Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979): Season 2, Episode 9 - Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back into Your Hearts - full transcript

Starsky goes undercover as Ramon the dance instructor and Hutch as wealthy Texan rancher and dance student Charlie McCabe to expose a blackmail operation.

Ramon, when do we dip?


When do we dip?

You do dip...

I dip.

I want to do it.

Right here?

Right now?

You don't think I'm ready?

Oh, you're ready.


but tell me I can't.


You can't.

Tell me it's wrong.

It's wrong.




we mustn't.

We must.

Oh, Ramon...

you are wicked.

I confess.

There she is.

Hello, Mr. McCabe.
How are you today?

How I am

is rarin' to get to
my dancin' lesson.

You're a little early.

Early and eager.

Here. This is for you.

That's very sweet.

Uh, Mr. McCabe,

Mr. Dodsman has a
few more minutes left.

Oh, yeah.

Well, you better get off
them dogs, there, partner.

You're lookin'
a little tuckered.

Why don't you go rest your buns?

We'll pick it up later,
if you don't mind.

Thank you.

Now, where were we?

Would you take your hat off?

Oh, I am sorry. I am sorry.

Mm. What's that aroma?

Oh, you like that?

It's very nice.

That's toilet water.

Now, where were we?

The tango.

The tango.

That's where you
stick the arm out.

That's right. All right.

Easy, now.


You ready? Ready.


One and two and...


You certainly know

how to sweep
a girl off her feet,

Mr. McCabe.

Oh, now, now, now, now,

you don't call me Mr. McCabe.

It's Charlie, honey.

Charlie Honey McCabe.

That's a real cute name.

Well, not nearly as cute

as you are sweet, Marsha.


you remembered my name.


Let's do it.



Oh, Charlie...

Well, that's her.

That's her. That's Ginger Evans.


this fine gentleman
would like to meet you.

My pleasure, Mr., uh...

Mr. McCabe.

Mr. Charlie McCabe
from Austin, Texas.


Oh, I'll bet you
own a lot of cows,

and a lot of prairie.

Well, to tell you
the truth, ma'am,

my taste do run in
the high priced spread.

Well, this is Mr. Chambers,

the chairman of our
advisory committee,

and my newest dance instructor,


Well, pleased to
meet you, Ramon.

He's Ramon. I'm Chambers.

How do you do?

You got it.

I got to tell you, Miss Evans...

Now, please, call me Ginger.

They're never gonna
believe this back home...


I've been a fan of
yours ever since...

ever since I was a kid.

I learned all them dances
you did in them big movies.

Of course, I couldn't...

do 'em as good as you did,

but I sure was, uh...

popular at all my
high school dances.

You're very kind, Charlie.

Uh, you don't mind
if I call you Charlie?

Oh, shoot, no!


Listen, Ginger.

I have to ask you something.

Do you think it
would be possible

if you and me, the two of us,

could dance just one time?


well, now,

I'll tell you what, Charlie.

You just work on your lesson

with Marsha,

and then tonight you
come to my soirée,

and you and I

will attempt a
little terpsichore.

Terp-sickery at Ginger's soirée.

Somebody pinch me.

I should go dance.

Isn't he charming?

If that's your style.

Deidre, I think
Ramon is jealous.

Oh, I don't...

Who's the clod kicker?

Name's McCabe.

He's from Texas.

I'd've never guessed.

Look, he is our guest...

and a fan.

Oh, come on,
everyone. Let us dance.

Up. Up on your feet.

You want to give
me a dog, please?

"Terp-sickery at
Ginger's soirée."

Not bad, huh?

Well, when you got it, boy,

flaunt it.

Tustin's sister is
coming into town.

Dobey thinks we
ought to talk to her.

He'd also like to know
what we've found out.

Well, I spent some
time this afternoon

with sweet, little Marsha.

She asked me a lot of questions.


Like how many cows I got.

Cows? Cows.

If I was married. What
my home address was.

