|Air Date||January 17, 1982|
|Briefing||Lasers (by Scotty)|
A pair of thieves use a laser to blind their victims before committing robberies. One of the witnesses is Wayne Cato, a cowboy actor and boyhood hero of Jon, but he's reluctant to come forward with information.
Ponch enters a race and crashes when he's blinded by a laser. The next day, after Ponch's sight returns, the laser operators blind everyone at a bank and steal a money delivery. Harlan signs up Ponch and Jon for a laser light show to demonstrate their effect. Ponch and Jon are called out to Wayne Cato's house where they're given a description of the van that carried the laser.
Meanwhile, the laser guys rip off a check cashing liquor store and Turner chases their van but is blinded and causes an accident. Ponch and Jon track down the van's owner (Rich) and arrest him. Wayne ID's the kid just before Scotty (the other laser guy) comes in to brief the CHP on lasers. The next day, Ponch is back racing (antique cars this time) while Bonnie visits Rich's school.
At the racetrack, Rich and Scotty rob the ticket office and drive off. Jon gets on a horse to chase them while Ponch follows in the antique car. Jon periodically ducks to avoid the laser (he's quick!) and finally jumps on the laser equipped truck and stops them.
- George Lindsey as Wayne Cato
- Mark L. Taylor as Scotty
- Jerry Houser as Rich
- Walker Edmiston as Mr. Blume
- Bert Remsen as Jim Stevens
- Paul Linke as Grossman
- Lou Wagner as Harlan
- Brodie Greer as Baricza
- Michael Dorn as Turner
- Barbra Horan as Lisa
- Nancy Jeris as Registrar
- Bill Sorrells as Doctor
- Christopher Thomas as Co-official
- Tim O'Keefe as Announcer
- David Wells as Liquor Store Clerk
- Jere Fields as DMV Cashier
- Randi Oakes as Bonnie Clark
- Executive Producer: Cy Chermak
- Produced by: James Doherty
- Story Supervisor: William D. Gordon
- Teleplay By: James Doherty
- Story By: Jaron Summers and James Doherty
- Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
- Executive Consultant: Rick Rosner
- Story Editors: L. Ford Neale & John Huff
- Associate 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: Robert F. Sparks
- Art Director: Stephen Myles Berger
- Editor: Joe Morrisey
- Unit Production Manager: Donald Gold
- First Assistant Director: Denny Salvaryn
- Second Assistant Director: Leslie L. Jackson
- Script Supervisor: Jack Gannon
- Set Decorator: W. Joseph Kroesser
- Production Consultant: Dave McDannel
- Stunt Co-ordinator: Paul Nuckles
- Recorded 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 Schenck
- Hairdresser: Don Lynch
- Casting: Cathy Henderson, Barbara Hanley
- With Appreciation to Glen B. Craig, Commissioner California Highway Patrol
- Motorcycles Furnished by: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
- Filmed in METROCOLOR / Titles and Opticals MGM
- Rosner Television in association with MGM Television
- Just like the first race in Destruction Derby (also at Ascot Park), Ponch's name gets mentioned by the commentator far more during the Sprint car race than any other competitor.
- George Lindsey (Wayne Cato) is probably best known for playing Goober Pyle in The Andy Griffith Show and its spin-off, Mayberry R.F.D.
- The park that Jon follows the thieves through during the final chase is MacArthur Park. They enter at the eastern corner at South Alvarado and 6th, go around south of the lake, and come out onto South Park View Street at Wilshire where Jon halts the chase. View in Google Maps
- When Bonnie and the DMV cashier are robbed, the laser beams come from an angle that's too low to be from a van across the street.
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