|Air Date||February 28, 1982|
|Briefing||Bumbling Car Thieves, Senior Citizens, Medical Health Problems, Dealing With Deaf People.|
On a beautiful quiet Sunday afternoon when a couple of ex-convicts Hogan and Dewayne decide to steal a brand new 1981 Cadillac Seville in sable black that belongs to an elderly man Earl Sorenson who decides to take law into his own hands, eventually causing a serious car accident, and Grossie accidentally breaks his jaw after wiping out on his motorcycle. Earl now has a slight concussion, he refuses to cooperate with a sobriety test in which is often given to drunk drivers, and he attempts to commit aggravated assault by trying to slam the car door of his 1974 Ford Gran Torino in two tone green into Jon's crotch. Jon finally loses his patients by trying to arrest Earl for aggravated assault, and Bonnie manages to intervene between the both of them by stepping into the situation in order to explain to him about people with disabilities. Earl now wants to make a complaint against Jon for police brutality, false arrest, and not listening to him about his recently stolen Cadillac. Ponch decides to date Earl's beautiful social worker Kim Travis, he eventually get involved with managing people with medical problems, he manages to solve the case for the auto theft division, and he gets new equipment brought into the CHP in order to help people with a disabilities.
On a beautiful quiet early Sunday afternoon when a couple of ex-convicts Hogan and Dewayne are driving around in a recently abandon un-maintain 1959 Edsel Ranger that has been repainted half a dozen times, they have finally decided to exit the San Diego Freeway, there now cruising around in the suburb of Washington Culver where the neighborhood kids are actually playing at Carlson Park, they finally managed to spot a beautiful brand new 1981 Cadillac Seville in sable black in which is actually parked on a driveway in front of garage that belongs to an elderly married couple Earl and Margaret Sorenson who have just recently gotten back from church, and happen to be preparing for a backyard barbecue party while inside their house as part of a fortieth wedding anniversary celebration with their friends today. Dewayne finally gets out of the Edsel in which he starts casually walking over towards the driveway, he successfully manages to pick the passengers side door lock open of Cadillac, he is actually unaware that Earl has gone outside while carrying a glass of brandy, and tray of hamburgers in order to start preparing them on a charcoal barbecue grill. Hogan is actually still inside the Edsel now keeping a lookout for the owner, including the cops while Dewayne finally finishes hotwiring the Cadillac underneath the dashboard, and there unaware that Earl is drinking a glass of brandy while starting to prepare to grill the hamburgers for their afternoon barbecue. Earl is actually unaware of his other medical problems, he now witnesses Dewayne stealing his Cadillac right off of his driveway, including Hogan driving away in an Edsel, he ended up loosing his hearing permanently in a accidental explosion at a construction site about eighteen years ago, and he isn't very fond of cops since his eldest son was shot to death about seven years ago. Earl decides take the law into his own hands by going into his own garage, he get's into his wife's 1974 Ford Gran Torino in two tone green, and he manages to chase down suspects Hogan and Dewayne for about two minutes.