I suppose that you told her

that you were overworked

and under-nourished

and up to your
navel in greenbacks?

Yeah, I told her. Mm-Hmm.

You know, if she's trying to
set me up, she's no amateur.


No, she's taking
it slow and easy.

A little ketchup?

For my hot dog.

How are you doing?

Oh, pretty good.

You know that guy
we met at Ginger's?

Yeah. What's-his-name.

A.C. Chambers. A.C. Chambers.

I found out

that he brought her
out of retirement,

and he finances and
manages the place.

Is that right? Uh-huh.

Ginger got you doing
anything down at that studio

besides teaching
those little girls

how to tango?

Well, I hinted that I
was up for a fast buck.

All she's done so far

is smile at me and
call me a naughty boy.

Can I have a bite?

A bite?

Of your hot dog.

Oh, yeah, sure, go ahead.

Thank you.

You know, Starsky,

if Tustin was killed through
some extortion scam

down at that studio...

Attention, all units.

Attention, all units

in area of Wilson and Eighth.

A silent alarm

in market at that address

has been triggered.

Please respond.

That's right near here.

If we go in there,

we're gonna blow our cover.

So we blow our cover.


would you hold this, please?


Thank you.

Check the dude in the brown car.

Yeah, maybe the wheel man.

Uh, excuse me, good buddy.

My watch seems to
have stopped here.

I wonder... I wonder
if you could tell me

what time you have there.

What kind of a spider is that?

Okay, everybody.

Stay cool,

and this man will live

to see the sun rise tomorrow.

Come on. Hurry up.

Okay, okay, okay.

Come on, come on.


Move out of the way!

Move, move.

Move out!


All right, everybody
get down and get out.

Hey, hey.

How did I know
you guys were cops?

What's going on here?

They tried to robbed me.

You do that to 'em?

Not me.

Then who?

You won't believe this.

It was a blond cowboy and
an Arab with funny shoes.

Yup, I don't believe it.

I knew you wouldn't.

I'll, uh...

make the arrangements
to send him home.

Have you arrested
my brother's killer yet?

Uh, no, ma'am. Not yet.

Why not?

Miss Tustin, we
don't know who he is.

But you must know something.

You can't tell me a man
of my brother's importance

comes to your
city, gets murdered,

and you don't know anything.

Miss Tustin,

the first order of this
police department

is to protect and
serve everyone,

including our visitors.


Miss Tustin,

would you like to sit down

for a couple of minutes?

Miss Tustin,

we know we don't
have any answers.

Maybe you can help us find some.

Now, we do know

that your brother
spent most his time

at a dance studio
owned by a Ginger Evans.

The old movie star?


He spent most of his days there.

And he spent most of his nights

with a dance
instructor at the studio

by the name of Marsha Stearns.


Ted's one failing.

He loved his wife,

adored his kids,

but he loved to play.

You think this girl was
trying to blackmail him?

That could be one
of our answers.

You see, Teddy always...

My brother always
had a very bad temper.

I mean, a really bad temper.

He'd never stand still
for something like this.

That may have been

one of the reasons
he was killed.

Judging from the getup,

you're posing

as a student at this studio now,


Yes, ma'am.

And you're the doorman?

I'm a dance instructor.

Well, we're fishing
with the right bait.

What do you mean?

That was Texas on the phone.

They said they just had a call

from a phony credit firm

running a check

on Charlie McCabe of Austin.

Who's Charlie McCabe?

I am.

If they're an extortion ring,

we got the next victim.

Thanks again for the corsage.

Oh, it's nothing.

I just have this
thing about flowers.

I can't help myself.

You know, Marsha,
you make me feel

like a regular Frank Astaire.

Well, you're a very
good student, Charlie.

Listen, uh...

I'd sure as hell

like to cut you out of the herd,

let you show me around town

a little bit.

Well, um...

Ginger prefers that we maintain

our student-teacher relationship

on a purely professional level.

Oh, I understand that.

I was...

