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The episode that validates that Starsky would prefer to play most of the time, leaving Hutch in a parental role. 

The opening sequence, which is re-used for "The Crying Child", has the guys apparently in a neighborhood that Starsky grew up in, which Starsky is annoyed to realize had changed quite a bit.  He comes out of a shop and says, "That guy says he's been here for twenty-one years."  So, that suggests that Starsky hasn't been in this particular area for twenty-one years.  In the series, he's supposed to be what?  Early thirties?  (I think that's what the official novelizations said.)  Let's say thirty-two.  Twenty-one years ago would put him at a eleven.  So, he has moved away from New York by that age, which doesn't fit with him having gone to junior high with Sharman Crane from "Running" (which strongly suggested -- though didn't outright say -- was back in New York, since Sharman was a New York model).   Plus, later in "Targets", I think he mentions that he knew Alison when he was nine, and that was definitely back in New York.

One way to tie the New York/California question together would be to say that Starsky perhaps spent summers with his uncle in California, which someone mentioned to me a while back.  But that's an awfully long ways for a small child to travel on a regular basis.  

Anyway, when Hutch mentions going to the toy store "by Lisa's place", Starsky doesn't like that idea at all, likening it to "stabbing my own mother in the back".  He wants to be loyal about who he gives his business to, and that's Uncle Elmo.

Of course, after they check out the laundry robbery, and Starsky undresses at Hutch's command, it turns out that Uncle Elmo now runs a porn store.  

So, after the laundry mat thing, they end up at the toy store by Lisa's place.  Starsky tries to defend his playing with the train set in that he's looking for a present for Lisa's birthday, but the kid's he's talking to doesn't buy it, and seems to know that Starsky is more interested in it for his own amusement.  That prompts the boy's mother to give Starsky a dirty look, lol  Then Hutch comes along and says, "Having problems, little boy?"  Ahhh.    

I think the actress that plays Lisa is really terrific in this.  As is her mother.  

For some reason, the DVDs cut the scene of Starsky and Hutch seeing Lisa and her mother, Mitzi, in the hospital.

There's some cute banter at the beginning of the "birthday party" scene, with Hutch correcting Starsky a lot, lol.  

Poor Lisa.  I don't blame her one bit for not wanting to grow up, and not wanting to be beautiful, after what happened.

Hutch really is the parent in this.  Starsky is more wanting to be upbeat and playful with Lisa, while Hutch is the one who is tender and nurturing.   (In fact, in seeing how nurturing Hutch is toward Lisa in many scenes, it's makes me wonder all the more why, in "Little Girl Lost", he let the much younger Molly cry alone in his bedroom, without going to comfort her.)

The next day, while looking at the dog in the window of the pet shop Huggy is at, Hutch teases, "He looks like you."  Starsky has a great comeback when he says, "Better me than you."  

When they catch Mousy on the roof, I can't understand a word he's babbling, except the important point at the end of his spiel that Manning is going to kill Lisa, so she can't identify them.  

The relationship between Lisa and her mother is really something beautiful to watch. 

When Manning is trying to kill Lisa, and the Torino comes to a screeching halt out front, it runs into the curb rather powerfully.  That was said to be PMG trying to "destroy" the Torino because he hated it so much.  

After the botched court hearing, I think Starsky is being quite sincere when he tells the traumatized Lisa that, "Sometimes, I wish I could be ten again."  With Hutch, he can be at times.  
He mentions playing "doodle time" in the backyard.  That suggests that he was living in an actual house, rather than an apartment.  

Anyway, he has a great line when he tells Lisa that he hasn't seen Peter Pan, whom only children can see, "in a long time... until I met you."

If the judge decided to dismiss the charges, I don't know why that would mean there's "an open season" on Lisa's life.  Seems like the bad guys wouldn't need to worry about her, if there isn't going to be a trial.  

The loan shark, Al Martin, comes off as an unexpectedly powerful character.  And then there's the D.A.  

The tag is to die for.  The two kids, Lisa and Starsky, playing with the puppy and the train, and the two parents, Mitzi and Hutch, watching over them.  Mitzi asks Hutch, "What mommy wouldn't love a child that never grows up?"  Hutch prompts, "How about two children?"  She says, "He's all yours."  Wow.

Apparently, they never explained how come the guys know Mitzi and Lisa.  I thought it was explained at one point that her deceased husband, Frank, was a cop.  But I didn't come across it here.  


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Nov. 21st, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Starsky undresses at Hutch's command, Who wouldn't?

The part where Hutch doesn't comfort Molly in her room... Well my opinion is that Lisa is mentally challenged and Hutch sees an need to help and she was also raped, that is very disturbing and Lisa has a lot for her mind to wrap around. Now Molly wants to seem tough and in control so the only time she can let loose is when she is alone and she thinks no one can see or hear. When my dad died when I was eleven, I did the very same thing. I acted like I had it under control. I hated when people would hug me and ask me how I was because it made it hard for me to look ok. But when I thought I was alone, I would cry and write in my journal and then, I would go out into the world and say, I am ok, I am big, I can handle this. I think Hutch knew that. His heart was breaking listening to her cry, but he let her do it, relieve some of her pent up sadness. If he would have gone in there she would have put on that shield, that tough Pete mask and not let him comfort her. He did it by taking her in and being more of a father then her father had ever been. Letting her grieve was the best thing he could have done. He is a good dad!
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
The reasoning I have between the way Hutch acts with Lisa and with Molly, is that Lisa and her mom are friends with Starsky and Hutch, so there are less legal boundaries to consider. He knows how he can act with her, and the mom obviously doesn't mind cuddling and close interaction with the guys. With Molly, she is a strange child, as in the first time he's met her, under his protection in his home and the state's. It could be construed as wrong if he comforts her in a bed. And she could well say that he did things to her. Who knows how a grieving child would act or what she might say! It could also be partly the fact that she does act tough and he thinks crying the grief out will help her, but I think the way it makes Hutch feel and the fact that he took her in, he would at least have gone in and asked if she was okay if he thought it was ethical.
Nov. 21st, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
I agree with your evaluation too, remember when Joey got a crush on Starsky because he paid a lot of attention to her and got jealous when she thought he was with another woman. If Hutch had gone in and Molly had gotten a crush on him and then he didn't react in the same way she could have gotten mad and gotten him in a lot of trouble or it could have gotten all mixed up in her head. Lots of things could have happened, so he was smart to stay out and give us that beautiful angsty cap.
Nov. 21st, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
And we wouldn't change that angsty moment for anything. He so wants to comfort and has to hold back. Poor Hutch.
Nov. 21st, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
This i one I can't watch again. I have a handicapped sister. Like many things on TV some things look better if you don't really know about the subject.
Lisa being left alone and walking alone so much aren't realistic for a careful, responsible parent who realistically deals with this level of disability.
The statement at the end about wanting a child forever would be a slap in the face to many such parents. It's a throwaway soundbite joke and not a realistic statement IMO.
When my sis was a baby she grew very slowly and was weak and not a rambunctious child at all. Even just a commercial where they said "Don't you wish they'd stay little forever?" was enough to break my mom's heart a little every time. Because she knew my sister never would grow up.
Anyway I know they tried but for me this is a bloody awful episode: watching the victimization of a girl like my sister combined with lots of ignorance. :( My least favorite episode.
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