CHiPs (1983)

The Volunteers

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 9/23/78
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  • Episode Description
  • Jon and Ponch volunteer to escort veteran truck driver Charlie Davis and his daughter, Robbie, on a 14-mile journey that could end in disaster at any second. The cargo is unstable liquid chlorine and the obstacles include roads damaged by heavy rains, a multiple car pile up, an escaped tiger, a town that won´t permit the convoy to drive through, and their worst peril: hot, sunny weather that could cause the chlorine to explode with the force of nitroglycerine. Synopsis by Allan Ashermanmoreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lou Wagner

    Harlan (1978-83)

  • Robert Pine

    Joe Getraer

  • Paul Linke

    Officer Grossman

  • Erik Estrada

    Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello

  • Lew Saunders

    Officer Gene Fritz (1977-81)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Ponch: (answering Jon's comment about the woman truck driver) ...they're even lettin' 'em vote!

    Notes (1)

    • This episode features a female Officer Turner - Jane not Jeb.

    Trivia (3)

    • When the cage containing the tiger falls off the truck, it is obvious that there is a stuffed animal in the cage.

    • The truck drivers were worried about daytime heat, and a burning building causing the chlorine gas to explode. Chlorine gas is not flammable, explosive, or even combustable.

    • From CHiPs Online: Just before the car explosion in the opening scenes, Ponch and Jon move their motorcycles away from the explosion. Wouldn't it be logical to take the shortest route away from the explosives? They go closer and right in front of the burning car. When the car explosion is filmed in the episode's opening scenes, they must have filmed two different explosions. In the first camera angle we see, there's a sign on the building and smoke marks above the sign. In the second, there are flames coming out of the building from where the sign was. Back to the first, the building looks the same. Back to the second, the sign is gone, it's now a window, and there's smoke above the window (probably caused by the flames shooting out in the second shot.) After the commercial, the whole building is gone. Jon's driving the first truck. When Charlie pushes Jon's trailer back on, there's no third truck (the one with the bigger grill). After it's back on, the third truck is back.

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