Tod and Buz reach the destination they started for in Episode One; Louisiana and jobs working as crewmen on a shrimp trawler. However,crewing for a beautiful female captain, the resentment ...
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Tod and Buz reach the destination they started for in Episode One; Louisiana and jobs working as crewmen on a shrimp trawler. However,crewing for a beautiful female captain, the resentment of local fishermen and a deadly storm at sea were results that were totally unexpected by them. Written by
A reviewer has commented on the alleged "very thick Spanish accent". That's not a Spanish accent at all, let alone a "very thick" one. Her speech represents a Hollywood attempt to replicate the French-based Cajun speech of the coastal bayou country of Louisiana. Recall that the name of her character is Charlotte Duval, a distinctly French one. No, that's not a Spanish accent. BTW, the setting, Grand Isle, on state road 1, is in Jefferson Parish, due south of New Orleans, right on the Gulf of Mexico. See more »
One of the great things about Route 66 is that they changed story locations constantly and each location is special in its own way and makes that episode stand out from other episodes and from other shows. Tod and Buz have now reached the Gulf Coast and the images are bright and wide open as opposed to the dark, claustrophobic town of Garth. They find out Tod's friend, (whom we don't meet), has sold the shrimp boat to beautiful fiery Charlotte DuVal, (Janice Rule, soon to marry Ben Gazzara, who would star in "Run for Your Life", another 'road show' inspired by Route 66), who wants to prove herself the equal of any man, including Jean Broussard, (Nico Mindaros), a rival boat owner who wants her to marry him. After the weekly fist fight between the boys and Broussard, they all wind up in the middle of a violent storm well out into the Gulf. They might have even wished they were back in Garth.
The episode is a product of its time. Rule's stubborn independence is viewed as "making her less of a woman" and the happy ending is when she agrees that she'd be better off as Broussard's woman. The only thing really memorable about the show is the setting and a crafty performance by Thomas Gomez as the philosophical old fisherman who comments on the events as they transpire.
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