Tod and Buz, leaving Pittsburgh, almost have a head-on collision with a car driven by a gravely ill old woman. After the woman is stabilized at her home, Tod and Buz learn she does not have long to live. Her last wish is to re-unite with a jazz band she last sang with 30 yrs before. Tod and Buz agree to seek out the members. Written by
Jazz and blues fans take note: Ethel Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, and more! This episode saw Waters nominated for an Emmy, the first African American woman to be so nominated. She's not a bad actor, either, in this somewhat artificial vehicle for her and the band. The premise of her on her death bed with Tod and Buz searching for her former band members is, admittedly, a little hokey, but it doesn't get in the way of the music or of the emotion in this tear-jerker episode. Great music, great historical piece. Pieces of it are available on YouTube, but to see the full episode probably requires the Season 2 disk 1 DVD. Season 2 of this under-rated program has some other gems, so it's worth getting.
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