CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Home Fires Burning 

Arsonists are setting fires to RVs in an insurance scam.


(as Chuck Bail)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Evans
Frank Higgins
Andy Whitman
Tom Dempsey
Beverly Sanders ...
Muriel Higgins
Madeleine Fisher ...
Mrs. Evans
Paul Linke ...
Brodie Greer ...
Katia Christine ...
Stanley Davis Jr. ...
Ronnie Bell


Arsonists are setting fires to RVs in an insurance scam.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

1 February 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the final basketball game, Jon & Ponch wear game jerseys with their call sign numbers on them- Jon with a 3 for 7 Mary 3 and Ponch with a 4 for 7 Mary 4. None of the other characters have a jersey with a corresponding ID number. See more »


When Jon is chasing the blue van, the same light blue Ford station wagon is run off the road twice by the van. See more »


Andy Whitman: [Whitman falls off van after setting CHP car on fire] Aw come on, my back, man! Call me an ambulance!
Officer Barry Baricza: [Handcuffing Whitman] OK, you're an ambulance.
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Where is Ponch?
3 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Home Fire Burning is about a pair of arsonists are torching RVs for a cut of the insurance money.

At the start of the episode,Ponch finds out that Grossie is organizing a basketball team for an exhibition game.Then Ponch gets an idea and takes a few days off. Later on, Jon and Grossie tell a man to pull over before he changes his flat tire. Minutes later up the road, two men blow up a mobile home. While Jon and Grossie question a kid who witnessed the explosion, Grossie loses the kite he was flying.

Out on the highway, a mobile home owner on a fishing vacation pulls over to fix a flat and someone drives up through his entire home. Meanwhile, two guys try to burn a mobile home for the insurance money while the security guard was inside. Jon and Baricza manage to get him out and save the smoked out home. When the owner arrives, his story is conflicting and he has to tell the truth and face a possible murder charge.

Later, Jon finds the wife of the fisherman walking towards Disneyland and reunites her with her husband. When the arsonists try to burn the motor home again, Baricza chases them and Jon soon joins in. While Baricza captures one guy, Jon pulls the other guy from his rolled-over van.

What is weird about this episode is the fact that Ponch isn't involved in capturing the arsonist.He was busy instead of recruiting players for the exhibition basketball that the CHP is about to play.I felt that it wasn't a good idea after all considering that CHiPs is the Jon and Ponch show.

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