Route 66: Season 3, Episode 31

Soda Pop and Paper Flags (31 May 1963)

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Tod and Linc are en route from St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee. They stop in Mapleton, Mo., for gas. Tod defends a transient hobo from troublemakers. Deciding to stay, Tod & Linc go to work... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Emmett McNeill
Andy Ferguson
George Simmons
Jim Horst
Joseph Campanella ...
Whit Spencer
Johnnie Simmons
Dr. Glazer
Tommy Norden ...
Pete Ferguson (as Thomas Norden)
John Bartley Messenger ...
Don Simmons
Truck Driver


Tod and Linc are en route from St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee. They stop in Mapleton, Mo., for gas. Tod defends a transient hobo from troublemakers. Deciding to stay, Tod & Linc go to work for a rubber processing plant. Later when the hobo is accused by a mob of vigilantes of bringing a sleeping virus into town Tod once again helps him. Written by dubchi

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31 May 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Tod is working at a rubber plant in Mapleton, Missouri. He gives a young boy a ride home after work but the bulk of the ride was filmed on U.S. 19 North in St. Petersburg, Florida. The footage was probably shot a month or two earlier when they were in town filming "But What Do You Do In March?". See more »

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Disappointing Episode
10 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may well be the worst episode of this series that I've seen. It wasted a great cast on a silly plot.

Tod and Linc are passing through a small town when they stop to fill up with gas and hamburgers. Tod gets into a fracas defending The Tramp (played by Chester "Boston Blackie" Morris) who has been set upon by three teenage punks. When the cops arrive the kids try to lie their way out of it but a witness (after prompting by Honest Citizen played by Frank Overton) lays the blame where it belongs. Meanwhile Linc has an encounter with some kids one of whom (played very well by Tommy "Flipper" Norden)wants a ride in the Vette.

They decide to hang around town a while and take jobs at a rubber processing plant ran by the Honest Citizen. Tod works in the plant while Linc goes on the road as a salesman. In the most bizarre side plot, Linc is taken to a bar by Sleazy Businessman (played to weird perfection by a young Tom Bosley) who plans to use Linc as Stud Honey to attract the female flies.

The main plot, such as it is, has two of the kids come down with sleeping sickness. Immediately the town cop (played as both Good Cop and Bad Cop by Joe Campanella) rounds up all strangers which includes Tod, the tramp, and a truck driver played to annoying perfection by Bruce Glover.

The Town Doctor (played by a decidedly pre-Hawkeye Alan Alda) finds that The Bum has the sickness in his blood so naturally the Town Blowhard (ably played by the always effervescent Clifton James) and his gang wants to hang him or beat him up or something.

At the end we learn that the real culprit is a dog that was imported from Texas with the ticks attached that carry the sickness.

This is a very lame series entry. None of it makes much sense. The Tramp had no interaction with the kids (he certainly didn't bite them) so how could he have infected them? Given that its a disease spread by ticks, why would a human be suspected? Great cast, but a lousy story to end Season Three with.

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