CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Rock Devil Rock 

Ponch and Bobby are hired to protect Moloch, a Goth rock star. Moloch later tells them that he fears that he is cursed and that he's going to die.


John Astin


Larry Mollin, Rick Rosner (creator)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Estrada ... Officer Frank Poncherello
Tom Reilly Tom Reilly ... Officer Bobby 'Hot Dog' Nelson
Robert Pine ... Sgt. Joseph Getraer
Paul Linke ... Officer Arthur Grossman
Lou Wagner ... Harlan Arliss
Peter Marshall ... Vincent
Don Most ... Moloch (as Donald Most)
Cassandra Peterson ... Elvira
Tina Gayle Tina Gayle ... Officer Kathy Linahan
Bob Frank Bob Frank ... Rock Critic
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Officer Benjamin Webster
Daniel Zacapa ... Technician (as Garret Pearson)
Lisa Pescia ... Photographer
Belle Richter Belle Richter ... Grandmother
Robert Trujillo ... Flippy (as Roberto Trujillo)


The show opens at the concert of a goth rock star named Moloch, who is performing his new song, "Devil Take Me." Ponch and Hot Dog are hired to escort him to his concerts in the area (as well as keep the press and protesters away). As Moloch leaves the concert in his hearse (decorated with demonic pictures and the number 666), a mysterious voice comes over the car's tape player, "Moloch Must Die!" Moloch is freaked out, but then sees that he's lost his brakes and that the steering mechanism has also been severed, leaving him a sitting duck in a car that quickly goes out of control. As the car quickly fills with toxic smoke, Ponch and Hot Dog see what is happening and rescue Moloch just in time. Moloch -- who off-stage is Mickey Northagen -- is spooked and wants to know what's going on. His manager, Vincent, seems concerned as well, but the officers are skeptical because when the tape is played, no one can hear the mysterious, demonic messages calling for Moloch's death. Meanwhile, ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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31 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This Halloween themed episode was originally broadcast on Halloween night. See more »


Runaway vehicle scenes such as the hearse would not take place since even if the throttle was jammed wide open, the ignition would not turn off, and the brakes were to fail the car could easily be taken out of gear and slow down gradually. See more »


Voice: Moloch must die. Moloch will die. Moloch is dead with his fiery breath.
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Devil Take Me
Performed by Don Most
Music by Larry Mollin
Lyrics by Carol Connors
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Infamous Halloween Episode
20 March 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Satanic, death-obsessed glam rocker Moloch (Donnie Most - 'Ralph Malph' from 'Happy Days) faces protests wherever he performs. It goes beyond the fact that his act is a bad rip-off of KISS with a bit of Ozzy Osbourne thrown in.

Family-values and religious fanatics think he is luring the youth of America into devil-worship via satanic messages hidden in his songs. As a result he receives more than the usual share of death threats celebrities get.

California Highway Patrol cops Frank 'Ponch' Poncharello (Erik Estrada) and Bobby 'Hot Dog' Nelson (Tom Reilly) are assigned to escort Moloch as he drives away from the concert arena after a show. Smoke fills the inside of the car and his brakes give out. He hears a voice from his tape player saying 'Moloch will die!'. After Ponch rescues him the startled musician gains big publicity. Himbo Ponch and his equally himbo partner feel taken advantage of and aren't amused.

But out of character and in civilian costume Mickey Nordhagen AKA Moloch seems genuinely scared. Ponch and Bobby begin to wonder if there is more to it all.

Those of us that think of the early episodes of CHiPs as prime exemplars of all that was vacuous and vapid about network TV saw our perceptions redefined when popular cast members Randi Oakes and Larry Wilcox were replaced. Ex Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Tina Gayle was no replacement for Oakes anymore than Tom Reilly could replace Larry Wilcox. By the sixth and final season the show had become a bad sitcom parody of itself.

This Halloween episode directed by John Astin (who played Gomez on the Addams Family) is a schlockfest of appalling acting particularly on the part of Donnie Most (they should've gotten Michael Des Barres).

Cassandra Petersen AKA Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has a fun cameo.

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