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When this episode was originally broadcast, the final scene was a 'cliffhanger' type ending with Starsky & Hutch in the Torino being chased by the bad-guys. A gunshot shatters the back-glass of the Torino, and the scene freeze-frames on our heroes as they are startled by the breaking glass. A voice-over tells us to tune in for the exciting next episode!
At the beginning of the next episode, there is nary a mention of any of this happening, as the boys are doing some goofy 'schtick' about Hutch's silly little car he is temporarily using. They never explain what happened!
The character of Joey Carston in this episode(Mare Winningham) is the same character introduced in the third season episode "The Trap". In that episode Kristi McNichol played the part of "Joey". Ann Prentis reprises her role in "Ninety Pounds of Trouble" as Joey's mother, Mrs. Carston.
There is a take in the episode showing the Red Torino outside Huggy Bear's "The Pits". On the next take we see Huggy bringing hamburgers to the Golden Angel (Steve Oliver), and we also see that Lynn Benesch (Candy Reese) and Hutch are also sitting at the table. Still, there is no sign of Starsky at the scene.
Kate Larrabee is seen to drive a Mercedes, but when it explodes, the car has suddenly become a Mustang!
When Harold the Security Guard races in his patrol car towards the thieves, in the shot looking from behind Harold through the windshield (most probably a body double) he is wearing a Security Guard cap – yet when Harold scrambles out of the patrol car, there is absolutely no sign of such a cap anywhere near him.
When Hutch sits down at the cafeteria table with Melinda and Barbara, he makes a thing of taking his jacket off and flipping his tie over his shoulder to stop it dangling in his food. Yet in following close-up shots of him, his tie is back hanging downwards, and it's position changes back-and-fourth several times until Melinda points out that it's in the way of his meal and he flips it back (again).
Not a blooper as such, but a great moment to look out for: When Starsky and Hutch chase Marsellus Cobb to the apartment block, Starsky (or his stunt double) skids the Torino to a halt, but not before it slams into the curb, shaking the whole car!
In an error similar to that which occurred in the third season episode 'I Love You, Rosey Malone', in a stock-footage shot, Starsky's Torino is shown parked in front of the Police Headquarters, where Hutch is doing some research for the case – yet Starsky is actually elsewhere, so the car wouldn't be parked there!
When Hutch, disguised as a thug, gets a room at the motel, follows owner Ernie upstairs and catches his head on the light, causing his hat to come off, a small hook can quite clearly be seen attached to the light in order to pull the hat off.
While calling for an ambulance, the address of The Pits is given in this episode, as being "1348 6th Street". However, in the third season episode 'Hutchinson: Murder One', Hutch had given it as "13th off Holland". (Despite the different appearance, both exterior and interior, of The Pits this season, there is no real suggestion that it has changed premises).
As Starsky and Hutch are driving around looking for Tony Mariposa's home and the missing Sergeant Lizzie Thorpe, when the Police Dispatcher and Captain Dobey come through on the radio (dubbed on after filming), much of the background noise in the car suddenly disappears – and bursts back in with S & H's dialogue.
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!
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!
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.
This is the second time Sgt. Starsky is shot in the series.
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