Ponch and Jon track down a tow truck driver who robs stranded single women motorists. Ponch's exposure to a leaky tank of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) threatens his performance on the streets as well as in the CHP's big basketball game.

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Brodie Greer ...
Lew Saunders ...
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Brouillette
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Weitzman
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Old Surfer
William Gray Espy ...
Vinnie (as William Espy)
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Ponch and Jon track down a tow truck driver who robs stranded single women motorists. Ponch's exposure to a leaky tank of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) threatens his performance on the streets as well as in the CHP's big basketball game.

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22 September 1977 (USA)  »

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The price per gallon of gasoline at the station where Ponch cleans his windshield is between 57.9 for regular to 64.9 cents per gallon for premium. The air date was September 1977, and gasoline prices had seen a sharp increase due to the OPEC oil embargo in 1973. Adjusted for inflation in 2015, the prices would range from 2.23 to 2.50 per gallon. As of March 2015, Los Angeles gas prices ranged from 3.15 for regular to 3.35 for premium. See more »

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After the briefing when Ponch returns to duty, Jon and Ponch are seen riding around a curve at a high speed and both motorcycles have their red lights flashing. In the subsequent shot, the lights are not flashing and they are riding at a normal speed. See more »

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Focus Is On Ponch's Comedy Errors
24 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the second episode of CHiPs entitled Undertow,a tow truck driver robs a woman whose car broke down. While responding to an accident, Ponch breathes an unknown gas. Upon returning to central, he begins acting loopy. He dances around a bit, acts buddy-buddy with Getraer, and makes a personal phone call. Out on the highway, Jon and Loopy pull over Jim Bakus. Ponch tries to give him a sobriety test but can't do it himself. When Ponch hears a dispatch on the tow truck robber, he speeds off with Jon chasing him. Jon pulls over Ponch Jon tells him, "The party's over, Hot Dog." Meanwhile, the tow truck shows up at the woman's location.

Later, on the basketball court, the "CHiPs" team loses without Ponch. After the game, Jon goes out to his crappy car and beats up a guy who refused to get off of it. While Jon visits Ponch, in his first of many hospital stays of the series, a nasty nurse takes his Ding Dong and gives him a shot in his rear.

In this episode,the focus in on Ponch as it tries to rely on his comedic acts and errors to entertain the viewer.It also shows his being haphazard and his carelessness as a CHiP officer.Erik Estrada tries his best to deliver as a comedian.


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