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Rock Devil Rock
Season 6, Episode 4
Airdate October 31, 1982
Written by Larry Mollin
Directed by John Astin
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Rock Devil Rock is the fourth episode of the sixth season of CHiPs, and the one hundred twenty-first episode overall.

Guest Stars: Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Donny Most (Moloch/Mickey Northagen), Peter Marshall (Vincent Purial), Bob Frank (Rock Critic), Garrett Pearson (Technician), Lisa Pescia (Photographer), Belle Richter (Grandmother), Roberto Trujillo (Flippy), Dana Scott Galloway (Reporter), Chuck Knerr (A&R Man), Valerie McIntosh (Reporter)


Plot Overview

Assigned to provide protection to a demonic rock star named Moloch, Ponch rescues him from an out-of-control car that explodes, then wonders whether it was a publicity stunt when he fakes drowning in a pool.

Off-stage, mysterious voices are heard over the car's stereo system, "Moloch MUST die!" Moloch, who reveals his off-stage self as everyday young man Mickey Northagen, is spooked and asks Ponch and Bobby to investigate.

When Northagen protests the happenings to his manager, Vincent Purial, Purial convicnes him this is all part of his imagination and promises him untold wealth, girls and much more if he continues with his contract and films a new video for his new song, "Devil Take Me."

Ponch and Bobby investigate further and discover, upon listening to the musician's records, hints that the first attempt on his life was indeed real and must race to stop production of the video – which they realize will be used to cover up a potential murder – and prevent another attempt.

In the end, it is found out that Purial had used backmasking (a technique of hiding subliminal messages that can only be heard by playing a recording backwards) to hide the threatening messages, and then planned to have Northagen (as Moloch) killed at a key point in the video, and in the aftermath with the notoriety gaining ratings, unheard of album sales (and young fans spending all their time trying to dechiper the messages) and the media focus on Moloch's tragic death, Purial will reap a huge profit and skip town, bound for an extended exotic vacation.

Yes, Purial is stopped, just in time.


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