Route 66: Season 2, Episode 25

Love Is a Skinny Kid (6 Apr. 1962)

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A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the ... See full summary »

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Miriam
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Lydia
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Sheriff Bruner
Harry Townes ...
Jason Palmer
Margaret Phillips ...
Mrs. Bainbridge
Harry Raybould ...
Les
Charlie Briggs ...
Jed
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Tommy
Joan Chambers ...
Waitress
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Miriam (Age 9)
Cheryl Anderson ...
Janie (Age 9)
Patti Newby ...
Janie (Grown-Up) (as Pat Newby)
Cece Whitney ...
Woman (as Ce Ce Whitney)
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A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the scorned young woman but she refuses his help. Written by David Stevens

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The Mask
24 August 2008 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This episode has a really terrific and intriguing set-up. It deals with a woman (Weld) who gets off of a bus wearing a dreadful mask that she refuses to take off and thus sends the small Texas town into a complete frenzy.

This episode stands out with some good and memorable imagery. The mask is one, which is incredibly macabre and creepy looking. The other is a scene where the Weld character burns a doll on a stake on the front lawn of her parent's house.

This is also one episode that makes terrific use of its location and nicely interweaves it into the story. A real good example of this is the sound of the wind blowing off the flat and desolate Texas plains as the Weld character talks with a woman who now lives in the house that she once grew up in.

The story touches on some good issues, namely going back to conquer one's childhood demons as well as the need to satisfy ones need for vengeance as well as learning to forgive and move on. The plot though has enough complex and shocking story lines to it that fifty minutes just does not do it justice. This is the kind of story that deserved a two part episode and could easily have been made into a feature length film or hardcover novel.

Burt Reynolds appears briefly as a punk who harasses Weld and then ends up in a fist fight with Buz. Weld is a great actress, but here after she takes off her mask, she doesn't seem quite as compelling. It is really Cloris Leachman who steals the show as the heartless and cold mother, especially at the end.

This episode also features a great line of dialogue. The town's newspaper editor advises Weld that she will have to take off the mask because it will frighten too many people. Weld then points to all the townspeople standing outside and replies "I'll take off my mask when you have them take off theirs."

Grade: A-


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