CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Trained for Trouble 

Animals have been trained to rob banks. Meanwhile, Ponch is being mistaken for a Chippendale's stripper.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Poole
Eileen Price
Dr. Johnson
Brodie Greer ...
Joanna Rush ...
Nurse (as Jo Anna Lehmann)
Carole Wyand ...
John Macchia ...


Animals have been trained to rob banks. Meanwhile, Ponch is being mistaken for a Chippendale's stripper.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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4 April 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chippendales opened in 1979 at a club that had been a disco called Destiny II. Originally it was a nightclub but owner Steve Bannergee had then decided to turn into a disco with male strippers, the club finally closed it's doors on December 15, 1988, located at 3739 Overland Avenue, and the building is now an adult daycare center. See more »


Getraer tells Baker and Poncherello that Herzog is facing 5 years for robbery and 14 years for hit and run. Circa 1982 in California, the penalty for felony robbery was more severe than for traffic offenses such as hit and run. Additionally, the injury to the dancer was not an accident but was an intentional act, so a hit and run (accident) charge would be improper. See more »


Officer Bonnie Clark: Welcome to the 1980's!
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Animals Making Bank Robberies
9 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Trained For Trouble,dogs and chimps are robbing a bank. As they leave, Jon And Ponch chase the animals down an alley and onto a roof. The chimps and dogs are too fast for them though and get away when their owner drives them off in a truck.

Then,a CHP Officer sees a bird steal money bags from a Pervis armored car shipment. Jon And Ponch chase after the bird. When Ponch gets distracted from looking at the bird, he drives off the road and tears his shirt.

Later, on patrol, Ponch and Jon chase after a motorcycle rider with a dog on his back. They call ahead and have a roadblock set up. When Jon and Ponch to the hospital to meet the look-alike, they find the animal man, chase him, and arrest him.

The animals makes bank robberies does not quite get it done in this episode.Also,the comedic part of the story wherein Ponch is mistaken for a Chippendale strip dancer does not generate enough laughs.

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