"Rock Devil Rock"
CHiPs - Season 6, Episode 4
Original Airdate: Halloween Night, October 31, 1982
|Rock Devil Rock|
"Rock Devil Rock" has gotta be one of the best episodes of CHiPs, and it's a Halloween special, to boot. It features Donny Most (AKA Ralph the Mouth from Happy Days) as "Moloch," a Satanic KISS-styled shock rocker! I just LOVE corny fake rock bands on old TV shows from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, and CHiPs had more than it's fair share. Casting a gigantic dork like Ralph Mouth as the rock star is just the icing on the cake! The twist is that mysterious events are placing his life in danger, and it seems as if the Devil himself is plotting to kill the singer. Ponch and Jon are assigned to escort the singer's car (a Satanic painted hearse) to safety after his concert, and Ponch ends up saving his life when the hearse goes out of control. There is a ridiculous stunt scene where Ponch climbs off of his moving motorcycle, into the moving hearse, pulls the singer out of the window and on to his motorcycle, then gets back on his motorcycle and drives to safety before the hearse crashes and explodes! It's completely over the top and impossible, like all the best CHiPs car accident scenes. Wherever Ponch and Jon went, amazing car crashes followed them, usually involving multiple cars flipping over, crashing on top of each other, and exploding.
|Gene Simmons is rolling over in his grave, and he's not even dead yet...|
Fun Fact: Kiss stopped wearing their costumes and makeup less than one year after this episode aired. Coincidence?
Actually, though, I've been talking about Ponch and JON, but Jon is not actually in this episode. This was from the final season of CHiPs after actor Larry Wilcox quit. He was replaced by actor Tom Reilly as a character named "Hot Dog," but he was basically another generic blonde doofus just like Jon, and I often confuse the two when I remember his episodes.
|Hot Dog Auditions to be an Extra in Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo|
Another notable person on this show was Cassandra Peterson, playing her movie host alter ego Elvira! I always loved it when Elvira would cameo on a TV show in the 1980s. If it was up to me, every TV show would be legally obligated to have special Halloween episodes in October, and Cassandra Peterson would be the guest star on all of them. In fact, this isn't her only appearance on CHiPs, as she was in another one of my favorite CHiPs episodes which I may review later.
|They put a spider web over Elvira's boobs to make them "family friendly."|
And you know who else has a played a special role in this episode? John Astin! Astin directed the episode, and he is of course most famous for playing "Gomez Addams" on the 1960s TV series "The Addams Family!" Talk about Halloween royalty! Between him and Elvira, this episode has some serious gothic street-cred, in my book.
|Directed by Gomez Addams|
|Ponch Mentors the Future Bass Player of Metallica|
|Stop Devil Music!|
Another urban legend that got some play in this episode was when a kid was carted off on a stretcher after being poisoned by some tampered-with Halloween candy, followed by Sgt. Getraer bemoaning the fact that "it happens every year." But here's a fun fact for you... it really doesn't:
|A Deadly Case of Mustache Poisoning|
|General Sarge and Count Ponchula|
Moloch - Devil Take Me
More screencaps after the break...
|Ralph the Mouth!|
|Moloch Hits the High Notes|
|Nice Stage Decorations, Dude|
|Moloch Rolls Around on the Floor With Some Satanic Ears of Corn|
|Seriously, I think Moloch's Drummer has BANANAS painted on his face.|
|Moloch Laughs Maniacally Before Driving Away in His Satanic Hearse|
|Moloch's Satanic Tape Deck|
|Death-Defying Stunt Action|
|Candy Corn is Disgusting|
|Grossman is Covered in Pumpkin Guts|
|Behind the Moloch|
|Satanic Pool Party|
|Ponch and Hot Dog have had it up to HERE with Moloch's Satanic shenanigans!|
|Velvet Touch Stereo|
|Elvira Wears an Elvira Shirt|
|Flippy is Trapped|
|The Abandoned Petroleum Tank Catches Fire|
|Moloch the Chemist|
|Ponch and Elvira Tango|