Starsky And Hutch

Season 3 Episode 3

Fatal Charm

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 1977 on ABC
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Fatal Charm
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While Starsky, Hutch and Officer Linda Baylor are working on an operation to trap a wanted drug dealer, Hutch receives a minor wound, and reports to hospital, where he meets nurse Diana Harmon. After they meet later at a bar, they spend a romantic evening together. But when afterwards Hutch, concerned by her possessive ways, doesn't plan to continue with the relationship, Diana starts displaying unbalanced, obsessive behaviour that not only jeopardises the Police operation, but puts Hutch in great danger...moreless

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  • Hutch gets a new girlfriend, but is there more to her than meets the eye?

    7.0
    The primary plot involves Hutch and his new girlfriend, Diana, portrayed by Karen Valentine. The secondary storyline has Roz Kelly, who a year earlier had been Fonzie's love interest, Pinky Tuscadero on Happy Days. She portrays a cop portraying a hooker in order to grab a drug dealer.



    Anyway, Hutch injures his hand chasing after a purse snatcher. Starsky takes him to the hospital, where he meets Diana, a nurse. She overhears them talking about going to a bar for drinks, and she winds up following them there. Hutch gets lucky on their first date.



    The next night, Diana lies to gain access to Hutch's apartment so that she can surprise him with dinner. Starsky drops by unexpectedly with a mutual friend named Kathy. Diana is not very happy to say the least, but she agrees to go out to dinner and dancing with the three of them.



    At this point, I remembered why I hate disco so much. It was pretty funny though to see some of the moves the dancers had out on the floor.



    One of the better parts of the episode was when the bad guy drug dealer, Frost, was captured. He drives a vintage Mustang. Starsky attaches a steel cable to the rear axle, while Huggy makes mucho noise with a jackhammer. When Linda identifies herself as a cop, Frost tries a quick getaway, but all he gets for his trouble is the axle being yanked off the car. I don't know if that's actually possible, but it looked cool.



    The climatic scenes at Hutch's apartment reminded me of the original Psycho movie. Hutch is in the role of the doomed lady in the shower, while Diana is Norman Bates. Alas, Hutch's fate is much better than Norman's victim, Marion Crane.



    It was interesting to see Karen Valentine play such a nut job and the Mustang incident was also pretty good. This episode was ok, not great, but ok.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

Karen Valentine

Karen Valentine

Diana Harmon

Guest Star

Roz Kelly

Roz Kelly

Officer Linda Baylor

Guest Star

Paul Lukather

Paul Lukather

Max Frost

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After Diana has stabbed Hutch with the knife, the blade should be bloodstained or at least wet from the water of the shower. But in the next shot when the knife is seen it's dry and clean as if she had not used it before.

    • Huggy's racket: Not a racket as such, but Huggy poses as a street workman, complete with noisy jackhammer, as part of Starsky's, Hutch's, and Baylor's plan to capture the drug runner.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Roz Kelly was drafted in as Officer Linda Baylor after Paul Michael Glaser planned to leave the show between the second and third season. Scripts (including an alternate version of this story) were devised with Baylor in place of Starsky if need be, but in the end, matters with Glaser were resolved and he returned to the series. Writers had planned to use Baylor in later stories, but Roz Kelly was unavailable for them, and as a result, this is the only time in the entire series that Linda Baylor is seen. (Quite what would have happened to the show's title, Starsky & Hutch, if it would have been left as it was or become Baylor & Hutch, we'll never know.)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The plot of this episode pretty much reworks (or at least, has a number of resemblances to) the plot of the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie Play Misty For Me. [Slight SPOILER] The sequence at the climax of the story--as Diana, wielding a knife, tries to stab Hutch through the shower curtain--resembles the classic 1960 Hitchcock thriller Psycho.

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