CHiPs: Season 5, Episode 18

In the Best of Families (21 Feb. 1982)

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A family of thieves steal Bonnie's CHP cruiser. Central prepares for a big inspection.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Wright
Michael Morgan ...
Timothy Patrick Murphy ...
Lou Wagner ...
Brodie Greer ...
Officer Jebediah Turner
Executive (as James L. Brown)
John Brandon ...
Joy Claussen ...
James Newell ...
Master of Ceremonies
Sheri Lynn Covington ...


A family of thieves steal Bonnie's CHP cruiser. Central prepares for a big inspection.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Both of the actors playing the sons were born 5 days apart from each other in 1959 and would die at young ages over 10 years apart. Alex, played by Timothy Patrick Murphy, died in December 1988 at age 29 and Joey, played by Michael Morgan, died in February 1999 at age 39. See more »


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Arguably The Most Exciting Episode Of CHiPs
8 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot of the episode "In the Best of Families", Jon and Ponch try to apprehend a family of thieves who make several attempts to steal a CHP cruiser as part of a bigger plot to commit an armored truck hit.

Jon and Ponch learn a CHP cruiser has been stolen. Baricza, Ponch, and Jon chase the kids in the cruiser who drive on the wrong side of a just- opened section of the Semi-Valley freeway. The kids stop in the center and try to run away while the cruiser gets rammed by typical "CHiPs" jumping-cars.

Out on the streets, a West L.A. CHP cruiser is stolen. The CHP officers pursue it. When turner swerves to avoid oncoming traffic and pedestrians, he flies off a cliff and loses his wheels upon impact. The kids get away again. Jon learns that someone stole a two-tone Dodge Monaco which happens to be a match for their cruisers. That night, Ponch investigates the stolen Dodge Monaco and gets a street map that a thief left behind.After lunch, Baricza finds his cruiser doors and lights missing.

Out on the streets, the fake CHP cruiser makes the armored truck take a detour. The mother cuts the armored car's radio antenna when they stop. THe fake CHP make them stop later on and fill the truck with bees. When the guards run, the fake CHP takes the money. Jon and Ponch show up just in time and chase them.

This happens to be one of the most exciting episodes of CHiPs in the 5th season.The road chases especially when the CHP officers pursue the family of thieves when they made the their act absolutely exciting and entertaining.

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