Run, Buddy, Run

Season 1 Episode 8

I Want a Piece of That Boy

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 1966 on CBS
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Mr. D., Junior and Wendell are at the boxing matches; Frankie Phillips TKOs his opponent. Later, in Mr. D.'s office, Wendell asks, "Profitable night, Mr. D.?" To which Mr. D. replies, "Extremely so, I had 10 grand on Phillips." It turns out Phillips was the underdog, but Mr. D. owns both fighters-- he advises Junior, "It's okay to bet, but never gamble." (laugh track) The hotline rings; it's an Overstreet sighting, in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. D. sends Wendell and Harry. But by the time they are getting there, Buddy is already on a road 55 miles south of Louisville, hitchhiking to Mexico; Wendell and Harry drive right by him!* Frankie Phillips and his manager Marty Mason are driving to Memphis, Tennessee, for a fight; Phillips says he will need a sparring partner-- by coincidence, they pick up hitchhiker Buddy. (They have no idea who Buddy is.) Meantime, back in New York, Mr. D. and Junior decide to watch Phillips' next fight in Memphis; Junior tells dad it's 1,122 miles to Memphis.** Mr. D.'s limo stops in Louisville to pick up Wendell and Harry; as the car is speeding along, Mr. D. says, "Good-bye, Wendell." That's Wendell cue to open the door and jump out of the speeding car; (a running gag in this series). At the gym, Phillips pummels sparring partner Buddy. Former middleweight champ "Dynamite" Williams advises Buddy to quit. But later, while sparring again, Buddy tries to swat a bee in the ring, and winds up knocking Phillips out cold; Buddy runs away. When Mr. D. shows up, and finds his "contender" unconscious, he tells Marty Mason to find that sparring partner, saying "From now on, I got a piece of that boy." Mr. D. sets up a fight: the sparring partner against the champ Eddie Navarro. Later, Marty Mason offers Buddy $2,500 to fight the champ; since Buddy is flat broke, he accepts. Since Buddy was running to Mexico, he tells him his name is "Kid Mexico." (a running gag, he has a different alias every week.) But Buddy doesn't know that Mr. D. is betting 20 grand on him to win-- nor that Mr. D. and his boys will be at the fight! On the night of the fight Buddy, weighing in at 156 pounds, lasts about 26 seconds before Navarro knocks him to the mat. Mr. D. gets out of his chair and leans over him and yells, "Get up, Overstreet, and get him!" Then Mr. D. does a double-take: "Overstreet?!" Buddy does what he does best: runs. Wendell and Harry chase him, but Buddy removes a manhole cover in the street, and goes down. After Wendell and Harry are gone, Buddy gets a lift up by the sewer worker (Ed Norton?) who then waves good-bye to him. Buddy decides, with a name like Kid Mexico, he better head the opposite direction-- and thumbs a ride north. (synopsis by: kdh) *[geography goof # 1: If Wendell and Harry are coming from New York City, why are they in their car SOUTH of Louisville driving north? --- Mr. D. "I can answer that: they're idiots!"] **[geography goof # 2: It's 956 miles from New York City to Memphis, Tennessee.] [trivia: Bernie Hamilton was Captain Harold C. Dobey on "Starsky and Hutch".] [trivia: Allan Melvin is best remembered as Archie Bunker's pal Barney Hefner.]moreless

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