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The Watch Commander 

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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Melvin Joe Harley
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Brodie Greer ...
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K.C. Winkler ...
First Gir
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Garage Owner
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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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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Lt. Bates is shown to be a strict follower of regulations, however when he and Getraer are on patrol neither of them are wearing a seat belt. See more »

Quotes

Blonde Secretary: Ha ha ha ha!
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: Poncherello!
Officer Frank Poncherello: Is that you Sarge.
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: Your on limited duty, and I'm going to revoke that duty if you don't stop chasing the clerks around.
Officer Frank Poncherello: I can't help it if there delighted to see my back.
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: Now listen we have a new watch commander coming in a Lieutenant Bates first impressions count so I want you to summon up your dignity, and the take the front desk for once.
Officer Frank Poncherello: Front desk now Sarge.
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: The first he sees when he walks in the building.
Officer Frank Poncherello: But I hate checking taillights, and answering any phone ...
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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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