Tod and Buz, in Mesquite, Texas "finishing up a 30 day job at a brick factory", meet performers at the town's rodeo. Two of the contestants hate the rodeo's clown and torment him with nasty...
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Tod and Buz, in Mesquite, Texas "finishing up a 30 day job at a brick factory", meet performers at the town's rodeo. Two of the contestants hate the rodeo's clown and torment him with nasty pranks. Buz is drawn into the latest gag unknowingly and helps both the rodeo clown and a female stunt rider to find peace with themselves. Written by
A very intriguing and unusual character study involving a rodeo clown with a missing arm who ends up being constantly humiliated and harassed by a couple of sadistic cowboys (Johnson and Pickens) and, much to the consternation of Buzz who tries to defend him, seems to allow and even encourage it. This is one episode were all the characters in the cast are fascinating and multi-dimensional and the wrap-up is particularly nice.
It is also interesting to see the part of the passive clown played by Salmi who in real life, many years later, went into a violent rage and killed both his wife and then himself. It is equally interesting to see the part of the bullying cowboy played by Johnson who usually always plays the nice, stoic type, but here is quite convincing as the bad guy.
There is the added element of actual rodeo footage, which is a bit tense since the rodeo clown is put into direct danger of a raging bronco. This is by far a superior episode of the series.
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