Force Seven

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Force Seven
Episode # 527
Air Date May 23, 1982
Briefing None
Title screen

Brief Plot

We are introduced to a secret LAPD unit dedicated to the preservation of human life through the use of martial arts.


Ponch and Jon spot a speeding drunk and pull him over under an overpass. Jon finds confidential military secrets which fall out of the car.

Later, a young officer named Rick Nichols (who looks remarkably like next season's Bobby Nelson) reports to Lt. John LeGarre for assignment with a martial arts group named "Force Seven". Shortly, the Force Seven group gets an assignment to recover a stolen missile.

Before we know it, the Force Seven team is sneaking into a warehouse looking for clues. When Rick makes some noise, they're discovered and have to escape. That night, they try again ... and are discovered again. They fight the employees and win. After the victory, an old friend of LeGarre, named Nakura, appears and captures them. After the Force Seven members escape, Nakura sets his plan into action and arms his stolen missile.

Nakura sends a taped message to the mayor and threatens to use the missile unless his demands are met. By examining the stars in the background of the videotape, Force Seven figures out where Nakura is hiding his missile.

The next morning, the Force Seven team sneaks into Nakura's compound using some pretty nifty martial arts skills. With 15 seconds to spare, they get Nakura to tell them the abort code of 666.

After the commercial, Nakura realizes that the warhead's armed to go off in one minute. Rick uses his magic Super-Poly-Grip powers to disarm the warhead just before it detonates.

Later, at CHP Central, Getraer meets Ponch and Jon in the hallway and congratulates them for discovering the confidential papers which led the police to "the crazy" with the missile.

Guest Stars



Fun Facts

  • This episode was the second unsuccessful attempt "CHiPs" made at a spinoff. (The first was Mitchell and Woods.) The series would have been called Force Seven: The Deadly Arrow.
  • This is Larry Wilcox's final appearance on "CHiPs" until CHiPs '99 (if we do not count the cameo in "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1").
  • This is the only time Larry Wilcox and Tom Reilly are in the same episode of "CHiPs" ever.
  • Fred Dryer also played the title role in the cop drama Hunter. He was in the running to play the lead in Cheers, but lost out to Ted Danson.
  • John Rhys-Davies (Nakura) played Sallah in two Indiana Jones movies, Prof. Maximilian Arturo in Sliders, and more recently Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Nakura's HQ is the Greystone/Doheny Mansion in Beverly Hills. View in Google Maps
  • Larry Wilcox's would not return for Season 6 because of contract dispute with NBC.


  • Making this dreadful pilot and trying to pass it off as an episode of CHiPs!
  • Pursuit scene at the begininning starts with a pursuit from "Neighborhood Watch"

Preceded by:
Force Seven
Followed by:
"Meet the New Guy"