Starsky And Hutch

Season 3 Episode 21

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 03, 1978 on ABC

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  • Trivia

    • Pleasingly, the actors seen in the flashback sections are credited under 'Memory Sequences Guest Stars' on the closing credits of this episode, and in order of appearance at that (in many a "clip show", performers seen in flashbacks are usually uncredited). However, there are two discrepancies – Macon McCalman (Officer Glassman) from the first season's 'The Fix' is uncredited, even though he features prominently in that flashback; and Burr De Benning is credited as Jensen, from the second season's feature-length / two-part 'Murder At Sea' – yet he is not seen in the flashback footage from that episode!

    • Starsky has a plaster to the left of his forehead, yet when the Doctor and Nurse lower Hutch into his hospital bed and leave the room, in two shots of Starsky looking over at him, the plaster has suddenly jumped to being on the right! (These shots were actually reversed "back-to-front" – originally he was filmed looking the other way, and they were flipped to make it seem that he was looking across at Hutch).

    • Nit-pick: Hutch tells Starsky off for running a red light while in pursuit – since when has it been illegal for the Police to do this?!

    • Much of the footage used in the chase between the Torino and the Mustang is recycled from earlier in the season, in 'The Heroes' (adding even further to the low budget needs of this episode!). You can also see a third person in the back of the car.

    • Plot nit-pick: When the duo give chase in the lead up to the accident, Starsky doesn't really seem to be driving any more dangerously than on most other occasions we see them in action! Hutch scolds Starsky for the reckless driving as if to inform us, the viewer, that Starsky is driving unusually dangerously!

  • Quotes

    • Hutch is making the most of his "amnesia", by insulting Captain Dobey and Huggy Bear:
      Hutch (referring to Huggy): "...This character over here. ...He the Chief of Police?"
      (Huggy laughs)
      Dobey: "I don't see anything funny about that."
      Huggy: "Hey. Hey Hutch, look, I'm no character; I'm Huggy Bear. We go back further than Louis and Clark."
      Hutch: "Well, you'd think that somebody who dresses the way that you do, I wouldn't forget."

  • Notes

    • This episode is a "clip show" – a favourite, budget saving formula utilized by countless TV shows over the years, allowing for footage from previous stories to take up much of the screen time, with inexpensive linking material between them. Moments recollected in this story, are (with season of episode in brackets): Hutch complaining about call-signs, from 'Lady Blue (1); Starsky and a Policeman finding Hutch drugged up with heroin, from 'The Fix' (1); Hutch desperately dashing across town, followed by Starsky on a motorcycle, from 'The Psychic' (2), chasing bad buys in a dune buggy, from the feature-length 'Murder At Sea' (part two when in two-part version) (2); faking a fight, from 'The Committee' (2); finding Gillian dead, from 'Gillian' (2), and drunk after the death of Starsky's girl-friend Terry, from 'Starsky's Lady' (2). In several cases, background music from the original sequences has been replaced with alternative pieces, more in keeping with this season's theme tune.

    • [SPOILER] – Many synopsis briefs for this episode give away the fact that Hutch is only faking amnesia to teach Starsky a lesson. Although it's hinted at throughout the story, we only find out, along with Starsky, that this is the case at the end of the episode.

    • Pleasingly, the actors seen in the flashback sections are credited under 'Memory Sequences Guest Stars' on the closing credits of this episode, and in order of appearance at that (in many a "clip show", performers seen in flashbacks are usually uncredited). However, there are two discrepancies – Macon McCalman (Officer Glassman) from 'The Fix' is uncredited, even though he features prominently in that flashback; and Burr De Benning is credited as Jensen, from 'Murder At Sea' – yet he is not seen in the flashback footage from that episode!

    • Charles Picerni – the series Stunt Co-ordinator and Paul Michael Glaser's regular stunt double, as well as playing many bit-part characters in the series – makes his directorial debut with this episode. He would go on to direct episodes of many other popular TV shows.

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