Episode Guide: Season 3: Roller Disco
301 - Roller Disco

Original Airdate: 22-Sep-1979

Plot: Jon and Getraer ride together while Ponch is busy hunting down stars for the annual CHP roller disco. At the pier, a kid observes someone steal a wallet and gets the idea of stealing some change from a woman on a pay phone. He escapes by grabbing onto a bumper of a station wagon. Jon and Getraer find the kid on the freeway and manage to stop the car after the theme. Ponch and Jon go and talk to Mark (the kid's) older sister. Ponch learns that Mark's sister teaches some celebrities how to roller skate so Ponch talks her into getting some for the CHP roller disco. Later, two guys cause an accident when they lower the rear end of their car and create sparks. Following up on the accident, Ponch and Jon visit Jimmy Tyler in the hospital. He's a "big rock star" and Ponch has all his records. Ponch convinces his agent, Frank Balford, to help get some celebrities for the CHP roller disco. Later, the wallet thieves steal a belt pouch. When Ponch and Jon come to the rescue, they get knocked on their backs and the thieves escape on skates. After the briefing, Ponch is near the Beverly Hills Hotel looking at a map to the homes of the stars. A friendly man helps him and announces Jon's arrival with his famous "Heeeere's Johnny!" Ed McMahon drives off as Ponch realizes who he is. Meanwhile, Jimmy gets upset with his agent and fires him. After he goes out driving because he's so upset, Ponch and Jon come across Grossie (who found Jimmy crying on the side of the freeway). Jon lets Jimmy stay at his apartment. Within a minute, Jimmy falls asleep. That afternoon, the roller skating thieves are at it again. They rob a jewelery store as Mark watches. Ponch and Jon each chase the skating men while the woman gets away. As one heads to the beach, we see "To Be Continued"!

Briefing: A car with a skid-plate

Guest Stars: Leif Garrett (as Jimmy Tyler), Bill Daily ("Frank" from I Dream of Jeannie as Balford), Larry Linville ("Frank Burns" from M*A*S*H as Carlin), Fred Williamson (as Ty), Jim Brown (as Romo), Helena Kallianiotes (as Lita), Katherine Baumann (as Sorrell), Bobby Rolofson (as Mark), Kaye Stevens (as Woman in Phonebooth), Larry Storch ("Agarn" from F-Troop as Franco), Ed McMahon (as Himself), Pamela Bowman (as Bettina), Mike Minor (as Doctor), Jack Collins (as Store Manager), Jan Aujay (as Herself), Stuart Dillon (as Diner), Jack Frey (as Waiter), Bobby Herbeck (as Peddler), Claudia Bryar (as Matronly Lady), Chuck Hayward (as Limousine Driver)
Written by: Rudolph Borchert
Directed by: Don Weis
Roller Disco Choreography By: Jerry Nista

References:

  • See Part II in #302.
Mistakes:
  • Is it me or do the guys in the anti-tailgating car bounce up and down a little too much?
  • After the bouncing tailgaters create their first accident, you can spot the jump ramps from the jumping cars.
  • After Jimmy fires his agent, he calls someone and tells them to bring his Ferrari to the hospital parking lot. He then says instructs them to "leave the keys over the visor." If you had a Ferrari, would you do something as stupid as that?
  • Luckily nobody stole the Ferrari...but they messed with the odometer! After the commercial, the lower mileage guage is at 861, then 861, then 862, and in the final shot we see it change from 861 to 862. (You need a good freeze-frame to see this "Oops"!)

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