CHiPs (1983)

Season 4 Episode 11

11-99: Officer Needs Help

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 1981 on NBC
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11-99: Officer Needs Help
A new system is put in use to send back-up faster to help officers that are down and injured. While testing it, the officers also track down thieves that are stealing delivery trucks from loading docks hoping to sell the merchandise.

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  • This episode is one of my favourite ones. Funny but also serious.

    11-99 Officer needs help is one of the best episodes I know. The fourth season is in my eyes also one of the best.

    The theme of the new electric stuff to help saving officers life is an interesting idea although it´s not perfect. We can see that in the scene where Grossie tries to catch a dog and fells down. A few minutes later the whole rescue stuff arrives. What I laughed watching this scene. Or the scene with Baricza caught in the belly of a ship. Always talking to the \\\"Central\\\" but not getting any answer back as the radio doesn´t work in a metal cover.

    The second story line with Ponch and the \\\"not well talking woman\\\" shows that Poncherello not only has eyes but also a heart.

    If you can watch this episode. It´s guaranteed no waste of time.

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Officer Turner (1980-82)

Lou Wagner

Lou Wagner

Harlan (1978-83)

Robert Pine

Robert Pine

Joe Getraer

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello

Lew Saunders

Lew Saunders

Officer Gene Fritz (1977-81)

Larry Wilcox

Larry Wilcox

Officer Jon Baker (1977-1982)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • From CHiPs Online:
      After Jon calls in the explosion, you can see a tow truck from "Danny's Tow Service" which was featured in Tow Truck Lady.

      Here are some Fun Facts from the director, Phil Bondelli:
      "The ship at the end of the show on which the chase took place was used in WWII as a refrigerator ship for the transportation of dead servicemen."
      "The way the truck exploded at the end of the show was Plan B. We had originally planned to have the truck drive off a dock, explode in the air, and then sink in the water. However, when we were ready to shoot the scene, a boat pulled into the dock and we lost that location."
      "The inventors of the rescue signal device used in the show were in the process of trying to sell it to actual law enforcement agencies at the time. I don't know if they were successful."

      How come we don't see any of the emergency transmitters in future episodes? Did Grossie ruin it for everyone?

      The cargo holds and engine room in the abandoned ship seem pretty well lit.

      Just as Getraer, Ponch, and Jon arrest the suspect, the bike rider asks if he can help. Why didn't he ask two minutes ago when the guy escaped from the ship? He just watched.

      One suspect is arrested in the end. Wasn't there more than one in the warehouse? What happened to the rest?

      Ponch and Jon find Baricza in the engine room together. Shouldn't they have split up?

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (After hearing the lousy dispatcher over the radio)
      Ponch: We have to listen to her all day?
      Jon: New dispatcher, now that's a REAL communication problem.

  • NOTES (1)


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