I was just thinking that...

maybe what
Ginger... Miss Evans...

Doesn't know can't hurt her.

Marsha, honey,

besides that, I...

I got me a pocket full of money

and a heart full of empty...


And I just know

that we could
work something out.

Well, I don't know, Charlie.


well, maybe after
a few more dances.


Oh, now you're talking.

Feet, do your thing.


I'm from Argentina.

I came here when I
was a very little boy.


I did not have it easy...

and then...

and then I came to this country,

and I want so bad to dance,

and I found it so
difficult to communicate...

how to dance.

Uh, permission.

What are you doing here?

Trying to look
rich and available.

Miss Tustin, go home.

Don't call me that.

You'll blow my
cover, as they say.


I want you to introduce me here

as Mrs. Millicent Forbes.

Now, who is Millicent Forbes?

A girlfriend of mine
from back home,

married to a very rich
fellow named John Forbes.

I just spoke to
them on the phone.

If anyone checks or calls,

John will say Millicent is
here on a little vacation.

You're really determined

to go through with this, huh?

There's no way you can stop me,

so why don't you
ask me to dance?

Is something wrong, sugar?

Oh, no, no.

I just thought I saw
someone I knew.

I was wrong.

Oh, yeah.


What are you looking at?


That blond guy.

His name's Starger.

Looks like Cupid

unloaded a full quiver on them.

Ain't love grand.

There she is!

Thank you.

Good evening,

and to all of you who are new

to this magic place,


My new home.

And this is Mr. Chambers,

who is responsible for it all.

Why, he reopened doors

that were too
long closed for me.

Lovely people

who have created lovely things

for us to enjoy,

so, welcome

to this musical,
magic, little world.

Music, Maestro, please.

Now, everybody dance.

I believe this is
our dance, Charlie.

Yes, I believe it is, Ginger.

Yes. Excuse us, Marsha.

Oh, I beg your pardon, sir.

Don't beg.

Carl, I...

I have to talk to you
about the other night.

It was a mistake.


You don't love me
anymore, Claire?

I'm married.


Mrs. Dodsman, I'm sorry

to take you away
from the festivities,

but this will only
be a few moments.

Is something wrong?

Well, darling, we have

what you might call a...

a situation,

but it is, uh, solvable.

That is,

if you're willing to
cooperate with us.

Claire. You're late.

I'm sorry, Carl.

I couldn't get away.

My husband

insisted on taking me

on this long, boring lunch.


you're here now.

That's all that matters.

Oh, Carl,

my sweet boy.


Oh, Carl.

Do you mind if I...

turn out the lights?

Well, you know, I'm...

I'm not as young
as I used to be.

We of course have

another copy of this tape.

My husband.

You can't...

You mustn't...

You mustn't play this for him.

It would just kill him.

Mrs. Dodsman...

we weren't planning

on hurting you or your husband.

It's just a business


we don't want the tape.

We want you to have it,

and we thought, uh,

$25,000 would be a fair price.


It would take me
a few days to, uh...

to get together
that kind of money


causing my husband suspicion.

That's understandable.

We don't want to put you

under any unnecessary stress.

You take all the time you need.

Within reason, of course.

Come, Mrs. Dodsman.

Everything is
going to be just fine.

We'll keep in touch.

Honey, I don't feel at all well.

Do you mind if we go home?

The lady's upset.


That's an ugly smile.


Trouble in paradise?

Maybe he needs a new romance.

Introduce me.


All right.

I'll do it myself.

Uh, Starger,

permit me to introduce
Mrs. Millicent Forbes.

How do you do?

How do you do?

Thank you.


It is now post time

for the second race at
Huggy's Mouse Downs!

They're in the starting gate!

And they're off!

Here's comes Mouse o' War!

It's Mouse o' War
and Cheesebiscuit!

And it's Mouse o' War and
Cheesebiscuit by a length!

It's Mouse o' War
by a length and a half!

Cheesebiscuit second...

