Original Airdate: 28-Sep-1980
Plot: Ponch, Jon, and another officer are having lunch but end up chasing a speeder. The other officer (Andy) chases the speeder like a maniac and causes Ponch to flip off his motor. Fortunately he's ok and Andy continues the chase. Back at Central, Andy apologizes and starts crying. When Andy brings his son back to his fraternity, a rival frat is stealing their mascot with a helicopter. All Andy does is laugh. That night at dinner, Andy tries to pay Ponch for dinner and gets upset when Ponch refuses the money. While Ponch and Jon discuss Andy's problem with his son, Andy witnesses a drug drop and pickup and chases the guy who made the pickup. When Andy returns to central, he learns that it was a ransom payoff. Soon Andy falls over. Ponch and Jon go to visit him in the hospital but he's just leaving. He claims that he just needs to lay off the late nights (of watching "CHiPs"). Out on patrol, Andy chases after frat guys chasing the bird that they stole. Jon and Ponch join in on the chase. When Andy forces the truck to stop, the bird flies into a pool. Jon and Ponch go to the hospital to find out what's really wrong with Andy. The doctor won't tell them until they introduce someone who claims to be (and luckily is) Andy's son. The doctor tells them all that it's not overwork...it's a tumor on the brain. Later, Andy, Ponch, and Jon realize that Andy's going blind. He refuses to take time off. When two ramming frat cars go by, Andy takes off followed by Ponch and Jon. One of the cars ends up going into a flood control canal and flips over. Andy carries a girl to safety as the car explodes. Andy his hit in the back by shrapnel. Andy's last words were, "Remember I said if I could save one life it would be worth it." Back at the fraternity, the bird is back and a plaque is given in memory of Andy Stratowski. Ponch, Jon, and Andy's son agree to sneak back that night and put sunglasses and a cigar on the bird.
Briefing: Stolen frat statue
Guest Stars: Robert Viharo (as Andy), Alan Stock (as Chris), Tom Villard (as Neil), Bennett Liss (as Harold), Kevin O'Brien (as Paul), Ken Stovitz (as Barry), Tony Miller (as Dr. Stockley), Sandy Serrano (as Zoe), Erin Donovan (as Frannie), John Robotham (as Fraternity Brother), Craig Simmons (as Fraternity Brother)
Written by: Larry Alexander
Directed by: John Florea
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