Route 66: Season 3, Episode 18

Suppose I Said I Was the Queen of Spain (8 Feb. 1963)

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Tod, now alone and working in the Los Angeles area as an oil field laborer, meets the girl of his dreams. She is attractive, playful and intelligent but evasive. After his credit card turns... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Buz Murdock (credit only)
Lee Winters
Lieutenant Cook
Mr. Mills
Frederic Downs ...
Reverend Brenton
Cece Whitney ...
Waitress Ethel (as Ce Ce Whitney)
Jerry Hausner ...
Suzanne Ried ...
Dale Johnson ...
Maitre D'


Tod, now alone and working in the Los Angeles area as an oil field laborer, meets the girl of his dreams. She is attractive, playful and intelligent but evasive. After his credit card turns up missing, Tod begins to unravel the mystery and finds the dream has turned into a nightmare - and three different people. Written by dubchi

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8 February 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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In the opening credits "Starring George Maharis" is shown on screen even though George Maharis had made his last appearance in the series in the previous episode. See more »


After Diane turns off the music in Tod's apartment, a crewman can be seen moving behind a table lamp to Tod's right. See more »


Tod Stiles: [Tod notices a poodle outside his window and walks outside to it] Well now, whose little boy are you?
[He looks over and sees Diane]
Diane: And whose little boy are you?
Tod Stiles: Unlicensed, unregistered, unclaimed, and... waiting to be unleashed.
Diane: Tonight? Eightish?
Tod Stiles: Where?
Diane: The same place you closed Saturday night.
Tod Stiles: How do you know where I was Saturday night?
[She turns and starts to walk away]
Tod Stiles: I'm Tod, whom might you be?
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2/8/63 "Suppose I said I was the Queen of Spain? (spoilers)
16 October 2015 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

Tod is alone again but he's in California, not Tennessee. Specifically, he's in LA, where he encounters a young woman in various guises, including a seductive, sophisticated lady and a Salvation Army worker. It turns out, (as we find out at the very end) that she's an actress, or at least an acting student, who impersonates people out in the world as practice for her roles and to see if she can do it convincingly. Route 66's sister show Naked City, (done by the same producers), did a show with the same premise, (but a very different plot), called "Dust Devil on a Quiet Street", (11/28/62).

The episode is a showcase for the great Lois Nettleton, who is equally convincing as the glamorous lady, the Salvation Army worker and also the college student, (although she was in her 30's at the time). I always said she had an actress's face: she could be beautiful if the part called for it or plain if that was what was needed. I think she was one of the best actresses on TV at the time and always a pleasure to watch. Here she has a long speech in a theater at the end, explaining who she is and what she does as if it was a play, right out of Pirandello.

But the big thing in this episode is the presence of a buddy for Todd, played by Robert DuVal, (in a toupee), named Lee, who seems to have all the lines Buz would have. His scenes are not vital to the plot: he's a sounding board in one scene and helps Todd get over a drinking spree in another. They could have been cut out or the lines given to another character, like a bartender. But they aren't. It's as if Buz's lines were just read by Duval as "Lee". It's quite a contrast to the fully re-written episodes in Tennessee. This suggests to me that this one was done in a hurry, as if they expected George Maharis to be in this episode and in the last moment, he had to beg out. Maharis is still in the opening credits but there is no mention of Buz and no communication with him, by letter or phone, (there is a brief phone conversation with "your old buddy Lee"). All of this makes it seem as if this was the first episode after Maharis had left the show for the final time and that "A Gift for a Warrior" might actually have been the last episode Maharis filmed after he attempted another comeback. Another alternative is that DuVal may have been auditioning to become Todd's new partner. If he was, nothing came of it.

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