Starsky And Hutch

Season 3 Episode 16

The Trap

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 01, 1978 on ABC
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A trip to buy Starsky's expensive new watch ends in chaos as the duo try to catch a tearaway tomboy shoplifter. Soon after, they respond to a call from Huggy after some thugs smashed up his bar demanding information about Hutch – and unbeknown to any of them, the pair are being guided into a carefully laid ambush at a desolate farm, in a trap set by a ruthless criminal with an old score to settle with Hutch. Worse still, Joey, the young shoplifting girl, has stowed away in Starsky's car, and ends up trapped with the Detective duo in a barn that will soon be set ablaze...moreless

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  • Starsky and Hutch are lured to a farm by an old enemy with a score to settle against Hutch.

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    After Starsky and Hutch go shopping for a new watch for Starsky they encounter a young female shoplifter. They take the girl home and are unnoticeably followed by three guys in a van. After the thugs attack Huggy Bear to lure out the guys the thugs get into the torino and switch cb radios. After Starsky and Hutch give chase to the thugs van they are lured out onto a farm by the fake radio where they are shot at. At the farm Hutch finds out who is after him and also the young girl shoplifter hides in Starsky car and is trapped with them. If Hutch does not give up in two hours

    the barn will be set ablaze and the three will be killed.moreless
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

Kristy McNichol

Kristy McNichol

Joey Carston

Guest Star

Bill McKinney

Bill McKinney

Johnny Bagley

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Pat Morita

Pat Morita

Jewellery Store Clerk

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the second time Sgt. Starsky is shot in the series.

    • Unusually for the series, shots of Starsky and Hutch in the Torino use rear projection (i.e. film played on a screen behind the non-moving Torino in a studio), looking noticeably more 'fake' than the show's common practice of filming the car "live" on the street as it is towed by the film crew, which looks very realistic. The interior of the barn is also quite noticeably a studio set, not looking altogether realistic and not matching the exterior shots of the barn. A number of fans noticed the difference in such qualities in this episode and feel it mars enjoyment of the story somewhat.

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    • Before Pat Morita takes the "Yamamoto Reflex" out of the box, you can see the brand "Citizen" on it.

    • Pat Morita (Jewellery Store) played Matsuo Takahashi, better known as Arnold, owner of Arnold's restaurant in classic sit-com 'Happy Days' (seasons 3, 11, and odd episodes in between), and went on to star as wise old mentor Mr. Miyagi in hit movie 'The Karate Kid' (1984) and it's sequels.

    • Unusually for the series, shots of Starsky and Hutch in the Torino use rear projection (i.e. film played on a screen behind the non-moving Torino in a studio), looking noticeably more 'fake' than the show's common practice of filming the car "live" on the street as it is towed by the film crew, which looks very realistic.
      The interior of the barn is also quite noticeably a studio set, not looking altogether realistic and not matching the exterior shots of the barn. A number of fans noticed the difference in such qualities in this episode and feel it mars enjoyment of the story somewhat.

    • Child actress Kristy McNichol's character in this episode, Joey Carston, is very similar to another character she previously played in the second season episode 'Little Girl Lost', also a "tomboy shop-lifter" – so much so that the more casual viewer could be forgiven for mistaking the two characters as one and the same! (McNichol also had another small part - also very tomboy-ish! - in the first season episode 'The Hostages'.)McNichol returns as Joey, as does Joey's mother (Ann Prentiss) in the fourth season episode 'Ninety Pounds of Trouble'.

    • Running gag: Starsky's fancy new watch (the "Yamamoto Reflex"); and tomboy Joey's crush on Starsky.

    • Huggy Bear is seen with a moustache for the first time in this episode. (He had a light moustache in the odd second season episode, but not as prominent as here). This moustache would remain until the end of the series.

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