Hey, it’s Erik Estrada week so let’s get it started.
It’s Halloween in LA in the 70’s. Ponch says he loves the holiday. We also find out that he is superstitious as well as he and John pull over a speeder who is hauling a pile of black cats and then Ponch unwittingly walks under a ladder. Then he cuts himself shaving with an electric razor, wait is that possible? He did it so I guess so. Officer Grossman apparently does this little thing every year where officers take turns being the “hobgoblin” and read stupid rhymes over the police channel just to bug the Sgt. Grossman hands outs times for everyone to broadcast, oh joy. Jon and Ponch ride off. Some time during this day some little wisenheimer squirts Ponch with perfume for not having treats and Ponch threatens to handcuff the kid, oh wait it was a joke, I think. Anyways the crybaby later runs off and his sourpuss dad shows up fussing at Ponch saying he caused it to happen. You bad policeman. So now the police are looking for the runaway kid. Also during the day our motorcycle riding coppers find two woman trying to take a sign, but it’s okay because it’s for a scavenger hunt. Oh, wait it’s not okay but since the sign isn’t off yet they let the woman walk and the guys get invited to a Halloween party after work- yee-haw. Meanwhile a couple decided to rob a liquor store and the female of the couple dresses as a ghost of some sorts. They rob a liquor store and coveniently enough Ponch and Jon happen to be in the area and give chase, whooo-whooo-whooo, but a car crashes to avoid the ghost lady and Ponch and Jon lose the robber. Darn it. Next on this high spirited night (see what I did there) a woman starts taking treat bags from kids dressed as skeletons. Go buy your own cheap candy, lady. Oh and during all these goings ons all the police who were assigned to be the hobgoblin have not been broadcasting so Grossman has to be a pain all by himself. Ponch and Jon spot the lady candy grabber and pursue her. “Alright. lady drop the smarties and come out with your hands up”. Not quite but they do go to her house. Turns out she just got engaged and wore the ring even though it was loose and she thinks she lost it giving candy to a skeleton, not a real one though well real candy, but not a real skeleton. Our police guys help her out and find the ring in the candy bowl she was dishing out of. Hooray and they decide not to run her in for stealing Zagnut bars and candy corn. Oh and after riding past this old spooky house Ponch and Jon finally decide maybe the runaway kid is in there and hey he is. So everything has been wrapped up, whoops I forgot about that pesky dressed as a ghost woman and her partner that robbed a store earlier. They get greedy and Ponch and Jon are there again to give chase, what are the odds? Well the baddies get between two teens playing a friendly game of toss the eggs across the street and whack the eggs hit their windshield and smash the thieves crash. Ponch and Jon nab them and are off to the Halloween party. Once there it seems a lot of their fellow police people are there too. Turns out bringing a cop to the party was also part of the scavenger hunt. Oh and the sarge figured out that Grossman was the hobgoblin and he’ll be in trouble. Oh gosh darnit, but everyone else laughs and enjoy the final hours of Halloween.
I remember this one from when I was a kid. I enjoyed it then and still do. It has the cheesy bits that were part of this show, but the face pace and car stunts helped. This one also has lots of scenes of 70’s style Halloween costumes for you to look at too.
There’s more Erik Estrada coming on Tuesday with Chupacabra vs. the Alamo.