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The Vampire

After some 35 years, there's still little about this episode that makes sense.

For starters, Dobey calls a public phone at the restaurant Huggy is temporarily managing to find Starsky and Hutch.  How did he know they were at the Play Pen?  And how would he know the number to call of the nearest pay phone?

Starsky pretty much plays the fool throughout the episode, while Hutch is the smug, superior one.

Starsky is consistent in this episode in that he's the one more prone to believe in supernatural and other things that most would call bizarre, while Hutch is highly skeptical.  Which, in turn, makes the episode "The Psychic" so puzzling in that their belief roles are reversed.

The "garlic" scene is the treat of the episode.  Starsky is so serious about it, Hutch is so amused and eager to violate Starsky's personal space, and yet it's sweet that Starsky was thinking about Hutch and got garlic for him, too.

The scene with Guybo serves little purpose beyond enforcing Starsky's so-serious belief and Hutch's skepticism. It is a great moment when Hutch scares Starsky with the devil's mask (or whatever it is).  In fact, Starsky's surprise is so sincere that one has to wonder if PMG didn't know Hutch was going to sneak up on him with the mask.

So, was Nadasy a real vampire or not?  That question is never answered.  Surely the viewer wasn't expected to believe that he was, but why was he able to make that 25-foot leap?  For that matter, what was the purpose of murdering the girls?  (Other than giving the network a Halloween episode to air the night before Halloween.)

In all those pictures in Slade's apartment of his satanic rituals, why was there a picture of the painting of Nadasy's wife?

The tag is mildly cute, with Starsky, of course, being most eager to impress Hutch at playing vampire.