Season 1 Episode 9

The Doom Buggy

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Nov 02, 1974 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Doom Buggy
Don has dropped out of school to be a mechanic. But when he and Billy get lost in the desert, he sees that he doesn't know as much as he thought he did. Moral: If you close your mind to learning, sooner or later you're going to have it opened and be surprised at just how much you've shortchanged yourself. So if you ever think about dropping out of school, you're only hurting yourself.moreless

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  • One of the better episodes, without the usual over-dramatic acting and preachiness...and a cool stunt by Captain Marvel!

    I liked this episode. It had a good moral which was well communicated without being over-preachy. Don (Wink Roberts) is a good mechanic and asks himself a question all of us who are good at something have probably asked: "why do I need school?" His sister, played by a young Lisa Eilbacher (of "Beverly Hills Cop" and "An Officer and a Gentleman" fame) is deeply concerned but still loves him and doesn't overly nag him about it. Along the way Don learns a few lessons, like how to tell which way is east by the sun and the shadows and like about the water table, that he can only get from education. And, most importantly, he decides on his own that he needs education, rather that being forced or frightened into it. Mentor shows us he can handle a motorbike pretty well, too. The best of all is Captain Marvel's drilling a hole in the ground to spray water to put out the mine fire, a must-see!moreless
Michael Gray (II)

Michael Gray (II)

Billy Batson

Les Tremayne

Les Tremayne


Jackson Bostwick

Jackson Bostwick

Captain Marvel (Season 1)

Adam West

Adam West

voice of Hercules (Season 1- uncredited)

Norm Prescott

Norm Prescott

voice of Solomon (Season 1- uncredited)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the beginning of the episode, Billy and Mentor are riding in the motorhome as usual. Billy is playing a guitar (or trying to play the guitar). However, in the close-up of Billy, he is playing a black electric guitar and in the cut-away shot he is playing a standard natural finish acoustic guitar.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • Lisa Eilbacher is best known for co-starring in such movies as BEVERLY HILLS COP, LEVIATHAN and AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN. Her sister Cindy is also an actress, whose most famous role is that of Jerry Van Dyke's long-suffering daughter on the TV series MY MOTHER THE CAR.

    • This episode is one of two Jackson Bostwick episodes in which Captain Marvel changes back into Billy on-screen.


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