Route 66

Season 1 Episode 5

The Strengthening Angels

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 04, 1960 on CBS

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  • A migrant worker with a bad reputation finds God.

    Route 66 was a show I'd heard of, but never actually seen, since it hasn't been in syndication, at least not that I'm aware of, but thankfully it's now available on DVD. In this installment, the recently dearly departed Suzanne Pleshette is Lotti Montana, a migrant worker who suddenly runs away from a revival meeting, leaving her daughter behind, and catches a ride with Tod and Buz in the pouring rain. She begs them not to stop in the town of Sparrow Falls, even though the next town is 200 miles away. When they are stopped by the police, Tod and Buz want to know what she was running from. They find out that she killed a man eight months earlier, but they are convinced she had a reason, and find a lawyer to help her, a lawyer with issues of his own. Along the way, Buz gets into his usual fisticuffs, but there is something here that you probably won't see on a network TV show today. The preacher from the revival center finds her in jail, tells her about God's forgiveness, and the two pray. Lotti gets down on her knees with her eyes closed, and devotes herself to Christ. The scene was dealt with sensitively and sympathetically. That was 1960. Imagine seeing something like that on network television today. A great show. Catch it if you can.