Run, Buddy, Run - Season 1

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  • Buddy Overstreet, Please Come Home
    12/5/66
    9.5
    After Mr. D. had been chasing Buddy all season, he finds himself being chased: by tax auditors. Devere Enterprises may have to shut down their illegal operations and go legit. Wendell and Harry get regular jobs. Since McGregor had turned state's witness against Norton and Joseph, the secret of "Chicken Little" is out; so Mr. D. is no longer hunting for Buddy. So now, when he reads a missing persons ad: "Buddy Overstreet, Please Come Home" he can finally go home to his family.moreless
  • The Sky is Falling
    The Sky is Falling
    Episode 12
    11/28/66
    8.5
    In the steambath, Buddy had overheard the code words "Chicken Little," which indicated the first part of a master scheme Devere Enterprises had. But now, phase 2 of the plan is in effect: "The Sky is Falling." Once again, Buddy is in the wrong place at the wrong time-- when he overhears those words, Mr. D. and his boys come gunning for Buddy again.moreless
  • Good-bye, Wendell
    Good-bye, Wendell
    Episode 11
    11/21/66
    9.5
    Everytime Wendell goofs up and lets Buddy Overstreet slip through his fingers, Mr. D. says, "Good-bye, Wendell" -- and Wendell has to jump out of a speeding car, or jump off the 12th floor balcony of the Devere Enterprises building. But when Wendell seems to disappear for good, the search is on to find Wendell. In an ironic twist of events, it is now Buddy Overstreet who must try to find Wendell, instead of the other way around.moreless
  • Mr. D's Revenge
    Mr. D's Revenge
    Episode 10
    11/14/66
    9.0
    Mr. D. has been foiled repeatedly in his attempts to rub out Buddy Overstreet. So Mr. D. sets up an elaborate plan to trap Buddy. But due to an identity mix-up, the tables are turned, and it is Wendell who falls victim to Mr. D's Revenge.
  • Buddy Overstreet, Forgive Me
    11/7/66
    9.3
    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
  • I Want a Piece of That Boy
    10/31/66
    8.5
    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
  • Bank Holdup
    Bank Holdup
    Episode 7
    10/24/66
    8.4
    At Devere Enterprises they are having a meeting; order of business: Buddy Overstreet. Mr. D. grouses, "At this rate, Overstreet's gonna die of old age!" Junior announces that, based on his research, Buddy must be in the San Francisco area. Just then Mr. D. gets a call: there was an "Overstreet sighting" in Ridgedale, Connecticut. Mr. D. sends Wendell and Harry, and tells them: don't return without killing Overstreet. In Ridgedale, Buddy is having coffee at a diner. Wendell and Harry are outside in their limo. But another car with crooks pulls up; the inept driver Harold, the getaway man, bumps into other cars as he tries to park. When he goes into the diner to get sandwiches, the 2 thugs in the back-seat, Max and Lou, say they need a better driver. When Buddy comes out of the diner, Wendell and Harry chase him; Buddy gets into Harold's car and speeds away. There is a zany, high-speed car chase with Buddy driving like crazy with Wendell and Harry in pursuit; Buddy gets away. Buddy drives Max and Lou to their hideout. Max's boss is Ernie; Max tells him what a great driver Buddy is, doing turns at 90 mph. Ernie makes Buddy an offer he can't refuse: be the getaway driver for their bank robbery, or else. Back in New York, Wendell is riding in Mr. D.'s limo, telling him how Buddy Overstreet got away again. Mr. D. frowns and says, "Good-bye, Wendell." That's his cue to open the door and jump out of their speeding car. (a running gag in this series.) That night, Buddy sneaks out to a phone booth and alerts the police to the impending bank robbery; Max finds him and takes him back to the hideout. Next morning, a policeman phones the news to Mr. D. that the Midvale Savings and Loan will be hit; Devere Enterprises has $8,000,000 deposited there-- in fact, Mr. D. is Chairman of the Board for the bank. Mr. D. and associates fly to Connecticut. Mr. D., Junior, Wendell and Harry are at the bank; Mr. D. is talking to the police captain, saying what a shame it is that there are bank robbers, people who have "no respect for the law." (laugh track) Ernie and his boys pull up in their car; besides driving the getaway car, they have a new task for Buddy-- they tell him to go inside the bank with a tear gas canister. But when Buddy goes inside, Mr. D. sees him and yells, "Overstreet!" And so Mr. D. and his boys start blasting, along with the police captain and the other guards; when Ernie, Max and Lou enter (wearing gas masks), they get a hot reception. Buddy runs outside, gets in the car and speeds away. Later, back in Mr. D.'s office, he says to his boys how disappointed he is that Overstreet got away again. Mr. D. says the bank robbers got away, too-- they stole the police captain's car and used it as their getaway car. (synopsis by: kdh)moreless
