Tod and new friend/traveling companion (Lincoln Case) are in Galveston, Texas working as laborers at a cotton processing plant. Linc is "knocked out" by a kooky girl he meets in a seamy ...
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Tod and new friend/traveling companion (Lincoln Case) are in Galveston, Texas working as laborers at a cotton processing plant. Linc is "knocked out" by a kooky girl he meets in a seamy Greek fisherman's bar. Something in her past has scared and scarred her. What she wants out of life is unknown - even to herself. Written by
This time Linc must deal with a crazy lady, except she's not very crazy. Anne Helm makes her third appearance on the show as a college student who came from a home where they had a lot of material things but not a lot of emotional support. She's run away to a coastal town and is living it up with the denizens of local bars. Linc sees her there and falls hard for her. The local Sheriff, a friend of the family, warns him off her, describing her emotional vulnerabilities. The descriptions of this episode describe her problem as "retreating into a fantasy world " but she just complains about people responding to superficial things like how cute she was as a kid. I never was able to discern what her real problem was but she tries to solve it by jumping off a peer, (there was no bear pit available), and Linc jumps in to save her.
There's more discussion of Vietnam, with Linc trying to tell of his very real problems there to contrast, while not belittling her rather lesser difficulties. The title comes from an old fire engine she mounts at an amusement park, from where she makes one of her speeches.
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