Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)
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The Plague: Part 2 

As Hutch fights for his life when quarantined with a deadly virus, Starsky continues the search for the only hope of a cure, an elusive hit man who recovered from the disease. Starsky even ... See full summary »


Bob Kelljan


William Blinn (created by), William Douglas Lansford


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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
Janet Margolin ... Dr. Judith Kaufman
Frank Marth ... Dr. Meredith
Jean Allison ... Helen Yeager
Al Ruscio ... Roper
Alex Rocco ... Thomas Callendar
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Richie Yeager (as Patrick Laborteaux)
John Alvin John Alvin ... Grocer
Michael Payne Michael Payne ... Secretary
John Tuell ... Gate Guard


As Hutch fights for his life when quarantined with a deadly virus, Starsky continues the search for the only hope of a cure, an elusive hit man who recovered from the disease. Starsky even confronts the hit man's target and turns to the media for help. Written by LauraY16

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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At 28:24 Capt. Dobey shows up at Hutch's quarantine window with a bouquet of mums and taps on the glass. Hutch looks in his direction and responds with a hand gesture of index finger up and then down into a loose fist with a slight shaking motion. Add clues to meaning. See more »


At Approximately 12:10 as Starsky backs the 'Red Tomato' up the the gate of the house, Starksy turns in his seat. The camera pans over to show Starsky's view and catches a member of the crew stepping sideways at the right of the screen; too late though to get himself out of the shot. See more »

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27 July 2016 | by monomerdSee all my reviews

As I said for the review of Part 1, the problem with this story is a lot of melodramatic dialog and not much substance. There was really not enough here to make a two-parter, and it probably would have been better and not dragged as much if it had been compacted into 60 or 90 minutes.

So now Hutch has the virus and must be isolated. Starsky has to go it alone, searching for Patient A to get his blood for the antibodies. Fair enough. Except Starsky mostly doesn't do that. He talks to the doctors, he talks to Dobie, he talks to the hit-man's target. He does quite a bit of talking and not much chasing. Instead of being out on the street, beating the bushes and tracking leads, looking for Patient A (who is also an international hit-man), Starsky mostly just goes around asking other people to find the guy. His impassioned plea to the group of cops searching for the hit-man, telling them his partner will die if they don't succeed, is pretty melodramatic. I think PMG tries to make it work, but the writing is just not great. The scene of Starsky at the dying Hutch's bedside is the same; the guys work valiantly to keep the scene from getting "soapy", but even they can't quite save it.

Starsky does at last track the guy to where he was staying, using the thinnest of all leads, but the guy is gone. Finally Starsky makes a television plea for the guy to come forward to save his partner. The hit-man/Patient A finally decides to come in, not to save Hutch but to save a boy who befriended him. There is some excitement when the hit-man's target tries to kill him before he gets into the hospital, but that's over quickly.

There are many ways I could think of that would have kept this story moving along better and make more sense so the viewer would be more drawn into the urgency of the situation. I think it was just poorly crafted and poorly written and therefore didn't live up to what it could have been.

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