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Strange Justice

One of the more intense episodes in a while.



The differences between Starsky and Hutch are distinct at the beginning and the end.  Here, at the beginning, Hutch is in a prolonged tither because he got a parking ticket from the meter maid Dee O'Reilly.  Starsky is completely calm and takes Hutch's tither fit in stride, however much he might disagree with it.  Granted, if it had bee his car he wouldn't have been so calm about it, but I don't think he would be huffing and puffing to near the degree that Hutch is.

The rape sequence and aftermath is pretty heavy.  I mean, really, who could blame Detective Slate for shooting the suspect?  Especially when the suspect taunted, "You must be the proud father."  

What a difficult scenario, considering that, in one moment, Starsky is comforting the rapist, and in the next is rolling his eyes at the IA guy, Myerson, in Dobey's office.  It's quite a situation for divided loyalties, to what is legally just and what some might consider morally just.  

At the sorority house, Cassie is quite a handful, with all her philosophies about a male dominated society.  She picks up a magazine and asks, "Are they selling a product, or are they selling white slavery?"  Hutch sounds an awfully lot like DS when he replies, "I really don't know.  It was on your table."  That's a "gotcha" moment.  

Slate is quite the loving father.  It's too bad that his focus is on getting Biggs, rather than helping his daughter get better.  Revenge might soothe his ego, but I doubt it's going to do anything for her -- especially when he's surely going to end up in prison.  

We do get a brief comic break when, at Starsky's apartment, Hutch opens his beer can and sprays Slate with it.  Unfortunately, Slate is in no mood to be amused, and is the only one talking about how the bad guys always get off, and Biggs surely will, too.  Starsky letting it roll off is pretty much in character, but it's interesting that Hutch also doesn't seem to have anything to say.  I wish we could have seen their conversation after Slate left.

Slate does have an effect, because Starsky and Hutch both are a bit riled when speaking to the DA the next day, and worried about Biggs being able to work a plea deal.  Both guys are unhappy, but Hutch is the one more animated -- to the point of getting the DA to reconsider.  

He's still riled when they leave the building and meter maid Dee O'Reilly is putting another ticket on his car, lol.  Starsky isn't at all sympathetic -- in fact, is giving O'Reilly the once over -- and ends the confrontation with a kiss on the cheek.  Hutch then babbles to Starsky, as they're preparing to leave, though I don't know what his argument about paying taxes and "I got insurance rates up to here" has to do with a parking ticket.  Hutch ends his tirade with, "Get that smirk off your face."  lol.

The snitch Cobbs, a Vietnam vet and an addict, is rather likable.  He's got a great line when Slate asks him, "What happened to you?", and he shoots back, "What happened to you?"

After the climatic shootout, when Slate tricks an officer into killing Biggs, Hutch is so outraged and fed up, because, "Revenge doesn't have anything to do with murder.  Never did."   Since Hutch is emoting for both of them (and pretty much has throughout the episode), Starsky is very quiet and calm.  But I also think that Starsky has a much more, "It is what it is" view of the world.  Whereas, Hutch wants to insist that people are supposed to behave a certain way, and he gets flustered and frustrated, to varying degrees, when they don't.

The tag is cute, with the IA captain talking about complaints against Hutch.  Starsky refers to having Hutch "on a close leash", and Hutch asks, indignant, " a leash?" lol.  Hutch gets all riled again, and ends up telling Starsky that, "In this world -- this harassed world -- you can be thankful for one thing:  That you are not me."  There, Hutch pretty much says it himself.  This is a harassed world and he has trouble navigating it at times, suggesting he isn't a particularly happy person.  Whereas, Starsky deals more with how things are, rather than how he wishes them to be, and makes the best of the whole "parking ticket" situation, that being that he has a date with meter maid O'Reilly.  lol.