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During most night-time shots of the Torino during this episode, the headlights are a little strange. The four-headlight arrangement is common, with the low beams to the outside and the high beams the inner lamps. It is possible to have only the low beams on or both the high and low-beam bulbs on, but never just the high beam bulbs. This episode shows only the inside high-beam bulbs illuminated, unlike any other episode. This is not a factory arrangement.
The 'go-go dancer/ear-blowing' scene is part of the 2nd season opening credits.
Ramon Bieri (Bo Rile) and Doodles Weaver (Eddie Hoyle) arrive at the paint factory. We see Eddie Hoyle dressed all in brown (pants and jacket). Bo knocks Eddie down and when Bo is tugging Konig's wallet in the pants pocket, we see that the color of the pants is not brown but something close to light blue!
The main plot idea for this episode is based on the 1950 film noir classic D.O.A. This movie was remade in 1988, starring Dennis Quaid, and some scenes are quite similar to S&H.
In the original script, the scene at the desk, right after they learn they have no more leads to follow, was more gut wrenching. Starsky even asks Hutch if he wants his car and then says "there are some other things at home too".
Running gag: Fake business cards that Starsky and Hutch keep printing up, with Captain Dobey's extension number on them.
This is the first time that we see Starsky's home in the series. Also, Starsky's sweater jacket from the pilot appears for the third time.
The early script title of this episode, and that of Sharman in the story, was 'Jennifer', but the name was changed for a more distinctive one.
Huggy's racket: selling glow-in-the-dark crucifixes.
Running gag: Starsky complaining about Hutch's beaten up car, and the horn blaring every time the driver's door is opened.
In the shooting scene, Starsky and Hutch climb over boat skeletons and structures; they exchange shots with Dombarris. When they finally shoot him down, Starksy appears inexplicably with his sunglasses on!
The 'basement explosion' scene is part of the 2nd Season opening credits.
Huggy's racket: "Rodent Downs" – mouse racing! (Seen again in the second season episode "Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back Into Your Hearts".)
All of the shots of Fireball's car during the opening chase scenes are of him driving a car that appears to be an early sixties Chevy. (Maybe the same car used in 'Savage Sunday') However, whenever a close-up of Fireball is shown through the windshield, he is clearly driving a Torino, obvious because of the upholstery. It might even be a 'Starsky' Torino, filmed in such a way as to hide the red paint and other too-obvious things about the car!
The whole opening sequence of this story, of Starsky and Hutch chasing the bizarrely dressed Fireball, is recycled in the second season episode 'The Psychic'.
The 'Starsky slowly cruising the street in the Gran Torino while Hutch walks along side' scene is part of the 2nd season opening credits.
Running gag: Starsky is hungry, but–on the verge of eating an extravagant meal–continually gets called away as he's about to eat.
During the chase for the jewelry robber, the Gran Torino has the Mars siren light attached to the roof. In closer takes, there is no sign of the light on the roof of the car.
Nitpick: In one scene, just as Starsky has prepared a large snack, he and Hutch are called away; Captain Dobey does not let him take the food with him, saying that he knows it's against the rule of eating on duty. Yet the duo are seen eating on duty in 99% of the other episodes!
Running gag: Starsky has toothache, but refuses to go to the dentist.
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