Starsky And Hutch

Season 1 Episode 15

The Hostages

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 07, 1976 on ABC
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When Starsky offers for himself and Hutch to check on a waitress's missing friend, they find the man dead, leading them to stumble across a plot to rob an armoured car by a gang that are holding the driver's pregnant wife hostage, forcing the driver to go along with the plan...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

    Antonio Fargas

    Antonio Fargas

    "Huggy Bear" Brown

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • In this episode, we hear, almost in a throw-away line, that Huggy Bear has given up his restaurant business. From this point on, we usually see Huggy in a different job or racket each episode (here he is selling motorised children's dolls on the street), until mid-third season, where we see him opening new bar "The Pits" in The Collector.

      • Sub-plot (running gag through-out the episode): Starsky's interest in horoscopes.

      • Huggy's racket: Selling "Dingle Dolls" – motorised toys.

      • It is illegal for anyone, including a police officer to posses or use a silencer! So how is it that Starsky 'just happens' to be prepared with one to shoot out the tire on the armored car? [Editor note: According to the California Penal Code sec. 53a-211 part b: "(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons, firms, corporations or museums licensed or otherwise permitted by federal or state law to possess, control or own sawed-off shotguns or silencers." Whether or not the provision applies to a police officer in the performance of his duty is unknown by me. If anyone has additional information, do please submit it.]

      • When Starsky and Hutch go to see 'Madam Yram' the medium, the shot of Starsky's car parked outside the house is a stock shot taken from a few episodes earlier, in Terror On The Docks.

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    • NOTES (3)

      • During the fight scene at the end of this episode it is clearly obvious when Starsky's stunt man (Chuck Picerni) is on screen.

      • In the United Kingdom, a 1984 repeat of this episode was the series' most watched episode of that year, clocking up 9.1 million viewers when it was shown on Tuesday 2nd August, 9:55 p.m., BBC 1.

      • Nellie Bellflower makes her first appearance as Sweet Alice, a southern-accented prostitute with a lust for Hutch. She is seen again later in the season, in 'A Coffin For Starsky'.

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