Since Grossie is actually force to missed out on having lunch today in order to response to a robbery at Chippendales, he decides to grab a quick at the Mini Mart & Liquor in which is actually located down the street, he is coming out eating a powder sugared doughnut, including drinking a cup of coffee, he witnesses Earl breaking the law by speeding while honking the horn inside of a Torino by trying to chase down his own suspects Hogan and Dewayne over stealing a Cadillac, he finishes throwing away his trash, he finally gets on his motorcycle in order to start a high speed pursuit of the suspects vehicle, and he calls into the dispatcher for backup units while keeping up with elderly suspect for about three minutes. The pursuit finally ends when Dewayne while driving the recently stolen Cadillac, he accidentally causes a multiple car collision in a residential intersection, Earl manages to avoid getting into the collision by slamming on the brakes of his wife's Torino, Grossie is now grinding his teeth, while he accidentally wipes his motorcycle completely out on the ground, he accidentally fractures his jaw while rolling over onto his face, while breaking his aviator sunglasses, and he completely passes out in the process of being killed on a busy highway. Hogan decides to turn around inside the Edsel, he reminds Dewayne to leave the scene of the crime because they don't want actually get caught for a stealing a Cadillac, Earl now accidentally bumps his head on the steering wheel after slamming on the brakes of his wife's Torino in which he has glare from the sun in his eyes but can see the felons getting away, and Ponch and Jon arrive about three minutes later after finishing up a robbery report at Chippendales in order to investigate the accidental crime scene. Ponch now responds by getting off of his motorcycle in which he starts running towards to investigate the scene of the crime, he manages to flip over a recently injured Grossie who is now passed out while suffering from head trauma because of a bruise on the right side of the jaw, and injury of the neck, he now starts remove his aviator sunglasses but soon realizes about how many times both himself, and his colleagues were hospitalized because of different types of injuries over the years. Ponch now decides to run back towards his motorcycle in order to call into the dispatcher for immediate medical attention for Grossie to get taken away to UCLA Medical Center by an ambulance with the help of the paramedics, and he needs a car hauler in order to help cleanup the multiple car collision in the residential intersection.
While Ponch is busy calling into the dispatcher in order to get immediate medical attention for Grossie, Jon now responds at the same time does a complete runaround in order to check on the rest of the victims that were involved in the multiple car collision, he starts running towards Earl who is now suffering from a slight concussion, he can actually smell the brandy on the victims breathe after getting a drunken response, and he now wants to conduct a sobriety test at the scene of the crime. Earl is now angry at Dewayne and Hogan for stealing Cadillac about ten minutes ago, he starts losing his temper by refusing to cooperate with Jon about having to complete a sobriety test, he decides to commit assault and battery by attempting to ram the drivers side door of his wife's Torino, and he is now forcing the officer to back away in order to avoid getting hit in the crotch. Bonnie now finally arrives at the accidental crime scene, she comes running out of her cruiser, she manages to intervene by stepping into situation in order to stop Jon from arresting Earl on a charge of drunk driving, including threating an officer with an attempt to commit physical harm, and she realizes that their victim is actually deaf. Baricza finally arrives at the accidental crime scene, he is now laying down the road flares, Turner arrives after finishing up his snack, and Ponch has just finished helping the paramedics in order to load Grossie onto the stretcher. The paramedics have just finished putting Grossie into the ambulance, Baricza now decides to follow them to UCLA Medical Center in order get a medical report on their colleague, and Ponch is now leaving him behind in order to deal with another situation that involves cleaning up the multiple car collision in the residential intersection. Bonnie is now using her sign language skills in order to communicate with Earl about his Cadillac being stolen about an hour ago, Jon is now angry at the situation involving auto theft, and he will start arguing with her about believing the story that involves stolen property. Ponch now comes running over after hearing the argument between Jon and Bonnie in which involves Earl having his Cadillac stolen recently at lunchtime, he manages to intervene by stepping into the situation involving auto theft, he decides to impounded the Torino because of possible drunk driving charge, he now wants a sobriety test done right on the spot, he wants the drunk driving victim being brought into central for a breathalyzer test, including filling out a auto theft report, questioning about his whereabouts, and cleaning up the multiple car collision in the residential intersection.
