Trained for Trouble

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Trained for Trouble
Episode # 523
Air Date April 4, 1982
Briefing  ?
Title screen

Brief Plot

A guy teaches his animals to rob banks. A new stripper at Chippendales, who performs as a CHP motorcycle cop, bears a striking resemblance to Ponch, and just about every woman in LA seems to think that Ponch is the mystery stripper. A guy called Herzog keeps claiming he committed robberies that he reads about in newspapers.


At a bank, dogs and chimps are robbing it while Bonnie, Grossie, Ponch, and Jon are having lunch. As they leave, Ponch and Jon chase the animals down an alley and onto a roof. The chimps and dogs are too fast for them though and get away when their owner drives them off in a truck.

Later, someone comes to HQ confessing to the crime...but he doesn't know any details so they know he didn't do it an send him home. That night at Chippendales, a CHP look-alike shows up to strip. Bonnie arrives just before he leaves and misses seeing the guy strip. The next day she shows the pictures to Ponch because her friends thought it was him. After the commercial break, Ponch and Jon pull over a speeding Mercedes. The woman they stop thinks that Ponch is the stripper.

Meanwhile, Turner sees a bird steal money bags from a Pervis armoured car shipment. Ponch and Jon chase after the bird. When Ponch gets distracted from looking at the bird, he drives off the road and tears his shirt. Back at Central, the guys make stripping music while Ponch takes his shirt off. After the confesser gets let off again, Ponch goes to Chippendales and meets the manager. He gets the impersonator's name and number so that he can talk to the guy.

Later, on patrol, Ponch and Jon chase after a motorcycle rider with a dog on his back. They call ahead and have a roadblock set up. It turns out it's not the guy sending animals to rob places so they let him go with just "evadin arrest". That night at Chippendales, the confessor dons a mask and goes inside while Ponch meets his look-alike. When the confessor robs the safe, the look-alike goes after him. When he shows up and confesses, Grossie and Baricza are about to let him go when he recognizes Ponch. They realize that he DID do the crime. When they finally arrest him, he starts denying everything.

When Ponch and Jon go to the hospital to meet the look-alike, they find the animal man, chase him, and arrest him. Back at Central, Ponch is offered a job at Chippendales.

Guest Stars




Fun Facts

Chippendales sign
  • The Pervis armored car was last seen in the episode In the Best of Families.
  • Don Stroud (Lou Poole) previously appeared as Sonny Matson in Crash Course in season 4.
  • Belinda Montgomery (Elaine Price) is probably best known as the mother of Doogie Howser M.D.. She also played Sonny Crockett's ex-wife in Miami Vice.
  • Dan Hedeya (Herzog) played Carla's sleazy ex-husband Nick Tortelli in Cheers and its spin-off The Tortellis.
  • Somen Bannergee along with his partner attorney Bruce Nahin, had bought a failing night club that was originally called Destiny II in 1974, deciding to venture into a disco, including a casino, they had finally decided to change the name to Chippendales in 1977 because of the style furniture that was originally inside the club, which they had later decided to venture into female mud wrestling, exotic dancing, stripping for the male audiences, after failing several times because of successful business venture the Hollywood Tropicana, finally in 1979 they had teamed up with choreographer Nicolas De Noia, including nightclub promoter Paul Snider, into order to a venture around from female to male mud wrestling exotic dancing, stripping for the female audiences after several lawsuits, including murders, the club finally closed it's doors on December 15, 1988, located at 3739 Overland Avenue, and the building is now an adult daycare center. View in Google Maps
  • The entrance of Chippendales was actually used by mistake during the last minute of editing the episode Alarmed that was filmed at the Hollywood Tropicana which actually consists of female mud wrestlers later in the fall of 1981, considering parts were Randi Oakes visits this night club which is actually consists of male strippers in this episode were filmed during her Bachelorette Party earlier in March this year, and Erik Estrada visits the same night club for which was filmed during a Halloween Party on October 31, 1980.


  • The guy with the dog on the motorbike rides up and down the same bits of Griffith Park Drive, but it's shot from different angles to make it look like a continuous road.
  • The scene where Lou Poole crashes his pickup was filmed in daylight, but the part where he's pulled out of the flaming wreck was obviously filmed at night.
  • When Bonnie had first visited Chippendales in the episode Alarmed, she described the female mud wrestling as "vulgar, demeaning and debasing". Apparently seeing the men strip off their clothes at the same venture is different, as she tells Grossie when he questions her about the show she's going to: "... because the striptease dancers are men? Big deal Grossie. Welcome to the 1980s."

Preceded by:
"A Threat of War"
Trained for Trouble
Followed by:
"Ice Cream Man"