Route 66 (1960–1964)
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Poor Little Kangaroo Rat 

Tod and Buz, traveling along the California coast, go to work as "shark hunters" for a doctor using sharks as lab specimens to study the effects of cholesterol. The doctor, working under a ... See full summary »

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Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)

Writers:

Lester Pine (as Les Pine), Herbert B. Leonard (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Leslie Nielsen ... Doc Duncan
Joanne Linville ... Helen Duncan
Maggie Pierce ... Liz Penfold
Ron Howard ... Chet Duncan (as Ronny Howard)
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Tod and Buz, traveling along the California coast, go to work as "shark hunters" for a doctor using sharks as lab specimens to study the effects of cholesterol. The doctor, working under a research grant, has an unhappy jealous wife who wants him to return to private practice. Their son is caught in the middle of the turmoil. Written by dubchi

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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11/23/62 "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat"
27 August 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

Leslie Nielsen is back, again a scientist, (as he was in "A Fury Slinging Flame"), and so is the theme of women under-mining men. Nielsen is trying to find a cure for high cholesterol and the various diseases it can impact and needs the liver of a certain type of shark for his experiments. He hires Tod and Buz to collect them, (which at first puts them off). But the sharks aren't the problem- his self-centered wife, (Joanne Linville) is. Joanne puts her needs in the guise of concern for their son, (Ron Howard), but it's pretty clear she's the one starved for attention. She wants him to give his research and just set up a normal medical practice where he can be home more. He wants to have more of an impact on the world.

The boys try to stay out of it but are concerned about Ronny who gets caught in the middle. After much conversation they get the family back together and we see them smiling beatifically from a balcony while the family gets together on the beach. I did have to wonder how this family which, according to the wife is starving for funds because of Nielsen's obsession, got the money for what looks like a large and comfortable beach house.


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