While Ponch and Turner are getting extra help in order to finally clean up the multiple car collision in the residential intersection, Bonnie has agree to put Earl in back of her cruiser, she now drives him over to central with Jon following her, they are finally able to resolve their differences by doing an arraignment on their drunk driving victim, and they ended up giving him a breathalyzer test. Ponch has just arrived back at central, he parked his motorcycle in the back parking lot, he in the back of the filing cabinet trying to search for Earl's past arrest record, he finally receives a phone call from Baricza at UCLA Medical Center about Grossie being admitted into Orthognathic Surgery after the had taken him into the emergency room on the stretcher from the ambulance into the xray room, he finally arrives back at the front desk while carrying a file on people with disabilities, he finally meets a beautiful social worker Kim Travis who is actually here to take charge of her case load that involves their drunk driving victim because of his medical problems, since he seems to be attracting her attention at the moment, and he will finally agree to escort her into Getraer's office. After Ponch finally gets Kim situated in a desk chair, she observes Bonnie using her sign language skills in order to communicate with Earl about his Cadillac being stolen recently this afternoon, Jon is actually standing there while suffering the consequences of a possible lawsuit that will brought against him for police brutality on a disable deaf person, and Getraer now wants to wrap up the today's meeting by finished filling out a report for their auto theft division. Since Earl is still refusing to cooperate with Getraer over his Cadillac being stolen recently this afternoon, he could have been facing a possible drunk driving charge, including a multiple car collision, plus for being a vigilante, speeding in a residential intersection, driving on a restricted license, and Kim will need to drive him back to his house in her 1980 Mazda RX-7 in Marine Blue, and he really needs to his eat dinner with his wife at five o'clock. While Hogan and Dewayne are having a meeting at their hide out near the San Fernando Valley Generating Station, since they are responsible for causing a multiple car collision in a residential intersection today, they will eventually decide to finish filling out there auto theft contract, and the silent partner ends up hold a silver trophy.
On a very early Monday morning after Earl's vigilante drunk driving incident over a Cadillac being stolen yesterday afternoon, including the multiple car collision, Ponch and Jon finally arrive at UCLA Medical Center, they finished getting out of the elevator, there now heading towards Grossie's hospital room, once they go inside the room in which they are actually surprised to see that their colleague is now recovering from Orthognathic Surgery, and happens to wearing a neck brace. Kim finally arrives into the hospital room, she is bringing Grossie a vase full of flowers, which she ends up placing on the nightstand, Jon will eventually start arguing with her over the situation involving their colleague getting injured in multiple car collision because of Earl deciding to become a drunken vigilante over a Cadillac being stolen yesterday afternoon, Ponch manages to intervene by stepping into the situation involving their differences in opinion about the accidental crime scene, and their colleague now wants complete silence. Kim now feels uncomfortable around Jon being upset at her over Earl accidentally causing the multiple car collision because of a Cadillac being stolen yesterday afternoon, since she can't handle situation that actually happen yesterday afternoon, and she finally decides to walk out of the hospital room. Ponch is now actually upset with the situation between Jon and Kim involving Earl over just a Cadillac being stolen yesterday afternon, he decides to cut his visit short with Grossie by walking out of the hospital room, he manages to catch up with her in the hallway, he finally allows her to teach him advanced sign language in order to help people with disabilities, he decides to solve the case on his own time, and he finally returns back to hospital room in order to finishing visiting with their colleague. Later on that morning when Grossie is finally released from UCLA Medical Center in which he is given a list of instructions to follow for Orthognathic patients, meanwhile across the street from Mann's Chinese Theater where Hogan is inside the Edsel while keeping a lookout for the owner, while Dewayne is now hotwiring a beautiful 1979 Datsun 280ZX in Maroon Mist, his partner is still watching out for the owner, he now accidentally breaks the drivers seat after banging his head on the headliner, and he manages to drive away now waving his hand at his partner.
