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Savage Sunday

I hardly even think of this as being a S&H episode, since it's so lightweight, and the characterizations are pretty thin, at this early point.




In fact, having just watched the pilot, where the guys are uncomfortably ultra hard-nosed, "Savage Sunday" seems downright saccharine in comparison.   The plot is sort of adorable, which is why it feels so weird for this series.

It is pretty cute with Hutch reading the comics to Starsky, and then rather ironic when he commiserates that Starsky would probably rather be "poolside with a blond(e) lovely".  

It sounds weird with Hutch always calling Starsky "Starsky", rather than shortening it to the more intimate "Starsk".

Lots of screaming tires.

Too much time spent on guest characters.  

The whole scene with Hutch getting Starsky to listen to the witness repeat his story, just so Hutch can say that he doesn't have a pencil, is a bit much.  But then, Starsky shoplifts at the liquor store, via helping himself to a snack without paying for it.

I think the bad guys might be gay.  They call each other "babe" and other endearments.  Plus, one of them used to be married to the Suzanne Somers character, and (as she later explains) wasn't interested in her.  Whereas, Starsky and Hutch are just now taking baby steps at violating each other's personal space.  

In "Las Vegas Strangler" and "Little Girl Lost" Starsky tells Hutch that he's mean.  Hutch demonstrates his mean streak this early on.  He buys his and Starsky's lunch, and then dumps Starsky's lunch into the trash with the rationale that Starsky can't eat while he's driving.  That explanation, of course, really has nothing to do with why he dumps Starsky's lunch.  Starsky just accepts this mistreatment with mild whining, as he continues to do throughout the series.

The basketball game is well done.  It's quite profound that Starsky and Hutch have such excessive confidence in their ability to play together that they're willing to pay and get no information if they lose.

At the bookie joint, Starsky hands the guy a business card with his number on it.  How come, in subsequent episodes, Hutch is always writing down their phone number on little slips of paper to give to people?

The gem of this episode is the scene with Suzanne Somers, lol.

Hutch isn't just mean to Starsky.  He pulls the non-working radio stunt with Dobey, though I don't know why.

Was I daydreaming when they went from Dobey saying he didn't want to announce the rigged car on the radio and create a panic, when in the next scene it's on the radio?

After all the talk about how the slightest jolt could affect the timer, Starsky sure jolts the car around plenty in trying to get it out of the parking garage.

In the tag, Starsky is actually wearing a *bowtie*, and he can't get rid of it fast enough, once the councilman leaves.