Episode Guide: Season 3: The Strippers
321 - The Strippers

Original Airdate: 16-Feb-1980

Plot: The show opens with skydiving. Upon landing, they see Jon's girlfriend Diane's Mercedes 450SL being stolen. Ponch and Jon drive after them in Jon's truck but have to stop to help an overturned truck. After starting to strip the Mercedes, the strippers see a drug drop. The plane which lands after the drop is then secretly inspected by narcotics enforcement. The next day, Diane's car is recovered...stripped. We also see another drug drop. The "narcs" rush to investigate but are stopped by the "wheelie-boppers". Meanwhile, the drugs are brought to the "Bar X Ranch" and the car strippers legally buy back the stripped car. That night, Diane sees her Mercedes at a restaurant...assembled. The next day, Ponch and Jon are at Brigid's Cafe when Grossie walks in and buys Jon's uneaten lunch. Meanwhile, the strippers steal another car that happens to speed by our favorite "wheelie-boppers". Unfortunately, Ponch and Jon miss the turn off and lose the strippers but find the narcs. The next day, Ponch and Jon go hiking looking for the car strippers and are caught by the drug dealers. Ponch and Jon are let go and find the car strippers who tell them they say something dropped from the plane. Jon realizes the best way to catch the drug drop in action is skydiving. After the drop is made, Ponch and Jon jump down to catch the drug dealers red handed. As a reward, Ponch and Jon get strawberry ice cream cones just outside of Brigid's Cafe.

Briefing: (In hallway) No stolen car parts have shown up anywhere
Great Quote: "Sergeant promised us an ice cream cone if we came out here and ride fast, flash our lights, toot our sirens and chew gum at the same time..." -Jon to the "Supercops"

Guest Stars: James Luisi (as Lazarri), Dick Bakalyan (as O'Hare), Sherry Jackson (as Diane), Morgan Woodward (as Dexter), Jason Ronard (as Rudi), Ron Soble (as Stark), Evan Kim (as Zale), Sharon Weber (as Shari), Frank Loverde (as Man), Roy Stuart (as Heller), Howard Culver (as Auctioneer), Peter D. Green (as Miller), Art Scholl (as Pilot), Jay Della (as Citizen)
Written by: Frank Telford
Directed by: Don Weis

Mistakes:

  • Whenever Ponch and Jon drive down the hill while chasing the stolen cars (first in Jon's truck and then hours later on motorcycles) it's foggy...even though the skies are clear everywhere else. It was even clear when they were skydiving.
  • Just after Jon stops his truck because of the "accident" on the road, we see Bonnie walking along taking a measurement of skid marks. Why? Did someone die? Accident reconstruction teams aren't supposed to be called in unless someone died. How could someone have died when the worst that happened was the truck slowly tipped over? And we know the drivers are okay since Ponch says, "Luckily no one was badly hurt."
  • Before Ponch knows who the ice cream is from, he's about to eat it. Isn't that dangerous? What if someone had something against the CHP and wanted to hurt an officer?

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