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"CHiPs" Roller Disco: Part 2 (1979)

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Rudolph Borchert (writer)
Rick Rosner (creator)
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Original Air Date:
22 September 1979 (Season 3, Episode 2)
Ponch and Jon continue pursuing the roller skating smash and grab thieves. Jon helps a famous musician who is exhausted and disillusioned... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Erik Estrada ... Officer Frank Poncherello

Larry Wilcox ... Officer Jon Baker

Robert Pine ... Sgt. Joseph Getraer

Leif Garrett ... Jimmy Tyler

Bill Daily ... Balford

Larry Linville ... Carlin

Fred Williamson ... Ty

Jim Brown ... Romo

Helena Kallianiotes ... Lita

Kathrine Baumann ... Sorrell
Bobby Rolofson ... Mark
Kaye Stevens ... Woman in Phonebooth

Larry Storch ... Franco

Ed McMahon ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Bowman ... Bettina

Jack Collins ... Store Manager
Stuart Dillon ... Diner
Jack Frey ... Waiter
Brodie Greer ... Officer Barry Baricza
Chuck Hayward ... Limousine Driver

Bobby Herbeck ... Peddler

Paul Linke ... Officer Arthur Grossman
Mike Minor ... Doctor
Randi Oakes ... Officer Bonnie Clark
John Starr ... Fan

Robert Starr ... Brian

Lou Wagner ... Harlan Arliss

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Melissa Sue Anderson (uncredited)

Vivian Blaine ... Vivian Blaine (uncredited)

Todd Bridges ... Todd Bridges (uncredited)

Ruth Buzzi ... Ruth Buzzi (uncredited)

Michael Cole ... Michael Cole (uncredited)

Wesley Eure ... Wesley Eure (uncredited)

Antonio Fargas ... Antonio Fargas (uncredited)

Victor French ... Vicotor French (uncredited)

Gwynne Gilford ... Gwynne Gilford (uncredited)

Dody Goodman ... Dody Goodman (uncredited)

Dan Haggerty ... Dan Haggerty (uncredited)

Richard Hatch ... Richard Hatch (uncredited)

Earl Holliman ... Earl Holliman (uncredited)
Jackie Joseph ... Jackie Joseph (uncredited)
Dianne Kay ... Dianne Kay (uncredited)

Nancy Kulp ... Nancy Kulp (uncredited)

Tina Louise ... Tina Louise (uncredited)

BarBara Luna ... BarBara Luna (uncredited)

Peter Lupus ... Peter Lupus (uncredited)
Robert Mandan ... Robert Mandan (uncredited)

Peter Marshall ... Peter Marshall (uncredited)

Philip McKeon ... Philip McKeon (uncredited)

Lee Meriwether ... Lee Meriweather (uncredited)

Connie Needham ... Connie Needham (uncredited)

Richard Paul ... Richard Paul (uncredited)

George Peppard ... George Peppard (uncredited)

Jo Ann Pflug ... Herself (uncredited)

Dana Plato ... Dana Plato (uncredited)

Andrew Prine ... Andrew Prine (uncredited)
Johnnie Ray ... Himself (uncredited)

Madlyn Rhue ... Madlyn Rhue (uncredited)

Adam Rich ... Adam Rich (uncredited)

Susan Richardson ... Susan Richardson (uncredited)
Tommy Sexton ... Drummer (uncredited)
Brett Somers ... Brett Somers (uncredited)

Vic Tayback ... Vic Tayback (uncredited)

Dick Van Patten ... Dick Van Patten (uncredited)

Cindy Williams ... Cindy Williams (uncredited)

Jo Anne Worley ... Jo Anne Worley (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Weis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rudolph Borchert  writer
Rick Rosner  creator

