Route 66 did not shy away from religious topics, but that is not surprising considering its cultural context. Watching "The Strengthening Angel" through the eyes of 2008, however, I was impressed with the open spirituality of this episode. Not only does the beginning take place at a Christian revival, but the show also presents a woman's spiritual conversion in great detail and unequivocally shows her faith in God to be the key to her social redemption. I was impressed by the unabashed faith presented in this episode.
Another notable feature of "The Strengthening Angels" is its willingness to tackle hot-button issues of the time, namely single motherhood, rape, and civic responsibility. That's what makes this episode an archetypal example of what Route 66 has to offer.