An armored car driver is forced to collect money for a band of robbers who are holding his pregnant wife hostage. Starsky and Hutch have only a few hours to locate his wife and rescue the driver, as this gang's m.o. is to leave no witnesses alive.
Starsky and Hutch run afoul of federal agent Bettin when his scheme to collar crime kingpin Dombarris puts back on the streets the serial rapist Jojo, a psychopath Starsky and Hutch are determined to put away for good.
Starsky risks his badge to nurse back to health and sobriety a former classmate now an alcoholic fashion model who is also the only person who can describe a homicidal burglar, which is why that killer is determined to see her dead.
A vengeance-seeking fiend injects Starsky with a chemical compound that will kill him in 24 hours, sparking Starsky and Hutch to race against time to track down the criminal and his poison formula so an antidote can be created.
The owners of a seedy bail bonds agency are really extortionists who keep crooks OUT of jail -- for hefty fees. One of their "clients" balks at paying them off any more, pulls a gun on them and tries to exit the office. The female half of the group pulls out her own gun and drills the man through the head. The two of them conspire to keep the dead man "alive" by sending the beefy male half of the team on a crime spree which imitates the modus operandi of the dead criminal.
Starsky and Hutch continue to uncover the clues that will lead them to the Las Vegas Strangler. Hutch helps his troubled friend Jack while Starsky enjoys a brief encounter with a beautiful showgirl with a heartbreaking back story.
In this double episode, after a ship's purser is murdered, Starsky and Hutch pose as onboard entertainment directors Hack & Zack to unravel a mystery involving cocaine, the syndicate, and a homicide witness who may not be who she appears to be. During their travels they contend with the Bayside Singles Club, explosives, Huggerini the Incredible, and a chase with a dune buggy.
When Starsky and Hutch and two other cops are chasing some criminals, a woman is killed in the crossfire. The whole thing is ruled as an accident and the woman's husband doesn't take it well. When the two cops are killed, they suspect the husband. They learn that the man is a government agent who was laid off by his employers.
An investigation of brutal assaults leads Starsky and Hutch to Arty Solkin, a Fagin-like character who seems to be manipulating a troubled teen. When Arty targets Hutch, will his girlfriend, Abigail, be safe?
Molly "Pete" Edwards, a young girl living with her alcoholic, ex-con father, finds herself suddenly orphaned just before Christmas. Will Starsky and Hutch be there to help her when her father's partners in crime come looking for her?