Run, Buddy, Run

Season 1 Episode 3

Win, Place and Die

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 26, 1966 on CBS
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Win, Place and Die
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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

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