After Starsky shoots a 16-year-old armed robber, a crazed ex-con vows to kill uniformed policemen until Starsky resigns from the force.

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George Prudholm
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After Starsky shoots a 16-year-old armed robber, a crazed ex-con vows to kill uniformed policemen until Starsky resigns from the force.

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22 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: [Entering his kitchen, where Starsky is sitting on the counter and eating] That's a great breakfast. Root beer and cold pizza.
Det. Dave Starsky: It's the all-American breakfast. Just for the autopsy record, what's that you mash up in there every morning?
Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: [Pouring and sprinkling items into a blender] Goat's milk, a little blackstrap molasses, sea kelp, lecithin, a little desiccated liver; of course, a good sprinkle of it has trace elements and vitamins.
Det. Dave Starsky: Of course.
Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: Y'know, Starsky, you oughta get into something like...
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Intensely personal
8 September 2016 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I don't know if I can keep the review for this episode below the 1,000 word limit because there is so much to say about it, and at the same time, I'm finding it hard to think of the right words that will explain how very good it is. This is definitely one of the best episodes of the entire series, and the story line fits right into what is happening today. Maybe that's why this episode feels so intense and emotional. That, and the excellent job by PMG in conveying all of Starsky's emotions.

We start with Starsky and Hutch chasing some robbers who are running from the scene of their crime. Starsky calls a warning then shoots one of the robbers who is about to lower a gun and shoot at him. Only then do we see that this robber was a 16-year-old boy. Emotions are high and some bystanders say that Starsky shot the kid when the kid was raising his hands in surrender. (Sound familiar?). An inquest is ordered and Starsky's actions are examined to see if he followed procedure or shot the kid without due cause.

It is very interesting how there is not one single mention of the race of Starsky (white cop) and the dead (black) kid. Not one word. I have a theory that in the 70s, we wanted to think we were color-blind, so we pretended we were. We knew we weren't, but I think we thought that if we acted like we were, we would get there eventually. We certainly aren't there yet, though, as this episode could come straight from today''s headlines. (Having seen a script for this episode, there was dialog where people were angry at the death of a "black boy", and the possibility of riots is reported. Perhaps those scenes were considered too explosive- they were cut). This is just an aside, however, because in the show, the kid did have a gun and was going to shoot and Starsky is found to have acted properly. Even the witness against Starsky realizes that he was wrong in saying the boy was surrendering, and the boy's mother admits her son had been running with a bad person who had led her son astray.

The scene of Starsky going to visit the home of the boy and speak to the mother is very, very good. PMG does such a wonderful job with that scene. Starsky slowly and carefully approaches the home. He nods politely, makes eye contact and speaks quietly to the people gathered for the boy's funeral. He conveys sadness and concern but not guilt. He listens, and then he asks for help. It is just so well done by PMG; probably the best scene of the show.

Hutch and Starsky's next task is to track down the other robber who caused the whole situation in the first place. But now we have a new problem. An ex-con who had a grudge against Starsky, and knows the kid who was killed, gets angry that Starsky was not punished for killing the boy, decides to take matters in his own hands, and starts randomly killing cops in revenge. (Sound familiar?). He demands that Starsky resigns from the police force, which Starsky attempts to do. But Dobey won't allow it, so Starsky and Hutch race to find this new criminal before he can kill again. The scenes of Starsky trying to resign and feeling the pressure of being responsible for other cops being killed are again done really well by PMG. DS is also doing a good job in giving us a concerned and supportive Hutch.

The whole episode is put together very well, is very suspenseful and emotional, and just really strong even after forty years. I can't stress enough the marvelous job that both PMG and DS did with their characters in this episode. They really draw you in to these characters' struggles with dealing with all this tragedy and emotional upheaval. These really fine episodes always leave me sad that there weren't more of them, and that they all couldn't have all been like this. When PMG and DS had good stuff to work with, they were amazing.


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