CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Journey to a Spacecraft 

Ponch befriends a young aerospace enthusiast who has a life threatening liver disease and who embarks on a dangerous journey to meet his astronaut hero.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Reilly ...
Kevin Cody
Mrs. Birdwing
Gordon Cooper ...
Gordon Cooper
Bruce Penhall ...
Tina Gayle ...
Leigh Christian ...
Mary Ellen (as Leigh Christian Aleman)


Ponch befriends a young aerospace enthusiast who has a life threatening liver disease and who embarks on a dangerous journey to meet his astronaut hero.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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6 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Initial TV appearance of Brigitte Burdine. Her next role was The New Mike Hammer: Too Young to Die (1984), which turned out to be a foreshadowing of her life. The actress was killed at age 48 in a hit and run crash in Los Angeles. See more »


Kevin tells Ponch and Bobby that he heard the dog thieves talking about meeting at the mall "at 5th and Wilshire," yet 5th Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles run parallel; they don't intersect. See more »

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In Appreciation and Gratitude to the Men and Women of NASA See more »

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Far From Refreshing
14 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Journey To A Spacecraft,Ponch and Bobby have to take care of a kidnapped dog and a sick runaway child, Kevin,who is dreaming of a spacecraft bringing him away from his sickness.

Someone on a motorcycle is kidnapping Mrs. Howell's dog. Ponch and Bobby hear the screams for help and chase the motorcycle rider. He jumps a fence and escapes. Later,Ponch and Bobby stop by a sick kid's house who says he heard people planning to steal a dog. The kid named Kevin needs a liver transplant and has less than a month to live.

Then, Ponch goes with the Kevin to the observatory.Later,they find out that Kevin ran away from home. While Ponch, Bobby, and Bruce go looking for the kid, Kathy, Webster, Grossie, and the dog's owner bust the dognappers.

Meanwhile at the Kevin's house, Ponch, Bobby, and Bruce figure out where he's headed - the shuttle landing. As they head out, they find out that someone died and a donor liver is available.At the shuttle landing, Ponch, Bobby, and Bruce are looking for Kevin with the help of the NASA security chief. Later, Ponch asks for the help of Col. Gordon Cooper and has him ask the kid to come meet him at the press building. After he meets Col. Cooper, Ponch carries him off to a helicopter so he can go to the hospital for his transplant.

After the atrocious previous episode that involves an orangutan,this one is somewhat better but far from refreshing since CHiPs has had these types of episodes in the years past despite featuring NASA for a change.Too bad that the writers of the show are running out of ideas in terms for episodes to come.

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