A go-go dancer is discovered murdered and bound with television antenna wire. She was a former policewoman and girlfriend of Starsky's, which sparks him and Hutch to tap several eccentric informants for a lead on the crazed killer.

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James March Wrightwood
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Dr. Melford (as Quinn Redeker)
Timothy Blake ...
Cindy
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Polly the Snitch (as Elisha Cook)
Tony Ballen ...
Wally
Ed Bakey ...
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Rudy Solenko
Gene Borkan ...
Harvey Ritlin
Richard Karron ...
John Slow
Arthur Adams ...
Dr. Cabe
Brian Baker ...
Marty
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A go-go dancer is discovered murdered and bound with television antenna wire. She was a former policewoman and girlfriend of Starsky's, which sparks him and Hutch to tap several eccentric informants for a lead on the crazed killer.

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12 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Det. Dave Starsky: Hey, I'm a cop, not a vigilante. And especially because this was Helen, what will go down will be the most professional homicide investigation ever conducted by this department. I'm going to walk that guy into a court, and a judge is going to imprison or institutionalize him for the rest of his life. So help me, God.
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The right touch
11 August 2016 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

It almost makes me sad to see an episode like this one that works so well, because it makes me wonder why the series couldn't have stayed at this level for its entire run. There is nothing fancy about this particular episode, but it just lets PMG and DS do their stuff and be these cops, and it all just flows effortlessly.

To me, this episode is reminiscent of the pilot. Starsky and Hutch start out looking for the killer of a go-go dancer and are going in one direction, until the evidence leads them on a new path. Just when they think they have the answer, things change direction again and the case is still not wrapped up; there is more to discover.

The dead woman is also a former girlfriend of Starsky's, and he must sort through a lot of emotions and "what ifs" during the search for her killer. I thought that was done well in the script and by PMG; it could have been overdone and very melodramatic, but it was mostly handled in a quiet, introspective kind of way. DS makes Hutch the perfect supportive friend for a shaken Starsky.

Starsky is almost a little too understanding when he finally discovers the identity of the woman's killer. We are confronted with that common scenario of the 70s; an emotionally damaged person not responsible for his actions. But even so, the episode just seems to come together as Starsky and Hutch follow their instincts and do what they do best. They can't right every wrong, but that doesn't mean they can't try.

And Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul are at their best when they let these characters work like this. They were totally in the groove on this one. I have not yet figured out what sometimes moves them out of the pocket and into la-la land. But when they are on, they are darn near perfect.


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