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Little Girl Lost

I'm not sure how my local station jumped from "Las Vegas Strangler" yesterday to the middle of the season today, but I'll go with it, since I haven't seen this in a while.

I'm totally with Hutch on the "euphoric sentimentalism" thing.  Long ago, for most Americans, Christmas became commercialism in the phoney guise of religion.  I pretty much detest the holiday season.

For Starsky's part, nothing is more exciting than the idea of getting presents... no matter what religion it's for.  Really, when two guys spend that much time together, it's hard to know how they can dream up anything interesting to get each other.  Starsky decides Hutch has gotten him a sweater -- why can't he just buy his own sweater?

What's with the crowd outside the store where Molly shoplifts?  I don't undertand what all those people are all riled about.

Hutch is the one with the tender heart toward Molly, but Starsky is the one who wants to be playful, and seems more on her level.  So, maybe it's like Hutch is more the parent, and Starsky is more the older sibling or "Uncle Starsky" type.  

In any case, it puzzles me that, when Molly is crying on Hutch's bed, Hutch doesn't go to her.  I know she likes to be tough and all that, and nothing he can say will make it better.  Still, I bet if he'd put his arms around her, she would have given in and cried on his shoulder.  

It's nice how the breakfast scene has two tie-ins to the first season -- the reappearance of Kiko, and the reminder that Hutch drinks a special blended concoction for breakfast.  Wish we would have had more of the everyday domestic scenes at either of the guys' apartments.

I love Hutch's dry humor in Dobey's office, when he says he saw Dobey in the hall, and everybody rushes out, but he then tells Starsky, "he was headed down".  Starsky then says that Hutch "has a cruel streak".  Yes, he does, and he enjoys baiting Starsky, who is usually quite willing to be the butt of a joke. 

They sure buried Molly's father awfully fast, if she's wishing she could have put flowers on his grave, the day after he was killed.   

I just love that scene where they're coming out of the store where they bought Molly the jacket, and Starsky's making the marching noises, and Hutch growls at him to stop, and Starsky keeps doing it, anyway, lol.  Starsky is such a rebel against "authority".

Not much interesting going on when all the focus shifts to the diamonds.  (The bar owner takes a swing at Starsky and Hutch with a big wooden baton thing.  He's really going to assault two cops and think he's going to get away with it?)  

It's a nice thought that Molly is going to end up living with Kiko and his mother.  It's too bad the series never drops in on them later.  

The ant farm and plant were actually pretty creative gits for Hutch.  Of course, Hutch demonstrates that he does indeed have a cruel streak, when he goes to the trouble of getting Starsky a gag gift.  But Starsky really can't be that surprised.

It's interesting that, considering Starsky wanted to believe the envelope contained the location of the new caboose for his train set, and we see his interest in model trains in "Nightmare"... one has to wonder where he keeps his train set.  His apartment isn't that big, and we've certainly never seen it there. Though we have seen a model ship in "Fatal Charm".  Anyway, it does seem like the kind of hobby he could keep himself entertained with, when he's alone.  In fact, I can see him, a lot of the time, preferring the company of his trains to one night stands, when he's not with Hutch.