Yeah, baby!

Mouse o' War is the winner,

Cheesebiscuit second,

and Cat's Meow is third,

and sorry, ladies and gentlemen.

There are no winners.

Hey, good buddy.

Come on over here a minute.

Oh, sorry, cowboy.

I'll tell you right now,

that mouse is no race horse.

That's a rat.

Hey, breeding tells, cowboy.

You should know that.

Four, five.

I loves a good loser.

You love a loser so much,
tell you what I'm gonna do.

What's that?

I'm gonna put about
500 on that, uh...

that pinto down there.


That pinto ain't no
pinto. He's moulting.

Oh, yeah? Well,
that's better yet.

That's good.

I'll put down a
thousand on that.

That's less weight.

A thousand?

That's right.

What are you trying to do?

At 12 to 1, I can't
cover those odds.

Uh, maybe I can cover 200.


Listen, good buddy,
200's hardly worth my time.

Come on, Charlie. Let's go.

Now, look, honey lamb,

I'm just looking
for a little action.

I got some...

at my place.

Oh, I'm sorry, honey.

I'm sorry.

I think you just
said the magic word.

I guess we'll be moving along.

Good night.

Oh, you don't want
to forget your flower,

now, do you?


At her place, huh?

That's cool.

And this is the third
race at Mouse Downs,

and it's Little
Minnie at 3 to 1,

Cheesebiscuit at 2 to 1,

and they're off!

Well, come on in, darling.

How do you wet
your whistle, Charlie?

You can give me two
fingers of bourbon,

straight up.

Ooh. My kind of man.

What did you get
yourself into, Hutchinson?

You sure got a nice spread.

Well, I'm glad you like it.

I was talking about
the room here.


But that's nice too.

Here, love.

To good times.

To good times.



Good Time Charlie,
that's my name.

Uh, if you're gonna try

and rope and brand me, cowboy,

why don't we just
move over to the couch.

Oh, hot damn,

I think I could go for that.

Just be a second.

That's my wife.

Your wife.

Come on.

Oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh.

What is it?

The lights.

Oh, yeah.


What now?

The lights.

Oh, yeah.

Now, Charlie.

Do you want to...

get rid of...


Thank you.

They're fogging up.

Oh, Charlie.

You got a real nice chest,

This old thing?

I've had this since I was a kid.

Oh, Charlie, you are colorful.

Let's get on with it.

I'll tell you, he's
more than colorful.

Seems almost a shame
to charge him money.



Oh, Charlie...


Hutchinson, you
really look whipped.

Work, work, work.

You know how some night duty

can wear you out.

You think they
taped you last night?

Captain, if they didn't,
they should have.

Well, you'll probably hear

a playback in a day or two.

I'll rest up.

Now, Miss Tustin,

what Detective
Starsky told you before

still goes.

We really don't want
you involved in this.

I'm already involved.

How so?

My friends in Oklahoma
phoned me this morning.

Someone called and asked

if "Millicent Forbes" was home.

You must've made
quite an impression

on pretty boy.

He's taking me to dinner tonight

after our lesson this afternoon,

and then another
of Ginger's parties

tomorrow night.

Miss Tustin, uh... I...

We don't want you to do that.

Mr. Starsky,

it's my business
with whom I go out.

Don't worry.

I'm sure you'll solve this case

before I compromise my virtue.

Oh, that is lovely,
twinkle toes.

Everybody, think of your rhythm.

Oh, I'm so proud of you all.

Charlie, I'm happy to see you.

Well, I sure am too, honey.

Here. This is for you.

Oh, another one.

Uh, come on.

We've got something
to talk about.

What about our terp-sickery?

Later, baby. Come on.

Oh, I see. It's private, huh?


It's private.

Yeah, real private.

Come on.

Charlie, you
remember Mr. Cham...

Charlie. Oh.

Mr. Chambers.

He, uh, manages
the place for Ginger.

Of course I do.

How are you, good buddy?

