Two thugs rape and assault a mentally challenged teen-aged girl. Bad news for them: Lisa is a friend of Starsky & Hutch's, who will now stop at nothing to see them put behind bars.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas John Manning
Zachary Lewis ...
Robert Emmet 'Mousy' Loomis
Karen Morrow ...
Mitzi Graham
David Knapp ...
Asst. D.A Jason Sims
Lisa Graham
Al Martin
Jerome Guardino ...
McDevlin, Bus Driver
Jim Gruzalski ...
District Attorney
Julienne Wells ...
DA's Secretary (as Julian Wells)
Ray Underwood ...
Neil O'Neill ...


Two thugs rape and assault a mentally challenged teen-aged girl. Bad news for them: Lisa is a friend of Starsky & Hutch's, who will now stop at nothing to see them put behind bars.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery




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28 November 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The first 5 minutes of 'The Nightmare' (Season 2 Episode 11) is exactly the same as that of 'The Crying Child' (Season 3 Episode 7). They both start with Starsky looking for Uncle Elmo's toy store with Hutch, then getting a report of a robbery at a laundromat. Hutch gets Starsky's clothes, goes into the laundromat, and Starsky bursts in and they arrest the robbers. After that, the episodes go in different directions. See more »

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Memorable episode..
21 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a tragic episode, although it is actually one of the better and less silly of the S&H episodes as it presents many issues, although with a satisfying ending.. A sweet little mentally challenged girl (marvelously played by Diana Scarwid)is sexually assaulted by a low life thug (with his partner as lookout) in a vacant bus as she is on her way to the library. Innocent and trusting as most of these precious children are, she is conned into boarding the wrong bus. Our detective heroes (and Captain Dolby)are also friends of her family and are determined to put these two thugs behind bars, just as the DA appointed lawyer is just as determined to keep them free. The little girl wonders if she was attacked for being pretty, and sweetly asks Hutch to beat them and beat them when he finds them, to which Hutch explains that, although he would like to, he is a policeman. But no one wants to bail out these two degenerates and they are forced to seek the services of a tough loan shark named Al Martin (well played by Carl Weathers). But with S&H on their trail, they are unable to raise the money to payback their benefactor, so he beats the rapist to a pulp and the perp tells the hospital that it was S&H that did it, in order to get them off his back.(This is somewhat of a twist off a similar situation from the movie,"Dirty Harry." Also, this scene is coincidentally an answer (or prophecy)to little Lisa's earlier request of seeing her attacker get beaten, so there is some closure here for the audience.) In the end the two thugs eventually get the book thrown at them, and the heartless attorney representing them also gets his comeuppance for this and evidently other breaches.

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