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Death Notice

Not the most interesting or deep of episodes, but it does sort of set the stage for the banter between the guys that becomes the most familiar.




Starsky mentions that, "Anybody can take off their clothes.  My aunt does it every night."  Since Starsky was trying to make a point, it seems like it would be more poignant to say his mother, rather than his aunt.  But I guess "mother" might be treading too close to sacred territory when used in the same context as nudity.  Still, Starsky talks like he only has one aunt, and whether he has just one or has more, I'd have to think he was referring to the specific aunt that raised him in southern California (the one married to his Uncle Al).  Presumably, she would be like a mother figure to him, in a lot of ways.  

Still, it could be that Starsky was just being a wise-ass, and he didn't have any particular relative in mind when he made the comment.  

In the dressing room, Hutch seems a bit uncomfortable, while Starsky isn't.  Yet, jump to the season two opener, "Las Vegas Strangler", and Hutch seems indifferent (as I recall), while Vicki notes that Starsky is "blushing" in the dressing room.  

In the pilot, there is reference to Starsky's "reputation with the women", as though he's the real playboy between the two.  But as early as "The Fix", Huggy mentions to Starsky, "We both know Hutch and women", as though Hutch is the playboy.  Without applying the theme episode-by-episode, my impression has always been that Starsky is more deliberate about who he wants, while Hutch tends to get caught up in situations with girls that he wasn't consciously looking for.  Plus, prostitutes zero in on Hutch -- because he's more their type, I guess.  

It's too bad that Ginger got killed early.  She's very likable.  Whereas, Kathi is a quite the bad actress.  And a pawn for her boyfriend.

The gem of the episode is when the guys go exploring around the rooftop.  The first time I ever saw this as a teenager, I remember loving that part so much.  Starsky drops right into a sense of play, and Hutch goes right along with the mood.  Usually, it's Hutch that gets Starsky's goat, but Starsky is the one that pulls the "heads or tails" trick, without being honest about it.  They just glow with love for each other, despite being otherwise oh-so-serious about doing their jobs.
 
There's more blatant play when they test the phone thing, and confuse Dobey about which one of them is calling him.

Anton is another very likable character.  It feels so genuine when he's trying to explain his side with English as his second language.  

The plot feels pretty weak, with the original cause of the murders having happened before the episode began, and off camera.  

Therefore, the tag feels rather profound, by comparison.  As in, "Whoa!  Some rather heavy emotional stuff for a tough-guy cop show."  I don't think there's very many of the genre that would be ballsy enough to speak of "the love for good friends".  Starsky and Hutch aren't the least bit shy about thoroughly enjoying each other's company and singing together.  In fact, the other members of the party are paired heterosexually, leaving Starsky and Hutch paired up with each other.  And that wonderful toast... wow.  

Apparently, in those days, they liked socializing with others.  We later see another party at Hutch's cottage, in "The Deadly Imposter".   But as time goes on, Starsky and Hutch seem to be more and more dependent upon each other's company -- and sometimes only each other's company -- for their play time, as well as their work time.