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"Route 66" Fly Away Home: Part I (TV Episode 1961) - Plot Summary Poster

(TV Series)

(1961)

Plot Summary

  • Tod and Buz, in Phoenix, Arizona, and looking for work with a crop-dusting company, encounter a combat-scarred, world-weary pilot who is a self-described "Jonah." The pilot hates himself for still being alive and causing others' deaths. Buz' interest in the pilot's chanteuse ex-wife is a side story.

    - Written by dubchi
  • Tod and Buz are in farming country outside Phoenix, Arizona to meet crop dusting business owner Jack Windus, who taught Tod how to fly when he did some work for Tod's father's company years ago. Tod hopes he will hire and teach Tod to crop dust - a potentially lucrative job - and hire Buz to do other work for the business. It isn't until shortly after their arrival that they learn that Windus died in a crop dusting accident a year ago, his wife Dora Windus, who now runs the business, refusing any work involving sulfur, which was a contributing factor to the accident. Beyond that, she still acts as if Jack is still alive. When Tod still wants the work after learning it requires fifty hours of instruction and a one year apprenticeship, Mrs. Windus consents only if her head pilot, Summers, agrees to teach Tod. On the surface, it seems like bad timing as Summers just came out of a crash which almost took his life. In addition, Tod and Buz are unaware that the business is suffering financially. Summers, a terse man, refuses to teach Tod. Tod and Buz initially believe it's because Summers does not want the competition of another pilot within the company. But they will eventually learn directly from him that it's because he feels he is a jinx: while none directly caused by him, many men have died around him in flying accidents while he has come out unscathed physically, he believing Tod being the next victim if he teaches him. Because of the jinx scenario, Summers has his own death wish. A situation may change Summers' mind if Tod still agrees. Thrown into the story are: Summers' ex-wife, Christina Summers, a nightclub singer Buz is attracted to, she still in love with her ex-husband who would rather she not be another casualty in his life; and the Windus' nineteen year old daughter, Vicki Windus, who begins a casual relationship with Tod, who blames Summers for her father's death, but who may have more of a connection to Summers than she lets on to Tod and Buz.

    - Written by Huggo

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