Episode Guide: Season 4: Home Fires Burning
412 - Home Fires Burning

Original Airdate: 1-Feb-1981

Plot: When Ponch finds out Grossie is organizing a basketball team for an exhibition game, Ponch gets an idea and takes a few days off. Later on, Jon and Grossie tell a man to pull over before he changes his flat tire. Minutes later up the road, two men blow up a mobile home. While Jon and Grossie question a kid who witnessed the explosion, Grossie loses the kite he was flying. Later, the CHP team practices for basketball and meet the opposing team. Out on the highway, a mobile home owner on a fishing vacation pulls over to fix a flat and someone drives up through his entire home. Meanwhile, a Ron Howard look-alike and his partner try to burn a mobile home for the insurance money while the security guard was inside. Jon and Baricza manage to get him out and save the smoked out home. When the owner arrives, his story is conflicting and he has to tell the truth and face a possible murder charge. Later, Jon finds the wife of the fisherman walking towards Disneyland and reunites her with her husband. When the arsonists try to burn the motor home again, Baricza chases them and Jon soon joins in. While Baricza captures the Ron Howard look-alike, Jon pulls the other guy from his rolled-over van. At the basketball game, Central CHP is warming up when Ponch brings in his recruits. As it turns out, Central is the only station without a 7 footer. Everyone is shocked when the other team comes in on unicycles. After Sarge remembers seeing them at the circus, the CHP sits out to enjoy the show. (Note: Jon and Ponch are wearing #'s 3 and 4...which are their call numbers.) The next day, we find out that the watchman will live and that the one that setup the silly basketball game was the Captain.

Briefing: "The arsonists are talking"

Guest Stars: Adam Roarke (as Ray Evans), Jack Kruschen (as Frank Higgins), David Hayward (as Andy Whitman), Michael Cavanaugh (as Tom Dempsey), Beverly Sanders (as Muriel Higgins), Madeleine Fisher (as Mrs. Evans), Katia Christine (as Driver), Stanley Davis, Jr. (as Ronnie Bell), Fred Downs (as Watchman), Fred Slyter (as Businessman)
Written by: Rex Benson & Judith Dark
Teleplay by: Rex Benson
Directed by: Chuck Bail
Special Appearance by: The King Charles Troupe

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