A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the ...
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A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the scorned young woman but she refuses his help.Written by
Beginning with a character walking down bus steps wearing a hideous mask like something from The Twilight Zone and ending with one of the most surprising character twists of the series, "Love Is a Skinny Kid" is one of the best dramatic episodes of Route 66. Director James Sheldon weaves an interesting storyline among a great cast of actors, including Tuesday Weld, Cloris Leachman, and - instantly recognizable from his grin; smug, in this case - Burt Reynolds. Stirling Silliphant's storytelling and Sheldon's unique mixtures of the past and present on film make "Love Is a Skinny Kid" feel hauntingly sad, similar to the episode "Welcome to Amity." As in that case, Buz and Tod play well-defined secondary characters to, in this case, Weld's angry lead - an anger which is summarized by Buz at the beginning of the episode in fun, Beat Generation-style prose. The fictitious Kilkenny, TX, (actually Seagoville and Lewisville, TX) provided a very sparse and interesting background to match the deadly serious tone of the story, similar to the effect of the small Texas town portrayed in the movie "The Last Picture Show." This is, without question, a compelling episode of Route 66.
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