The new watch commander visits Central and begins hassling everyone for violating minor regulations. Even Getraer does not agree with the reprimands. The CHP is looking for thieves stealing trucks from loading docks.

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Lieutenant Harold Bates
Don Mitchell ...
Tyrone
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Marie Coselli (as Lois Areno)
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The new watch commander visits Central and begins hassling everyone for violating minor regulations. Even Getraer does not agree with the reprimands. The CHP is looking for thieves stealing trucks from loading docks.

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17 November 1979 (USA)  »

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The actor who plays Watch Commander Lt. Bates is Granville Van Dusen. Interestingly enough, Robert Pine's real first name is also Granville. See more »

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The ramp to launch the cars behind it is visible on the green Pontiac GTO after the stolen truck blocks the road. See more »

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Character Development Of Lt. Bates
1 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In The Watch Commander,a hard-nosed lieutenant tries to shape up CHP Central.

In the process,Lieutenant Bates alienates the entire crew at Central with his dictator style of leadership, although he's in charge of the highest rated department in the state.He tries to make sure everything runs to the rule book.But eventually sees the need for flexibility.

Also in this episode,a pair of thieves are renting tractor units and stealing packed trailers from loading bays.

What makes this one a great episode is the character development of Lt.Bates,who was played excellently by Granville Van Dusen.Interestingly,top movie actress Michelle Pffeifer makes an appearance as guest in it during the early part of her movie career as a woman named Jobina.


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