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Rosey Malone

So, I watched the Rosey Malone episode the other day on my local channel. 

Some thoughts that always hit my mind about this episode:

1.  Starsky should be feeding Rosey Malone, rather than banging her.  She is so overly skinny that it makes me uncomfortable. 

2.  Duplicated scene:  Starsky wakes up after the first date, and calls Rosey from his bed.  In fourth season "The Game", we get a similar scene when Hutch calls to wake Starsky up and cheerfully go over his "itinerary". 

3.  Duplicated scene:  After Starsky has been made, Hutch comes over to his apartment to give him a pep talk about being a cop, first and foremost.  In fourth season "Blindfold", after Starsky's bullet has blinded Emily Harrison, Hutch comes over to Starsky's apartment to give him a pep talk about being a cop, first and foremost.  Hutch's behavior is similar in both scenes (I checked to see if both episodes had the same writer, but they don't); while Starsky's behavior is quite different.  In Rosey, Starsky is willing to to be bolstered by the pep talk, after having a momentary tantrum, but in "Blindfold", he wants nothing to do with Hutch's good intentions.

5.  The actor that plays Frank Malone is the same one that plays Luke Huntley in "Birds of a Feather" (the older cop that was "the reason Hutch became a cop").  He seems to play both characters as rather unstable.

6.  A weird line about Hutch asking Starsky if he "wants company" for lunch.  Of course, Starsky doesn't because he's got a date with Rosey.  Since the guys seem to eat most lunches together, anyway, it's kind of odd that Hutch asks.

7.  It's always so funny in television how people fall passionately in love after knowing each other for five minutes.  This episode takes place over -- what? -- three days?  Maybe four.  And Starsky is head-over-heels. 

8.  Interesting how Hutch grinds home that Starsky "struck out" when he first tried to get Rosey interested in him, when he was just a guy coming onto a girl.  (Instead of a cop undercover.)  Since Starsky isn't the least bit bothered by Hutch's teasing, I'd have to think he knows Hutch's motivation is to try to get Goodson and Chambers to back off.  (But his ego is greatly bothered by the two "civilian lawyers" thinking that Rosey might go for blonds instead.)

9.  Starsky's intensity and anger in this episode is somewhat puzzling.  (I'm accustomed to seeing him intense when Hutch is needing him -- "The Plague", "Survival" -- but not often under other circumstances.)  He's downright caustic about Goodson and Chambers being "civilians". 

10.  For being lawyers, Goodson and Chambers sure work in a cheap, crummy office.  They barely even have a desk, and hardly any wall hangings.

11.  As much as this episode is a Starsky love story, it's really amazing how much of a good guy Hutch is.  (Actually, not all that amazing for this series.)  Certainly, my favorite line in the whole thing is when Hutch goes on the attack against the lawyers, and when one tries to protest, "We're all on the same side", Starsky does that wonderful gesture of pointing his thumb back at Hutch and saying, "He's the good guy."  Swoon!  And then, of course, before that confrontation, Hutch tells Starsky on the phone, "It's my party", and Starsky doesn't argue.  This is very similar to the end of "Starsky's Lady", where Hutch insists on sitting in front on the motorcycle to crash the barrier to get Prudholm.  (I just love Hutch's unassuming nobility in these situations.)

12.  In the bloopers, there's the scene where Hutch goes to see Rosey (and cries "Where's my partner!"), and in the episode when he goes to Starsky's apartment to get him out of his pout fest, he mentions having been to her shop to see her.  But we never saw that scene, so it was unfortunately cut.

13.  Ah, the male mind.  After all his talk to Goodson and Chambers about being a cop first, when Starsky walks into the squad room after his first date with Rosey, he seems so naively unconcerned about the fact that his feelings for her can't possibly be headed anywhere good.  He doesn't even understand why Hutch is concerned.

14.  It is so refreshing to have a love story where the woman isn't doomed to die.  (Though it was even more refreshing to see Hutch with Anna whatshername later in the third season, when he knew all along it couldn't be permanent.)

15.  I always have to chuckle that, when Starsky and Rosey have a conversation at the park, he starts listing the things he's interested in (so she won't stereotype him), and includes Mozart.  There's no doubt in my mind that Starsky's sudden cultural interests were the scriptwriters trying to appease PMG's complaints that the Starsky character was "clownish". 

16.  Hutch is wearing some unusual khaki-like pants in this episode.  And is further unusual in how he sometimes has his hands shoved into his pockets.  And then he seems to be secretly trying to get a candy bar from the vending machine, and Dobey ends up swiping it from him.

A decent episode for being of the boy-meets-girl variety.  There weren't any real bad guys.  All the people that were doing somewhat bad things (Frank Malone, Goodson and Chambers, Shelby) had some good intentions and weren't blatantly evil.  In fact, now that I think about it, were there even any shots fired?