CHiPs (1983)

Season 3 Episode 12

Destruction Derby

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 1979 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jon and Ponch go undercover at a demolition derby on the trail of stolen car parts.

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    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 (4)

      • This out-of-character episode was written to allow Erik Estrada to return to a prominent role, since his arm injury prevented him from riding a motorcycle and forced him into a reduced role on desk duty in the past few episodes.

      • This is the only episode in the series where Jon and Ponch don't ride their motorcycles.

      • Ponch and Jon are seen in plain clothes through the entire episode - no uniforms.

      • From CHiPs Online:
        This episode occurs over more days than any other...five!

        Ponch says he put $1000 into his car...which he bought in "Neighborhood Watch" for $83.

        When the show opens with Ponch racing, the announcer mentions Ponch name at least once every 30 seconds...but never mentions another driver's name.

        After Ponch leaves the first race, it's daytime. Just a minute ago it was night.
        The first time Jon races, the shots of Ponch are during the daytime but Jon's racing at night.

        After riding from the junkyard, Ponch and Jon drive up in their own cars. When they were at the junkyard, they were both in Jon's truck.

        When Ponch's car was flipped, the top was almost entirely crushed. After the commercial, it's not as bad.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Billy Green Bush (Bones Bateman) is the father of twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush who both played Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the Prarie.

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