Charlie's Angels

Season 1 Episode 4

Angels in Chains

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.