Tod and Buz are working in Chicago as, respectively, a motel lifeguard and a warehouse employee. Buz inadvertently helps colleagues who are playing a nasty practical joke on their ...
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Tod and Buz are working in Chicago as, respectively, a motel lifeguard and a warehouse employee. Buz inadvertently helps colleagues who are playing a nasty practical joke on their supervisor; the latter, profoundly embarrassed by the intrusion into his private life, quits. Buz tries to help him regain his confidence, in part by orchestrating a meeting between the supervisor and the telephone-answering-service woman that the "joke" centered on.Written by
This episode, filmed in Chicago, shows famous landmark Marina City, under construction in 1962. The corn cob shaped structures are still an iconic landmark in photos and movies made in Chicago. See more »
The ending caught me by surprise, showing how cleverly the plot's main threads are prepared. However, except for the opening, the narrative itself is mild, at best. Buz gets involved in Sam's (Booke) forlorn love life after he unknowingly helps his warehouse co-workers play a cruel practical joke on the physically unattractive Sam. Poor Sam's been carrying on a telephone romance where the two romancers have never seen each other. To make himself interesting to his phone mate he suggests a resemblance to old time movie star Brian Aherne. But why Buzz should get so deeply involved in this charade appears, to me, under-motivated except for story needs. As a result, our guys spend the storyline trying to rebuild Sam's exhausted self-confidence, which is poignant at times, but becomes rather monotonous. Then too, I expect that slam-bang beginning was to compensate for the big slow down that soon takes over.
Booke is pretty good as the sympathetic Sam without overdoing it. At the same time, Buz and Tod are in the thick of it, without having to stand around as stories sometimes require them to do. I agree with fellow reviewers that the Chicago backgrounds contribute a lot. Nonetheless, I wouldn't count the hour as among the series better ones, despite the clever upshot.
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