Route 66 (1960–1964)
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A Gift for a Warrior 

Tod and Buz, about to enter Mexico from California, encounter a young man who is there to meet his American father for the first time. The father was in Germany 18 years before as a WWII ... See full summary »


David Lowell Rich


Lawrence B. Marcus (television story) (as Larry Marcus), Lawrence B. Marcus (teleplay) (as Larry Marcus) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
James Whitmore ... Ralph Vincent
Carolyn Kearney ... Norma Vincent
Lars Passgård ... Eric (as Lars Passgaard)
Don Diamond ... Manuel
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Deputy
Tanigoshi Tanigoshi ... Japanese Worker
Fletcher Allen Fletcher Allen ... Truck Driver
Hans Difflipp Hans Difflipp ... Second Mate
Willy Kaufman Willy Kaufman ... Ship's Cook (as Willy Kaufmann)
Dick Wilson ... Security Guard


Tod and Buz, about to enter Mexico from California, encounter a young man who is there to meet his American father for the first time. The father was in Germany 18 years before as a WWII G.I. and has no idea what he is about to encounter - or that he even has a son. Buz disappears permanently with no explanation after this episode. Written by dubchi

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English | German | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

18 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chula Vista, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the last appearance of Buz Murdock. Because many shows are broadcast out of their filming order, it is very likely this one was filmed before several of the "Buz-less" episodes that preceded it. A strong clue is the seemingly out of place reappearance of the older Corvette. See more »

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1/18/63 "A Gift for a Warrior"
7 October 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

And suddenly Buz is back! All is well! Or is it? Most accounts say that this is an episode recorded earlier, before they went back to the Midwest that was still unseen when the hepatitis returned. I'm still unsure about this, considering that the previous episodes in Missouri and Tennessee maintained the connection of Buz with the series, that this episode began a series of episodes that take place from California to Texas and that Robert Duval plays a Buz-like character in the next episode.

The boys are headed to Tijuana for a good time when they encounter a German sailor who has jumped ship, (there's quarantine due to a possible epidemic which somehow disappears from the plot). He's searching for his father who, as a GI, impregnated his mother in post-war Germany and then went home. The father now owns a ranch on the boarder and employs migrant workers, a combination of Asians and Mexicans and now a German is added to the mix- along with Todd and Buz, who are concerned about the young man, especially when they find a gun in his knapsack, and decide to tag along.

The German is played by Lars Passgård, a Swedish actors whose career was almost entirely in that country's cinema. In fact, he's just been in Ingmar Bergman's film "Through a Glass Darkly. His only other encounter with Hollywood seems to have been a role in the film "The Prize", about the competition for the Nobel Prizes, which came out this same year. I guess he stayed in town to do this one role and then went home. He is suitably intense here, as you can see from the picture that heads this page.

The father, (James Whitmore), has finally decided to marry: a young wife who reminds the sailor of a picture of his mother. It turns out that's why he's marrying her. The ending is perhaps more melodramatic than it needs to be. It might actually contain the last images of George Maharis as Buz Murdock, making it even more poignant. They were certainly the last images the audience saw, at last until reruns and DVDs.

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