CHiPs: Season 6, Episode 15

Journey to a Spacecraft (6 Feb. 1983)

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Ponch befriends an aerospace enthusiast who has liver disease.



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Leigh Christian Aleman ...
Brigitte Burdine ...
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Tina Gayle ...
Enid Kent ...
Mrs. Cody
René Le Vant ...
Ralph Manza ...
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James R. Parkes ...
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Ponch befriends an aerospace enthusiast who has liver disease.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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6 February 1983 (USA)  »

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This is the only time Officer Bobby "Hot Dog" Nelson is seen eating a hot dog. See more »


The NASA announcer states the orbiter is crossing the California coast at Mach 6 so that it can land at Edwards Air Force Base. The base is located approximately 150 miles inland from the coast. A vehicle doing Mach 6 or over 4,500 MPH would cover 150 miles in about 2 minutes, yet the shuttle is still landing several minutes later. 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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