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This is a Halloween episode and, I guess to add to the Halloween theme, they had John Astin (Gomez Addams) direct.
The show begins at a Moloch concert - an obvious take off of Kiss; however, instead of Gene Simmons as the scary rocker, we have Donny Most of Happy Days! Yes, you read it right: Ralph Malph plays the Gene Simmons/Marilyn Manson type character. Mr. Most is listed as "Donald" in the opening credits. Our little Donny is all growed. up.
I actually took the time to transcribe the lyrics to the horrible "satanic" song he's singing. Enjoy.
Prince of Darkness, Lord of Night
I'm gonna dance with the devil in the burning light
I was born to sin, wild and free
And when I die, there's a devil takin' me
Devil take me
Heaven's the pits
They don't party on the other side
Devil take me, devil take me, [repeat].
What could have happened here? Did Lucifer really want to take out Moloch? Ponch seems to think so, but Hot Dog believes this is a bunch of malarkey. But then how do you explain the fact that the tape recovered from Moloch's vehicle does not say "MOLOCH MUST DIE"? Could Ponch be right and it really was the voice of Beelzebub?
Moloch himself seems extremely troubled by the fact that the devil wants to take him straight to hell. He wants to quit, but his sleazy manager (played by Hollywood Squares host, Peter Marshall) reminds him of all the fame and fortune he will leave behind.
Suddenly, there's a break in the case! Ponch explains to Sarge (played by Robert Pine, the father of the new Captain Kirk) that when you play the tape backwards, you hear "MOLOCH MUST DIE" in a deep voice (which sounds a lot like William Conrad).
So, if you're following along, that means Moloch wasn't lying. The highway patrol officers begin to suspect that this is all a publicity stunt coordinated by his sleazy manager. They'd better hurry to save Moloch before his manager gets to him first!
Moloch is performing a promotional (they weren't widely known as "music videos" yet), and just as Ponch and Hot Dog suspected, the sleazy manager is busy rigging it to kill poor Moloch.
At the last second, Ponch and Hot Dog are there save Moloch and bust his sleazy manager. The video crew, Ponch, Moloch and Hot Dog stand in amazement as Peter Marshall proceeds to explain his diabolical plot in intricate detail. Someone should've told him he had the right to remain silent.
The final scene may be my favorite part of the whole show - the CHiPs Halloween party. It's a surreal scene with costumed adults prancing around to the sounds of a down tempo flute.
Moloch shows up with no costume. When asked why he isn't wearing one, he says he is - he's coming as someone he's wanted to be for a long, long time.... himself. Isn't that special?
But it's not over yet, ladies and gentlemen. Guess who happens to be at the Halloween party? None other than Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!
Of course, Poncherello is going to have to make the moves on her. And of course, she immediately launches into an erotic tango with him while everybody watches disinterestedly.
Somehow, watching Erik Estrada dirty dance with Elvira made this whole damn thing worthwhile. Cheers!