Starsky And Hutch

Season 1 Episode 15

The Hostages

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 07, 1976 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • 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'.

  • Allusions