Episode Guide: Season 4: The Hawk and the Hunter
418 - The Hawk and the Hunter

Original Airdate: 5-Apr-1981

Plot: While Ponch, Jon, & Baricza respond to a traffic accident, Baricza's father has biplane trouble. The CHP quickly responds. While enjoying coffee, Ponch and Jon learn that Mr. Baricza is being threatened. Later that day, Baricza drives into another car after taking a nap. Later, Turner and Baricza almost collide while Ponch and Jon arrive to nab the car they were chasing. Although that was Turner's fault, Baricza blames himself. He decides to quit the CHP because he couldn't handle doing both crop dusting and highway patrol. Baricza calls in Ponch and Jon to check out some crop vandalism. "Sherlock Poncherello" finds a campsite receipt. When Ponch follows up, he meets up with Lyle's campsite neighbor. Meanwhile, Barry makes an emergency landing when Lyle's truck interferes. After repairs, Barry is flying again. At the V.A. Hospital, Ponch and Jon learn that Lyle did defoliation in Vietnam. When Getraer brings Barry his termination papers, he reveals he doesn't want to take over the crop dusting business like his dad thought. After Getraer leaves, Lyle Pickett shows up bearing Molitov Cocktails. Ponch and Jon chase him but get caught in the mud. They get a ride with Pete Baricza while Barry Baricza uses the biplane to chase Lyle. When Barry leaves Lyle in the dust (literally), Lyle rolls his truck and is caught by Ponch and Jon. In the end, Barry tells Getraer he doesn't want to quit and rips his termination papers. Ponch and Jon give him the thumbs up and the credits roll over a picture of the biplane in flight.

Guest Stars: Dwight Schultz (Murdock on The A-Team & Barclay on Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Lyle, Sandy McPeak (as Pete Baricza), Lane Binkley (as Shawna), Diana Douglas (as Vera), Sean Garrison (as V.A. Doctor), Marged Wakeley (as Mrs. Drew), Chao-Li Chi (as Quong)
Written by: Richard B. Mittleman
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson

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