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CHIPS, an acronym for California Highway Patrol, was the motorcycle equivilant to a previous episodic police series, Adam-12. Jon Baker ( Larry Wilcox), and " Ponch" Poncherello ( Erik Estrada), were 2 state motorcycle patrolmen, both young bachelors, whose adventures helping citizens, fighting crime, and leading active social lives were all woven into the series. The 2 men worked as a team, and spent most of their working time around the vast Las Angeles freeway system. Each episode was a composite of 4 or 5 seperate incidents, both on the job and off, with violence downplayed in favor of human interest and the humorous elements of their work. Jon was rather straight and serious, while " Ponch" was the romantic free spirit, whose happy-go-lucky attitude did not always sit well with their superior, Sgt. Getraer ( Robert Pine). Added in 1978 were Harlan ( Lou Wagner), a police mechanic who worked on their "choppers," and Sindy ( Brianne Leary), a female " Chippie" who worked out of a patrol car. She was replaced, the following fall, by another female " Chippie" Bonnie Clark (Randi Oakes). Former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner appeared as Officer Steve McLeash in several episodes in the fall of 1981 as a temporary replacement for Erik Estrada, who was embroiled in a salary dispute with CHIPS producers. When Estrada returned, Jenner left the show. The fall of 1982 brought a number of cast changes. Larry Wilcox who had had a stormy relationship with Estrada for several years, quit the series. Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson ( Tom Reilly), and Nelson's kid brother Bruce ( played by professional motorcycle racer Bruce Penhall),joined the force as a trainee. The new resident " Chippie" was Kathy Linahan( Tina Gayle).

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