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Captain Dobey... You're Dead!

This is the only episode that features Dobey.  It was good to see his family, but it otherwise doesn't have a lot to offer.   



I haven't seen much series television the past twenty years, but it seems like series stopped using the "used to be my best friend" stereotype to describe a whole lot of guest characters. 

The most puzzling and intriguing part of this episode is the first scene in the squadroom when there's all the talk about "last night", which somehow has something to do with Starsky being left-handed.  (Though Starsky claims that whatever happened, it ticked Hutch off, which Hutch of course denies.)  I can't imagine what occurred.  I mean, what was the viewer supposed to think happened?

Hutch decides that whatever it was that happened, it's important enough to get Starsky a book about living in a right-handed world.  Of course, Starsky pretty much plays along, and even appears to have been reading it when they catch Dobey at the candy machine.  He must not have been traumatized for being left-handed in his youth, since he so easily handles the teasing when Hutch later quips that his family used to sometimes lock a left-handed aunt in the attic.

Speaking of Dobey at the candy machine... I could really do without the way the series makes fun of fat people.  

Nice little tidbit about Hutch's cub scout group having once been on TV.  For that matter, Starsky had mentioned in the earlier "last night" scene that his mother had a 1947 flamingo Studebaker.

It's cute when Dobey is fruitlessly yelling for his kids to come move their bicycles off the front walkway, and Starsky says, "I used to leave my bike out front."  And Dobey replies, "I bet you did." 

A very sweet moment with Hutch and Rosie Dobey on the stairs.  

How come Hutch is putting out a cigarette when they're talking to the guy at White Airport?

How come Hutch always writes down his phone number on a tiny piece of note paper that's easy to lose?  How come they don't have business cards?

The pacing of this episode is kind of strange.  The climatic shootout at the church takes place only three-quarters of the way through.  They later have to deal with the bomb planted at the Dobey home, but since that's diffused via dialogue, there isn't any drama associated with it.  I guess the writer wanted the climax to be Dobey's arrest of Woodfield, but that doesn't make for much drama, either, and the story took some rather mundane steps to get to that point.