Episode Reviews (2)
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The scenario is contrived, but it's nice to see Tod and Buz in a fatherly role (as opposed to a love interest one) for a change.
[mild spoiler alert] The premise of the episode is that a small New Mexico town has to kidnap a college-educated person in order to staff its small school with a competent teacher; Tod just happens to be the unlucky victim. However, that premise is so ridiculous that it makes a mockery of a serious issue, namely the underfunding of minority schools in remote territories of the country.
The only part of the episode that I found to be redeeming was the care and concern that Tod and Buz showed for the children they were teaching. Both showed definite fatherly potential and compassion as teachers, though their lessons were a little all over the place.moreless
Todd and Buz help people against their will initially then come through as the decent guys they are.
I wish I could be certain, but I think this is the episode that caused my father to cry. The scene involved Todd making a speech about these Hispanic people who love their children and their town as the camera panned a room full of actual residents. I always thought it might be an episode about migrant workers in the Imperial Valley but as far as I can determine, there is no such episode. For this reason and for the fact that Todd actually does make a speech here, I'm pretty sure this is the episode I'm remembering.
I wasn't planning on ordering this second volume of season one from Amazon because this is the only episode that sounds worth seeing again. The remainder I remember or I suspect from the plot summaries of James Rosin's book to be silly with Stirling Silliphant's allusionary monologues the only saving grace.moreless