CHiPs: Season 1, Episode 22

Flashback! (1 Apr. 1978)

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A biker gang is stealing CHP motorcycles. When a pompous new patrolman joins the CHP, Jon flashes back to his first meetings with a hot-dogging dirt biker named Frank Poncherello.



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Episode credited cast:
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Meridith Baer ...
Maggie Cooper ...
2nd Woman in Car
Agneta Eckemyr ...
1st Woman in Car
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Brodie Greer ...
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Maureen Marchini ...
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A biker gang is stealing CHP motorcycles. When a pompous new patrolman joins the CHP, Jon flashes back to his first meetings with a hot-dogging dirt biker named Frank Poncherello.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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1 April 1978 (USA)  »

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The gang member played by Edward James Olmos makes a comment about Ponch being from Miami. Olmos would six years later go on to star in the 80's hit Miami Vice (1984) as a Dade County police Lieutenant. See more »


During the first flashback scene where John first meets Ponch, because the shot of the motor bike going over John's car is done in slow motion, it is obvious that it's the stunt double on the bike instead of Ponch. See more »


Officer Jon Baker: Listen, uh, you must have transferred from a real gung ho station?
Brent Delaney: [Condescendingly] No, no station. This is my first assignment. I was graduated fom motor school last Friday.
Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello: [to Jon as Delaney strides away] Is he pulling our leg? Two days out of motor school?
Officer Jon Baker: Yeah. He passed motorcycles, but failed public relations.
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Flashbacks And Brent
28 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ponch agrees to try the tight maneuver drill with Officer Brent Delaney. As Brent gets his helmet, Ponch has a flashback to working in a garage with his friend Henry.

After Brent beats Ponch at the drill, Brent admits he graduated from motor school last Friday. Ponch is surprised that he's just two days out of motor school.

At the briefing, Ponch has a flashback to getting chewed out by Getraer at his first briefing. After the briefing, Baker and Poncherello are assigned to alternate being partners with Delaney for a few weeks. Neither Ponch nor Jon seem pleased.

Outside, Jon has a flashback to driving in a cruiser and responding to a dirt bike call. The dirt biker turns out to be Ponch. After Ponch jumps over the cruiser with his dirt bike, Jon chases Ponch down a dirt road. Ponch rides into a ditch and falls off the dirt bike. Jon asks for his license and suggests he wear a helmet in the future.

See Ponch and Jon remember past experiences and deal with Brent in this final episode of the first season of CHiPs.

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