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The Groupie

Another super silly one.  This one has better moments than "Dandruff".  It's just unfortunate that it doesn't make much sense.

With these two back-to-back episodes, one is tempted to wonder if Starsky and Hutch are so bored with their jobs that they have to invent unnecessarily outrageous characters when going undercover, in order to keep themselves amused.

This episode has a weird title.  It's not until well into the episode that it becomes apparent that "the groupie" the episode is named after is Belinda Williams -- supposedly because she's so crazy about men in uniform.  But she doesn't behave like a silly, juvenile fan until close to the end.  Up until that time, she seems to be a serious representative of swimwear, if a little too eager for an evening's entertainment.

The first scene with Starsky and Hutch is when they're standing unnecessarily close together so they can discuss what to do about Harold.  When that scene is used in music videos, it comes off as quite profound and intimate.  Unfortunately, in the episode, the guys aren't talking about anything important.  It's just yet another excuse to stand as close as possible and breath each other's air.

The great, great scene in this -- and one of the great humor scenes of the entire series -- is "the handshake" in Dobey's office.  They're introduced to the blabbering Mr. Marks, who has a super wimpy handshake, and so Starsky and Hutch decide to do a real man's handshake, and shake each other's hands in quite an emphatic way.  It's so... wow.  

Hutch mentions that he makes $22,000 per year (which isn't much).  I assume Starsky makes the same.

The scene on the street with the FBI agents is just plain bizarre.  It's only purpose is more fodder for Starsky and Hutch to play at being cocky and superior to everybody else

In fact, Starsky and Hutch are so, so cocky as their normal selves (they're awful to Huggy), that if one wants to take a more serious point of view, one can see how they built up to be overly confident in Part 1 of "Targets Without a Badge", believing so much in their own superiority and invincibility, which gets Lionel killed.  

Who was the young long-haired guy at Huggy's that knows Hutch?  Is he supposed to be the same annoying character in "Deckwatch"?  It seems weird that Hutch would be friendly with a young guy like that.

So, the next morning after Hutch's night with Belinda, we get more cockiness as Starsky and Hutch enjoy the heck out of bantering with each other, while driving in the Torino.  Hutch reveals that Belinda is "completely on board" with going along with his undercover act.  It feels like we missed a scene.  I mean, she's now crucial to the episode -- it's even named after her -- and we don't see the conversation about her "joining the posse", as Hutch enjoys telling Starsky.  Despite the banter, that car ride feels rather disconcerting.  I mean, Hutch is letting Starsky know everything that went on last night, because Starsky doesn't know anything.  If they're working together, shouldn't Starsky be a little more immediately in the loop?

The rest of the episode, Belinda turns into a dumb bimbo.  She calls the PD looking for Hutch, and ends up talking to Dobey, referring to Hutch as being the cop "with the scar on his lower back".  For some strange reason, this enrages Dobey, and he's incredibly hostile when talking to Starsky and Hutch later, and references the scar.  I mean, it sounds like Dobey hasn't gotten laid in a long, long time, and he's insanely jealous.

The episode gets even more incredulous when Starsky and Hutch leave Belinda with a gun to hold on the goon.

Perhaps it was inevitable that the guys' cockiness turns on each other, in a manner of speaking.  Even though Hutch doesn't want to date Belinda, there's no doubt in the tag that Starsky scores points when it's revealed that he's going on a date with her.  

I wonder if, when Starsky and Belinda are together, they're going to discuss the scar on Hutch's lower back.