Ponch befriends a runaway four-year-old motorcycle enthusiast while Jon romances his divorcée mother. A sensationalist news crew dubbed the Disaster Squad pesters Ponch and Jon.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Jason ...
Joshua Bryant ...
Christian Zika ...
Chris Roberts
Brianne Leary ...
Paul Linke ...
Lew Saunders ...
Gus Becker
Hilmer Nelson
Liberty Godshall ...
Ellen Roberts
Nathan Jung ...
Wrong-way Driver


Ponch befriends a runaway four-year-old motorcycle enthusiast while Jon romances his divorcée mother. A sensationalist news crew dubbed the Disaster Squad pesters Ponch and Jon.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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7 October 1978 (USA)  »

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CHiPs is famous for ending episodes with freeze frames, usually of characters' faces in humorous or surprising moments. There are almost always exactly three freeze frames in each episode, but in this one, there is only one freeze frame of Ponch and Chris riding their motorcycles, and the characters' faces aren't easily recognizable in this shot. See more »


Despite the fact that he is a last-minute entry into the motocross race (he rides his bike to the starting gate just before the race begins), Chris has number 5 decals on both his motorcycle and his helmet. Where did these decals come from, and how did he and/or Ponch have time to affix them before the beginning of the race. See more »

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Regis Philbin Guest Stars
29 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Disaster Squad, a television news crew creates bad publicity for Ponch and Jon when they air edited news segments making the officers look bad.

While Ponch and Grossie check out and rate women on the freeway, an old guy is driving recklessly in a truck on the Ventura Freeway. As Ponch and Jon chase him, he hits a car and rolls over. As Jon tries to calm the guy down, the Channel 3 news crew shows up and provokes the guy. He climbs onto an overpass and the news crew try to get the guy to jump. Ponch turns around to confront someone from the news crew. The crew member takes a step back and falls over. After helping him up, Ponch says, "It's a crime to assist a suicide, creep. Now you keep your mouth shut or I'll have you in the slammer." When the crazed man's boss shows up, they make up, hug, and everything turns out fine.

After the briefing and out on the freeway, Jon reveals that he wants to date Chris's mom, Ellen, while Ponch rides motorcycles with Chris. Ponch gives Jon a hard time and says he'd rather take a date to a baseball game. As he talks about it, a call comes in for a driver going the wrong way on the Ventura Freeway. They find the truck and realize he's driving in reverse. It distracts a van and causes an accident. While Jon writes the ticket, the "Disaster Squad" reporter kicks a flare into a gas puddle and causes an explosion. The cameraman's shirt catches fire and Jon and Ponch rush to put it out.

Soon we see Chris in a pee-wee motocross race. Just before he's about to win, "Bobby" knocks him over. Chris is mad and wants to punch him. Ponch tells him it's not nice to punch people. Meanwhile, Chris is home watching the news. He sees Regis Philbin's fake Channel 3 news report on Ponch saying, "I'll slam you in the mouth creep!" Chris becomes confused and distraught. He decides to run away, not knowing the report was actually forged by fancy editing.

Enjoy this episode as we see Regis Philbin as guest star!!!

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