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Pariah

A dang good episode for lots of reasons.  




Interesting that Hutch's date, Molly, knocks on the door to the bathroom and waits to be invited in.  What, after sharing intimate body parts during the night, they're now bashful around each other?

I just love how Starsky treats Hutch's home as his own.  It's so adorable.

Molly tells Starsky that he "left the party early last night".  So, now we have another party.  Those guys were sure into socializing with various people in the first season.  Interesting how that went away as time went on.  

Molly pretending to get the guys mixed up, and saying, "It's Starsky who's the one that's dynamite", gives fodder for the idea that the guys were dating from the same pool of stewardesses.  Kathy's role in third season "Fatal Charm" strongly indicates that such stewardesses were sleeping with both.  

I love the scene in Dobey's office after the shooting, especially after Starsky and Hutch are left alone and have that extended silence.  When Starsky changes chairs, he lets his guard down and reveals how much it bothers him that he killed a 16yo, despite having no other choice.  I love that moment of genuineness - -and most especially that he shares it with Hutch.  

Then there's the courthouse and the tie wiggle that Hutch gives Starsky.  That little gesture says so much, as indicated by Starsky's warm smile.  (If this weren't such a serious scene, it would be tempting to speculate about other types of symbolism that the tie wiggle represented.)

The real good guy in this episode is the witness, Tidings.  That took some real courage for him to change his original statement on the witness stand, and admit he's not sure that Lonnie was trying to surrender, with Lonnie's mother right there.

At the Pits,  I love how Hutch reaches over to rub Starsky's leg, when Starsky isn't amused by Huggy saying, "You white folks all look alike."

It's quite a compelling scene when Starsky goes to the wake for Lonnie Craig.  Not only because of how Starsky handles it, as well as Mrs. Craig, but how Hutch stands back and watches.  That's what Hutch does best in this episode -- stand back and be quietly supportive, and only interfere when he feels it's necessary.  

Of course, the partial hug when Starsky returns to Hutch is such a stunning visual.  One just doesn't expect that from a macho cop show.  

I love how, after they've lost Tremaine, Hutch looks at Starsky's watch to see what time it is.

I always wonder why they didn't put a false story in the paper about Starsky resigning.  It could have bought them more time.  

For that matter, I'd have think that the other cops getting riled was more for colorful storytelling.  Seems to me that cops would be more likely to band together.  After all, it's not like Starsky did anything wrong.  The situation could have happened to any of them.  

The interrogation of Tremaine is such a powerful scene.  Good acting by all parties.  Love the brief belly touch that Hutch gives Starsky in passing.  And then, of course, Hutch holding Starsky back from attacking Tremaine, and that incredible eye contact.  


Interesting that, when they're in Dobey's office listening to the tape over and over, the cans on Dobey's desk looks like they're having beers with their lunch.  

When Hutch explains to Dobey about his idea of who it is, while Starsky gets on the phone, he refers to, "Our first assignment out of uniform", which makes it sound like they were in blue together.  Yet, all future references to being in uniform revolve around just one of them (Hutch in all cases, I think.)  Plus, they're referencing back to a case two years ago.  So, they've been detectives for just two years?  That falls in line with their ages, but next season it's stated that they've been partnered for seven years.  Therefore, that would have to include some four years in blue together.  Yet, again, later references to "when I was in blue" (always spoken by Hutch) are without the other.  ???

Of course, the problem with the climax is that there's no way Prudholm can set up a murder of a family, while also meeting with Starsky at the old zoo.  So, there's no reason for other cops to stay away.  (Unless killing a family was already set into motion, which would mean it wouldn't be prevented by catching Prudholm.  But he hadn't done anything about killing a family, at that point.)  Still, it makes for some nice, wonderful, longing looks from Hutch, when he has to be left behind.  

The collar really isn't very satisfying, knowing that Prudholm is going to show up later in "Starsky's Lady".  I really don't think Starsky would have shot him, if Hutch hadn't been there.  I think Starsky was just wanting him to feel helpless and afraid.  

After such an intense episode, where Starsky and Hutch were so involved together, the whole point of the tag seems to be, "These guys are really heterosexuals -- just in case you weren't sure."