The boys are on a sting operation to try and catch a major drug dealer. While on the case Hutch meets a young lady who he soon discovers has some very strange tendencies.

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The boys are on a sting operation to try and catch a major drug dealer. While on the case Hutch meets a young lady who he soon discovers has some very strange tendencies.

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This episode is practically the same story as the movie in 1971 called," Play Misty For Me". Starring Clint Eastwood and Jessica Walter's. See more »

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Starsky by himself is driving to Hutch's apartment with the police light on the roof, passenger side. See more »

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Forever Diana!
1 March 2015 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Detectives Ken Hutchinson (David Soul) and David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) team with streetwise undercover specialist Officer Linda Baylor (Roz Kelly) to trap a drug kingpin. A minor injury incurred during an unrelated arrest sends Hutch to the hospital where a charming but flighty young nurse Diana (Karen Valentine) develops an infatuation for him whilst treating him.

He likes her...At first. Certainly enough to spend the night with her. Then things get awkward. Then they get weird. Then they become downright chilling. Hutch didn't expect it and I sure didn't either. That is why it works the way it does. It reflects what real-life stalkers (back when it wasn't even part of the societal vernacular) actually do to their victims.

This episode is a little bit out of left field for fans of the series and momentarily disrupts the tight formula they had going. In other words there is an awful lot to like about it not just for audiences but probably for the regular cast and crew. They had an opportunity to add more to what they were doing and they took it.

Starsky and Hutch are still on a criminal case. They still work as hard as ever, still take risks other cops won't and still have cutesy little bromance moments like they do in any other episode. But, seemingly out of the blue, there is a stalker. Not a vindictive criminal they have put away. Just a lonely, disturbed woman who developed an obsession with a guy she met then proceeded to terrorize him in ways a nefarious hoodlum adversary wouldn't think to.

Normally on this show our two bachelor heroes would meet and get acquainted with women in meaningless flings in any given episode. Diana seems like any one of the perky, fun-loving young women these guys ever hooked up with until she doesn't. The abruptness of the revelation of her true nature and intentions hit Hutch and the audience like music stopping. The rhythm is replaced by something else.


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