Starsky And Hutch

Season 1 Episode 3

Death Ride

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 1975 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Starsky and Hutch are safeguarding a big-time crime boss who's agreed to testify before a Senate sub-committee against several leading underworld figures. While escorting him, the detail is ambushed, leaving the witness shot and hospitalised. He refuses to go ahead with his testimony unless his daughter in Bakersfield is brought safely to him. The detectives are assigned to drive the girl down-state to him, but the road trip is filled with unexpected dangers by ruthless hit-men out to see that they never make it to the city alive. Leaving Hutch and Starsky to ponder how the bad guys manage to always be one step ahead of them...moreless

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  • I am a keen Starsky and Hutch fans but you have to be truthful to yourself when you review the episodes. This one is a real plodder.

    I am a keen Starsky and Hutch fan but you have to be truthful to yourself when you review the episodes. This one is a real plodder. Totally unbelievable. The storyline lets down the cast yet again. Bland and boring.

    I find it incredible that anyone can honestly give this episode a good review. Because the main characters are so well portrayed by excellent actors substandard scripts are highlighted even more. One of those episodes that I didn\\\'t pause the dvd when I went to get a drink. In fact one of those episode that made me wonder why I watched it to the endmoreless
  • Starksy and Hut try to protect an important witness but find themselves being targeted for death at every corner.

    A storyline about a witness targeted for death against the people he or she's testifying against. A storyline that would be repeated on the show. However, the episode itself is very entertaining.

    Although, every S and H episode has gunplay this one is loaded with gunplay more so than usual.

    Starksy and Hutch find themselves in a couple of tights spots and have to use their wits along with their guns to survive.

    As always nice performances by David Soul and Glaser. Nice that you can watch the episodes on here.

    There's a twist about the witness near the end. Overall, this is a highly action packed episode.moreless
  • I don't mind this episode. You have to remember it was written in the 70's, things were just different back then.

    There were some exciting moments: the motorcyclists shooting at them while escorting Mello; being ambushed in the taxi, and fleeing through a corn field – that doesn't happen in any other episode. Plus they were chased in the old van – that was fun to watch as well. Starsky's running gag about the watch was funny, especially since it turned out to be stolen, as was Huggy's slip in the game show. We are introduced to the famous Starsky and Hutch motto, Hutch: "So who do we trust?" Starsky: "Like always, me and thee.". And in true fashion, they make it back to LA, discover the phonies in the hospital, and work out that Dobey's secretary is the informant.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

Ben Marino

Ben Marino


Guest Star

Jeff Corey

Jeff Corey

Andrew Mello

Guest Star

Mary-Margaret Lewis

Mary-Margaret Lewis

Terry Evers

Guest Star

Charles Picerni

Charles Picerni

Hit-man [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When the Torino first leaves the parking area with Mello's limo following, it is clear that the rear tires on the Torino are of a dramatically different size than shown moments later during the shootout with the motorcycle killers.

    • When Starsky & Hutch are escorting Mello's limousine, it is ambushed by two killers on a motorcycle. Two bullet holes are fired through the Torino's windshield, and immediately vanish in the next shot.

    • There are clearly two different cabs used in the production of this episode. At times it has a brown interior, and other times it is clearly a black interior!

    • Nit-pick: The car that follows the taxi as Starsky, Hutch and Joanne leave Joanne's appeartment, appears to be the same car, that was the car rigged with explosives two episodes previously, in 'Savage Sunday'. It's the same model, and even painted the same shade of green.

    • You have to look real close for this one: In the shoot-out in the cornfield, Starsky's gun is empty (the slide stays open indicating that there are no more rounds in the gun) but he keeps shooting. It happens again when he is trying to get George out of the cab.

    • When Starsky, Hutch, Joanne and George the taxi driver are driving along, before the shoot-out at the corn-field, watch Hutch's position in the car. In the shots of all four of them, he is seen to be sitting directly behind Starsky, who is sitting in the front passenger seat. Yet in the close-up shots of him, the arc on the back window suggests that he is sitting in the centre of the back seat, and in the close-up shots of Starsky in the passenger seat, there are no visible signs of Hutch sitting behind him.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Starsky: Well, here we are again, facing danger together in the pursuit of law and order. To the average passer-by we may seem like three ordinary people on our way up to visit Marcus Welby or on our way up to the maternity ward to see if it's a boy or a girl or something in between. Little do they know that we are three dedicated, highly skilled servants of the public.
      Hutch: Starsky...shut up!

    • D.A. Coleman: I'll pretend I didn't hear that last remark.
      Dobey: Hey listen, you can pretend you're a 747, but that bird still ain't gonna fly!

    • Hutch: So, who do we trust?
      Starsky: Like always, me and thee.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Charlie Picerni, who worked on the series as stunt co-ordinator and as Paul Michael Glaser's stunt double, plays, uncredited, one of the hit-men out to stop Starsky and delivering Joanne safely. He is seen more prominently playing a different character in the second season's feature-length / two-part 'Murder At Sea'.


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