Route 66: Season 3, Episode 23

Fifty Miles from Home (22 Mar. 1963)

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Tod, still alone, is in Houston working at SE Texas University as a gym manager. When much decorated Viet Nam vet Lincoln Case is "hoo-rahed" by members of the basketball team, the "ticking... See full summary »

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Tod, still alone, is in Houston working at SE Texas University as a gym manager. When much decorated Viet Nam vet Lincoln Case is "hoo-rahed" by members of the basketball team, the "ticking time bomb" violently retaliates. Tod seeks revenge and after a brutal fistfight both men come to an understanding. "Linc" vows to "search this country for a meaning to life". Written by dubchi

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This seems to be the introduction and the first appearance of Linc, giving us the reason for his travels to find the meaning of life. See more »

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A Prescient Script
4 February 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It was only 1963 and the writers had anticipated the problems that would be faced by many young Vietnam War vets. The problem faced by vets in all wars of returning to their country and fitting back into its everyday life is acknowledged in this episode but there is the added problem faced by Linc of finding a reason for why he fought in the war. Linc's attempt to explain what he experienced to his mother and what it all meant was a precursor of what was to come for the next eight years. A war with no discernible purpose and traumatized vets returning to a divided society. Linc rejects his hero's welcome but soon the vets had to cope with no welcome at all. Linc Case was indeed a prototype of the lost generation of Vietnam vets that are still to be found all these years later.


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