Due to threats on her life, Starsky and Hutch are assigned to protect a visiting Russian ballerina. Hutch, a big fan, is impressed by her talent, but disappointed with her bristling personality as they get off on the wrong foot.

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Due to threats on her life, Starsky and Hutch are assigned to protect a visiting Russian ballerina. Hutch, a big fan, is impressed by her talent, but disappointed with her bristling personality as they get off on the wrong foot.

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25 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Huggy Bear: You look weird.
Det. Dave Starsky: What do you mean?
Huggy Bear: A little lopsided. I know! A Starsky without a Hutch is like a pig without the pork. How is the Police Department's number one beach boy?
Det. Dave Starsky: Guarding a dancer's body and liking it less than spit.
Huggy Bear: You're crude, do you know that?
Det. Dave Starsky: So I've been told.
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I Wish I Was
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Written by David Soul and Rick Edelstein
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Silly romance
2 August 2016 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Sooooo, here we go with another quickie romance for one of our heroes. This time it's Hutch who has to fall for a woman he's going to know for about 48 hours. First he has to clash with her, then make up and romance her while protecting her life, and finally part ways when she returns to her homeland. That's a lot to fit into 50 minutes, and also catch the bad guys, too. Not unexpectedly, it doesn't work very well and makes for an unfulfilling episode.

I have to compare and contrast this episode with the previous "I Love You, Rosie Malone" episode, which was a similar situation for Starsky, but I actually liked that one. The story was more complex and the dialog was smart. And PMG was able to convince me that he was totally in love with this woman he had just met. This episode, on the other hand, didn't have either good dialog or a smart, interesting plot. It's the same old story of protecting the girl from unknown assailants. What's more, DS overplays all of Hutch's emotions to near comic level. Hutch starts out SO excited to meet the ballerina, and then he is SO annoyed at her attitude, and then he is SO surprised when she starts to like him, then he's SO in love with her. All in less than 24 hours. It's really pretty silly, like a bad romance novel, complete with a pretty awful song, sung by Hutch to his new love (the tune was OK, but the lyrics were dumb). The curious part is that the director is the same for both shows, so why does the romance for Starsky seem to work so much better than this one? And why does PMG get to play his part with real feeling and DS has to play-act his role? Maybe this story seemed so lame that no one tried or cared. In case I haven't been clear, there really wasn't much to like about this episode.

The ups and downs of this show just don't seem to make any sense. I can't remember any other show that had this much trouble finding its sense of self. It desperately needed someone who could sort through and identify the working good stuff and the stupid bad stuff and bring in some consistency and balance. I guess no one wanted that job.


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