Starsky and Hutch: Season 4, Episode 7

The Avenger (31 Oct. 1978)

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Starsky unknowingly places himself in serious danger when the Detectives investigate a woman's claims that a jealous ex-lover from San Francisco has followed her and is responsible for the murders of her recent one-night stands.



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Starsky unknowingly places himself in serious danger when the Detectives investigate a woman's claims that a jealous ex-lover from San Francisco has followed her and is responsible for the murders of her recent one-night stands.

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31 October 1978 (USA)  »

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The Disco Ripper!
27 February 2015 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Detectives Ken Hutchinson (David Soul) and David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) investigate a lethal case of stalking as a deranged killer follows Monique Travers (Joanna Cassidy) a foxy & sexually expressive single woman who likes to get down and boogie at discos picking up garish and vapid men.

The knife-wielding assailant murders each man she spends the night with, leaving her terrified and with unsightly stains on her funky carpet. Monique identifies him as Harry Ashford - a Harold Lloyd lookalike she met once in San Francisco who became fixated on her and followed her to Los Angeles. The overworked San Francisco police were only too happy to hear Harry left the Bay Area. They couldn't find a trace of him.

Hutchinson and Starsky dutifully follow through running down leads on Ashford with a composite sketch forwarded to them by SFPD. But Police Captain Dobie hits upon the idea that to flush out the killer one of them should get cozy with Monique. Surely such a volatile stalker/murderer could not resist emerging when provoked thusly.

Dobie assigns Starsky to that task much to the dismay of Hutchinson who is ordered to observe at a distance. Not really surprising given that Hutchinson is sporting a silk bowling shirt and a droopy porn star moustache. For perhaps the first episode in the series Starsky is the more dapper of the two and more believable as a love interest for beautiful, lonely, vulnerable Monique.

The ruse works perfectly except for a not wholly unexpected plot-twist. The victim has not told them everything about Harry and that puts Starsky in jeopardy. Long before then the mystery has been solved in front of the audience and our two cop heroes, Hutch especially, look like complete imbeciles because they haven't figured it out.

What better statement on the "Me Decade" than a psychopath with severe self-esteem issues? Who better to get to the bottom of such a crime than Detective Ken Hutchinson and his intrepid partner David Starsky other than perhaps the roadies for KC & the Sunshine Band? The main cast and guest performers of Starsky & Hutch consistently gave it their best to endow it with more substance than it had. It is something I happen to appreciate as the attempt at trying to bridge the limitations of the formula and recycled material DID result in entertaining TV quite often.

This episode is a prime example of something that could have been a complete embarrassment for everyone involved. Instead because of a lot of hard work the result is a fun guilty pleasure tour de force.

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