CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Ponch's Angels: Part 1 

Ponch is assigned to train a female motorcycle officer who shares many of his rebellious traits; CHP officers try to recapture an escaped prisoner.


John Florea


Rudolph Borchert, Rick Rosner (creator)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Estrada ... Officer Frank Poncherello
Larry Wilcox ... Officer Jon Baker
Robert Pine ... Sgt. Joseph Getraer
Trisha Townsend Trisha Townsend ... Officer Melanie Mitchell
Barbara Stock ... Officer Paula Woods
Stuart Pankin ... Louis
Royce D. Applegate ... Roger
Danny Wells Danny Wells ... Gordy
Cindy Morgan ... Jennifer
Andrew Duggan ... Stamp
Barbi Benton ... Sal
Paul Linke ... Officer Arthur Grossman
Lou Wagner ... Harlan Arliss
Brodie Greer Brodie Greer ... Officer Barry Baricza
Michael Dorn ... Officer Jebediah Turner


Ponch gets a taste of his own medicine when he is given the assignment of training a new patrol officer, much like his earlier days when Jon had to train the difficult Poncherello. Ponch's problem is compounded by he fact the new officer is an attractive woman which makes his girlfriend jealous. A couple of purse snatchers work the crowds at the marina while some escaped felons are looking for buried treasure in an unusual place. Written by Randy for Randi

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female motorcycle cop | See All (1) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

28 February 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first female CHP Motor Officer was Ramona Murray who became a motor officer in 1980. Murray (now Prieto) is now the Deputy Commissioner of the CHP, the #2 position on the department. She started on the CHP in the last cadet training class of 1977 and graduated the Academy in 1978. See more »


Right before Melanie tears her pants, a freeway sign for the Golden State Freeway is visible. Ponch tells Melanie that she can change her pants at his apartment, which is only a couple of miles away, but Ponch lives in Marina del Rey, which is no closer than 15 miles from the Golden State Freeway (US-101 and I-5). See more »


Referenced in CHiPs: Mitchell & Woods (1981) See more »

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Girl On A Motorcycle
19 December 2016 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

My 6 is given for a fond memory.

I'm only here to say that I adored Trisha Townsend. The evening the episode appeared, my TV was on, with the VCR ready, but hey, I wasn't interested in CHiPs, there was a journal program before it that I monitored for music videos and glam inserts. Then, as this episode progressed, I saw this beautiful oh-so-pretty chicksie on the motorbike. She was, like, darling. But it was too late to start recording. I basically kicked myself inwardly. I fumed and fumed. I thought, how to still get this? Maybe somebody else recorded it? Nobody I knew had any interest in CHiPs. Then I had a bright idea. I went out and posted a notice at a secondary school, I think it was early in the evening, it was the old days, no locked gates. {that place is a military compound now} A simple reward notice. With my phone number. Turns out, the next day, I got a call. Kid recorded it. But big problem, I couldn't buy the tape. Kid's Dad is the owner of the tape. And there's a whopping big rugby match recorded on it, I guess the favored team had won, and it was the guy's proud possession.

Shucks. I tried negotiating, with blonde bird in my mind calling out to me. No go. You could borrow the tape, that is all. They knew I was trustworthy, because the guy must have known my Dad. So I had to live up to expectations. Bummer. Actually, I have waylaid other people's property before in the name of ownership of VHS- recordings. I'm a scoundrel when it comes to film. :) But this was a rugby fanatic. A team- spirited rugby fanatic. Stupid story about "the dog having ate the tape" here's compensation, not gonna work.

Borrowed. Settled for a copy made. It was VCR to VCR using RCA plugs and looked inferior. You could see the lovely girl, but it was an inferior consolation prize.

No other phone calls.

Returned tape glumly.

Years later, I have this large collection of glamour girls on DVD, but CHiPs, for one episode? No way.

{I didn't even know which episode. Moreover, which season. I didn't know the actress's name. Confusion existed with me for decades re Susan Severeid, and I posted a review for "Sharks" earlier this year which only just a little while ago got contested by a_dude_named_dude urging me to delete it, and directing me to the proper episode, "Ponch's Angels" Part 1, and now I know her name, Trisha Townsend, and it's season 4, so wheels might start turning, but dammit, a motorcycle cop show!!!}

Okay, if you have snickered your way through this, of course this remains a shoddy review. But all I can say is that after all these years, must be almost 25 years ago that I saw it aired in South Africa, I still vividly recall how cute that girl was. And, to outsiders, no, no hot bikini scene. (that's contemporary episode "Sharks" with Susan Severeid) She wore a neat uniform. She was just very, very cute, super innocent, wow!

So, if you are thinking about whether to watch this or not, do it for my sake. Wish I could have joined you.

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