Tod, still alone,travels to Corpus Christi, Texas for a job at a grain processing plant and encounters a thieving 13 year old boy. The boy and his sister are orphans who dislike their ...
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Tod, still alone,travels to Corpus Christi, Texas for a job at a grain processing plant and encounters a thieving 13 year old boy. The boy and his sister are orphans who dislike their foster parents and are looking for a new life in a different town-and a father figure. Tod is a possible candidate. Written by
Once again "Starring George Maharis" is shown on screen in the opening credits despite the fact that George Maharis had left the series.As in the previous episode,"Buz" is not mentioned in the episode. See more »
My dad said, wear a hat, walk fast and you'll be rich by the time you're 35.
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2/15/63 "Somehow it Gets to be Tomorrow" (spoilers)
Todd is now in Texas where he gets involved with a street urchin who cons him and then runs from the police. Martin Balsam plays a social worker who warns Todd about the kid, correctly predicting that he'll be back. It's interesting to compare this episode to season one's "Like a Motherless Child" where Todd wants to return the kid they find on the road to the orphanage he ran away from but Buz hates the idea due to his own experience with an orphanage and his mistrust of the authorities. Two years later, Todd has an attitude closer to Buz's, suggesting that this was going to be a 'Buz' episode originally. Maharis is still in the credits but there's no mention of Buz.
The kid in this episode, (Roger Mobley), is the older brother of a sister who still lives with a foster family they were assigned to after their parents died. Roger ran away some months ago. He worships his father, who was independent and a tough disciplinarian. He didn't like the foster family because they were too 'nice' and forgiving. Todd thinks a hickory stick would be therapeutic and at one point tells the social worker that if the kid misbehaved "I'd have belted him." Values certainly have changed.
The kid selects Todd as a prospective new father, putting him through various tests, including getting him involved in a brawl, (his father was a tough street fighter). Todd agrees to at least drive the boy and his sister to the bus station so they can run off together. He's actually going to drive them to where Balsam is waiting. But he feels guilty about it and lets them run off before he gets there.
This seems very contradictory to Todd's personality and values. What are these children running from? 'Nice' people? What are they running to? We last see them running across an open field. To what fate? A very unsatisfactory episode.
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