Original Airdate: 13-Jan-1979
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.
Briefing: How the accident happened (drawn on chalkboard)
Great Quote: "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 ("Prowl" from Transformers and "Lance" from Voltron 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)
Written by: George Zateslo
Teleplay by: William D. Gordon & James Doherty and George Zateslo
Directed by: John Florea
- When Sindy is playing dead just before the theme, she's hanging out of her cruiser. Aren't all officers supposed to wear safety belts?
- After Ponch arrives at the accident scene and drives between the wrecked cars, he gets off his motorcycle, takes off his helmet, and puts it on his motorcycle. Watch his helmet fall off the motorcycle.
- How do they know exactly where the reflective sheets were aimed? Even the slightest deviation would have made it reflect at something other than Jon's truck.
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