Route 66 (1960–1964)
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How Much a Pound Is Albatross? 

Tod and Buz, passing through Tucson, Arizona, encounter a sexy but odd woman. Her "albatross" (constant burden) is trying to deal with the loss of both parents, brother and sister from a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Vicki Russell
Sheriff Ames
Officer #2
Jean Engstrom ...
Dr. Jane Bell
Ted Thorpe ...
Phil Arnold ...
Ken Strange ...


Tod and Buz, passing through Tucson, Arizona, encounter a sexy but odd woman. Her "albatross" (constant burden) is trying to deal with the loss of both parents, brother and sister from a ship lost at sea. Her unique way of grieving is to "experience life to its fullest but taking nothing seriously". She never realizes that taking nothing seriously also makes everything meaningless. Written by dubchi

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Release Date:

9 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The United States flag on display in the courtroom during Vicki's trial in Tucson, Arizona, is a 48-star flag. The 48-star flag was officially replaced by the 49-star flag on July 4, 1959, and that in turn was replaced by the 50-star flag on July 4, 1960. In practice, 48- and 49-star flags were often not replaced until they were too worn or faded to be presentable. Moreover, the 48-star flag was adopted in 1912, the year that Arizona became a state, and 1962 was the 50th anniversary of Arizona statehood. For these reasons, a 48-star flag in a protected indoor environment might well have been in use during the time of this episode in late 1961 or early 1962. See more »


In the courtroom for Vicki's trial, the American flag has 48 stars. Since the episode was released in 1962, the current 50-star flag should have been shown. See more »


Vicki Russell: Rancor's the garlic in the salad of charm.
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Referenced in Route 66: Give the Old Cat a Tender Mouse (1962) See more »

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Taking a Chance
1 November 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Interesting episode, despite occasional intellectual aspects. Viewers just didn't find philosophical dialog on TV during this pre-Vietnam period. But that's not the case here. Due to Vicki's lack of convention, the producers took a chance with an exotic script that might turn off many viewers. Nonetheless, casting the 6-foot, eye-catching Newmar doubles as a neat visual correlate to Vicki's unconventional ideas.

Still, I'm not sure what to make of Vicki's credo—something about living in the moment, and not letting anything define her since that way she would close herself off to the rich world around us. This naturally puts her at odds with the practical world where social roles, e.g. cop, husband, clerk, more or less order the larger society. Anyhow, the gist sounds a lot like elements of the later hippie movement, as others point out. Given that counter-culture, it seems prophetic to end by speeding her away from us and into the future.

On a different plane, catch the big-haired psychologist back when bouffants were women's hair-style. Also, looks like Arizona turned out everyone except the National Guard for the desert search, which is pretty contrived anyway. Still and all, it's a highly unusual story not only for its time but remains provocative even for today.

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