A pair of small-time crooks steal a car not knowing it has a bomb in its trunk set to detonate at five o'clock. Starsky and Hutch have to do detective work on a deadline, locate the car, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Walsh ...
Wilbur Sloane
Bob Delegall ...
Gregg Morton
Henny Wilson
Sarah Wilson
Ray Vitte ...
T.J. Castronovo ...
Marty (as Tom Castronova)
Dick Wesson ...
Sally Ann Sloane
Erik Kilpatrick ...
Huey (as Eric Kilpatrick)
Dave Shelley ...
Geoffrey Mills
Louis James Oliver ...


A pair of small-time crooks steal a car not knowing it has a bomb in its trunk set to detonate at five o'clock. Starsky and Hutch have to do detective work on a deadline, locate the car, collar the crooks and beat the clock before it blows. Written by Gary R. Peterson

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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10 September 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When the radio announces the bomb in the car (in the parking garage), the announcer calls the 1963 Chevrolet sedan a "1973". See more »


Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard
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There might be a bomb
24 July 2016 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

As the very first episode of the series, this story seemed a little off. In the context of our day, planning to place a car bomb in a government building to draw attention to an injustice is not a slight matter. I guess there was supposed to be some humor and incredulity in a couple of innocent and harmless-looking old folks who come up with such a plan.

Starsky and Hutch tap their sources for information and try to track down the car thieves who drove off with the bomb unknowingly. They ultimately succeed with moments to spare.

There is nothing that stands out very much in this episode. Already I notice that not much care is taken to hide the stuntmen from our view; they are easy to spot and the production team doesn't seem to care. Did televisions in the 70s really give such bad resolution that we didn't notice it as much? It's very distracting now to watch the older shows on DVD and see the stuntmen in every fight scene and the cuts in scenes between the stuntmen and the actors. This show seems especially prone to it.

There are some story points that don't quite track. Why did the bad guys puncture Starsky's car tires if they were planning to hang around and ambush and shoot Starsky and Hutch anyway? After Starsky drives away with the car bomb, Hutch hangs around in the parking garage to catch the thieves, but what makes him think they are coming out any time soon? They haven't been in there very long and he doesn't really know why they are there. Then the bad guy seems to be waiting to kill Starsky as he comes back with the motorcycle cop, but he has no way of knowing they are even coming. I guess these kinds of things only come to most people's attention if they are looking specifically, or if they are viewing it multiple times.

All in all, it was an OK start, but didn't really reveal the promise of the pilot or the depth of things to come.

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