CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Ponch's Angels: Part 1 

Ponch is assigned to train a female motorcycle officer who shares many of his rebellious traits; CHP officers try to recapture an escaped prisoner.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trisha Townsend ...
Barbara Stock ...
Danny Wells ...
Brodie Greer ...


Ponch gets a taste of his own medicine when he is given the assignment of training a new patrol officer, much like his earlier days when Jon had to train the difficult Poncherello. Ponch's problem is compounded by he fact the new officer is an attractive woman which makes his girlfriend jealous. A couple of purse snatchers work the crowds at the marina while some escaped felons are looking for buried treasure in an unusual place. Written by Randy for Randi

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

28 February 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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According to the application handed to Ponch, Melanie Ann Mitchell: Applied for motorcycle duty on 1-8-1981 (this episode aired on 2-28-81) Her date of birth (DOB) was 9-13-56 (age 24 as of 1-8-81, the actress Trisha Townsend has no DOB listed) Her hair and eyes were both brown, she was 5'-8" tall and weighed 128 pounds (she was clearly a blonde) Her driver license number was N664823 Her home address was 12768 Waterbury Av. (no city listed) and she lived alone (There is no 12768 Waterbury Av. in LA as of 2014) Her work address was 10202 Culver Bv. 90203 (10202 Culver Blvd. would be in Culver City and there is no such exact address, 90203 is an invalid ZIP code as of 2014). Her home phone number was 392-2366 (no area code) Her work number was 396-8823 (no area code) Her social security number was 110-44-0662 (this number shows as being issued in New York in 1968) See more »


Right before Melanie tears her pants, a freeway sign for the Golden State Freeway is visible. Ponch tells Melanie that she can change her pants at his apartment, which is only a couple of miles away, but Ponch lives in Marina del Rey, which is no closer than 15 miles from the Golden State Freeway (US-101 and I-5). See more »


References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

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Girl On A Motorcycle
19 December 2016 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

My 6 is given for a fond memory.

I'm only here to say that I adored Trisha Townsend. The evening the episode appeared, my TV was on, with the VCR ready, but hey, I wasn't interested in CHiPs, there was a journal program before it that I monitored for music videos and glam inserts. Then, as this episode progressed, I saw this beautiful oh-so-pretty chicksie on the motorbike. She was, like, darling. But it was too late to start recording. I basically kicked myself inwardly. I fumed and fumed. I thought, how to still get this? Maybe somebody else recorded it? Nobody I knew had any interest in CHiPs. Then I had a bright idea. I went out and posted a notice at a secondary school, I think it was early in the evening, it was the old days, no locked gates. {that place is a military compound now} A simple reward notice. With my phone number. Turns out, the next day, I got a call. Kid recorded it. But big problem, I couldn't buy the tape. Kid's Dad is the owner of the tape. And there's a whopping big rugby match recorded on it, I guess the favored team had won, and it was the guy's proud possession.

Shucks. I tried negotiating, with blonde bird in my mind calling out to me. No go. You could borrow the tape, that is all. They knew I was trustworthy, because the guy must have known my Dad. So I had to live up to expectations. Bummer. Actually, I have waylaid other people's property before in the name of ownership of VHS- recordings. I'm a scoundrel when it comes to film. :) But this was a rugby fanatic. A team- spirited rugby fanatic. Stupid story about "the dog having ate the tape" here's compensation, not gonna work.

Borrowed. Settled for a copy made. It was VCR to VCR using RCA plugs and looked inferior. You could see the lovely girl, but it was an inferior consolation prize.

No other phone calls.

Returned tape glumly.

Years later, I have this large collection of glamour girls on DVD, but CHiPs, for one episode? No way.

{I didn't even know which episode. Moreover, which season. I didn't know the actress's name. Confusion existed with me for decades re Susan Severeid, and I posted a review for "Sharks" earlier this year which only just a little while ago got contested by a_dude_named_dude urging me to delete it, and directing me to the proper episode, "Ponch's Angels" Part 1, and now I know her name, Trisha Townsend, and it's season 4, so wheels might start turning, but dammit, a motorcycle cop show!!!}

Okay, if you have snickered your way through this, of course this remains a shoddy review. But all I can say is that after all these years, must be almost 25 years ago that I saw it aired in South Africa, I still vividly recall how cute that girl was. And, to outsiders, no, no hot bikini scene. (that's contemporary episode "Sharks" with Susan Severeid) She wore a neat uniform. She was just very, very cute, super innocent, wow!

So, if you are thinking about whether to watch this or not, do it for my sake. Wish I could have joined you.

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