Episode Guide: Season 5: In the Best of Families
518 - In the Best of Families

Original Airdate: 21-Feb-1982

Plot: After Ponch convinces Jon to move in with him while his apartment is being painted, they learn a CHP cruiser has been stolen. Baricza, Ponch, and Jon chase the kids in the cruiser who drive on the wrong side of a just-opened section of the Semi-Valley freeway. The kids stop in the center and try to run away while the cruiser gets rammed by typical "CHiPs" jumping-cars. After the theme, Bonnie shows up and gets chewed out by Getraer for not watching her car for a minute while she was in Bruce's Coffee Shop. Meanwhile, the kids meet up with their mother who was planning an armored car rip off. Back at Central, Grossie tells everyone that Captain R. J. Tinsdale has ordered a chapter 10 inspection. That night, Jon shows up at Ponch's apartment and finds that the women neighbors are visiting. The next day, Bonnie is real upset since everyone is making her life difficult. Out on the streets, a West L.A. CHP cruiser is stolen. Ponch, Jon, and Turner all persue it. When turner swerves to avoid oncoming traffic and pedestrians, he flies off a cliff and loses his wheels upon impact. The kids get away again. Jon learns that someone stole a two-tone Dodge Monaco...a match for their cruisers. At the dry cleaners, Getraer learns that his CHP uniform was stolen. While Getraer's out, Ponch spreads a rumor about Getraer getting promoted to Lieutenant. That night, Ponch investigates tbe stolen Dodge Monaco and gets a street map that a thief left behind. After lunch (at Lucy's), Baricza finds his cruiser doors and lights missing. That makes Ponch and Jon the only unaffected CHP so far. In the locker room, Jon figures out that there's going to be a heist. Out on the streets, the fake CHP cruiser makes the armored truck take a detour. The mother cuts the armored car's radio antenna when they stop. THe fake CHP make them stop later on and fill the truck with bees. When the guards run, the fake CHP takes the money. Ponch and Jon show up just in time and chase them. Bonnie and Getraer aren't far behind and help to block them in. They attempt to run down Getraer (who fell over), but Bonnie blocks them with her cruiser and gets rammed. Back at Central, Getraer tells everyone that he's not leaving and that Captain Tinsdale was a tough instructer of his at the academy. After finding out that Captain Tinsdale can't get to L.A. becuase of snow in the mountains, the CHP starts to chase Getraer.

Guest Stars: Anne Francis (as Susan Wright), Michael Morgan (as Joey), Timothy Patrick Murphy (as Alex), James L. Brown (as Executive), John Brandon (as Salesman), Joy Claussen (as Clerk), James Newell (as Master of Ceremonies), Sheri Lynn Covington (as Cindy), Lori Sutton (as Sherri), K.C. Winkler (as Francesca)
Written by: Richard B. Mittleman
Directed by: John Florea

Fun Fact:

  • When Baricza finds his doors missing, look for the Partridge Family bus in the background.

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