Starsky And Hutch

Season 2 Episode 14


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 01, 1977 on ABC
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Starsky & Hutch Season 2 Episode 14 Bloodbath Jan 01, 1977

On the day of trial of Simon Marcus, a murderous cult leader that Starsky and Hutch arrested, Starsky is snatched away by the cult leader's followers just before judgment is passed. The vengeful followers will only release him safely if their leader is released without charge – if Simon Marcus is sentenced to prison, then Starsky is sentenced to death.
Hutch must find his partner before he is subjected to a deadly "religious" ritual, as foreseen in the deranged leader's visions.


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  • A well-written episode with only very small dents

    This episode was the first I ever watched of the series, and admittedly dragged me to it, but one of my first thoughts was like "What the hell is this? All those guys in habits acting like they´re on LSD or something...?!" After flipping through it a second time and paying more attention to the fine details of the episode, I think it´s really a well-written plot which drags us into the anxiety and desperation of Hutch searching for Starsky with time slipping through his fingers, although there are a few questions I came to asking myself: How exactly did Simon´s followers kidnap Starsky? How did they know that they´d have a chance of snatching him inside the building because he´d be separated from the others going to the john? How come they could overcome him so easily and got him out of the building without anyone noticing (there was a TV reporter outside all the time!)? But these unanswered questions aren´t able to spoil the episode, and I especially liked the scene where Hutch, Dobey and Huggy are playing with the riddle words of Simon as to where his followers are holding Starsky captive. The closing scene too is one of those scenes which make the series so special and lovable, especially as it´s about Hutch´s beaten-up car... A really good episode to watch, and if it´s your first episode of Starsky and Hutch, you certainly won´t forget it!moreless
Paul Michael Glaser

Paul Michael Glaser

Detective Sergeant David "Dave" Michael Starsky

David Soul

David Soul

Detective Sergeant Kenneth "Ken Hutch" Hutchinson

Bernie Hamilton

Bernie Hamilton

Captain Harold C. Dobey

Antonio Fargas

Antonio Fargas

"Huggy Bear" Brown

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The second time that Hutch interviews Simon Marcus, the conversation is different to the recording of it he later plays back in Captain Dobey's office!
      The original conversation runs:
      Marcus: "...My dream is your fantasy. That's my message. But you won't understand. Never understand."
      Hutch: (wearily) "Oh for God's sake. Where are you're people keeping my partner? Where?"
      Marcus: "Everywhere. We're everywhere. Once in ebony, and granite, now. In trees, and the water. For the king of the forest, is dead."

      The supposed recording of the conversation we later hear, runs:
      Hutch: "For God's sake, will you just tell me where my partner is?!"
      Marcus: "We're everywhere. Once in ebony, and granite, now. We're in the trees, in the water. You're dream, is my fantasy, that's my message."

      The recording of what's supposed to be the same conversation has sentences in different places, alternate wording of sentences, emphases on different words, different pauses, not to mention Marcus' line "My dream is your fantasy" becomes "Your dream is my fantasy"!!

    • Merl the Earl's name is spelled 'Merle' on the sign on his garage, but on the closing credits, as with the character's other appearances, it is spelt without the 'e' on the end.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Hutch, Capt. Dobey, and Huggy Bear are deciphering the message from Hutch's abductors)
      Huggy Bear: The zoo!
      Capt. Dobey: Which is where you belong!
      (more deciphering)
      Hutch: Starsky is being held at the LA Zoo!
      (Hutch & Capt. Dobey rush out)
      Huggy Bear: Don't thank me...

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky), the first of five episodes he would direct for the series. As the bulk of the story focuses on Hutch's attempts to find his captured partner, Glaser's less time on screen than average freed up to direct it. David Soul would follow suit and direct his first story in a few episodes time, in 'Survival'.

    • Raymond Allen returns as Merl "The Earl", the jive-talking mechanic first seen in the first season's 'Jojo'. He appears again in the fourth season episode 'The Game'.