CHiPs: Season 1, Episode 17

Hitch-Hiking Hitch (9 Feb. 1978)

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Ponch and Jon get involved with a pair of hitchhikers.



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Ponch and Jon get involved with a pair of hitchhikers.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 February 1978 (USA)  »

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They show John and Ponch out during rain. In general, when it is raining, CHP motor officers park their bikes and take a car because it is safer. See more »


Outside of the restaurant Getraer tells the big man to move Jon and Ponch's motorcycles back to where he had moved them from. A real police Sergeant would not have done this since the man could have injured himself and then the Dept. would have been subject to a lawsuit. And on top of that, Getraer, Ponch, and Jon all seemed to be oblivious to the fact that the cars in front of the restaurant were parked illegally in a no parking zone. See more »

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Romance With Hitch Hikers
27 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A couple of guys are out having fun sailing down a closed section of freeway when one of their sail vehicles jams and sends it sailing out of control and onto the open freeway. Nearby, Ponch and Jon pull over and tell a couple of hitch-hiking girls to get off the highway. As the sailor rides by, Ponch runs interference while Jon catches up and cuts the line to the boom with his knife. The sailor is finally able to stop. A CHP cruiser pulls up and Jon turns the "admiral" over to that officer. When he goes back to meet up with Ponch, who is directing traffic, he spots the hitch-hikers again. Jon offers them a ride in a two-toned sedan with a uniformed driver and one of the girls calls him a creep.

After leaving Central,Jon checks in on the hitch-hikers. Mary Kate, the older sister of one of them has come to pick them up. She pulls Ponch aside and asks for Ponch to speak to her sister, Jenny, and make her realize that her friend, Marge, is a bad influence. Ponch agrees to listen to her story over pizza and a movie.

That night, Ponch has dinner with Mary Kate and talks about the situation that the girls are in. Mary Kate finds it hard to believe that Jenny is the troublemaker of the two. While they dine, the girls hitch a ride in a Mercedes.

Then,Jenny and Marge are hitch-hiking again. Jenny backs out at the last second and the van takes off with Marge inside. Ponch and Jon spot Jenny alone. She says Marge was taken screaming in a van. Ponch chases after the van while Jon calls it in and waits for transport for Jenny. Jon meets up with the chase shortly before Marge pulls the key out of the van and it drives up onto a sidewalk. The two men in the van are arrested and Marge is clearly shaken up, but okay.

In this episode,we see Jon and Ponch meet Jenny and Marge - the hitch hikers.They get a date and get to know them well in this romantic episode of CHiPs.

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