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The Fix

In an early posts back on February 27th, I talked about what this episode meant to me personally.  This time around, I'm looking at it more for its place in canon and the history of their relationship.

First, I have to get this off my chest:  Forest says Jeanie is "special".  Why?  There's plenty of beautiful, bland-faced bimbos from that era, willing to be anything a man wants to mold them into.  There must be a whole back story for there to be something "unique" about her.

More cherishing of dimes in this early episode.  I guess dimes are the keys to vending machines and pay telephones.  And nothing is more important than snacks and being able to call somebody.

I really could do without Starsky's line about Hutch not going to his mother's house without his gun.  Why would Hutch have such a dependency on his weapon in day-to-day life?  I'd prefer to believe that it was just Starsky's way of getting Dobey's attention.  

The most profound scene, during captivity, is when Jeanie visits Hutch when he's lying on the bed.  That has to be one of DS's most brilliant scenes of his entire career.  (Not that him crawling around the floor and such is in any way lacking.)

After all these years, I still don't understand the scene at the Pits where Huggy says of Jeanie and Hutch, "He cons me into putting her on".  What does "putting her on" mean, exactly?

Huggy also says, "You know Hutch.  Must be some foxy lady."  Insinuating that Hutch sleeps around a lot.  They both seem to do a lot of that, typical of single men, but my guess is that Hutch had more girls in the series than Starsky did.  I find that a more interesting statement about Starsky's character than about Hutch's.  Starsky seems more careful about who he gets close to.

When Starsky wakes up in a chair with a towel over his leg, I wonder what the towel was for.  To catch the vomit?  But later, Huggy tosses the towel to Hutch.  

There's all the emphasis on how bad Starsky looks.  He looks fine to me.  Or maybe it's just in comparison to Hutch.  When one considers that, eg, William Shatner's ego wouldn't let them put as much aging make-up on him in an episode of Star Trek where the characters aged rapidly, it's all the more a credit to DS that he was willing to have himself look so terrible.  Or was it just his inclination to fight the "pretty boy" image?

This episode is pretty bold for reasons beyond the addiction ugliness and intense pet-and-cuddle.  Mickey is such a pathetic alcoholic.  Yet, of all the guest characters, the one that always stands out for me is Monk.  I became a fan of Geoffrey Lewis after this.  

AF apparently catches himself in an almost-blooper.  He starts a sentence with "Mickey", and then corrects it to "Some cat named Mickey".

After all the pet-and-cuddle is over, we still get more of it at the end of the climatic scene.  Now seeing Hutch clutching the wall on the clear DVDs, his fingernails look fine and nicely polished.  For years, I thought his fingernails looked bad, and it somehow had something to do with the addiction or withdrawal.  Really, I thought it was some kind of extra special detail added in.  Now, I realize that's something I made up in my imagination.

I do love how Starsky helps Hutch down from the wall, so bursting with love that he has to hold Hutch one more time.  And this emphasizes one of the things that makes Starsky and Hutch so special -- they weren't afraid to be afraid in each other's presence, which is its own brand of courage.  Hutch clutching the wall, even after the gunfire is over and Starsky is there, is such a beautiful thing.  

I love how, in the tag, Hutch almost falls after throwing Forest onto the hood of the car, and Starsky quickly takes over.  I could have done without the melodramatic conversation between Hutch and Jeanie -- I'm just glad that, after everything that's happened, he now knows in which corner of his world love can be counted upon.  Of course, Starsky's final, "Wanna drive my car?" is a nice little "just want to make it all better" moment.  

For me, in the "real" lives of the characters, this is the event that bonded them to the point of no return.