Take it easy, will you? CHiPs Quiz

By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz

Did you know Erik Estrada's "Ponch" look inspired the "officer" role in the Village People? Or that it was Larry Wilcox who got top billing in the credits? See how much you know about '70s TV show "CHiPs!"

What does the acronym "CHiPs" stand for?

"CHiP" is the acronym for California Highway Patrol.

What is Ponch's full name?

Ponch's full name is Francis Llewellyn Poncherello.

What was Officer Poncherello's last name originally supposed to be?

The character was originally envisioned as Italian, and his last name was Poncherelli.

What was Ponch doing the first time he met Jon?

The first time they met, Ponch was riding his dirt bike (over a California Highway Patrol cruiser) without a helmet.

Which officer attends traffic school after getting a ticket while out on a date?

Ponch gets a citation while off-duy and decides to go to traffic school to hide it from the sergeant.

Which is not a lyric from the show's theme song?

The theme song doesn't have any lyrics.

What's Officer Jon Baker's badge number?

Officer Jon Baker's badge number is 8712. Incidentally, 5712 is Sgt. Joseph Getraer's badge number, and Ponch's is 2140.

What alt-rock band named itself after Jon's radio handle?

Ponch and Jon's unit handles were, respectively, L.A. 15 Seven Mary Four and Seven Mary Three. The band Seven Mary Three is named for Jon's ID.

Who has to arrest his own nephew?

When it turns out that his nephew is joyriding in stolen cars, it's Jon who arrests him.

Which "Happy Days" actor guest starred in the 1982 Halloween episode, "Rock Devil Rock," as the satanic, glam rock star Moloch?

Donnie Most, who played "Ralph Malph" on the TV show "Happy Days," played goth rocker Moloch.

Think it was Seinfeld that started eating candy bars with cutlery? Which CHiPs officer eats a Twinkie with his fork?

At the end of the episode titled "Green Thumb Burglar," Ponch eats a Twinkie with silverware.

Where does Ponch keep his Ding Dongs?

Ponch keeps his Ding Dongs in his refrigerator.

What soap opera does Ponch watch?

Ponch watches a fictional soap opera, "The Troubled World."

There's a new stripper at Chippendales. When he performs in a California Highway Patrol costume, who does he resemble?

The new stripper at Chippendales resembles Ponch.

What kind of motorcycle was used in CHiPs' motor unit?

Motor officers in "CHiPs" rode Kawasaki Z1-P and KZ900-C2 in the first two seasons and KZ1000-C1 from Season 3 on.

Who had never ridden a motorcycle before arriving on set?

Erik Estrada had never ridden before. Although John Wilcox was quite comfortable on them, the pair took motorcycle lessons.

Who was critically injured in a motorcycle accident during filming?

Erik Estrada spent several days in intensive care after an on-set motorcycle accident.

When Erik Estrada returned to the set after his accident, MGM gave him a black Rolls Royce Corniche. What did they give Larry Wilcox?

When MGM gifted Estrada with a black Rolls Royce, they gave a white one to Larry Wilcox.

What kind of car was originally used as the CHiPs cruiser?

CHiPs had a few types of cruisers, including AMC and Chevy, but originally the cruisers were Dodge Coronets.

Neither Ponch nor John drew their guns in the series, but who did?

Out of 139 episodes, a gun was drawn three times, all by Officer Baricza.

What game show does Ponch appear as a contestant on?

Ponch is chosen to appear on the ficitonal game show, "Name Your Price."

What kind of car does Ponch drive, beginning in Season 2?

In Season 2, Ponch buys a Pontiac Firebird, nicknamed Little Bronze Beauty, for $83 and drives it for the next three-and-a-half seasons. After it's totaled in a collision, he buys a new Firebird.

What's so special about Ponch's horn?

It plays "La Cucaracha."

Who gets kidnapped by the biker gang Satan's Angels?

Officer Bonnie Clark gets kidnapped by Satan's Angels.

Ponch takes a job modeling what?

Ponch gets a part-time job modeling jeans.

CHiPs had two spin-offs. Which one failed?

Both "Force Seven" and "Mitchell & Woods" had one spinoff episode each, but neither went anywhere.

Who was in the Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War before becoming an actor?

Larry Wilcox served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. His character, Jon, was also a Vietnam veteran.

Who replaced Larry Wilcox when the actor left the series?

Well-known personality conflicts between Estrada and Wilcox led to Wilcox leaving the show. His character, Jon Baker, was replaced by Officer Bobby "Hot Dog" Nelson," played by Tom Reilly.

Who replaced Erik Estrada when he left due to a contract dispute?

When Erik Estrada left the show due to a contract dispute, Olympic champion Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner took his place as Officer Steve McLeish.

Who was not one of the three cast members to appear in all six seasons?

Erik Estrada, Paul Linke and Robert Pine appear in all six seasons.

How are Robert and actor Chris Pine related?

Robert Pine, who starred as Sgt. Joseph Getraer, is actor Chris Pine's father.

What sitcom star did Randi Oakes, Officer Bonnie Clark on the show, marry after the series ended?

Randi Oakes married Gregory Harrison from the TV show "Trapper John, M.D."

In 2016, Erik Estrada was sworn in as a real-life police officer in what town?

Erik Estrada became a reserve police officer in St. Anthony, Idaho, in 2016. Previously, he had been a reserve officer in Muncie, Indiana, and a deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Virginia.

Who was included in People magazine’s 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World list in 1979?

In 1979, People magazine named Erik Estrada as one of its 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World.

Who was arrested and charged with securities fraud in 2010?

Back in 2010, Larry Wilcox was sentenced to three years probation after offering kickbacks to an undercover FBI agent.

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