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"CHiPs" The Watch Commander (1979)

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Writers:
Rick Rosner (creator)
Frank Telford (writer)
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Original Air Date:
17 November 1979 (Season 3, Episode 11)
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

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

Produced by
Cy Chermak .... executive producer
Cy Chermak .... producer
Paul Rabwin .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Peter Salim 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Baldoni .... second unit director
Robert S. Mills .... dga trainee
 
Sound Department
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Stafford .... key assistant camera
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Carl Parker .... composer: theme music (as John Parker)
 
Other crew
Larry Luttrell .... location manager
 
Thanks
Glen B. Craig .... with appreciation to
 
Series Cast
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Lew Saunders ... Officer Gene Fritz

Series Crew
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Directed by
Don Chaffey 
Donald L. Gold 
Alexander Grasshoff  (as Alex Grasshoff)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Hanrahan 
Ivan Nagy 
Bruce Reisman 
Rick Rosner  creator
Elliott Street 
Shirley Ulmer 

Produced by
Paul Rabwin .... producer (1978-1993)
 
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
 
Stunts
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
Michael Neale .... location manager
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor
 
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60 min
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Character Development Of Lt. Bates, 1 August 2013
Author: Forestman_40 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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