On intuition Buz steers the 66ers off route to a Maryland hamlet where everyone thinks they recognize Buz - as returning prodigal of a hated local clan. When Buz meets the Colby clan they ...
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On intuition Buz steers the 66ers off route to a Maryland hamlet where everyone thinks they recognize Buz - as returning prodigal of a hated local clan. When Buz meets the Colby clan they look like clones - of Buz. Tod & Buz speed into Charm City where a family member ran to with-child, disappearing into the sin-filled streets of Baltimore. Orphan Buz has to know if she's his mother.Written by
"The Mud Nest" is chiefly remembered as the episode where Buz is mistaken for a Colby by the entire fearsome Colby clan, led by Lon Chaney as the patriarch, calling out all his grandsons to fight Buz to prove he's really one of them, with each played by the actual siblings of George Maharis. Chaney is in and out fairly quickly, the remainder of the episode taken up by the search for the missing Dorothea Colby, who fled the family some 25 years ago for the big city (Baltimore), gave birth to a son, and promptly disappeared off the face of the earth. A sympathetic investigator is played by Edward Asner, with a full head of hair, and the big revelation features Betty Field as the missing mother, whose picture I identified as soon as I saw it. Although they share no scenes together, both Chaney and Field are reunited from 1939's "Of Mice and Men," and coincidentally, both passed away within two months of each other in 1973. This was Lon Chaney's first appearance on ROUTE 66, followed by the more famous "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing" and "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!"
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