Charlie's Angels

Season 1 Episode 4

Angels in Chains

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 20, 1976 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The half-sister of a missing girl prompts a Charlie's Angels investigation of a country prison farm and a nearby small town sheriff. Sabrina and Kelly deliberately get arrested for speeding. They are sentenced to unusually long terms at the nearby prison-farm. Once there, they discover that the sheriff, prison authorities and the local County Manager are partners in a extortion-murder scheme. The women are virtually enslaved until they sign over all their assets in exchange for and "early release" and then killed. Those inquiring further are told that the missing girls have been paroled.moreless

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  • Angels in Prison

    The Angels are assigned to this case when their client Ms. Hunter claims that Elizabeth Hunter went missing while at the prison.

    Sabrina, Kelly, and Jill are arrested for possession of drugs which was planted there by the officer.

    Jill fakes being sick in order to get into the infirmatory to check records. She realized that Elizabeth never checked out.

    The Angels next lead in the case is when Jill finds out from an intoxicated client that Elizabeth attempted escape and before the client passed out he said they most likely killed her. After finding this out, Jill attempts to call the officer working with The Angels on the case, but she finds out the warden and the other prison officials know the Angels know to much.

    The Angels escape from the officers that we're going to kill them and make a get away on foot chained up. Sabrina intelligently deverts the bloodhounds scent by pouring gasoline and having Jill run through the spill. In a potatoe truck they find they drive away and cause the officer's car to explode. The Angels call Charlie and report about the prostitution ring. This episode had a good mix of undercover and detective work, chasing, car exploding, and resolution to the case in hand.moreless
  • My all time favorite episode!!

    This is the best episode of the entire series and probaby the most famous.
  • A young woman asks the Angels to investigate a small town prison where her half-sister was incarcerated on drug charges, and has now mysteriously disappeared.

    After watching this episode, I am almost having trouble putting my opinions of it into words. It's almost worth seeing for catching a then unknown Kim Bassinger in a small guest role as a prisoner. The characters of the sherriff and prison guards are just too silly to be taken seriously. Especially that of the woman who initially process Jill, Sabrina and Kelley when they are brought in. I also had quite a bit of trouble buying the character of the warden. What does help this episode is seeing how the Angels work together to crack the case. Mediocre episode.moreless
  • The Angels are in prison...

    Charlie's Angels was a show that fascinated me when I was younger. Very different from all the other male detective/police shows on at the time.

    This episode has the Angels going to jail - on the hunt for a missing girl. The girls have to experience tough prison officers, manual labour and showering and changing with people watching! Even though they figure out that something corrupt is going on in the prison (the prisoners are used as prostitutes), they are caught by the corrupt police chief. There is a great scene where the girls fight with the corrupt police in the car, escape with the three of them in chains(!), find a truck to get away - and cause the explosion of the following police car! Charlie's Angels was a fantasy show for most viewers - watching the girls get into trouble and finding a way to get out of it...moreless
  • If you only see one episode of Charlie's Angels - this is the one to watch.

    Already a target of women's rights groups of the day (who totally misinterpreted this fine program), this episode caused the most stir, with angry phone calls and letters pouring in after it's first airing. The hot issue focused on a scene where the girls are being processed by a butch prison matron. At one point, after the customary shower, the girls are ordered to open their towels, at which point they are deloused.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Jill: We need another diversion.
      Kelly: Like. (Looking at Jill.)
      Jill: Come on, I'll show you. (She nods at the window and starts to climb out it.
      Kelly: At 50 miles an hour?
      Sabrina: (Yelling) 60.
      (Jill climbs out of the pick-up truck.)
      Kelly: (Speaking to Sabrina.) Sometimes I worry about her. (Climbing out to help Jill in the back of the truck.)

    • Jill: Well, which way?
      Sabrina and Kelly: (Together)This way.
      (Both Kelly and Sabrina take off in different directions pulling Jill in the middle)
      Jill: Wait, I..I'm not a yo-yo.

    • Jill: (Sitting in the backseat police car between Kelly and Sabrina.) Hey, would you mind if we stopping at the next gas station? I'd like to buy a postcard to send home.

    • Warden Sorenson: (Glancing at Jill.) I'm told you made a remarkable recovery. Stomach cramps?
      Jill: Oh, no, it was an allergy. I'm allergic to working in potato fields.

