Route 66

Season 2 Episode 16

1800 Days to Justice

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 26, 1962 on CBS

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  • Crackling story of a man on a mission to avenge his imprisonment. The writing is deft and the story is full of drama and atmosphere.

    Davey Job returns to Harcourt, Texas to exact justice after serving 1,800 days in prison.

    There is a lot going on in this installment. On the way to Dallas, Buz and Tod land in a depressing small town of single story brick buildings, weeds, and mud puddles just as an ex-con and his gang invade with semi-automatics and car phones and take the whole place hostage. He's back to put Harcourt Jr. (played by DeForest Kelley) on trial for his wrongful conviction. Kelley does much better with a natural southern accent than Marion Ross, who struggles as Davey's ex-girl with a heart of gold.

    Some nice touches include good lines for Noah Beery Jr. as Davey's brother, a wildcatter working a dry anticline, and for Buz, who has an instinctive hatred for Davey (as it turns out because they have a rebel streak in common). DeForest's character is revealed to be a snake and through a kangaroo court, Davey proves it. Thanks to the town's guilt and Buz's fists, the tale comes to a finish with some grey-areas left to the imagination. While it's a little tough to believe that Job will be excused for his actions, the episode makes a nice point in placing some blame among all the characters.

    While this episode is worth it for the guest stars alone, it's also one of my favorites of the series.