CHiPs (1983)

Season 5 Episode 16

Battle of the Bands

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 1982 on NBC
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Episode Summary

While the CHPs try to get a group of punk rockers under control, Ponch kicks off a stint as a singer.

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  • Punk rockers invade CHiPs! Oh no!

    Battle of the Bands is the "punk rock" episode of CHiPs. In case you didn't already know, punk rock is evil, dangerous music, and if it wasn't for helpful TV shows of the '80s like this and Quincy, we would all surely be dead.

    This episode guest stars William Forsythe as a punk rocker named Trasher. Trasher and his band steal some instruments and cause some mayhem, but the real fun begins when they cause a riot at a local battle of the bands that Ponch happens to be performing in. At one point, Trasher flicks a lighter, then the show cuts to commercial as he laughs like a maniac. And that, friends, is great television.moreless
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

Larry Wilcox

Larry Wilcox

Officer Jon Baker (1977-1982)

Randi Oakes

Randi Oakes

Officer Bonnie Clark (1979-82)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • From CHiPs Online:
      The punks open Snow Pink's van by wrapping a chain around the door handle. That's a strange technique!

      Before the van jumps onto the beach the volleyball players run. How could they be sure the van was going to jump onto the beach?

      Ponch and Jon must be psychic. Without seeing the punks set the van in motion down the hill, they chase them.

      When the guitar causes an accident, there's nobody in the crashing white car.

      After checking one person at that accident, Ponch and Jon leave. They ignore everyone else.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Ponch and Jon see shreds of clothing on the barbed wire that the bikers climbed over after escaping)
      Ponch: These guys are crazy!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Susan Richardson (Snow Pink) is best known as playing Susan Bradford on Eight Is Enough. Doug McClure (Duke) is probably best known as playing Trampas on The Virginian. Along with Troy Donahue, he is the inspiration of the character "Troy McClure" from The Simpsons.