Route 66: Season 3, Episode 24

Narcissus on an Old Red Fire Engine (29 Mar. 1963)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Anne Helm ...
Janie
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Mr. Nickerson (as Alan Hale)
Phyllis Hill ...
Mrs. Nickerson
Pat Renella ...
Paul
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Nick
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Police Chief (as Warren Kemmerling)
James O'Hara ...
Bill Caldwell
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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 dubchi

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Youthful Angst Collides With Mental Illness
21 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will have to admit I'm not certain what Stirling Sillphant was going for here. Was he exploring a collision of youthful angst with mental illness? I definitely feel the protagonist, Janie Nickerson, was suffering from some sort of personality defect as implied by the episode's title. A somewhat strange slow to unfold episode that is low on the entertainment quotient.

On the plus side we, more or less, officially get Tod's new sidekick Lincoln Case played by Glenn Corbett(he was a guest star in the previous episode). Wisely, the producers make the replacement a "soft" one where the viewer isn't completely sure if they are going to drift as a pair. Maharris is sorely missed, but I can see why those in charge felt Corbett had the required striking good looks as well as the ability to sell that all element of unpredictability which Maharris had in spades. Sadly, steady viewers failed to give Corbett his deserved due. Watching now, detached from the brouhaha of the various stories for Mahariss's departure, it's clear Corbet was up to the task. There is a few nice Texas coast location shots as well as a remembrance of how things were when "Cotton was King" in America. Not a must episode other than Case assuming the Maharris role.


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