Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)
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Death in a Different Place 

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Starsky's childhood mentor, Police Lt. John Blaine, is found dead under compromising circumstances, and Starsky and Hutch need to contend with their preconceptions about homosexuality as they try to solve the homicide.


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Soul ... Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Paul Michael Glaser ... Det. Dave Starsky
Antonio Fargas ... Huggy Bear
Bernie Hamilton ... Capt. Harold Dobey
Don Gordon ... Lt. Alec Corday
Gregory Rozakis ... Nick Hunter
Art Fleming Art Fleming ... John Blaine
Rick Davalos Rick Davalos ... Orrin Lawford (as Dick Davalos)
Charles Pierce Charles Pierce ... 'Sugar'
Virginia Leith ... Margaret Blaine
Colby Chester ... Peter Whitelaw
Allen Joseph ... Murph
Shelley St. Clair Shelley St. Clair ... LaVerne
Joella Deffenbaugh Joella Deffenbaugh ... Maxine
Adrien Royce Adrien Royce ... Ginny Simpson


Starsky's childhood mentor, Police Lt. John Blaine, is found dead under compromising circumstances, and Starsky and Hutch need to contend with their preconceptions about homosexuality as they try to solve the homicide.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Lt. Alec Corday is fleeing pursuit by Starsky and Hutch, he fires his weapon repeatedly. Starsky proclaims, "That's six," implying that Corday is out of ammunition and Hutch proceeds to apprehend him. There is some debate as to whether it was truly five or six shots that were fired, but Corday actually fires his weapon ten times, without apparently reloading (1 at Nick Hunter, 3 at Starsky, 1 at Hutch, 2 into the air, 2 at Starsky, and 1 at Hutch). See more »


Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: ...75% of the time we spend together and you're not even a good kisser.
Det. Dave Starsky: How do you know that?
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References Dogs (1976) See more »

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Justice For ALL!
1 March 2015 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Police Captain John Blaine (Art Fleming), the epitome of machismo to all the other guys on the force and a distinguished veteran of 20 years, is found dead in an ultra seedy no-tell hotel/drug den. Thus a bright light burns out in a dark corner.

The circumstances are far from flattering and it is clear he was murdered whilst intoxicated. A notorious male prostitute was seen with him there and picking him up at a nearby gay bar beforehand. Unless people who care intercede, the way Blaine was found will be the only issue rather than if he was murdered and who might have done it and why.

Detectives Ken Hutchinson (David Soul) and David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser), friends of Blaine, of course plead with their superior Police Captain Dobey (Bernie Hamilton) to be given the case to try to sort things out not only in the interest of justice but for the sake of the reputation of a man they respected and worked with for years.

They come to realize there was a lot about Blaine they never knew and begin to question their attitudes and perceptions. By the time they apprehend the most obvious suspect they are ready to focus on whether they got the guy who really did it. They also begin to factor in what else may have been going on at the hotel - a place where even the cockroaches probably had some kind of a racket cooking.

But the police department wants to bury the case altogether, mostly for superficial reasons rather than insidious ones. Nevertheless Starsky and Hutch soldier on not only without the cooperation of the rest of the department but likely with little enthusiasm from the network and sponsors for exploring what remains controversial subject matter.

This more serious episode was ahead of its time in its choice of subject matter which is something the series almost never was. The depiction of gay people here might be deemed offensive by those that object to them being portrayed as every different kind of bland.

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