Starsky And Hutch

Season 3 Episode 7

The Crying Child

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 22, 1977 on ABC
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The Crying Child
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A school teacher, fearing loosing her job if her concerns are unfounded, asks Starsky and Hutch to look into a suspected case of child abuse surrounding a continually bruised six-year-old boy in her class. The pair are drawn into a disturbing case of domestic violence, but they most prove their concerns if they are to save the young boy from further abuse...moreless

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    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

    Dee Wallace (II)

    Dee Wallace (II)

    Carol Wade [as Dee Wallace]

    Guest Star

    Linda Dano

    Linda Dano

    Janet Mayer

    Guest Star

    Rosalind Cash

    Rosalind Cash

    Sergeant Sheila Peterson

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The colour of Hutch's jeans changes back and fourth during several stages of this episode.
        He is mostly seen to have a dark blue pair of jeans on. But firstly, when the pair leave the school from talking to Carol and head to they Mayer's, in the shot of the Torino pulling up in the drive-way and them getting out, Hutch (or quite possibly, his double) seems to be wearing light blue jeans. When they are at the door of the house, he's back to having darker blue jeans on.
        But much more noticeably, when soon after the pair go back to the school, his jeans are suddenly a much paler blue. When they go to the truck garage to find Eddie Mayer, they're back to the darker shade once again.

      • The whole first few minutes of this episode, of the pair looking for "Uncle Elmo's Toy-shop" that Starsky remembers from his childhood, and ending up stopping an armed hold-up in a laundrette, is recycled from the second season episode 'Nightmare'.

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      • This story was one of several episodes from popular TV shows of the era to highlight child abuse – an issue that was still largely unacknowledged at that time. Another example is 'The Incredible Hulk's second season (originally produced for the first season) episode 'A Child In Need' (1978), which also deals with a similar case of child battering. This episodes also typifies 'Starsky & Hutch's move to more "everyday social issues" with the third season - a change of tone that had a mixed response from fans.

      • Nancy McKeon (Guy's sister Vikki) went on to star as Jo Polnechek from the second season onwards of the popular sitcom The Facts Of Life (1979-1988). Meeno Peluce (Guy) was a child actor appearing in many popular shows of the late '70s to early '80s.

      • Dee Wallace (school teacher Carol Wade) went on to star in Steven Spielberg's classic 'E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial' (1982).

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