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Bust Amboy

This is one of the great "nothing special happens" episodes, because the day-to-day working life stuff is so giddily fun.   




At the beginning, it's Interesting that Starsky decides Hutch is the one who gets the carry the flowers.  After all, he makes a point of saying, "They're heavy."  Then he suggests that Hutch ought to smell them "to camaflouge our actions".  Hutch obeys and has to hold back a sneeze.   Then when Starsky obeys Hutch's order to take care of Goose, the chauffer driver, Starsky gets slugged.  In short, they don't do real well when they take orders from each other.  

Hutch seems to like driving Starsky's car.  He doesn't even complain about it.  

Amboy is well played.  He's a great cross between sophistication and pure sleeze.  

Oh, my gosh.  The mexican food stand scene.  Starsky is, for some reason, overflowing with agitation and hostility, and comes off very forceful and demanding toward Hutch.  Yet, all that energy is also making him quite passionate, not only about how much he loves the place, even with the icky fly strips hanging around, but also in how he unsuccessfully attempts to manhandle and control Hutch.   Keeping the balance of their relationship, Hutch is therefore automatically ultra calm and cool.        

And then, as they approach their horn-blowing car, Starsky is babbling relentlessly about how he was buying lunch, it was "my treat", etc.  I mean, honestly, it sounds like he's confessing he was trying to seduce Hutch by paying for his lunch and so forth,and he's really pissed off that he's been interrupted by the annoying car horn.  

Don't they eat lunch together at least five days a week?  So, why does Starsky feel it's a big deal that he was going to pay?  It almost sounds like Hutch normally pays, and so Starsky was planning to go through this big seduction that includes actually paying a few dollars on Hutch's behalf.

Oh, those guys.  

Then we have the scene where Amboy invites them to his office and tries to woo them with food.  (Interesting that Starsky was trying to do the same thing with Hutch just before they arrived, icky fly strips and all.)  Here, we see Hutch's "breeding", Starsky's lack of such, and they fall somewhat into a parent-child relationship, with Hutch cheerfully trying to tell Starsky how to behave.

It really is great that they manage to enjoy themselves so much, all the while knowing that they're going to turn Amboy down.  

At Huggy's, we learn from Starsky that Hutch used to be an intercollegiate dart champion.  

The scene at Andre's restaurant is just more of Starsky and Hutch having a whole lot of fun at Amboy's expense.

Oh, my God.  The stakeout scene.  Who's idea was that?  It's one of those, "I can't believe they actually aired this" moments.  It doesn't do anything to move along the plot, but we get this delicious choreography of the guys cramped together in the Torino.  The most incredible thing about it is, it doesn't occur to either Starsky or Hutch that, once they decide to trade places, it would be easier to just open the door, get out, and get back in the opposite seat.  But noooo, that would deny them an opportunity to slide against each other.  So, instead, they crawl over the top of the seats in that little car -- at the same time.

Of course, it starts with Starsky sleeping in the tiny backseat, with his foot completely violating Hutch's personal space in front, since it's draped over Hutch's shoulder.  Hutch tries to rouse Starsky, who mutters, "I told you, not tonight -- I have a headache."  LOL!   And then there's all the grunting and groaning while they sliiiide over the seats, with Hutch's face about a half inch from Starsky's rear, and finally they get settled.   Hutch can't go to sleep without first scolding Starsky about his posture.   Starsky isn't as accommodating about Hutch's big foot being draped over his shoulder, so pushes it aside.  

It is sweet, the next morning, when Hutch is trying to crawl into the front seat with the car moving, and Starsky sort of helps him get settled with his free hand. 

But then Hutch has to get hostile and yell at Starsky to stop the car when they're following Squire Fox -- which Starsky eventually obeys, if only because Hutch is yelling louder and louder.  

The scene with the London newpaper is so funny -- for no particular reason -- that it's easy to overlook how contrived and inaccurate it is.

And then we have the guys hiding in the bushes at Amboy's, talking on their radios (which is reminiscent of the rainy night scene in the pilot).  They don't have much to say to each other that helps the plot.  Starsky insists that Hutch talk to him because "I'm lonely", and then there's Hutch being harrassed by a bee, which eventually "makes any inquiry", much to the pain of Hutch's bee-hind.  

Not much particularly intriguing the rest of the episode.  It is sweet in the tag when Starsky offers to treat Hutch to the candy machine for "whatever your heart desires", but then names a limit of thirty-five cents.