    • Maxine: (Speaking to Jill lying on the gurney.) You stay put. I see your head outside the door, I'll knock it off.

    • Sabrina: What we really need is a way to get into the infirmary to check Billie's story out.
      Kelly: With Laverne and Shirley patrolling their beat, the question is how.
      Jill: It's easy. You get sick. Don't worry. I used to do it all the time when I was trying to get of going to school. Watch this. (Jill gets up from the table clutching her stomach and then falls to the floor.)

    • (In the mess hall with Jill and Sabrina)
      Kelly: That Karl was following me around foaming at the mouth all day. They ought keep him on a leash.

    • (Kneeling down beside another inmate.)
      Jill: I'm Jill.
      Billie: Billie. (Cleaning off a potato and placing it in the basket.)
      Jill: What are you in for?
      Billie: I busted in someone's head for asking nosy questions.

    • Female Guard: Uh, I suggest everyone get a good night's sleep tonight. You got a long, hard day tomorrow in the potato fields and wake-up call is 5:00 a.m.
      Sabrina: Ah, gee I never get up until 10:00. (Turning her back on the guard.)
      Guard: Oh, well, then, I'll leave you a call, sweet cakes. (as she belts Sabrina in the lower back.)
      Sabrina: Oooh. (As she falls down on the bed.)
      Guard: (Hovering over Sabrina.) I'm going to be watching you sweet cakes. Watching you real hard.

    • Kelly: Are there dressing rooms?
      Maxine: What do you think this is, Saks Fifth Avenue? Drop the towels and get to it.

    • Kelly: You could use a fashion coordinator here.
      Jill: What if they don't fit? (As Maxine hands out their prison uniforms.)
      Maxine: Don't worry about it, honey. I can fit you better than any tailor just by looking at you.

    • (After the Angels get out of the shower)
      Maxine: Open your towel. (Maxine steps up and sprays Kelly, Jill and Sabrina with delouser.)
      Kelly: How long has it been since you've been sprayed?.
      Maxine: Get cute in here and you can get hurt. Understand.

    • (After walking into the prison station.)
      Maxine: Okay, girls, strip down to your birthday suits.
      Jill: In front of him? (Pointing to the sheriff.)
      Maxine: Behind the partition if you're modest, dearie.

    • Maxine: (Speaking to the three Angels in the police car.) Welcome to Pine Parish Prison Farm, ladies. Out of the car.

    • Jill: I was just hitchhiking. They picked me up about 10, 20 miles back.
      Sheriff: Hitchhiking, huh?
      Jill: Yeah.
      Sheriff: That's against the law too in Pine Parish.
      Jill: You've got to be kidding. (Jill turns to walk away but the sheriff grabs her by the arm and takes her to the car.

    • Jill: (As she gets out of Sabrina's car.) Thank you.
      Kelly: Bye-bye.
      Jill: Bye-bye.
      Sheriff: Where you think your going?
      Jill: For a walk.
      Sheriff: No, your not. Come over here.
      Jill: Hey, This is a free country. I can walk where ever I want.

    • Sabrina: You heard that, Charlie?
      Charlie: Everything, Sabrina. And I've already made arrangements for you three to go to prison.
      Kelly: Prison? You've got to be kidding, Charlie.
      Charlie: It's no joke, Angels.
      Jill: You can say that again.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Lauren Tewes would go on to star in the Love Boat in 1977, another series created by Aaron Spelling. She also guest stars as her Love Boat character, Julie McCoy, in the season 4 cross-over episode, "Love Boat Angels".

    • Kim Bassinger, who played one of the prisoners, originally auditioned for a role on the show. She later become a highly acclaimed actress winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for her role in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential.

    • This was the most famous episode of Charlie's Angels, if not the most infamous. An article in TIME magazine describes this episode as "raunchy" and "Family style porn."
      Despite all of the harsh criticism, the Angels were portrayed as intelligent, capable professionals. All three Angels having worked undercover together was one of the show's greater strengths in the first three seasons.


    • Kelly Garrett mentions Laverne and Shirley. Laverne and Shirley, a spin-off of Happy Days, is a sitcom that also premiered in 1976 that featured the two female lead characters.