Route 66 (1960–1964)
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The Thin White Line 

Tod and Buz,in Philadelphia working as "high floor" construction workers,are at a party and Tod mistakenly drinks a beer meant for a troublemaker.The beer was laced with "an experimental ... See full summary »

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David Lowell Rich

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Leonard Freeman (teleplay), Jordan Brotman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Murray Hamilton ... Dr. Bernard Anderson
Fred J. Scollay Fred J. Scollay ... Officer Romero
Al Lewis ... Joe
Sylvia Miles ... Red
Anita Gillette ... Nancy
Doris Rich Doris Rich ... Tambourine Maggie
Joe Warren Joe Warren ... Lieutenant Walker
Gary Dubin Gary Dubin ... Officer Warren (as Gary Michaels)
Leonardo Cimino ... Vendor
Ed Griffith Ed Griffith ... Harold
William Hinnant ... Ray (as Bill Hinnant)
Darrell Sandeen ... Duke
Bill Tierney Bill Tierney ... Drunk (as William Tierney)
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Tod and Buz,in Philadelphia working as "high floor" construction workers,are at a party and Tod mistakenly drinks a beer meant for a troublemaker.The beer was laced with "an experimental chemotherapy compound" by the party givers who are college students.Tod runs out of the party as the effects of the drug begin to wreak havoc on him.He experiences heightened senses,hallucinations and paranoia.Buz and the police turn Philly upside down to find Tod before he hurts himself or others. Written by David Stevens/dubchi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Tod's Drug Trip
23 June 2008 | by rwint1611See all my reviews

Tod mistakenly drinks a beer that is laced with a hallucinogenic drug that sends him into a near psychotic state and running out into the night streets of Philadelphia. Yet it is Buz that seems almost as volatile as he threatens to beat up the perpetrators as well as anyone else that doesn't answer, to his liking, as to Tod's whereabouts.

Some consider this one of the better episodes of the series, but it doesn't completely hold up. One of the problems is the fact that there aren't more special effects showing Tod's state of mind and the ones that are shown aren't all that exceptional. It would have also been better had he gone through some more recognizable parts of the city instead of just dimly lighted side streets and back alleys.

Tod's trip to a neighborhood bar becomes the most interesting sequence of the episode as he goes from hostile psycho to a carefree spirit and then back again almost instantaneously. Al Lewis is good in the role of a bartender who can't quite decide if he finds Tod amusing or someone that he should throw out. Sylvia Miles also has a nice part playing the role of a woman who takes Tod home with her. She is then made out to look like a witch during one of Tod's hallucinating episodes although in Miles's case no type of special make-up was needed. In the end the most notable aspect about this episode is simply seeing Milner, who is normally a very stiff and one dimensional actor, playing a more demanding and unique part.

Grade: B


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