Trick or Trick

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Trick or Trick
Episode # 206
Air Date October 21, 1978
Briefing Only use the radio for official business.
Title screen

Brief Plot


Ponch and Jon are on patrol on Halloween. They chase a speeding van that was carrying 13 black cats. When it stops, they all ran away in front of Ponch.

Before the briefing, Ponch walks under a ladder. Grossie shows up with a jack-o-lantern that's supposed to look like Getraer. After the briefing, Ponch nicks himself with his electric razor, closes his locker door, and breaks his mirror. Getraer tells Grossie to get a candle for the jack-o-lantern...he has one in his locker. (Do we want to know why?)

On the streets, a kid asks Ponch for a treat, but Ponch gets a trick from a perfume filled squirt gun. Ponch threatens to put handcuffs on him. When they pass by a house later on, two men are taking up sod. Ponch and Jon chase and catch them.

Later, while Ponch stops at a store to fill his saddlebag with candy, an angry father blames Ponch for making his kid run away when Ponch told him he'd put handcuffs on him.

After a hobgoblin broadcast, Ponch and Jon find two women trying to steal a street sign. They convince them to forget about the scavenger hunt and get invited to a party.

That night, a woman dressed as a ghost robs a deli and Ponch and Jon chase her. Ponch has to tend to a ghost caused accident and she gets away. Ponch and Jon find a kid who had his candy stolen and Ponch offers them some of his.

Later, Ponch and Jon check out the local "haunted" house for the missing kid. After a while, they find him in the kitchen.

After a third hobgoblin broadcast, Jon notices a woman stealing candy. They chase her to her house where they find out she's just looking for her engagement ring. Jon finds it in her own candy bowl.

Back on the streets, Ponch and Jon chase the ghost again. They catch them when their windshield is egged.

At the party, Getraer reveals that he knew everything that was going on because Grossie left an impression on the page under the one he wrote his plans on.

Great Quote

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Fun Facts

  • Having a Halloween marathon? Check out "Rock, Devil, Rock".
  • Gas is 65 cents per gallon.
  • Some of the trick or treat scenes were filmed at Warner Brothers' Ranch, Burbank. The site also includes Clark Griswold's house from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Darrin and Samantha Stephens' house from Bewitched (TV series), and the fountain from the opening credits of Friends. View in Google Maps


  • While checking the haunted house for the runaway, both Jon and Ponch carry their flashlights in their right (gun) hands. Although they aren't expecting trouble, it is highly improbable that they forgot their training.
  • Also in the haunted house, while walking down the long hallway and just as they reach the stairs, Jon has cobwebs hanging from his left glove and Ponch has cobwebs on one of his boots. When the cat jumps down the stairs and Jon and Ponch are shown immediately after, the cobwebs are gone.
  • The "ghost" already has long blond hair. Why wear a long blonde wig?
  • When the ghost lady robs the first liquor store and runs away, Ponch and Jon give pursuit after the store clerk tells them he's been robbed by a ghost. When Ponch gets off his bike at one point to pursue the ghost lady on foot, the camera remains on a shot of a yellow car in the foreground as Jon rides away in the background. A crew member's shadow can be seen briefly on the back of the yellow car as they stand up before it cuts to the next shot.

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Preceded by:
"Neighborhood Watch"
Trick or Trick
Followed by:
"High Flyer"