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"CHiPs" Pilot (TV Episode 1977) Poster

(TV Series)

(1977)

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In CHiPs '99 (1998) it was revealed the girl in the VW Beetle that Ponch rescued later became his wife and mother to his son Frank Jr.
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After the initial pursuit, this is one of the few times the actual actors are seen close up riding side by side with both motorcycles entirely visible. This shot was later made by use of a trailer that contained partial motorcycles only visible from the headlight area up.
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The role of the boy on the bike that Jon & Ponch stop would be reprised about 21 years later in CHiPs '99 (1998) by Jonathan Baker who is also encountered by Jon & Ponch while riding a bicycle. Jonathan Baker is the nephew of the show's creator Rick Rosner and Larry Wilcox's character's name is taken from Jonathan Baker.
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The driver of the glue truck is played by Hoke Howell not Charles Napier.
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The FCC station ID for the LA CHP office is stated as KRB 412 when the APB for the Bushkin truck is aired. This is an actual and valid through the year 2025 station ID, listed as assigned to the CHP at 777 W. Washington Bv. in Los Angeles as "Black 2 - Central Los Angeles (15)". This address was the location for the "Central" station used in the show. KRB 412 is a "low band" frequency no longer in use, but one that would have been in use in 1977. The use of "15" in radio transmissions by the show's officers (such as LA 15, 7 Mary 3) indicates they are on this frequency.
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Unlike later episodes, the crash shown involving the trailer when it is abandoned is fairly realistic in that cars impact each other without becoming airborne and overturning after similar impacts.
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The telephone numbers on the moving van are (213)483-1483 and (213)375-6812.
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The "Bushkin" moving van is a disguised version of the real life Bekins Moving Co even to the point of imitating the font used. By using a different name they didn't have o pay a license fee.
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The opening sequence is unique in that Baker and Poncherllo are shown riding onto the freeway from a surface street as the theme music begins. This was cropped to them only shown on the on ramp in subsequent episodes. As they continue to ride past the initial opening "CHiPs" credit, they are shown looking at other vehicles (such as a girl in a convertible), are heard talking to each other, and then the final opening credits are shown. Much of this footage was used for subsequent opening credits, but not portions with them being heard talking to each other.
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