Produced by
Cy Chermak .... producer
Paul Rabwin .... associate producer
Rick Rosner .... executive producer
Casting by
Mike Hanks  (as Michael O. Hanks)
Set Decoration by
W. Joe Kroesser  (as W. Joseph Kroesser)
Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager (as Ron Grow)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Rabwin .... second unit director
Sound Department
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelly Levine .... wardrobe supervisor
Location Management
Larry Luttrell .... location manager
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
John Carl Parker .... composer: theme music (as John Parker)
Other crew
James Doherty .... story editor
William D. Gordon .... story editor
Jerry Nista .... choreographer
Rick Rosner .... executive consultant
Glen B. Craig .... with appreciation to
Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?
Lew Saunders ... Officer Gene Fritz

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Directed by
Don Chaffey 
Donald L. Gold 
Alexander Grasshoff  (as Alex Grasshoff)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Hanrahan 
Ivan Nagy 
Paul Playdon  developed for television by
Bruce Reisman 
Rick Rosner  creator
Elliott Street 
Shirley Ulmer 

Original Music by
Billy May 
Casting by
Joe Scully 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Norton .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Marty Church .... foley mixer
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator
Ed Osborne .... sound editor (as Edward M. Osborne)
Special Effects by
Andrew Miller .... special effects foreman
Christophor Newkirk .... special effects assistant
Dale Newkirk .... special effects foreman
Marlowe Newkirk .... special effects coordinator
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Bud Davis .... assistant stunt coordinator
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunt driving: motorcycles
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Greg Gault .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Dennis Lehane .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Jim McConnell .... stunts
Eddie Paul .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Jacobs .... special still photographer
Transportation Department
Randy Peters .... driver
Other crew
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor
Dixie Fusillo .... production accountant
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Many of the guest stars appearing at the CHP benefit, like Ed McMahon, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Melissa Sue Anderson were stars on other NBC shows at the time this episode was produced.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Carlin's auto crashes into the telephone pole, no electricity is discharged from the wires. In addition, despite the pole and wires landing on the car, the officers approaching the vehicle to make the arrest take no precautions regarding the possibility of any wires still being live.

Telephone wires only carry about 48 volts of electricity, so they're not dangerous like power lines. That's definitely not enough electricity to cause visible sparks, and even if someone touches a live telephone wire, he or she probably wouldn't be shocked, although he or she would feel the electrical current.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It's CHIPS!, 4 November 2014
Author: screamingsigns from Staten Island, NY

The review by Intern2014, contains an historical error that I feel should be corrected for those who are too young to remember; for posterity, and/or for some anthropologist, from some distant planet, in some distant future, least they be misled in their study of our extinct civilization.

Intern2014 wrote: "Obviously in this episode,the TV show capitalizes on the rising popularity of disco dancing as the Disco Era begins."

Correction: The original Air Date was: 22 September 1979 (Season 3, Episode 2) The Disco Era began (arguably) in 1973, with the of U.S. release of "Soul Makossa," by the French band Manu Dibango. This was the first song officially released under the Disco genre.

So the fact is, Disco was in full swing by 1979. Still, Intern2014, almost hit the ball, because this episode was apparently what would later become known as "Product Placement" and it was, no doubt, promoting Roller Disco, and street skating. For this to really make sense, one should understand that Roller-Rink Skating had been a very popular pastime for decades past, but the industry had all but died by the late 70's,

See, what was happening in 1979, was the rise of the Roller Disco craze, and street skating. CHIPS was not the only TV show to feature it in an episode. And even though most of the huge old roller-rinks were gone(many burned down in 'tragic' fires), This craze made roller skating popular again--it didn't last very long though;

See, Dancing on roller skates while drinking--along with whatever was going on in the bathrooms--quickly proved to be a bad idea, so as injuries mounted, Roller Discos disappeared faster than they had come about.

That phase of Street skating remained popular well into the '80's until replaced by roller blades. Disco died of natural causes!

The Roller Beauty Contest really brought me back though--Chicks on skates in Hot Pants. How hot was that? Man those were the days!

Finally, people today, who are in the CHIPS targeted demographic group, will largely look at shows like CHIPS, and ask, how lame was that? Yea, it was a bit cornball, but run it next a Brooklyn 911, and it looks like great TV!

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