Tod and Linc are in Minneapolis working in Construction on a River Lock Project. Linc becomes "involved" with the sister of their boss. She resents her brother being overprotective and ... See full summary »
Tod and Linc are in Minneapolis working in Construction on a River Lock Project. Linc becomes "involved" with the sister of their boss. She resents her brother being overprotective and buying off her men friends. Linc tries to help her make it on her own but later finds she has neuroses involving dependency and nymphomania. Written by
Tod and Linc are in Minneapolis working for Hamar Neilsen, a young powerful civic leader, building river locks for a promising and profitable future. There's trouble between Hamar and his sister Nola and she's full of angst resulting in an attempted suicide plunge in which Linc proves to be her rescuer. Linc falls for the troubled Nola during which Linc's mother decides to pay a surprise visit. As Linc is running away from his past he's lands with a thud smack dab into it even as he desperately hopes to save Nola from hers. The trouble with such a relationship is two people, together, can't find what each one can't singularly. So, instead of helping one another, and finding a love that unifies, Linc and Nola exacerbate their own pathos all while clinging to the hope of each being a healing force for the other. Nola's family troubles center around her commandeering brother while Linc's revolves around his father's expectations. They're both running away without a life preserver between them. The bottom line is that when people feel caged they rebel in spite of those who only wish believe they are fighting for their best interests. The question is posited: "is no man an island"? The answer is no man has, or should, be. Still each person can only find their own peace and until that happens running away is the primal "knee-jerk" reaction as Linc learns when Nola runs away with a nobody. In that Linc must also face his own mother truncating her peace-making visit in her knowledge that he is yet to reach his own internal peace with his dad. Linc, however, hints at a personal crucial turn when in his lonely introspection he calls and half-heartedly reaches out to his estranged father.
This episode is another in the lesser, yet sometimes poignant, run of latter day Route 66 episodes. It guest stars the usually commanding James Coburn who here is a bit of a waste as his character is generally both unremarkable and, basically, unlikeable. Barbara Mattes fairs slightly better as the tortured Nola bringing the strong undercurrent of chaos to all in her orbit. Martin Milner is so far in the background it is hard to say he even adds the usual "wake-up" counterpoint to Linc's impulsiveness. Perhaps, this episode is worth watching to the faithful Route 66 viewer, but it is, largely, dispensable to the more casual type - or those who believe after season two the show "jumped the shark".
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