Run, Buddy, Run

Season 1 Episode 9

Buddy Overstreet, Forgive Me

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 1966 on CBS
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Buddy Overstreet, Forgive Me
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Buddy is in a factory, working as a welder. He makes the mistake of telling coworker Stan that Devere Enterprises has put a price on his head. Stan double-crosses Buddy, and phones Mr. D.'s office long-distance. Meanwhile, in New York, healthy Mr. D. and his sickly son Junior are getting their annual physical. But ambitious Mr. W. is double-crossing his boss Mr. D. -- in private, Mr. W. tells the doctor to tell Mr. D. he only has 3 months to live. When Mr. D. and Junior wonder why the doc is taking so long in his private office, Mr. D. quips to Junior, "He's probably having a little trouble finding your blood in the test tube." The doctor comes out and asks Junior to leave; and then he tells Mr. D. the bad news: he only has 3 months before he dies. Mr. D. thinks he's talking about sickly Junior. When the doc says it's him, Mr. D. does a double-take: "before *I* die?!" Later, Woodrow and Harry are paying Stan $2,500 for his tip. Stan tells Buddy he is has a phone call, from the pay-phone outside. But when Buddy gets into the phone booth, Woodrow and Harry put a rope around it, and put Buddy and the phone booth on the back of their pickup truck! Meanwhile, Junior is talking to dad; he's saying to make sure he goes "up there" (heaven) and not "down there," maybe he should make amends. Junior suggests he spare Buddy Overstreet-- after all, Mr. D. has never killed a civilian before. Mr. D. agrees. Of course, Mr. D. never does anything halfway. So Buddy is amazed when Mr. D. not only says, "Buddy Overstreet, Forgive Me"-- but actually wants to bring Buddy into the Organization. Mr. D. has his tailor make Buddy 6 suits and a dozen shirts; Mr. D. also orders a special bulletproof car for Buddy to ride in. But Mr. D. finds out that Mr. W. bribed the doc with 50-grand, to give him that phony "you're gonna die in 3 months" story. Mr. D. confronts the doctor over the phone; the doctor admits everything, and asks, "you're not angry?" To which Mr. D. replies, "Angry?! Of course not. As a matter of fact, I have a present for you: a funeral-- one I'm not using!" The doc grabs a suitcase and starts running the way Buddy used to. And so, Buddy has to start running again, too. He takes off in the bulletproof car-- which outruns Mr. D.'s limo that is chasing him. (synopsis by: kdh)moreless

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