Since Dewayne doesn't actually know how to driver a manual transmission, he isn't paying attention while managing to scare the crap out of the pedestrians in the Hollywood footprints, he now comes out of the theater parking lot accidentally scraping the front spoiler of the recently stolen Datsun. After Ponch and Jon have just finished escorting Grossie straight to Getraer's house from UCLA Medical Center in an unmarked Buick Skylark, they witness Dewayne now speeding while coming out of a shopping center lot because he is panicked while driving around in a recently stolen Datsun in which starts a very short hot pursuit, and they will keep up with their suspect for about three minutes until driving up on the top level inside a parking garage at the Holiday Inn. Dewayne now decides to abandon the recently stolen Datsun by parking in the middle on the top level inside the parking garage, he manages to resists arrest from Ponch and Jon by running towards the edge of the building, and he jumps off the top of the building onto a Ford Louisville that is turning at the intersection. Early that afternoon while Ponch and Jon are still dealing with the owner over impounding a recently stolen Datsun at the parking garage, Bonnie now arrives at a Brook Burn Construction site, where Earl is now going over his architectural plans when she finally delivers him a complaint form, she manages to communicate with him by using her sign language skills, she finds out why he isn't very fond of cops since the death of his eldest son over six years ago, she really wants to help him improve his communicating skills, and she now realizes that this is actually more than a complaint brought against her colleague. Early that evening after finally getting a warrant out for Dewayne's arrest, they just finished having a backyard barbecue party for Grossie at Getraer's house, everybody wants to stay afterwards in order to visit with their colleague, later on Ponch decides to start working on the case involving Earl's Cadillac being stolen yesterday afternoon, he drives down the Harbor Freeway in his Firebird, he finally arrives at Kim's condo complex after exiting the Freeway, and he is now manages to find a parking spot while inside the lot of the condo complex.
After Ponch is finally finished parking his Firebird in the lot at Kim's condo complex, he now decides to take a walk over in order to ring her doorbell, while he is hoping to go out on a date with her tonight, and he begins to think that she actually forget to keep up with the ordinary household repairs. While Kim has just finished changing her clothes, she is doing her hair in a bun, she is getting ready to go out to a foreign film tonight at the Sundance Sunset, and she finally notices that her doorbell ringing because her lamp starts flickering in a sequential code. When Kim finally agrees to answer the door, she is actually surprised to see that Ponch has just arrived for a quick visit, she invites him to come into her condo, and she notices that her telephone is now ringing because her lamp starts flickering in a different sequential code. Kim now decides to show Ponch a brand new device that is designed to help deaf people communicate at home or work, she hooks up her telephone into a Krown Research Porta Printer Plus, she uses her portable teletype in order to write to her disable friend Ellie for a few minutes, and they decide go on a date to the movies tonight. Kim now decides to take Ponch for a drive down the Sunset Strip in her Mazda, while he is starting to get bored with learning about people with disabilities that are actually on a social workers case load, when they finally arrive at the Sundance Sunset, while they are now sitting inside a dark theater room, while enjoying a foreign film with subtitles, they seem to be having a good time together, and their date will eventually end during the night at the movies. On a very early Tuesday morning after Grossie finally arrives back at central in order to report for desk duty, while he is now recovering from Orthognathic Surgery, but instead he seem to be having miserable time all by himself inside the shared office, and he is now reading an article in the Los Angeles Times about himself accidentally fracturing his jaw during a multiple car collision that happen on Sunday afternoon because of Hogan and Dewayne stealing Earl's Cadillac. When Harlan finally decides to report for duty inside the shared office, he gives Grossie a last minute gift that happens to be a box of Country Cottage Assorted Chocolates that he had already inside his kitchen cabinet that are left over from Mother's Day, and he tries to get the temptation out of his miserable colleague by eating a piece of stale chocolate himself.
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- Bill Boyett as Mr. Hogan
- Royce D. Applegate as DeWayne
- Dawn Jeffory as Kim Travis
- Paul Linke as Grossman
- Lou Wagner as Harlan
- Brodie Greer as Baricza
- Michael Dorn as Turner
- Arthur Malet as Junkman
- John Hostetter as Manager
- Frances Ripplinger as Margaret (Sorenson)
- Johnny Crear as Rolls Owner
- Stuart Mabray as Driver
- Randi Oakes as Bonnie Clark
- Executive Producer: Cy Chermak
- Produced By: Paul Rabwin
- Story Supervisor: William D. Gordon
- Written By: Bruce Shelly
- Directed by: Gordon Hessler
- Executive Consultant: Rick Rosner
- Story Editors: L. Ford Neale & John Huff
- Executive Producer: Randall Torno
- Developed for television by: Paul Playdon
- Music by: Alan Silvestri
- Theme by: John Parker
- Music Supervisor: Harry V. Lojewski
- Director of Photography: Jack Swan A.S.C.
