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Huggy Can't Go Back

When you think about it, it's kind of odd that, first, Huggy only had two episodes that focused on him and, second, neither of them were love stories.

At least this episode suggests that Huggy actually has some kind of personal life.  We really haven't ever seen that before, now that the series is winding down.

Starsky gets "hot off the press" sweet rolls and shoves the bag at Hutch in the Torino.  The rolls are so hot that Hutch can't hang onto them, and Starsky scolds him.  Then, when they come to the scene of the murdered guy (at the hands of the guys who robbed the poker game), the first cop on the scene says to Hutch, "Cream cheese, huh?"  Hutch is looking at the body, and says, "More like Swiss."  The cop says, "No, I mean on your 'stache."  lol.  Not sure when Hutch had a chance to take a bite while they were enroute with a flashing siren, but there is definitely a white substance on his mustache.

Meanwhile, Starsky is interviewing the 10yo newspaper boy, who was a witness.  It's quite disturbing that the boy sees a future for himself as a pimp, because that's the only thing he can envision with "a future".

After J.T., the gambling ring leader, denies everything, but suggests they talk to his "old protege", Starsky shows up at the Pits to see Huggy, saying, "Hutch is putting gas in the car."  This might be the only scene where there's just one of them, and an explanation is given as to why the other isn't there.  It's rather refreshing.  But then, Hutch does appear later, and tells Starsky, "You've got to change the plugs."  There's something sweetly domestic about that exchange.

After the uncomfortable interview with a clearly sidestepping Huggy, Starsky muses that, "Huggy has never lied to us before."  I guess we can forgive them for forgetting that, three years ago, they pretty much said the same thing in "Kill Huggy Bear" -- another situation where Huggy was trying to protect a friend on the wrong side of the law.  (I find it much more palatable that Huggy is life-long friends with someone like J.T., than the Dewey from "Kill Huggy Bear", who thinks nothing of robbing a liquor store at gunpoint.)

We get more back story on Huggy, in the scene where he goes to see J.T., than we got on Starsky or Hutch in the entire series.

It is rather odd that everybody makes such a big deal out of "Huggy coming home", like he lives far away.  But this episode should be in the same precinct as the Pits, since Starsky and Hutch operate in both areas.  I mean, I know "coming home" speaks more to economics than physical distance, but still....

Another thing that's odd is that while Starsky and Hutch are working separate but in communication, with Starsky driving around and Hutch in in the squadroom, that Starsky comes off as just a tad bossy, in terms of being the one to make the decisions, and Hutch doesn't care or seem to notice.  In fact, later when they're tailing Huggy in Hutch's car, Starsky is being an annoying backseat driver when he's muttering, "bust it, bust it", when the light turns yellow on them.  Later still, he continues to tell Hutch how to drive.  And Hutch puts up with it!  I would have smacked Starsky a while back, or told him to get out and walk.

I love the shot from the back of the Torino, looking out the windshield, when Starsky drives up to Hutch's parked car, where Hutch is sitting on the hood, waiting.

I wonder if the later "Twin Peaks" series borrowed from this episode, people being intent on watching a soap opera on TV.

Speaking of bossiness, Dobey is unusually authoritative in this episode when he screams and yells at Starsky and Hutch in his office about their going easy on Huggy.  In fact, he's the one who figures out the case, by pointing out that J.T. "won't forget" about his money being stolen.

In the tag, we find out that J.T. got his money back.  But how did that happen?  In the climatic scene, was Huggy able to grab the money from the dead guy, and slip out without Starsky and Hutch ever knowing he was there?  That seems unlikely, since they'd just entered the building and knew he was there, though they were only calling for him and hadn't seen him.  One could say that they turned a blind eye and allowed Huggy to take the money back to J.T., but then the tag wouldn't make sense, since Starsky and Hutch were wondering how J.T. came up with enough money to buy a dry cleaning store.  Plus, such behavior on their part would minimize Dobey's emphatic lecture to them about how they'd better damn well do their jobs and not go soft on Huggy, just because he was a friend.

I was enjoying Huggy's relationship with Cora, until the tag, where he said he'd decided not to marry her as a young man, because he correctly figured that she'd turn out fat, just like her mother.  Gosh, how charming.


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Feb. 24th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
One thing I always notice about this episode is the music. David Soul, being a music guy, directed this one without usual S&H score of transitional music. The tone is set by different music in the background.
Feb. 24th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
They were bagels.
Feb. 24th, 2013 09:36 am (UTC)
I find the young boys career choice very sad as well, but those were the times I guess.

And the fat girl reference gets my heckles up every time it rears it's head. But again, in those days no-one really wanted to admit to being a chubby chaser. It was all about the pretty, slim girls.
Feb. 24th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
I have to confess that I was a little like Huggy, that I looked for skinny guys to date because I was always thick and struggled with my weight so I was always trying to mix my genes with skinny genes so that my kids might have a change a slimmer legs or stuff. Bad me! (it worked in two out of the three).
Also, when my husband was teaching at an inner city Jr High there was on kid that would come with a wad of money and tell my hubby that he was a pimp, and he was building his stable. He'd say easy money!
Feb. 24th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
I admit that I went for the lean or solidly built (like DS), muscly, pretty boys. I was a fat school kid, but a skinny, body building, vain, late teens to mid twenties woman. Even now, when I can't get that type of man, I still lust after them.

Where I grew up, most boys expected to be miners, until the ooal mines were closed and they had to think of something else.
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