  • The Death of Buddy Overstreet
    10/17/66
    9.3
    Buddy hops a freight to Florida. In an empty boxcar, he meets Norman Klute. Norman listens to Buddy's problems, and comes up with an idea: if Mr. D. thought Buddy was dead, he could stop running. They devise a plan: The Death of Buddy Overstreet. And so, Norman goes to Devere Enterprises in New York. Norman goes to Mr. D'.s office, where he is met by Mr. D., Junior, Wendell and Harry. When Norman says he knows where Buddy Overstreet is, Mr. D. has him relax in an upholstered chair; but then clamps snap over his wrists, a light comes down to his head to give him the 3rd degree, and Wendell and Harry hold guns to his head. After they question him, Mr. D. turns him loose. Norman will kill Buddy, (he says). Mr. D. gives his word to pay him $3,000 C.O.D. -- Cash On Demise. Norman Klute meets with Buddy in Florida. They make a film of Buddy's death, and Norman takes Buddy's wristwatch as proof. Then Norman goes back to New York, to meet with Mr. D. and his associates. In Mr. D.'s private office, Norman shows the film of him chasing and killing Buddy; the film is shot from various angles. (see: goofs and nitpicks) It seems Norman is carrying a machine-gun in a violin case, and Mr. D. quips, "a violin case? That cornball stuff went out with bathtub gin." (funny, considering that's how his boys used to do it in "The Untouchables.") But ultimately, Norman takes out a 6-shooter and shoots Buddy. (9 bullets!) Then he dumps Buddy's body into the ocean. Mr. D. is so pleased he pays him the $3,000 and gives him a $1,000 bonus. Everything was going fine-- until the technician who developed the film calls the cops. Norman Klute is arrested for the murder of Buddy Overstreet. Mr. D. wants to make sure the Syndicate isn't implicated; he tells Norman that he hired the greatest defense attorney in the country: Charles Druten. Norman nervously says, "Yeah, but even Perry Mason blew one once in a while." (laugh track) When Buddy reads the headlines that Norman is being tried for murder, he rushes to the courthouse; he gets there just as the jury is getting ready to deliberate. Since they showed the incriminating film of Buddy's death, it's an open-and-shut case-- the jury walks out a door and immediately walks back in. Buddy tells the guard that he must talk to the judge, it's a matter of life and death. The guard makes Buddy sit down in the courtroom-- right behind Mr. D. and his associates. When Buddy continues to talk to the guard, Mr. D. says, "Shh! Have you no respect for the law?" (laugh track) When the jury announces a guilty verdict, Buddy protests to the guard. Mr. D. turns around and says, "Overstreet, will you pipe down?" Mr. D. does a double-take. "Overstreet?!" Buddy approaches the bench and tells the judge he is still alive. The judge declares a mistrial. Buddy is on the run again; he runs out of the courthouse and into the street, with Mr. D., Junior, Wendell and Harry chasing him. (synopsis by: kdh) [veteran actor Jack Albertson is one of only 3 actors to have won the triple crown: Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards.] [trivia: Norman Alden appeared in over 60 movies and had over 100 TV appearances. Most notably, Norman played "Horrible" Hank Hopkins opposite Raquel Welch in the Roller Games "classic" movie "Kansas City Bomber" (1972); and Norman portrayed Cameraman Bill in the cult favorite "Ed Wood" (1994).]moreless
  • Grand Mexican Hotel
    10/10/66
    7.8
    Buddy has finally made it to Mexico. He stops at the "Hotel de Puerto Grande"-- Puerto Grande is a small, poor town: nobody stays there, people only drive through on their way to Mexico City. Buddy is broke, but for $3 he gets a hotel room; the kindly proprietor Jose tells Buddy that for $3 he can stay until another guest needs his room-- in other words, as long as he likes. Jose's wife is just called Mama; they have a son Pepe around 12, and a very beautiful daughter Rosita in her early 20s. Buddy suggests that they can attract tourists by putting out fliers saying they have fiestas there. Buddy writes brochures and gets them printed; Pepe distributes them all over town. By sheer coincidence, Mr. D., Junior and Wendell are driving to a business meeting in Mexico City. Like others, they are driving through Puerto Grande. But since the meeting isn't for a couple of days, Junior suggests they check into the local hotel: he just saw a flier advertising their "famous" fiestas. Buddy is out getting fiesta supplies when Mr. D. and company arrive at the hotel. But when they see the dilapidated place, Wendell