When a young boy witnesses an accident caused by feuding drug syndicates reckless driving along a mountain road. Jon and Ponch take the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan B. Woodward ...
Tyler (as Jonathan Woodward)
Betty Kennedy ...
Brodie Greer ...
James Carrington ...
Spiff Boyle
Tim Donnelly ...
Sam Boyle


When a young boy witnesses an accident caused by feuding drug syndicates reckless driving along a mountain road. Jon and Ponch take the case.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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31 October 1981 (USA)  »

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In this episode, Starkey (Dennis Stewart) drives a Ford F-250 pickup (brown or dark orange/white) with a sharp, spinning bladed device that comes out of the right front bumper & is used to cause damage or puncture the tires of other vehicles. In the movie 'Grease' (1978), Dennis plays 'Leo' & drives a black convertible (with flames coming out of the tailpipes) that has hubcaps with sharp, spinning blades that are used to cause damage or puncture tires. See more »


In the final crash, the brown and white pickup hits the cliff on the passenger side front. When Jon and Ponch arrive, the driver side front is shown against the cliff and the truck is facing the opposite direction. See more »

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Reefer Runners
29 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

California Highway Patrol motorcycle Officers Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) and Frank Poncherello (Eric Estrada) find themselves in the middle of a marijuana war between private cannabis growers in Topanga Canyon. After a near fatal tragedy involving a school bus load of children and a two careening pick-ups, our heroes learn that a witness saw the accident. The witness, a lonesome youngster, Tyler (Jonathan B. Woodward), doesn't want to share his knowledge of what he saw. Furthermore, some kids in the school bus recognized Tyler as he stood atop his vantage point on a hillside and observed collision. These kids inform our heroes that Tyler is a warlock of sorts who likes to put curses on the people that he feels have wronged him. When Frank questions Tyler, the tight-lipped teenager puts a hex on Ponch. Strange things start to happen to poor Ponch, and his fellow Chips colleagues poke fun at him about the alleged hex.

Meantime, an organized syndicate wants to muscle in on the local herb growers because they feel like these locals are undercutting their trade. The locals decide to organize and harvest their pot before their cutthroat competitors can retaliate. The idea is that these guys won't get a fair price for their dope from the other guys who want to eliminate them from the competition. At the same time, Ponch is having a terrible time with oddball things happening him during his daily routine. He goes through a four ink pens, tears his shirt on a car that he pulled over, and his bikes are involved in mysterious accidents. Eventually, Jon and Ponch decide to befriend Tyler. As it turns out, Tyler has a sexy sister that the guys take an interest in and they go out for a picnic. They learn that Tyler isn't the most popular member of his family and that he has been shifted around by family members because he is so anti-social.

One of the sleazy villains has devised a special gadget for his truck that resembles a cross-between of the bladed chariot axle in the "Ben Hur" movies that he can deploy like James Bond did with his Aston-Martin in "Goldfinger" to eviscerate the tires. This nasty gadget sends one truck off a curve and tumbling down the side of a mountain, destroying the pot that they have bagged up in the subsequent conflagration that erupts from the crash. Later, the villains pull the same stunt again on another pair of truckers. This time Tyler has concealed himself in the bed of the truck to avoid detection from the reefer drivers. Tyler had freed a rabbit from a trap that the growers placed to catch rabbits to keep them from nibbling on their plants.

Veteran television director Earl Bellamy has injected an acceptable amount of amusing humor into this episode. The two two truck crashes look cool. The interesting thing about "Weed Wars" is the lack of commentary on the illegal activities of these private growers whose yield appears to fill only the bed of their pick-ups. Of course, you don't see anybody smoking any of the grass. Our heroes do not give stern warnings or reprimands to the felons. The irony is that California has now legalized recreational marihuana usage.

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