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The Bounty Hunter

The banter is top-notch in this, while the story line is full of holes.




Lots of healthy eating themes in this, as well as enforcement that Starsky is the one more likely to believe in the absurd.  

We see Abbey back from "The Deadly Imposter", and she's just as into the healthy eating as Hutch.  

One does have to wonder why it's important to Hutch and Abbey to have Starsky over for their "final dinner" before they "plunge into another two-day fast".  I guess they aren't entertainment enough for each other, or are maybe too much alike, and require Starsky's personality as necessary contrast.

Ick.  Hutch kisses Abbey while he's still chewing his food.  

As Abbey walks away, Hutch tells Starsky that "it's technique" -- as though all the health food stuff is his way of keeping in Abbey's good graces.  But we know he was into health food well before now.

Lola shows herself to be an unusually strong, cool, and criminally minded woman for the 70s.

Like so often in the first season, Starsky and Hutch respond to a mere "silent alarm" summons put out by Dispatch.  

Did we miss a scene?  Starsky and Hutch come into the hospital with the wounded officer Jim Nedloe, and reassure his wife that he's going to be fine, and suggests that the woman with her take her "down to intensive care", as though Nedloe has already been processed from the emergency room (even though he was just wheeled in a moment ago).  Dobey appears and asks about Nedloe's condition, and Hutch replies something about Nedloe being "in operating" -- like he's already having surgery.  For that matter, Hutch mysteriously goes over to a payphone after Nedloe is wheeled down the hall, but we never know who he was going to call.  

At least all of Dobey's ranting and raving comes across as genuine.  

At the Jungle Club, we have Starsky blowing in Hutch's ear to take his mind off the woman he's watching, and then giving him a scolding look.  **airy sigh**  

It has never made sense to me that Denise never says anything to Starsky and Hutch about Bo trying to kill her.   Even if they buy the story that Bo was at Denise's apartment, looking for Jerry Konig, what was he doing attacking Jerry (if it had been Jerry), as soon as he walked in the door? Starsky and Hutch ask Denise if she wants to press charges for Bo breaking and entering, which she doesn't.  But why doesn't she say anything about attempted murder?  

God, I love how Hutch takes the apple right out of Starsky's hand, and eats it himself.  And Starsky lets him!  

Bo is such a loser.  He obviously has a thing for Lola, while Lola wants nothing to do with him, and calls him demeaning names.  

When they're back at The Jungle Club, Huggy references that they'd asked him to check into Monty Voorhees "last night", so this is the next night.  Yet, Starsky, at least, is dressed the same (Hutch looks like he changed pants), and in the next scene at the seedy hotel, Hutch is still eating the apple.

Hutch is spending a lot of time watching the blonde dancer again.  It's like the show is trying to make the point that he and Abbey aren't an exclusive item, which is in line with future episodes, when Hutch is seeing other girls, including Gillian.  

At the motel, Monty gets on the switchboard to warn, "Jerry, it's the cops".   He says he hasn't seen Jerry "in months", and even if he's lying, we know Jerry hasn't been around this night, at least, because he's dead.  So, why would Monty think he's in the room?   After Bo gets away, Monty says that "he said he'd kill me if I didn't warn him about the cops".  But that couldn't have been Jerry that threatened him, since he's dead, but Bo.  And even if it was Bo telling Monty that on the phone, acting as Jerry, then the threat doesn't make any sense for guys that Huggy described as "tight" when they were in prison together.  Yet, Starsky and Hutch don't pick up on this at all.  

The motel scenes are also odd in that there's a black and white outside, after the shooting, and there's all sorts of uniformed officers hanging around.  That might make things seem a little more realistic, except none of those cops are doing anything.  


I just love when Eddie gets their names mixed up -- in more ways than one -- and then defends it with, "you two look an awfully lot alike".  There's something very endearing about that statement.  
How strange is it that the prissy fence named Herman is also known as "The Red Baron"?  He also apparently gives them the most important information in the whole episode, since his info sends them to Bo and Lola.  

While meeting with Bo and Lola, we see the same outburst in temper from Hutch, that probably is the reason Starsky cringed in "Terror on the Docks" when he told Hutch what he didn't want to hear (Billy perhaps being the murderer of Ted Banks).  I love how, in this episode, Starsky keeps the balance in the partnership by being ultra calm, while Hutch is riled to the point of violence.  

This all leads to that fantastic line and gesture when they leave the bond office, and Starsky says in a heavy accent, "Do you have any idea how beautiful your eyes become when you're angry?"   It's a great "I love you" moment.  And all the better that Starsky feels that Hutch needs to hear such right then.  

When Jerry Konig's body is found, it's a nice tidbit that it was accidentally discovered, due to firemen getting a stray cat out of the ventilator.  But if the building is abandoned, then who called the fire department about the stray cat?  

The actress that plays Lola is really good.  It's a great scene when she gets rattled, and tries not to show it, after Starsky and Hutch reveal that they've found Konig's body. 

In the tag, it's so cute that Starsky is going on that Hutch promised him "steak and potatoes", and he gets a weird salad, and Hutch has to caution, "Don't hurt her feelings."  So, it's all Abbey's doing that Starsky didn't get what he was promised; ie, Hutch would have fed him steak and potatoes.   Apparently, the mumbo-jumbo of the subsequent conversation is that Abbey and Hutch are going to fuck a lot during their 48-hour fast, and that's why they need all this nutrition -- in fact, Hutch wants Starsky's dessert.  Yet, despite what is generally a private thing between two people, Starsky mutters, "Just stay where I can keep an eye on you."  So, either the tag is more of the convoluted plot, or else it's just really, really strange, lol.  

Plus, it enforces the sense that Hutch isn't really in love with Abbey or anything -- he's just playing and wanting to cater to her wishes, so he can get laid.  He calls it "technique".