CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Head Over Heels 

Poncherello meets a teacher and falls in love. Thieves are targeting wealthy drivers and robbing them on the highway. Grossman is taking guitar lessons.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Reilly ...
Paul Linke ...
Vanessa James (as Beverly Sassoon)
Tina Gayle ...
Mrs. Marks
Sallee Young ...
Frank Arno ...
Truck Driver
Debbie Bishop ...


Frank meets the woman of his dreams. Vanessa is a school teacher that he meets at a MADD meeting. After overcoming some hurdles to the new relationship, mostly in the form of a stalker ex-boyfriend, they announce their engagement. Ironically and predictably, Vanessa is killed while saving a stray dog when a drunk driver strikes her during their engagement party picnic.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

5 December 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of what Poncherello is shown doing regarding Vanessa before their date in modern times could be in violation of California's stalking laws. California passed stalking laws in 1990 partially as a result of the attempted murder of actress Theresa Saldana in 1982 as well as several high-profile murders in the same decade. See more »


In the initial crash, the car that flies over the other car was shown going the same speed as the car ahead of it prior to the crash and immediately behind it. Given the short distance involved, it could not have built up the speed required to fly the distance it flew. See more »

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Voice over at the end: "Every day 1,780 Americans are crippled by drunk drivers. 70 die. Please drive carefully. " See more »


A Love Until The End of Time
Performed by Laura Branigan
Music by Lee Holdridge Lyrics by Carol Connors
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17 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i have had seen the show as where i was so overwhelmed that i couldn't imagine on how it would feel to loose a loved one to a drunk driver i have been wondering why its not listed anywhere, and was there a reason that this program was not allowed to be shown i would love to buy a copy, have any idea on where i can even buy one i would be grateful, i would be sure to watch it over and over again i love watching the old TV shows.. i feel like i am living in that life again.. making me feel like i am not old as i don't feel old,

but my kids and grandkids end up watching some of the old shows and there like grandma..

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