Tod and Buz travel to Los Angeles in response to a letter Tod received from an Aunt who has not been heard of for 20 yrs and thought to be dead. From her deathbed she makes a final request ...
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Tod and Buz travel to Los Angeles in response to a letter Tod received from an Aunt who has not been heard of for 20 yrs and thought to be dead. From her deathbed she makes a final request of Tod-find her daughter. Tod and Buz embark on a search that leads them to many people and places and eventually to the answer. Written by
Tod turns out to have an Aunt who was the black sheep of the family. She's wound up living in poverty in Los Angeles and is now dying. She asks Tod to find her daughter before she dies. They go around to various seedy venues in LA, tracing down the daughter's life and getting flashes of what she must have been like, Citizen Kane style. They wind up with the most outlandish of all the many fight scenes in this punch-happy series, where T & B take on a whole street gang and vanquish them as if they were in a martial arts film.
The best thing about this episode is the performance of Beatrice Straight as the dying woman. Fifteen years later she won an Oscar for playing William Holden's estranged wife in "Network". It's been timed as the shortest Oscar winning performance ever, (5 minutes and 40 seconds of screen time). That's about what she has here and she also makes a big impression. I don't think I've ever seen a better performance as deathly ill person. Her make-up Is excellent, with blackened eyes and sunken cheeks. Here voice is weak and cracked. The knowledge that her life is now measured in hours and minutes dominates every word. She seems almost like a drowning person, trying to cling onto something, in this case the memory of her daughter.
Royal Dano, as the doctor in this, is very much like the coroner character he plays in "The Right Stuff"
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