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The Torino in this episode has obviously just gotten some quick and dirty body work done on it. The passenger fender is missing the wheel opening trim, and the stripe on this section of the car is very poorly shaped. The shade of piant on the fender clearly does not match with the rerst of the car either.
Also, this car has the cloth front seats from the season-one car(s), while the rear seats are the smooth vinyl seats. Accordingly, David Soul asked to have these seats retro-fitted so he would not so easily slide around on the vinyl seats during spirited driving scenes!
The start of this episode, with Starsky and Hutch pursuing cross-dresser Fireball, is recycled from the first season episode 'The Omaha Tiger'. Different backing music is used, and Starsky's line about wrestling, relevant to that episode, is removed.
In the final scene of this half of the story, when Dr. Stegner is showing the brain-washed Debra the pictures of Hutch, Starsky and Nash on the projector, watch as the shot pans across the room – the projector images are a matte added in post-production, and as the shot pans across, the images don't look quite right; as the shot pans to the right, the edges of the shot supposedly shown on the projector wander back and forth slightly.
A beautiful woman sets-up our heroes by asking Starsky to 'Jump-start' her dead car-battery, which is really a time-bomb intended to kill our favorite cops.
Starsky pulls his car nose-to-nose with hers, and they proceed until Hutch realizes it is a bomb and they run for cover. When the bomb goes off, Starsky's car is engulfed in flames and definately a gone-er! Right before the cars explode, it is in fact NOT a Torino, but an older 60's era Chevy ( possibly the black/green Chevy from the first episode) painted to resemble the Torino that blows up!
Somehow, after being destroyed in a raging inferno, the Torino is back, all spic and span and nice as ever in the very next episode. Starsky must have an awesome bodyshop!
Starsky receives a message to meet Huggy Bear at a bar called 'The Pits', Huggy would take over running this bar in the third season episode "The Collector".
This episode contains the first shot of the exterior of the Venice Place apartment block--Hutch's new digs.
In the previous episode, "The Set-Up", the Gran Torino was wrecked by a bomb; yet in this episode, it is mysteriously back, without any word of explanation given.
When hitman Slater climbs onto the fire-escape to escape Starsky and falls, the close-up shot of him falling backwards from the fire-escape does not tally with the shot of the stunt double falling forward in a dive.
When Hutch's car goes over the embankment, there is a long slow-motion shot of it rolling down the side of the hill. It is very easy to see that this car is not the same car that Hutch was driving before being forced over the cliff. The tail lights are completely different.
It may be just due to the angle of the shots, but at the basketball game when Terry loses her sight and Starsky rushes over to her, the two children sitting behind her on the other side of the bench seem to have disappeared in close-up shots of her.
Very noticeable editing together of different takes when Huggy and Turkey corner thugs Milo and Sugar in the deserted fairground – on the shots / dialogue of the two thugs locked in the cage, there is considerable background noise, but on the shots / dialogue of Huggy and Turkey, there is practically none.
This episode seems to have had some interference on the sound recording, with distracting background noise on the soundtrack of a number of scenes, particularly interior ones, and particularly those set in Huggy and Turkey's office.
Blackie Dammett (Sugar)'s name is mis-spelt 'Dammet' (missing second 't') on the closing credits.
Huggy's racket/running gag: 'Adopt a Rock' – Huggy is selling "pet rocks", one of which he sells to Starsky for $20!
In the scene where Starsky, Hutch, Dobey and Captain Ryan realise who is behind the S&H impostors, on Starksy's line "Oh my God. I just spoke to her and asked her for immunity for Judith Coppet", the dialogue at the end of the sentence, "...for Judith Coppet", is VERY noticeably re-dubbed in post-production; the way the line suddenly cuts from the original recording to the overdub is noticeable even to the most casual of viewer.
(Quite why the end of the line was redone is anyone's guess; probably due to background noise interference).
With the doppelganger Starsky and Hutch driving around in an identical Ford Torino to Starsky's, an extra Torino was needed for the production of this episode (at least three were used during filming the story). But one of the Torinos doesn't quite match the other(s). The most noticeable difference (especially for non-car enthusiasts) is that the back section of the white stripe, which it curves up towards the roof, is angular, not the usual rounded stripe. The extra car is also sitting lower on its suspension than the 'jacked-up' regular version, and instead of the 'Appliance brand' slotted dish rims on the TV car(s), this one has 'Keystone Klassics', a totally different style of wheel. Plus, this car has raised white letter tires, and the regular TV cars were always blackwalls.
The different car (identifiable by the 'angular stripe') can be spotted at various points through the episode; changing to the regular-version Torino and back again between different shots for both Starsky and Hutch, and their impostors' scenes! When (the real) S & H get the call to go the massage parlour it can clearly be seen, and can it again when the fake S & H are getting out of theirs a few minutes later. It's also prominent during the chase at the climax, but again flips back and forth between shots!
It's quite feasible that the fake Starsky and Hutch's car wouldn't be exactly identical to the original, but the fact that the real Starsky's genuine model is also seen to suddenly flip versions is less forgivable!
In the first scene with (the real) Starsky and Hutch in, at the Police station, as they enter the office watch the reflection in the window pane as Hutch pushes open the door – there's a flash of light. A freeze-frame reveals the source to be the reflection of two of the lights used to light the scene.
There must not have been enough mag wheels to 'dress' both Torinos used in this episode. One of them has a standard-issue steel wheel on the front drivers side that has been painted silver to try (not very successfully) to resemble the mags that are normally used. The only problem is that the steel wheel keeps jumping back and forth from the 'real' Torino to the 'fake' Torino for the entire episode!
On Voodoo Island the police chief's office is the same set used for Captain Dobey's office with a little redecoration. The desk is the exactly the same as Dobey's desk even in the same position in the room and there are the 3 doors to the room, two entrances and a closet which on Voodoo Island is disguised with coat hooks on it. They added a ceiling fan for the island look.
The exterior of the bar, The Jungle Room, is used often in the show but the interior and style of restaurant/bar is different. It has been a go go joint, a restaurant and a bar.
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