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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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Bruner
Harry Townes ...
Jason Palmer
Margaret Phillips ...
Mrs. Bainbridge
Harry Raybould ...
Charlie Briggs ...
Joan Chambers ...
Miriam (Age 9)
Cheryl Anderson ...
Janie (Age 9)
Patti Newby ...
Janie (Grown-Up) (as Pat Newby)
Cece Whitney ...
Woman (as Ce Ce Whitney)


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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6 April 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The masked woman places a half-page newspaper ad, yet the sheriff is able to read entire ad without opening it up while newspaper is folded in quarters. See more »

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I'm Just A Visiting Lube Job...
8 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, I love some of the "off-the-wall" sarcastic dialog scattered in episodes of Route 66 like the heading I've used here which Buz said to a young woman inquiring why he was in the fictional Texas town of Kilkenny Texas (actually filmed in Lewisville,TX). Other funny diatribes include a seemingly ad libbed spiel about "The Teenage Ghoul From Fijiama" - a second time to a dead-pan faced sheriff...And, remarks regarding Buz not hitting everyone in Kilkinny yet and the protagonist being the one who sprinkled salt on Carthage when they plowed it under as well as teaching Madame LaFarge (A Tale of Two Cities)to knit. There's gold in them hills (small details) if you listen and look!

Enough of the minutia...The episode itself is a stand-out. It investigates a mother's, as well as a communities, alienation of an adolescent young girl, resulting in her being institutionalized and claimed as dead. That's a timeless issue as society still wrestles with the tenderness of being an outsider while coming of age and the horrific possibilities which sometimes arise out of revenge. The way it is handled here is dark, but not to the point of hopelessness as this show never fails to blend plenty of entertainment in with whatever human drama it depicts. There is a ton of imagery embedded in the location chosen to use as the canvas which the story evolves from. Kilkenny (Lewisville) is both typical of small town America and haunting in its isolation.

Route 66 is well known to attract great guest stars, established ones and even, more so, those on the rise. This episode is memorable for Tuesday Weld in the main role with colorful support from Burt Reynolds (using his smart mouth as only he can) and (an amazingly cold mother) Cloris Leachman. Not to forget nice portrayals by Malcolm Atterbury (sheriff) and Harry Townes (newspaper editor) who you'll recognize by face. It all adds up to fairly deep and nuanced story and big-screen quality acting rolled into slightly less than an hour. Wow, and I've not even touched on the singularly most unusual, and compelling, device used...That would be the Kabuki style mask worn by Tuesday Weld for most of the first half of the story. It's disturbing and enigmatic to the "nth-degree"! Brilliant! This episode is rich and a must see.

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