Route 66 (1960–1964)
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Tod and Buz inadvertently become involved in the conflicts between a hops rancher/processor and his two teenage children. The spoiled, undisciplined boy and girl's immaturity end up causing fights, death and worker revolt.


Philip Leacock

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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
E.G. Marshall ... Gerald Emerson
Johnny Seven ... Ted Becker
Stephen Bolster Stephen Bolster ... Curt Emerson
Paul Genge ... Chuck Galloway
Phil Clarke Phil Clarke ... Dr. Linton
Anthony D. Call Anthony D. Call ... Frank Palmer (as Tony Call)
Bob Ament Bob Ament ... Boy
Dean Woolley Dean Woolley ... Station Man
Winnie Collins Winnie Collins ... Mrs. Hastings (as Winnie Coffin)
Joey Heatherton ... Karen Emerson


With $219 in savings after three months and 5,000 miles on the road, Tod and Buz believe it's time for some down time as they look for someplace quiet to relax for a few days. That down time doesn't happen for as soon as they walk into a bar in Grant's Pass, Oregon, they get into a fight. That fight leads to them meeting the Emerson family: wealthy hops plantation owner Gerald, and his two adult children Curt and Karen. In an effort not to be as strict as his father was which led to him hating him, Gerry has taken the exact opposite approach of giving his children unrestricted freedom, which has led to them being spoiled. Outwardly, Karen is the party girl, while Curt, who hangs out at bars and drinks too much, often tries to protect Karen's honor, which resulted in that fight that Tod and Buz broke up between Curt and an older man named Ted Becker, who would not hesitate to act upon Karen's implied invitations. Tod and Buz accept Gerry's offer for short term work as it is harvest ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

18 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Joey Heatherton's first credited appearance in TV or film. See more »


Curt is driving a station wagon when he arrives at the boat livery just before the last fight. After the fight when everyone has returned to farm. They only bring back two of the vehicles. The station wagon in not one of them. There were more than enough people. See more »


[last lines]
Tod Stiles: I remember something Dad used to say.
Buz Murdock: What's that?
Tod Stiles: Whenever you reach an impasse look at the the third side of the coin.
Buz Murdock: The third side?
Tod Stiles: Yea.
Buz Murdock: I thought there was only two sides to a coin.
Tod Stiles: The third side is the edge, the place the two sides come together. The meeting place of heads and tails. Dad used to say that was the best side, because it welds opposites together. And it's a circle, a continuous circle, closed and perfect, as endless as understanding itself.
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Eye- Catching Locations, Spotty Acting
23 August 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Be sure to catch the opening scene of Buzz and Todd tooling along a country road. There they discuss for one of the few times why they're following life on the road instead of settling down like everyone else of the 1950's. In this entry they end up in Grant's Pass, Oregon, with a dysfunctional family of a prominent hops grower, yes, hops! Trouble is the boy (Bolster) can't stay out of trouble, which he can't handle. So Buzz ends up fighting his fights for him. Then too, the daughter (Heatherton) works at being a rural Lolita in overdone fashion. Overall, I agree with reviewer zsenorsock: the episode might work if Bolster and Heatherton could act. Unfortunately, both border on parody. Nonetheless, the Oregon locations are persuasive, while the whitewater rafting down the Rogue River amounts to a scenic and dramatic highpoint. All in all, however, the entry is only average, at best.

(For an exciting Technicolor adventure down the Rogue catch up with Rogue River {1950} with Peter Graves.)

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