Sometimes, you find little gems of pop culture way after it’s happened. In the case of this 1982 episode of CHiPs, there was a breakthrough role for Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.
At 18 years old, Trujillo played a character named Flippy. In the Halloween spirit, Flippy is arrested after setting up pumpkins on a street for cars to run over. In an opportunity to get out of trouble, Flippy befriends Erik Estrada’s Ponch, who has the young man chaperone kids for trick-or-treating. Flippy is eventually rescued from underneath a fuel tank that is close to exploding.
Not necessarily ground-breaking television, but it was certainly Trujillo’s most recognized acting role before he moved on to music and hitting strides in Metallica.

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