Nice to see you.

Good to see you again.

Well, I'll just let you
two get reacquainted.

Uh, excuse me. Marsha...

Bye for now.

Sit down, McCabe.

Be comfortable.

Well, thank you very much.


Uh, no, thank you. I...

Well, let me light that for you.

Thank you.

You drink bourbon straight,


How'd you know that?

We know quite a lot
about you, McCabe.

Well, it's a little
early for me,

thank you.


Thank you.

Oh, Charlie.

You've got a real nice chest.

This old thing?

Well, I've had this
since I was a kid.

Charlie, you are colorful.

Oh, Charlie...

Well, now,

I didn't figure

the lady took me home with her

because she was so
thrilled with my dancin'...

but I sure as hell didn't think

anything like this
was going to happen.

No, sir.

How much is this gonna cost me?

Well, we figured, um...

the preservation
of your marriage,

probably worth, uh...


Yeah, I reckon it is.

You can bring it right here.

No, I'm not going to
do that, Mr. Chambers.

I don't trust you.


You pick a place.

Well, I'm, uh...

I'm a stranger here
in this town, you know,

and, uh...

I do own a...

I do own a ship, a freighter.

It's berthed down
at the end of Pier 17.

It's called the Mara Quatro.

I know where that is.

What time?

2 o'clock.

Somebody will be there.


Oh, by the way...

I'm only gonna pay you one time.

If you come back for more...

you're a dead man...


Well done, my dear.

Spare the roses.

We got a problem.

That woman with Carl,

the one that calls herself

Millicent Forbes.

What about her?

She's Tustin's sister.

What are you talking about?

When I was hustling Tustin,

he showed me
snapshots of his children,

with his wife...

and his sister.

It's been driving me crazy

trying to remember
where I'd seen her before,

but now I'm sure of it.

Millicent Forbes
is Tustin's sister.

But I checked her out.

Yeah, well, I hope
you checked out

that new instructor, Ramon too.

There's something
going on with them.

Like what?

I don't know.


Ramon was the one that
introduced her to Starger.

I, uh...

don't think I like this.

All of a sudden it feels wrong,

like we're being set up.

Yeah, that's
exactly how it feels.

Like we're being set up.

The question is, by whom?

What's the Chief of Detectives

doing with those two guys?


His name is Dobey.

He's the captain of
the police department.

That can only mean one thing.

Our friends Ramon and the cowboy

are cops too.


I knew it.

I knew it felt like a setup.

So you're a smart guesser.

Point is,

we've gotta burn that
cop before he burns us.

First thing we've got to do

is to put Tustin's sister

where nobody can find her.

Then you meet our toy cowboy

for the payoff.

Are you crazy?

They'll have half the force out

for us.

We gotta hire someone
to make the hit.

We have no time to set it up.

Then maybe we
just ought to split.

Oh, no.

No, if we run, they'll move in,

and I am not ready

to lose this whole operation.

Not yet.

Hit him before he
gets to the payoff spot,

and then get the
hell out of there.

Without him,

they've got no
case that'll stand up.

First, we're gonna
make a phone call.




My, we're up early this morning.

I want to see you.

You're going to, tonight.

No, I've got to see you now.

It's... It's important.

It's about the studio,

but I can't talk to you

on the phone.

Can you meet me somewhere?

All right. Where?

811 Walsh Avenue.

811 Walsh.

Half an hour?

I'll be waiting.

Now, you see, Captain,

there's this old freighter

down here at the end of Pier 17.

I told him I owned it.


Well, when you got it, boy,

flaunt it.

Anyway, I told Chambers

that I'd meet him
there for the pay off.

Hey, uh, Mr. Valentino...


Would you dance
over to the phone

and get Marianne
Tustin on the phone?

You got it.

Tell her to forget about
that romance with that gigolo.

This is gonna be kinky.

It's hard to make
an extortion rap stick

unless one of them

actually accepts
the cash for the tape.

Miss Tustin, please.

