Route 66 (1960–1964)
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To Walk with the Serpent 

Tod and Buz are asked by the FBI to infiltrate a nativist hate group.


James Sheldon


Will Lorin, Herbert B. Leonard (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Dan O'Herlihy ... John Westerbrook
Simon Oakland ... Ben Newcombe
Judson Laire Judson Laire ... Henry Westerbrook
Logan Ramsey ... Emery Williams
Frank Sutton ... Jack Davis
Joseph Campanella ... Perry Hall
DeAnn Mears DeAnn Mears ... Amelia Van Ness


After a right wing extremist endeavors to recruit Tod & Buz as they check out patriotic sites in Boston, the FBI persuades Tod to go undercover for them in an effort to prevent any violence. Advising Tod and the FBI is the charismatic leader's own father, who can't stop his brilliant, deranged son by himself. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

5 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Westerbrook's last name is spelled incorrectly as Westbrook on the official board outside the meeting hall. See more »

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Dan O'Herlihy is Really Fantastic Here
26 May 2008 | by rwint1611See all my reviews

Decent episode that is helped immensely by O'Herlihy's excellent performance as the twisted head of a Neo-Nazi group. He definitely should have won an Emmy for this one. The story has Tod and Buz being courted by the F.B.I. to infiltrate the group to find out where they are hiding some major explosives and what they plan on doing with them.

The episode has a very shocking scene where Tod takes part in a gang beating of Buz! However the story does have a lot of weaknesses. One is the group's absurd plans of blowing up a crowd of would be followers and then using the ensuing trial as a pulpit to promote their agenda. Even if the O'Herlihy character is written in as a nut-case it is hard to believe that his followers would be so stupid as to go along with the plan and not see how utterly ridiculous it is.

The script is also too quick to write off hate groups as simply the lunatic fringe without digging into the more deeper complexities that causes it. It also doesn't acknowledge how much hate groups have permeated the American society and are more a part of the American fabric than we may like to think.

There is also a scene where Tod and Buz are shown a film of one of the Neo-Nazi groups meetings that was secretly captured by an undercover agent. The film that they watch has a lot cutaways of reaction shots of the members, which technically would not be possible if it was really taped by just one person. Otherwise it is a pretty good episode with good supporting performances by Ramsey and Sutton as O'Herlihy's henchman.

Grade: B+

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