quips, "I've broken out of better-looking jails than this." Jose greets the guests, and tells Mr. D. the presidential suite has just been vacated. Mr. D. sneers, "By who? Pancho Villa?" (he lived 1878-1923) But mischievous Pepe disables their car by stealing the distributor cap. When Mr. D. is forced to stay in the ramshackle accommodations, he fumes he'd like to kill the guy who wrote these brochures "even more than Buddy Overstreet!" (if only he knew they were one and the same!) Buddy comes back to the hotel, and gulps when he sees the long, black limo. Buddy wants to run, but Jose says he is a "master of disguises" and will disguise Buddy so no one will recognize him. (he puts a fake moustache on him.) With his identity thus concealed, Buddy plays the horn and sings for the guests. Lovely Rosita does the traditional Mexican hat dance. Rosita dances with Junior, a lady guest dances with Wendell, Mama dances with Mr. D. -- soon everyone is dancing. At one point, Buddy and Mr. D. are dancing in a circle around each other! But then Buddy's "disguise" falls off; Mr. D. picks it up and says, "You dropped your moustache, Overstreet." Mr. D. does a double-take: "Overstreet!" Since Buddy doesn't have a car, he jumps on a burro and rides away. Since Mr. D.'s car is missing the distributor cap, Mr. D. and Wendell hop on a cart pulled by a burro and give chase; but as Wendell quips, "even Ben Hur couldn't make this cart go any faster." Buddy gets away again. (synopsis by: kdh) [trivia: Henry Calvin is best remembered for playing big, good-natured Sergeant Garcia in the "Zorro" (1957) TV series.] [note: the end credits read: "and introducing Begonia Palacios." Actually, they were only introducing Begoña (1941-2000) to American audiences. This beautiful actress had already been in 20 Mexican movies, since she was 18 years old. The only movie shown in the USA was "El Vampiro sangriento" (1962) -- aka "The Bloody Vampire" (USA: TV title). In 1965, Begoña Palacios married film director Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984) while he was in Mexico, filming the movie she was acting in: "Major Dundee" ; she was his 2nd wife.]moreless
  • Down on the Farm
    Down on the Farm
    Episode 4
    10/3/66
    7.5
    At the Devere Enterprises skyscraper in New York, Mr. D. announces a new plan to get Buddy Overstreet. Over his closed-circuit TV broadcasts, he announces an incentive program: great prizes like a color TV and a trip to Hawaii for the employee who finds Buddy Overstreet. Meanwhile, in Kansas, Buddy has fallen asleep on the back of a farm truck he'd snuck on. The owner of the truck and the farm, Carl Jensen, says he could use a farmhand. Buddy, seeing a sign that says "Strawberry" picks the pseudonym Berry Straw for this week. Livening the plot is Carl's 24-year-old granddaughter Betsy, who is a bit of a tomboy. Betsy and Buddy do the farm chores together: when they are bailing hay, Buddy's pitchfork slips out of his hands and punctures the tractor's tire; when they carry crates, Buddy isn't strong enough to lift his onto the truck, and Betsy has to do it for him; when they are chopping firewood, Buddy's axe gets stuck in the log. The Jensen's former farmhand, Ben Pearson (about 6'8", 350 pounds), who is unreliable and walked off the job before, wants his job back. Betsy tells him no. It turns out Ben is also a field operative for Devere Enterprises. He calls Mr. D.'s office on the "Overstreet Hotline." When Mr. D. announces Buddy is in Bloomington, Kansas, Wendell checks the large wall map, around the Arizona and New Mexico area, while Harry checks the East coast. Mr. D. snaps, "Kansas is in the middle!" Then Mr. D. sends Wendell and Harry out to Kansas. Saturday evening, Buddy takes Betsy to a local dance. Wendell and Harry show up at the Jensen farm, and Ben tells them where Buddy is. While all the guys and gals are square-dancing, Wendell actually winds up dancing with Buddy for a moment. (laugh track) Wendell and Harry get Buddy at gunpoint (silencers) and tell him to start walking. But Betsy grabs a big drum, smashes it over the hoods' heads, and then bumps Wendell's and Harry's heads together. Buddy says good-bye to Betsy. Next day, Buddy is hitching rides on farm trucks again. (synopsis by: kdh) [lovely Julie Sommars won the Golden Globe for "Best Actress in a Comedy" in 1969 for her acting in the TV series "The Governor and J.J." -- and Julie won the Television Critics' Award for "Best New Star" in 1970.]moreless
  • Win, Place and Die
    Win, Place and Die
    Episode 3
    9/26/66
    8.0