I know that, Captain.

I'll make sure

the guy has it
firmly in his hand

before I give him the bad news.

All right. Please do.

Did you get her?

She's not in her room.

Well, we'll call later.

All right, let's go get that
30,000 in marked bills.

Starsky, please.


By the way,

what happened to that
300 I gave you for that lady

to impress her?

It was 500.

Well, what happened to it?

Well, would you believe it

if I told you that a mouse

by the name of Squeaky Dancer

stole it from me?

No, I wouldn't.

Okay, I won't tell you.

Did I ever tell
you about the time

I used to drive a hack?

You interested?

Not particularly.

Captain Dobey.

Dobey. Over.

Captain Dobey,
it's a beautiful day.

The seagulls are flapping
and we're entering the docks.

Well, we're set and waiting.

I hate to bring up
an ugly subject,

but, uh, where's the boat?

What boat?

That's what I was afraid of.

Oh, that boat.

It's around the corner.

Oh. You mean piers have corners?

Does a cow meow?

What the...?


Hey, that was on my side.

Make a left! Make a left!

Dobey, Dobey,
we've got an ambush.

Will you get back?
I can't see a thing.

Hey, Starsk?


No offense, man,

but I think I'm gonna walk.

Just let me out, will you?

Just let me take a walk.

All right. See you around.

Okay, now, hold it right there.

Pick that gun right
up with your fingertips.

What are you doing?

Now, you just
hold it right there.

What's going on, Starsky?

How do I know?

Our covers must have been blown.

Captain, there was no payoff.

This whole thing was a setup.

That's why Marianne Tustin's

not at her hotel.

She can't be found anywhere.

All right, where is she?

I don't know where she is.

I don't know what
you're talking about.

Hutch, take it up.

Okay, Charlie.

Come on!

Let us down! Come on!

Okay, take her up.

Starsky! Hutch!

Put 'em down

and stop clowning around!

Hey, you know how to handle

one of these things?

Of course I do!

My granddad was a farmer.

That's pretty good.

I just hope you know
what you're doing.

Yeah, well, I'm a little rusty.

Starsk, if I do drop this thing,

does it float?

I don't know, but there's
one way to find out.

Come on, you guys. Put 'em down!

More. More.

Little bit more.
Little bit more.


One more time. Where is she?

Okay. Okay!

Chambers had her picked up.

He was taking her to his house.

Let's go.

All yours, Captain.

All right.

All right,

you men come down from there,

and when you hit the ground,

put your hands in the air.

Come on.

Let's get out of here.

Easy. Easy!

Chambers, like the song says,

"I know that you know,"

so let's not play any games.

Where's Miss Tustin?

Tustin? I don't know the lady.

Look, I want...

Hey. I got a partner.

Won't be any roses this time.

You okay?


how do you like police work?


Oh, you want me
to untie you? Oh.

All right.

Gonna behave yourself?

Huh? Promise?

Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.


I don't believe it, Starsk.

You got to be out of your mind.

Will you relax?

Dobey's down at City Hall

and won't know the difference.

Come on. Will you come on?

I don't want to.

Oh, come on, will you?

Listen, I didn't learn anything

down at that studio.

I'm not gonna
learn anything here.

You are. I promise you.

This will knock 'em dead.

Come on, now.

I'll lead.

I'll lead. I'm teaching.

You ready?

And one, and two, and...

Am I interrupting something?

Uh, hiya, Ginger.

Yeah, come on in.

What's on your mind?

Well, I've just spoken
to your Captain,

and he explained

that there will be no
charges made against me.

Marsha made a full statement.

It's a pity you're
not with us anymore.

Deidre is so depressed.

She says, "No one
can dip like Ramon."

Well, tell her Ramon
sends his very best.

Well, it takes two to tango.

Well, goodbye, boys.

Goodbye, Ginger.

"Tell her Ramon sends his best."

No one's a dip like Ramon.


When you got
it, flaunt it, "boy."