Tod and Buz are bamboozled into a tiny remote mountain town in New Mexico. Once there,they are convicted on a trumped up "crime" with the sentence being to teach school for one year. Slowly...
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Tod and Buz are bamboozled into a tiny remote mountain town in New Mexico. Once there,they are convicted on a trumped up "crime" with the sentence being to teach school for one year. Slowly,they come to lose their resentment and actually end up empathizing with the reason for the deception. Written by
Milner gets to shine in this oddball episode. Because Tod shows some education, the guys are hijacked into an isolated New Mexico village to teach the kids. (And catch that opening scene. It's a real stretch but also an effective hook.) Seems Miguel (Gomez), the village padrone, wants to preserve local customs, so he refuses to send the kids to public school in Santa Fe. Thus, Buzz and Tod are held captive while performing in the classroom.
Great local color from backwoods New Mexico. The 300-lb. Gomez makes an impressive character, jovial one moment, threatening the next. I'm glad writer Silliphant doesn't get too poetic, which he sometimes does. It's really a story about the importance of tradition, and how progress shouldn't be unthinking. Tod's little speech in behalf of the village is nicely affecting without going over the top. Looks like the production also included real villagers whose faces simply can't be duplicated along Hollywood and Vine.
Anyway, it's a typically engaging 60-minutes, showing why this was a ground-breaking series.
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