- Art Director: Stephen Myles Berger
- Editor: Joe Morrisey
- Unit Production Manager: Donald Gold
- First Assistant Director: Steven P. Saeta
- Second Assistant Director: Leslie L. Jackson
- Script Supervisor: Jack Gannon
- Set Decorator: W. Joseph Kroesser
- Production Consultant: Dave McDannel
- Stunt Co-ordinator: Paul Nuckles
- Rerecorded at: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
- Sound: Harlan Riggs, M. Curtis Price, C.A.S.
- Wardrobe Supervisor: Shelly Levine
- Makeup: Richard Cobos, S.M.A., Walter T. Schenck
- Hair Stylist: Don Lynch
- Assistant Editor: Diana Marie Hering
- Sound Editor: Edward M. Osborne
- Music Editor: Jan Gershkoff
- Casting: Cathy Henderson, Barbara Hanley
- With Appreciation to Glen B. Craig, Commissioner California Highway Patrol
- Motorcycles Furnished by: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
- We Gratefully Acknowledge The Assistance of Barbara Reade And The National Center On Deafness
- Filmed in METROCOLOR / Titles and Opticals MGM
- Rosner Television in association with MGM Television
- Royce D. Applegate (DeWayne) previously appeared as Roger in Ponch's Angels in season 4.
- DeWayne steals the Nissan from opposite the Mann's Chinese Theatre is actually located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028, it later changed it's named to TCL Chinese Theatre, he dumps it nearby parking lot of Holiday Inn is actually located at 1770 Orchid Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028, and the building is now the Hollywood VIP Hotel. View in Google Maps
- The parking lot, the Pacific Federal building, and a couple of the roads seen in this episode have now been subsumed by the Hollywood and Highland shopping center.
- The garage that repaired the Edsel was across the road from Rafi Automotive in Culver City. Rafi Automotive is now listed a block away and a business called Jack's Automotive is in its place. View in Google Maps
- The final chase ends up at the San Fernando Valley Generating Station. It also appeared at the end of the Dukes of Hazzard episode 'Close Call for Daisy'. View in Google Maps
- The Sorenson's house is actually located at 10406 Park Avenue, Washington, Culver City, California 90232, and garage is located on the corner of Motor Avenue. The house, including the garage, and the original octagon garage door windows still exists today. The house was originally had an all white exterior at the time of filming of episode back in early October of 1981. The house actually had a partial makeover back in 2011 in which had included the gutters, doors, and awnings were actually repainted in hunter green. The houses actually had a complete makeover back in 2015 in which had included the siding actually being repainted in light blue, including the window trim, doors, awnings, top porch roof molding actually repainted in dark blue, the railings on the front porch remained white, and the gutters were actually replaced by a professional. View in Google Maps
- Grossie is seen coming out a convenience store while eating a powder sugar doughnut, drinking a cup of coffee, the business is actually called Mini Mart & Liquor is located at 4273 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230, and happens to be about five minutes away from Chippendales in which is actually located at 3739 Overland Avenue, Palms, Los Angeles, CA 90034. View in Google Maps
- Earl Sorenson starts taking the law into his own hands by chasing Hogan and Dewayne in which actually starts from 10406 Park Ave, Culver City, CA 90232, the pursuit go until you manage to hit the intersection of Overland Avenue/Braddock Drive, Culver City, CA 90230, and happens to be about two minutes away. View in Google Maps
- Grossie starts pursuing Earl Sorenson at the intersection of Overland Avenue/Braddock Drive, Culver City, CA 90230, the pursuit manages to end at the intersection of Culver Boulevard/Huron Avenue, and happens to be about three minutes away. View in Google Maps
- The house at the intersection is actually located at 10998 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232.
- When Grossman sees the chase go by, he has to walk to his bike and get his helmet on, yet he joins the chase only about 100 yards back.
- Grossie accidentally call in Braddock Ave as South on Shepola.
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