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
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