Paul Michael Glaser - Det. Dave Starsky
John Saxon - René Nadasy ~ Vampire
Antonio Fargas - Huggy Bear
Bernie Hamilton - Capt. Harold Dobey
G.W. Bailey - Slade
Suzanne Somers - Linda
Well, in this 1976 episode of S & H Saxon does what he does best, lighting up the TV screen with pure intensity.
Next, we're outside in the dark and windy night, and we see a beautiful blonde woman get off a bus. The camera follows her. The storm tears at her hair, even as the lightning flashes. At that moment we see the man in the cover of nearby brush, eyes mad an teeth bared. The lightning flashes again, and the scene fades. We've seen this type of scene before, and we know what happens next...
As we proceed, Starsky and Hutch are at the morgue with captain Dobey; he shows them the corpse and gives them the details. Her name is Honey Williams, and she's a stripper at a dive called Slade's Cave. The guys are given their orders; first stop, Slade's...
Starsky and Hutch grill the two about Honey, Slade gives them the prerequisite jive that seedy fellows of his type usually do:
Slade: "Ain't you pigs got anything better to do than to bust strippers?
Hutch: "yeah, find out who kills them"
Linda rises out of her haze long enough to let us know that Honey takes dance classes at a certain studio, run by the mysteriously monikered instructor, René Nadasy...our vampire from scenes previous. The boys take leave of Slade's and follow the new lead.
After a short grilling session, in which Saxon appears truly to be disturbed by the news of his student's death, we find him back at his domain, eyes fixed on the painting of his lost love. "I know, Maria...it's not enough yet", he says. Of course, another one of his students is killed, which lead Starsky and Hutch back to his dance studio. Once again, Nadasy is intense and intimidating...the boys are convinced they have their man. It is a typical trait of serial killers to hunt locally, and in some cases there are personal connections to the victims, even if distant ones. In this case, our duo didn't have much work to do in finding the identity of the killer. Their search leads them eventually to Nadasy's home, where they find out all that they need to know...one more killing is in store(this time Linda, played by Susanne Somers), and they dash off to prevent it before it's too late!
If you like a little Scooby Doo vibe with your 70's cop show, I recommend that you hunt this episode down pronto.