CHiPs: Season 3, Episode 8

Hot Wheels (3 Nov. 1979)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Ponch is still in the hospital. Meanwhile, the CHP is busy with thieves who are using city trucks to commit their crimes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Clayton
Jeff Morris ...
Lou Wagner ...
Brodie Greer ...
Officer Jebediah Turner
Richard Lockmiller ...
Jewelry Store Owner
Bob Balhatchet ...
Nurse Betty Jo


Ponch is still in the hospital. Meanwhile, the CHP is busy with thieves who are using city trucks to commit their crimes.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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3 November 1979 (USA)  »

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The fire truck that arrives as the car goes over the cliff is Squad 51, which was the same truck used in the Emergency! (1972) TV show that had its final episode in July 1979 four months prior. Although produced by a different production company (Jack Webb's Mark VII), the same vehicle was used in both shows. See more »


When speaking about the police car, the mechanic says one of the problems with it is the clutch. That model of sedan had no manual transmission option, so it had no clutch. See more »


References Emergency! (1972) See more »

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Ponch Solves A Crime
1 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Hot Wheels,Ponch remains in the hospital while recuperating from an accident that happened from the previous episode.Off camera,I think that Erik Estrada,who plays Ponch,suffered from a real life accident while shooting for an episode of the said TV show.

Jon and a former partner investigate several thefts involving city vehicles.A spate of jewelry robberies is committed by thieves using municipal vehicles to pull off heists.In the end,Ponch manages to solve the mystery despite being bed ridden.

This episode features creativity on the part of Larry Alexander,the writer of Hot Wheels.Also,it features Ponch's versatility as a CHP officer.This is a far away characterization from the bumbling officer we previously knew during the first season.

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