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  • Season 3 Episode 21: Partners

  • Pleasingly, the actors seen in the flashback sections are credited under 'Memory Sequences Guest Stars' on the closing credits of this episode, and in order of appearance at that (in many a "clip show", performers seen in flashbacks are usually uncredited). However, there are two discrepancies – Macon McCalman (Officer Glassman) from the first season's 'The Fix' is uncredited, even though he features prominently in that flashback; and Burr De Benning is credited as Jensen, from the second season's feature-length / two-part 'Murder At Sea' – yet he is not seen in the flashback footage from that episode!

  • Starsky has a plaster to the left of his forehead, yet when the Doctor and Nurse lower Hutch into his hospital bed and leave the room, in two shots of Starsky looking over at him, the plaster has suddenly jumped to being on the right! (These shots were actually reversed "back-to-front" – originally he was filmed looking the other way, and they were flipped to make it seem that he was looking across at Hutch).

  • Nit-pick: Hutch tells Starsky off for running a red light while in pursuit – since when has it been illegal for the Police to do this?!

  • Much of the footage used in the chase between the Torino and the Mustang is recycled from earlier in the season, in 'The Heroes' (adding even further to the low budget needs of this episode!). You can also see a third person in the back of the car.

  • Plot nit-pick: When the duo give chase in the lead up to the accident, Starsky doesn't really seem to be driving any more dangerously than on most other occasions we see them in action! Hutch scolds Starsky for the reckless driving as if to inform us, the viewer, that Starsky is driving unusually dangerously!

  • Season 3 Episode 20: Foxy Lady

  • A glaring blooper, one of the biggest of the entire series: After the shooting at the start of the story, when Starsky and Hutch take Lisa back to Police Headquarters, Hutch is wearing his light tan brown jacket. But when he goes over to the water-cooler to get a drink, Captain Dobey comes over and talks to him, and as Hutch looks up, his jacket has suddenly, magically changed into his much darker brown, high collared one!

  • Season 3 Episode 19: Hutchinson: Murder One (a...

  • When Starsky races to Hutch's apartment after Vanessa's murder, the sound effect of the Torino racing along and screeching to a halt seems to cut out far too suddenly to be convincing – the noise was most likely added in post-production.

  • Hutch was mentioned to have a former wife back in the Pilot. However, there, her name was given as Nancy, not Vanessa as it is in this episode.

  • Season 3 Episode 16: The Trap

  • 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.

  • Season 3 Episode 15: A Body Worth Guarding

  • When Starsky arrives at the apartment and Hutch and the dancer are asleep on the couch, Hutch buttons his shirt and partially tucks it in. In the shot in the apartment as Hutch is opening the door his shirt is buttoned correctly. When the shot switches to the hall with Starsky as the door opens Hutch's shirt is buttoned wrong. The shot switches back inside and the shirt is buttoned right again.

  • Footage mismatch: At the very beginning of the story, in the stock footage of the Torino driving along, Hutch (or more likely, Hutch's double) can clearly be seen through the passenger's window to be wearing a yellowy-brown coloured jacket; But when we see him inside the car, Hutch is wearing a black leather jacket.

  • Season 3 Episode 11: The Collector

  • When Starsky and Hutch are outside Annie's yard near the climax of the story, it's evident that the two alternating angled shots of them are edited together from two separately filmed takes – on all of the shots looking from Hutch at Starsky, there is a background whistling noise that noticeably disappears each time the shot cuts back to Hutch.

  • (Disputable) blooper: Starsky and Hutch leave Headquarters to go to Annie's, but when they arrive at Annie's, they are wearing in completely different clothes! Of course, it's possible that they might have got changed at the Station, but as they were in a hurry as to catch Cunningham / Gallagher, it's very unlikely that they would've done so.

  • Season 3 Episode 10: The Plague (2)

  • When Starsky and Hutch are chashing Callendar you can see there is no body in the car with them. When Starsky loses Callendar and the camera pans from one side the other you can see somebody sitting in the back set behind Hutch in the side mirror of the car on the left side of the screen on the bottom.

  • As with Part I, the usual 'Guest Starring' caption is missing before the guest cast billings.

  • Season 3 Episode 9: The Plague (1)

  • When the Torino is chasing Callendar's car, right as he sees the truck pulling out, you can see the Torino has a smashed back fender and side damage. This is seen before the Torino near-miss with the truck.

  • Possible blooper: When Starsky and Hutch pursue Callendar's car, the back left-side light on the Torino gets smashed. It's not quite clear exactly when this happens – the car swerves to avoid a truck pulling out, and it could be presumed to happen then. In which case, in the shot of the Torino narrowly missing the truck, the light can be seen to already be smashed before the car comes anywhere near the truck!
    However, just before the shot of the Torino just missing the truck, during the shot of Starsky turning the steering-wheel, there is a smashing sound, maybe suggesting that maybe the light was broken then.

  • On the closing credits, the usual 'Guest Starring' caption is missing before the guest cast billings. It is also missing on Part II of the story.

  • Season 3 Episode 8: The Heroes

  • Running gag: Starsky is trying to talk Hutch into jointly buying a house–-but all the properties they look at leave much to be desired.

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for men, facing danger, buddies and gal pals, for the nostalgic, good vs. evil