In one scene Hutch reveals that his ex-wife was called Nancy when he says to Starsky, "It's like when I was married. Nancy and I'd go out and we'd leave the house." Yet in the season 3 episode "Hutchinson: Murder One", which features his ex-wife, she is called Vanessa.
In the scene where Starsky and Hutch are following Henderson to the two hitmen, Starsky pounds at the door to announce his present, causing Cannell to shoot twice at the door, leaving a big hole in the wood. But the damage is only seen in the shots from the outside, in the shots from the inside the door is whole and undamaged!
The series-long running gag of "I'm Hutch, he's Starsky" starts in this episode when the assistant D.A. can't tell the two apart. This gag will go through many variations over all four seasons.
In a blooper infamous amongst fans, in the scene at night outside the hotel, where Starsky and Hutch end up falling in the pool, Starsky has his cardigan on. In a shot of him in the water, there is no sign of the cardigan, it seems to have come off, yet when the two emerge, dripping wet from the pool, it is suddenly back on again.
Hutch: I'm Hutch. (points to Starsky) He's Starsky.
Hutch: You know, there's something you ought to know about Starsky and me. We're not like most partners. There's the one guy who's kinda folksy, the guy who wants the best for everybody, the 'Pat O'Brien' kinda guy. And then there's the rough'em-up, hardnosed kinda guy. Well, that doesn't work for Starsky and me. See, we're both hardnosed, Rolly. And we don't like it when people don't give us everything we want.
Starsky: (bangs bar top with a platter) All right, folks, all right! Time we set up some new lines of communication here. Now, you all know me an' Hutch. That's Hutch over there. And you all know we're cops. And we know you know. And we know that you don't like us. But, gang, that's the way it is. So, all day long, everybody's been lookin' at us, like we were Lazurus. The day after. And it's starting to get to us. You follow? So, that's the question...what's so special about two cops patroling the same district they've been patroling for the past three years? Now, somebody in here's got the answer. And that's what we wanna find out. You see, if each one of you would be so good as to write down what you think might be the answer--no names are necessary, 25 words or less will do, neatness and originality will be taken into consideration.
Bar floozy : What's for first prize?
Starsky: A 100,000 units of penicillin, sweetheart. Share it with your friends.
Starsky: You still seeing what's-her-name?
Hutch: Sure. Still seeing what's-her-name. Took her to the whatchamacallit. Gave her my thingamajig.
Starsky: (laughs) I didn't know it was that serious.
This Pilot film was shown five months before the series began. Some sources overlook it and as a result it is sometimes forgotten in some episode listings. It was 90 minutes long.
Michael Lerner returns as informant Fat Rolly in the episode, "Texas Longhorn".
In this Pilot, Captan Dobey is played by Richard Ward. Bernie Hamilton would take over the role for the series. Richard Ward would go on to play another character in the fourth season episode 'Huggy Can't Go Home [a.k.a. Huggy Can't Go Back]'.