    Buddy is disguised as a Boy Scout, and even though he sticks out like a sore thumb as the tallest scout in the troop, Wendell and his henchman walk right by Buddy without recognizing him. In the parking lot, there is a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer; Buddy jumps in back with the race horse, and then the pickup truck drives away. Wendell worries, "How are we going to explain losing him this time?" Henchman says, "Oh no, not 'we'. It wasn't me who called Mr. D. and guaranteed we'd nail him." And so Wendell has to go back to the Syndicate headquarters and face Mr. Devere. Mr. D. makes Wendell apologize to everyone in the Syndicate via closed-circuit television. Wendell has to read a cue card (which has a hyphenated word): "I just want to say that I am truly sorry for my inexcusable stup-idity." Wendell reads, "I am truly sorry for my inexcusable stup. Idity." (laugh track) Buddy winds up in California, on a ranch that trains race horses. During the trip, Buddy has become goods friends with the horse, Native Eagle, a champion racehorse that is the fastest one on any track; however the horse is very skittish, and throws any jockey trying to ride him, only Buddy can handle the horse. The horse owner, Ed Breck, asks Buddy, "What's your name, Buster?" So Buddy assumes the alias Buster Watts. Ed's niece Laura Spencer hires Buddy to groom and exercise the horse; Buddy agrees with one provision: that nobody sees him. When the horse throws Sam the jockey, Laura fears all is lost: if Native Eagle doesn't win the big race on Saturday, they'll go bankrupt. Laura convinces Buddy to ride the horse for training, and Native Eagle does 6 furlongs in 1:09, a track record. Buddy's picture winds up in the sports section of every newspaper in the country; Mr. D. and his boys see Buddy's photo, and fly to California in the company jet. Then, their long, black car pulls up in the Century Park race track parking lot. Wendell walks right past Buddy Overstreet and doesn't see him; but Buddy saw Wendell and he panics. 20 minutes to post time, Native Eagle kicks Phil the jockey in the rump; Phil quits. Laura talks Buddy into suiting up as a jockey and riding the horse in the big race. (note: most jockeys are very short, about 5'1" to 5'3", and only weigh 119 pounds.) Laura and Buddy, now dressed up as a jockey, walk right past Wendell, and again Wendell doesn't see Buddy. Mr. D., Junior, Wendell and a henchman are in the stands. The announcer says that Native Eagle will be ridden by Buster Watts, "weighing 155 pounds-- 36 pounds overweight." Mr. D. looks through his binoculars-- the jockey is Buddy! The race starts, the horses are galloping around the track. Wendell and the henchman hide their guns under folded newspapers, and aim at Buddy. Mr. D. says, "Just don't shoot the horse-- I happen to love animals." (laugh track) One of the bullets knocks a powder puff off of Buddy's racing cap, but all the other bullets miss. Buddy wins the race. Instead of going to the winners' circle, Buddy keeps on riding the horse-- off the racetrack, through the parking lot, and back to the training ranch. Later, at the ranch, Laura thanks Buddy for saving her from bankruptcy, and gives him a kiss. But Buddy has to start running again; and as usual, Mr. D. is following him, and Wendell is in trouble for letting Buddy get away again. (synopsis by: kdh)moreless
  • Wild, Wild Wake
    Wild, Wild Wake
    Episode 2
    9/19/66
    8.3
    While Buddy is hitchhiking through Midville, Kansas (population 187), kindly Sheriff Len Rhodes tells Buddy they have laws against hitchhiking and vagrancy. When Buddy sees 2 of Mr. D.'s boys driving by, and they stop their car, Buddy asks the sheriff to arrest him. At the jailhouse, the only "information" the sheriff can get from Buddy is his pseudonym this week: Chester Sweet. When Mr. D., back in New York, hears of the "Buddy sighting" he tells Wendell to go to Midville and get himself arrested. Wendell goes to Midville, and smashes the windshield of the sheriff's car. Wendell gets arrested-- but since the Midville jail is full (it only holds one person: Buddy), Wendell gets sent to the Center City jail. Back in New York, when he hears the news, a steaming Mr. D. sends Harry out to Center City to bail Wendell out-- and tells Harry that both he and Wendell are to stand watch outside until Buddy is released. But Buddy stays in jail so long, Wendell has to fly back to New York to give Mr. D. the bad news. On the 12th floor of the Devere skyscraper, Mr. D. is telling Wendell, "I don't wish to talk to you anymore, you depress me. Good-bye, Wendell." But, just as Wendell is about to jump off the balcony, Mr. D. tells him to stop, saying "You keep ruining 2nd floor awning; consider this a reprieve." (laugh track) Another of Mr. D.'s employees seems to be more helpful: Stanley Osgood Wellington, a motivational psychologist. He has a plan that if they spread the story that Mr. D. is dead, Buddy will come to them-- he'd