Route 66: Season 2, Episode 18

How Much a Pound Is Albatross? (9 Feb. 1962)

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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 cast overview:
Vicki Russell
Frank McHugh ...
Than Wyenn ...
Med Flory ...
Officer #2
Jean Engstrom ...
Dr. Bell
Ted Thorpe ...
Phil Arnold ...
George Wallace ...
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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9 February 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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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 »

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Julie Newmar is Fantastic
19 May 2008 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

Excellent episode that could be easily considered in the top 5 of the series. It features Julie Newmar giving a incredible performance as Vicki Russell a very free spirited woman that is so immersed in her own existentialism and non-conformity that she seems to have lost all bearing in reality or common sense. Her character is the precursor to the hippie movement and may in fact be television's very first hippie. If this show were in syndication it would become her signature role instead of Catwoman. This is her best performance by far and fits her persona perfectly. This episode also has a very poignant scene involving the trio and an old drunk that they meet in the bar. There is also a great closing statement made by the court judge and terrific locale shooting of the desert.

Grade: A

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