In the Best of Families

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In the Best of Families
Episode # 518
Air Date February 21, 1982
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Brief Plot

Jon and Ponch try to apprehend a family of thieves who make several attempts to steal a CHP cruiser as part of a bigger plot to commit an armored truck hit. Meanwhile, Getraer is uptight, and buckles down on Central as they prepare for a major inspection


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 Simi 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 really upset since everyone is making her life difficult.

Out on the streets, a West L.A. CHP cruiser is stolen. Ponch, Jon, and Turner pursue 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 Drive In), 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 instructor of his at the academy. After finding out that Captain Tinsdale can't get to L.A. because of snow in the mountains, the CHP starts to chase Getraer.

Guest Stars



Fun Facts

Partridge Family bus
  • When Baricza finds his doors missing, look for the Partridge Family bus in the background.
  • When Jon and Ponch first meet Getraer they are outside the Ticktocker Thrift Shop in Culver City - The Culver Hotel can be seen behind Getraer. View in Google Maps
  • The scene where the mother watches the armored car leave the Bank of Tri-Valley was filmed at the back of the Ticktocker Thrift Shop. At the time, the four-story parking garage on Cardiff Avenue was just a flat parking lot.


  • In the opening accident, none of the cars on the top level of the transporter appear to have had their parking brakes on, been left in park or been secured in any way, yet the cars on the lower level don't move.
  • Getraer only needed a fuse for his bike, so why did Harlan need to recover it in a pickup?
  • Why was Getraer being so careful with the water cooler bottle when it was obviously empty?
  • Jon says that some punks stole a '79 Dodge Monaco - there wasn't a '79 Monaco. The Monaco was replaced by the St. Regis for 1979-81.
  • As Jon and Ponch approach the robbed armored car, the driver's door is open a few inches, but when the camera angle changes the door is shut.
  • When the family are watching the opening crash on the news, the TV reporter says that their "cameraman... got more than he bargained for." The footage they showed was clearly taken from three or four different angles, including one in the center of the live lane, and not by a single cameraman.

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Preceded by:
In the Best of Families
Followed by:
"Silent Partner"