Tod and Linc, driving along the Eastern Coast of Florida, make the acquaintance of an uneducated alcoholic boxer and his faithful girlfriend after a melee. While Tod is hardly sympathetic, ...
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Tod and Linc, driving along the Eastern Coast of Florida, make the acquaintance of an uneducated alcoholic boxer and his faithful girlfriend after a melee. While Tod is hardly sympathetic, Linc is and after offering his help to the couple, Linc even goes as far as to substitute for the fighter in a boxing match! Written by
The writers went back to the "Requiem for a Heavyweight" well to do another story about a pathetic punch-drunk fighter. (They'd previously done one in season one's "The Opponent".) But this is a different story. Michael Parks, a young actor with a sort of James Dean persona, (in fact, I think he was a better actor and a better looking one than Dean), who would late play a Dean-like character in "Then Came Bronson", plays the fighter, (without a mark on his face). This fighter has limited skills and even more limited intelligence. (I suspect that he was never that smart to begin with but boxing has done him no good.) The one asset he has in his life is a loyal girlfriend played by Ellen Madison, another actress who seems to have had a rather limited career. (I thought she was Lee Grant when I first saw her.)
This lady, of course wants him to quit fighting. Buy they have no other source of income. Then he gets in a fight with a group of teenagers and gets beat up some more. A doctor yells him to not fight again. Linc agrees to substitute for him in a local fight card to get them the $150 guarantee the promoter had promised. He finds out his training as a soldier didn't quite preparing to face a professional boxer. But Parks, after hearing that Linc has taken his place, runs into the arena and jumps into the ring, swinging wildly at the opponent, at Linc and at anyone else who tries to intervene. It proves the end of his prizefighting career, even if he went out with a bang. He finally tells his girl he loves her and they agree to find another life together.
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