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Losing Streak

This is one of many first season episodes that has a very ordinary plot, but is just so enjoyable to watch because the guys seem to have such a wonderful zest for life -- especially when they're sharing every little moment with each other.

Really, they are just so on and seem to enjoy every moment to its fullest, because it means they get to interact with each other.  It's like every reaction and every line uttered is noteworthy, because they both have so much fun with it, despite the pain Starsky is feeling throughout.

Of course, in the first scene, Hutch loves being a know-it-all.  He has all the answers regarding Starsky's tooth.  And Starsky doesn't mind being lectured to.  Hutch is feeling so comfortable that he's even complimentary of Starsky being right about how good the hamburgers are.  Of course, it's such a great "no personal boundaries" demonstration when Hutch takes Starsky's hamburger out of his hands and helps himself.  **swoon**

I love how Starsky asks Hutch, "What do you want to do now?"  He seems to do that a lot.  I attribute it to him catering to Hutch's need to feel like the boss and the one in control.  It's such a selfless act on his part.

I like most of the auxiliary characters in this.  Vic Rankin is an honest guy who just wants what's rightfully his.  Gil White is a sincere in his bad guyness.  Evelyn Rankin is wonderfully honest in her ordinariness and weary frustration with her husband.  (I love it when women are portrayed as ordinary people, and not artificial, flaming bombshells.)

I'm never sure what to make of the "that's weird" confusion when two older women walk by, all cozy with each other; and the reference to the counterfeit money as "queer", which takes Hutch a half second to realize what was meant.

Amazing that Starsky is so alert all night, and driving, after continually sipping whiskey.

Honestly, I feel Hutch deserved the reprimand from Evelyn, even if a slap was a bit extreme.  (He was the recipient of such, as well, from an angry Nancy in "Terror on the Docks".)  He had no right to judge Evelyn's feelings toward her husband.  I mean, geez, he really expects other relationships to be like his and Starsky's?

I really don't understand why Starsky and Hutch both are so harsh toward Belinda Williams.  You would think they'd be more sympathetic.  What, it's her own fault that she doesn't have a Starsky in her life?  Hutch gave up Jeanie for a fix, so why is it so unforgivable that Belinda gives up Vic for a fix?   

This episode is unusual in that there isn't a single scene of the guys in the squadroom or in Dobey's office.

I figured out why my local station is leap-frogging through so many episodes.  It's also airing them at 4:00AM on weekdays.  I guess they expect the 4:00 AM weekday viewers to be the same ones watching at 1:00 PM on weekends.