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Survival

This episode is directed by DS; yet, it might as well be a showcase of PMG at his most brilliant.




Thanks to a wonderfully generous fan, I now have all the DVDs and don't have to worry about playing them on my archaic equipment.  Hee!   I've been wanting to do "Survival", but after that, I'm going to start at the beginning and catch all the episodes I haven't talked about yet.  

As they're arriving at the supply window, I think Hutch has a point when he suggests that Starsky's jealous that Hutch is the one going undercover.  That's probably true, since it's surely hardest being the one having to hang back and watch the other go into danger.  

It's such a nice shot of Hutch adjusting his mirror, and seeing the Torino pull up.

I'm not sure that Hutch's "New York" accent is all that convincing, but Humphries probably doesn't care since, for some unknown reason, he decides to off Scanlon, anyway.  (How much sense does it make to kill your buyer?)

It's a sweet scene back at the station, and Starsky eating so avidly with his leg propped on the table, and Hutch nursing a headache.  It does make one perk up when Hutch mentions Starsky's autopsy.  Surely, he hopes that Starsky dies peacefully and won't ever need one, but I have a feeling that, at this stage in their lives, they're both resigned to going out in their prime.  

Hutch is wearing a watch while making dinner.  I didn't think he started wearing a watch until fourth season.

If Hutch offers to have Starsky meet with Lou Scobie, then he has no reason to think that Scobie has any trouble with Starsky.  So, it seems like Hutch would find it odd that Scobie mentions that he doesn't trust Starsky.  It's been mentioned before that they each have their own snitches, probably going back to their days in uniform, though that is less and less true as time goes on.

Also, Scobie must not know Starsky very well, if he thinks getting paid handsomely is worth setting Hutch up.

In any case, since Hutch didn't seem to think it would be an imposition to send Starsky on an errand to meet with Scobie, it seems it would be equally easy for him to dial Starsky and just let him know what he's up to, since they don't normally do cop work alone.  After the hit, I'm sure Hutch is wishing he would have done that.  It would have given Starsky a starting point in where to look.

Hutch's Ford is only a 72 or 73?  That would make it only about four years old at the time of the episode.  It's sure been beat up a lot in that period of time, lol.

One word on the car wreck: seatbelts.

One has to wonder why Dobey seems so unconcerned that Hutch doesn't show up for work.  One would think he'd be angry.  Anyway, it's sweet that he accuses Starsky of being "a mother hen", and does take Starsky seriously when he says, "Something's wrong.  I can feel it."

I'm not any kind of medical person, but I would think that if Hutch is trapped in such a way that he can't move from beneath the car, that surely whatever pressure on his leg was keeping him trapped would also cut off the circulation to such an extent (even if very gradually), that I don't see how he could have not lost his leg after he's rescued.  I can't imagine how the car could be sitting on him in such a way that he could both be trapped, and yet not have the circulation cut off.  For that matter, it looks like the car is resting high up on his thigh, but in the tag, his cast isn't that extensive.

But while medical stuff is commonly inaccurate, this episode really does stretch belief for other reasons.

Sonny McPhearson would be easier to swallow, if he wasn't the only loon around.  He doesn't seem to be listening at all when Hutch mentions Starsky, but apparently he was, since he went to the police station looking for Starsky.  I also wonder why no one at the hospital wondered where he was, when he's out so late.  I mean, he rides his bicycle back to the hospital in the dark?  Maybe he has his own place, but that's a scary thought, too.  But at least he makes for a lovely scene toward the end.  

Hutch does quickly see what Sonny is and tries to play along.  You know the poor guy has to have felt such a sense of despair when he realized he wasn't being rescued.  (I remember as a viewer seeing this for the first time, and that despair was quite poignant.)

I just love how Starsky doesn't care that the elevator is full of people when he discusses Hutch's disappearance with Humphries and Balford.  

I love Starsky's reaction when Huggy quietly tells him about the hit, and that "it may have already happened".  He's trying so hard to be calm and think of what to do next, but you know he's wrestling with the idea that Hutch might already be dead.  A brilliant moment from PMG.  

But nothing is more brilliant than his scene with Carla Iverson.  Oh, my gosh.  Nobody ignores such an intense, gotta-save-my-partner Starsky.  He's at his most dangerous when Hutch is threatened.  He violates personal space and comes on so strong, yet in such a quiet way.   A worst enemy and the most absolute best of friends.  And who can ever forget the calm, passionate, "Someone very, very, very close to me...."     *deep breath*

Bobby Marsh and his mother are the most realistic guest characters in the episode.

The teenage boys.  I can't handle them.  They seem so unbelievable to me.  I mean, for the viewer, Hutch looks dead.  But the boys later tell Harry that Hutch is "very much alive".  There's nothing in the scene that indicates that.   Even if they're sort of bad boys, surely they would think it somewhat glorious to be the reason for a cool rescue.  But, no, they just calmly steal Hutch's credit cards and go on their way.  That's too over-the-top for me.

Starsky going to see Sonny.  Another stroke of PMG brilliance.  He's trying so hard to be calm and play along with Sonny, but he's just bursting with a "hurry up" undercurrent.  (And he's looking awfully pretty for surely having not slept for a couple of days.)

When a fan friend and I used to watch when Starsky reaches Hutch, she'd make noises of vertebrae cracking when Starsky sort of lifts Hutch's head.  The rule is that you never move a victim.  The viewer knows that Hutch has been able to move around, but Starsky doesn't.  Anyway, it's too bad that Hutch was found at the very end, and there's no time left for pet-and-cuddle.  I do hope that, while en route,  Starsky thought far enough ahead to call for an ambulance.  Otherwise, he's going to have to go back up that hill to call it in, and leave Hutch alone.

The tag is sweet, especially when Hutch begins a sentence with, "You know I love you..."