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 ...
Vanessa James (as Beverly Sassoon)
Bruce Penhall ...
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?


After Ponch meets Vanessa he says, "I'm gonna marry that girl." Beverly Adams, who played Poncherello's girlfriend Vanessa, was engaged to Erik Estrada at the time, but they in fact never married. See more »


When Poncherello sings to Vanessa, he is on a tall ladder due to her apartment being on the third floor. When he later goes there to give her the dog, it is now on the second floor, unit 220. See more »

Crazy Credits

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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