The hideous rape-murder of the wife of a used-car salesman leads the salesman to pick up a huge revolver and go after the two killers, who also robbed him.

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Med Flory ...
Zack Tyler
George Loros ...
Little Huey Chaco
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John Brown Harris
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Ann Weldon ...
Angel
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Ray aka Tattoo Woman (as Dodo Denney)
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Sanford Smith ...
Southerner
Alta Christopher ...
Emma Lou
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The hideous rape-murder of the wife of a used-car salesman leads the salesman to pick up a huge revolver and go after the two killers, who also robbed him.

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17 September 1975 (USA)  »

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Screenwriter Michael Mann, in an interview with American Film magazine during his "Miami Vice" heyday, claimed this show, in reruns, "was about the second or third highest rated program in TV history." The magazine was highly skeptical and didn't find the show on a list of the 50 highest-rated programs. Mann was partly right; the telecast drew an eye-popping 61 percent share of the audience that was actually tuned in to their TV sets (the competitors that might, March 10, 1976, were news specials). However, the rating (of all TV sets) was a still-spectacular but more down-to-earth 30.3, a good seven million viewers above the series' average for the season but only slightly higher than the averages for "All in the Family" and "Rick Man, Poor Man." Had the show competed against first-run series (as had aired the previous week), the share figures would have been in the mid-to-high 40s. See more »

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Capt. Harold Dobey: "Starsky, about this report, it reads like a comic book! 'The fiery red Torino fishtails to a halt. Me and Hutch spill out onto the street ready for action.'"
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22 July 2016 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

A man and wife are attacked while out for the evening. The man (Zack) is incapacitated and the wife is raped and killed. Starsky and Hutch are assigned to solve the crime.

This episode suffers greatly from the passionless acting of the man playing Zack. I suppose he was directed to be a stoic victim, but it went beyond stoic to barely there. For example, when Starksy tells the guy that his wife was raped before being murdered, he basically says, Yeah, I figured. Just no emotion at all. The guys are good with their parts, going from place to place following leads to get the villains. I like seeing their various interactions with informants of all kinds. They show far more emotion than the victim's husband. At one point, Starsky and Hutch just sit and you get the message that they are thinking that the whole situation is a tragedy. You get more emotion from their silence than you get from the husband's dialog!

There are some plot points that don't track. The worst one is the arrest of one of the suspects (Chaco) but having to release him because the husband won't identify him. But, wait, you can't hold him for holding a hostage at knife-point when you went to arrest him? I think you probably could.

The ending scene of the husband dying has him sharing a weird story to explain his actions. But it doesn't really fit very well. It's like some writer thought that story was worth using and tried to fit it into the dialog because he liked it, even though it didn't quite work. So even though PMG and David Soul did good work, these other issues brought the episode down.


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