attend the funeral just to make sure Mr. D. is really gone. Stanley says, "It's a good plan, I'd stake my life on it." Mr. D. retorts, "What makes you think you're not?" (laugh track) Sure enough, Buddy travels all the way from Kansas to New York to attend the "funeral." Mr. D. is in a casket, along with his machine-gun; about 20 of his hoods are at the "service" being held on the 12th floor. Buddy approaches the coffin. But when Mr. D. starts talk to him, Buddy knows it's a trap; he slams the coffin lid on Mr. D., and turns out the lights. In the ensuing confusion, Buddy manages to escape: he runs to the balcony and fall off-- so now it is Buddy who crash-lands on the awning. (synopsis by: kdh) [the title of this episode seems to be a parody of "The Wild, Wild West" (1965) TV series.] [trivia: Stephen Strimpell is best remembered for playing Stanley Beamish who turned into the superhero "Mr. Terrific" (1967) in that TV series.]moreless
  • Steam Bath & Chicken Little
    9/12/66
    9.5
    Syndicate boss Mr. Devere, along with Wendell, Norton and Joseph, pull up in a long, black car and go to a Turkish-bath steam room (the same kind Frank Nitti went to in the "Untouchables" episode # 102, "The Speculator" Jan. 1963). Mr. Devere says, "This was an excellent choice, Norton, now we can relax and we can conduct our business in complete privacy." Unbeknownst to them, Buddy Overstreet is also in the steam room; when he hears them discuss murder, Buddy hides behind some towels, it's very foggy in the steam room. Mr. Devere tells Joseph he will have to rub out McGregor. When Joseph says, "But he's like a brother to me," Devere reminds him, "He IS your brother." (laugh track) Devere insists McGregor is the only one alive who can link the 4 of them together-- that would be the end of the Syndicate; and McGregor had mentioned "Chicken Little." Devere impresses on them that "What has been said here today must remain a secret between the 4 of us: you, you, you, me..." (points to Buddy) "and him. HIM?!" Devere does a double-take. Buddy, wearing only a towel (and leaving his wallet with his driver's license and a photo), runs out amid a hail of bullets. (Yes, the gangsters take their guns with them everywhere.) Buddy runs until he gets to the Midwest. He gets a job at a filling station; from a sign that mentions horsepower, he adopts the alias Horace Powers. (Buddy is constantly looking out for long, black cars-- in this series, that always means gangsters.) But Mr. Devere has associates all over the country, he soon learns Buddy has been spotted in Rockford, Illinois. This is a high-tech Organization, Mr. Devere gets on closed-circuit television, and announces to all his boys across the country: "Remember-- Buddy Overstreet is wanted dead, or dead!" "Wendell!" Mr. Devere snaps, "I want you in charge of this operation." And so Wendell, driving a long, black car, and accompanied by a gangster, happens (by sheer coincidence) to pull into the gas station where Buddy is working. This is a hilarious scene as Buddy puts water in the radiator (while covering his face with the hood of the car), and cleans the windshield (while keeping his face hidden with the washcloth), the whole time Wendell is asking, "Where did he go? Where did he go?" And so Wendell didn't find Buddy Overstreet, who was pumping gas in his car! Later, Mr. Devere shows up. Now Devere and Wendell are riding in Devere's chauffeur-driven limousine. Devere says, "I'm very disappointed in you, Wendell." To which Wendell can only say, "I guess this means I'm not going to be part of the executive training program." Devere says dryly, "That's all. Good-bye, Wendell." The car is doing about 50 mph, so Wendell meekly protests, "But, Mr. D." However, Devere repeats, "Good-bye, Wendell." And so Wendell has to go out the door-- of the speeding car! (a running gag in this series; of course, the car is really stationary and only has the illusion of speed because of the rear-screen projection of a moving background.) Buddy's brother, Albert, drives to meet him because he knows Buddy is in trouble. Unfortunately, a couple of Devere's hoods (driving a long, black car) follow Albert. Buddy runs away on foot-- and accidentally runs up a ramp and onto a rodeo truck that has a sign "cow punchers wanted." And Buddy kept running until the next episode (and the next, and the next). (synopsis by: kdh) [Bruce Gordon (Devere) played Frank Nitti, and Nicholas Georgiade (Wendell) played Enrico Rossi in the TV series "The Untouchables." They were on opposite sides of the law; it's funny to see them working together in this series.] [the Pilot episode was in color; all the other episodes were in black-and-white -- this was 1966, ya know.]moreless
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