Charlie), Michael Baseleon (as Murray Thomas), Jeff Maxwell (as Motorist), Bruce Kimball (as Rocky), Georgia Schmidt (as Little Old Lady)
Written by: James Schmerer
Directed by: Don Weis

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220 - "Quarantine" (02/24/79)
Briefing:
Plot: A small trucking company uses unsavory methods to put friends of Jon and Ponch out of their own trucking business.
Guest Star: Tom Poston (from Newhart)
Written by: Rudolph Borchert
Directed by: Harvey Laidman

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221 - "CHP-BMX" (03/03/79)
Briefing:
Plot: Getraer releases a dangerous narcotics suspect.
Guest Stars:
Written by: Richard B. Mittleman
Directed by: John Florea

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222 - "Ride the Whirlwind" (03/10/79)
Briefing:
Plot: Jon creates a new form of CHP. Jon, Ponch, Grossman, and Cahill suit up in BMX gear and use motor bikes to try to catch people disturbing nature. Cindy is late, so she misses out on the opportunity to become a BMX officer and Grossman is picked instead. Ponch and Grossman then conspire for Grossman to fake an injury so Cindy to take his place. Cindy then gets knocked off her bike and gets a real injury. Ponch and Cindy try to keep it a secret from Jon...but he finds out anyway. After Cindy's examination from a doctor, Jon lets her continue as a BMX officer.
Guest Stars:
Written by: Stephen Lord
Directed by: Larry Wilcox (Jon from "CHiPs")

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223 - "The Greatest Adventures of CHiPs" (05/12/79)
Briefing:
Plot: While Ponch and Jon are off in Sacramento attending a seminar, Grossman starts to collect anecdotes about the team from other officers so that - win or lose - they can give them a party, half testimonial and half toast. This was essentially a bunch of highlights from the first two seasons.
Guest Stars: Robbie Rist (The Brady Bunch's "Oliver")
Written by: L. Ford Neale and John Huff
Directed by: Don Weis


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