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"CHiPs" Trained for Trouble (TV Episode 1982) Poster

(TV Series)

(1982)

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Jump to: Character error (4)  | Continuity (2)  | Factual errors (4)  | Revealing mistakes (1)

Character error 

After the robbery via bird takes place, the dispatcher gives the "suspect" description and Jon picks up his radio mike and says "What?" at which point the dispatcher repeats the description. Radio procedure would be for Jon to call in using his designator "7 Mary 3" and ask the dispatcher to repeat the transmission. As a seasoned officer, Jon would use this procedure as a matter of routine, which he does in the following scene. Additionally, even though Turner sees the crime, he is never heard on the radio.
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After arresting the motorcyclist, Getraer tells Poncherello that there is the possibility of false arrest. Since the officers observed the motorcyclist commit several traffic violations and he then tried to evade arrest, the arrest was lawful.
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Getraer tells Baker and Poncherello that Herzog is facing 5 years for robbery and 14 years for hit and run. Circa 1982 in California, the penalty for felony robbery was more severe than for traffic offenses such as hit and run. Additionally, the injury to the dancer was not an accident but was an intentional act, so a hit and run (accident) charge would be improper.
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In an earlier episode, Bonnie brings her male cousin (who is visiting from out of town) to the Chippendale's Club to watch female mud wrestling. Bonnie is horrified by what she sees and storms off, saying that the act is degrading and demeaning, yet in this episode, Bonnie has no problem with watching men strip, and she acts as if she has never visited Chippendale's before.
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Continuity 

When the hawk returns to Poole with the bag of money, the bag the bird is carrying is much smaller than the original bag that was stolen.
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When Herzog is first confessing to the night club robbery to Grossman and Baricza the time on the wall is about 12:30. When they then take him to talk to Gatrear the clock on his wall reads 3:50.
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Factual errors 

Since Herzog was a known false confessor, Baricza and later Clark would not have wasted their time arresting him. Both would likely be reprimanded for doing so. Additionally, the CHP does not investigate robberies such as the ones depicted, so anyone confessing to one would have been referred to or handed off to local law enforcement such as the LAPD or LASD.
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Getraer is shown following up on the bank robbery by trying to find animal trainers, and assigns Baker and Poncherello to contact some former circus acts. The CHP does not investigate bank robberies, and despite what is often depicted highway patrol officers do not perform investigative work other than traffic.
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Even though it was the 1980's (as noted by Officer Clark), a female CHP employee at the CHP station waving a dollar bill as Poncherello and Baker walked by and Poncherello accepting it after kissing her on the lips would be considered improper workplace conduct.
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The cornering/banking forces involved while the dog is shown sitting on the rear of the black motorcycle during the pursuit would have thrown the dog off the motorcycle.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the guy is running away with the dog on his back, the motorcycle's headlight causes a ghostly reflection to hover between the motorcycle and the camera. This was presumably due to a plastic shield protecting the camera from any rain that might fall since it was a very overcast day.
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