Without Buz who is in hospital recuperating from a virus, Tod, in Los Angeles, recounts his brief week long encounter with two diametrically opposed sisters: Claire Richard, the brunette ...
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Without Buz who is in hospital recuperating from a virus, Tod, in Los Angeles, recounts his brief week long encounter with two diametrically opposed sisters: Claire Richard, the brunette Plain Jane reliable one who works with him at the Pacific Ocean Park (which is only one of two part time jobs he has, the other being as a real estate agent), and Cristal Sinclair, the vivacious blonde irresponsible party girl. Their differences are a manifestation of the same upbringing of wealth, and being abandoned by their father who left the family for another woman. Although Chris is seemingly the one who requires such help, it is Claire who is in therapy, with Dr. Arthur Reisman, who nonetheless would like to see Chris. Despite being able to resist her initial advances knowing that she is not good for him, Tod falls for Chris. In doing so, Tod may unwittingly be able to start the resolution of the issues facing Claire and Chris in their relationship. Written by
The best part of this episode may be the locations. That Pacific Ocean Park opening is a real grabber and gets repeated at the end. Tod's duties as a Park worker also take him to other interesting and exotic features. Catch too the cutting edge cool jazz at Shelly's Manne-Hole in Hollywood. On the other hand, this is the first episode without Maharis who would subsequently leave the series altogether. I'm guessing that Tod's blue-collar job at the Park was originally written for Maharis, while Tod would be the white-collar realtor. But with Maharis's abrupt departure, Tod, rather awkwardly, gets both jobs.
Anyway, the delectable Susan Oliver gets a lot of screen time as a highly disturbed young woman, Chris, who behaves in wanton fashion, plays word games, and also gives writer Silliphant opportunity to indulge his penchant for philosophical prose. Chris runs a gamut of emotions that Oliver covers quite well. Too bad the actress died relatively young. Bernardi, familiar from the Peter Gunn series, plays a psychiatrist trying to find out what makes Chris tick. The episode's main twist is not hard to spot and sets up an interesting contrast. All in all, however, the entry's most notable for Maharis's absence that would soon become permanent. Too bad, because whatever their personal feelings, the two made a great team.
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