Route 66: Season 1, Episode 6

Ten Drops of Water (11 Nov. 1960)

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Tod and Buz,working as ranch hands in a drought stricken area of Utah,befriend a desperate family.The family's farm does not have sufficient water to maintain the livestock.The family comes... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Burt Brinckerhoff ...
Virgil Paige
Helen Paige
Robert F. Simon ...
Mr. Pepperell
Sara Haden ...
Mrs. Pepperell
Oliver McGowan ...
Owen Moorcraft
Tony Haig ...
Homer Paige


Tod and Buz,working as ranch hands in a drought stricken area of Utah,befriend a desperate family.The family's farm does not have sufficient water to maintain the livestock.The family comes to realize that solving the problem in the short run may not be the only option. Written by dubchi

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Helen Paige: Virg, I don't want to fight anymore.
Virgil Paige: Helen, we got a piece of land, that's more than most people.
Helen Paige: And did you ever stop to add up the cost? Mother was 31 when she died and Dad was 44.
Virgil Paige: What is it that you want to do instead?
Helen Paige: I want to sell out! Don't tell me you never thought about it.
Virgil Paige: Helen, we had three generations of people give up their lives for this ranch, not so we could sell out.
Helen Paige: When we found Homer he was just sitting there next to Overjack. Overjack was dead. Homer knew it but he just ...
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A Nice Twist
28 February 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This story has a nice twist. Usually the boys find someone in trouble and help solve the problem. In this case, in solving the short term problem, the boys help the Page family realize they CANNOT solve the long term problem, and perhaps the real solution is for them to quit and move away.

While motoring across Utah, the boys come across a young man (Tony Haig) selling his beloved donkey. Thinking the family just needs money, they buy it back and go to return the donkey to the kid at the Page farm. When they get there, they discover the reason the donkey was sold was because they didn't have enough water to keep it alive. If they don't get more water soon, either by drilling or buying water, the cattle and all the other animals will die.

The straight at it kind of script would have Tod and Buz solving the water problem, the family being grateful, and then everyone moves on. But Howard Rodman's excellent script is not so simple. It addresses the long term problem and happiness of the three Page siblings--the oldest played by Bert Brinkerhoff, with Deborah Walley as his sister and Haig as the youngest brother. Their family has lived on the land for three generations and are determined to make a go of it, despite the odds.

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