CHiPs: Season 1, Episode 7

Taking Its Toll (3 Nov. 1977)

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The CHP investigate a series of thefts by bandits at a toll booth.



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Arnold ...
Thomas Babson ...
Biker (as Thomas W. Babson)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Mrs. Downey
Joseph Della Sorte ...
Jewelry Salesman
Brodie Greer ...
Louis Guss ...
Webb (as Jeri Lea Ray)
Lee McLaughlin ...
Onion Driver
Lew Saunders ...
Ari Sorko-Ram ...
Shain (as R.B. Sorko-Ram)
Gerald York ...


The CHP investigate a series of thefts by bandits at a toll booth.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 November 1977 (USA)  »

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During the scene in the locker room, in this episode, Ponch discovers Jon's collection of Joseph Wambaugh books. Jon tries to interest Ponch in the writings of Wambaugh - An ex-cop who writes about the experiences of Police Officers, in books such as 'The Blue Knight', and 'The New Centurions'. Ponch sarcastically tells Jon that he'll wait for the movies, unknowing, evidently, that both The Blue Knight (1973) and The New Centurions (1972) had been made into movies by that time (1977). In fact, Erik Estrada actually appeared in The New Centurions (1972). See more »

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CHiP Officers Act As Detectives
25 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Taking Its Toll,some thieves steal a small fortune in diamonds from a man going through a toll booth.

Ponch investigates the booth while Jon chases the thieves. They manage to give him the slip. After the afternoon briefing, Ponch and Jon respond to a call about an overturned onion truck. After lots of crying, Ponch has the truck move but gets covered in onions. When they return to Central, they find that Mrs. Downey is there complaining about a $2 parking ticket. Back on patrol, Ponch and Jon chase a chauffeur who's driving like a maniac. The limo ends up causing a major accident. The chauffeur tells Ponch and Jon that there's a bomb in his limo so they break a window to get him out. Jon gets Baricza and Shain to take care of traffic while he calls for the bomb squad. The situation gets worse when they realize that there's a guy pinned against the guard-rail by the limo. Ponch talks to the pinned guy while the bomb squad defuses the bomb.

Then,Ponch starts to like the book idea. While Ponch is thinking about fame, Jon notices a man in the diamond lane trying to pass off a dog as a passenger. When the trunk accidentally pops open, Jon notices lots of stolen appliances. They arrest the driver and his wife. When Getraer hears about Jon's book, he tells him how everything has to be cleared by all sorts of CHP officials...and filed in triplicate.

The Toll Booth Bandits strike again but Baricza is on their tail followed by our heroes. The bandits try to jump a drawbridge but don't make it and flip over. Jon arrests them with Baricza, Ponch, and Fritz's help.

This show tell us how light action-packed CHiPs was despite being bloodless and not that violent.Also,we get to see how CHiP Officers act as detective and solve a crime mystery.

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