Route 66 (1960–1964)
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How Much a Pound Is Albatross? 

Tod and Buz, passing through Tucson, Arizona, encounter a sexy but odd woman. Her "albatross" (constant burden) is trying to deal with the loss of both parents, brother and sister from a ... See full summary »


David Lowell Rich


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Julie Newmar ... Vicki Russell
Frank McHugh ... Landers
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Ames
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Judge
Med Flory ... Officer #2
Jean Engstrom Jean Engstrom ... Dr. Jane Bell
Ted Thorpe Ted Thorpe ... Shopkeeper
Phil Arnold ... Larry
George Wallace ... Harlow
Ken Strange Ken Strange ... Reed


Tod and Buz, passing through Tucson, Arizona, encounter a sexy but odd woman. Her "albatross" (constant burden) is trying to deal with the loss of both parents, brother and sister from a ship lost at sea. Her unique way of grieving is to "experience life to its fullest but taking nothing seriously". She never realizes that taking nothing seriously also makes everything meaningless. Written by dubchi

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Release Date:

9 February 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The United States flag on display in the courtroom during Vicki's trial in Tucson, Arizona, is a 48-star flag. The 48-star flag was officially replaced by the 49-star flag on July 4, 1959, and that in turn was replaced by the 50-star flag on July 4, 1960. In practice, 48- and 49-star flags were often not replaced until they were too worn or faded to be presentable. Moreover, the 48-star flag was adopted in 1912, the year that Arizona became a state, and 1962 was the 50th anniversary of Arizona statehood. For these reasons, a 48-star flag in a protected indoor environment might well have been in use during the time of this episode in late 1961 or early 1962. See more »


In the courtroom for Vicki's trial, the American flag has 48 stars. Since the episode was released in 1962, the current 50-star flag should have been shown. See more »


Vicki Russell: Rancor's the garlic in the salad of charm.
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Referenced in Route 66: A Long Way from St. Louie (1963) See more »

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2/9/62 "How Much a Pound is Albatross?"
28 May 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

And now here comes Vicki, the most charismatic character in the series' history and the only one besides the regulars to be in more than one episode, (that wasn't a two-parter). Her full name is Vicki Russell and she's very rich, ($28 million- about $216 million today), but doesn't care about money. She lost her family in a plane crash and has been hitting the road on her motorcycle just to see how many experiences of life she can have ever since. She's even freer than Tod and Buz, (because she has all the money she needs but needs little of it). She's the perfect Sterling Silliphant character, as she speaks in poems and riddles. And she's played by the amazing Julie Newmar, a statuesque blond bombshell but a "smart blonde" who dazzles with her mind as well as her looks.

There's not much plot. Vicki spots a bored-looking policeman sitting in his patrol car and decides to give him some excitement by breaking every traffic rule in the books. The result is chaos, which includes Tod and Buz breaking an expensive shop window when they serve to avoid her. Buz confronts her about it and immediately falls in love. He winds up putting up the corvette for collateral for bail. Vicki objects at first, describing jail as "a new experience". (Certainly it's not the right one for her.) Tod takes longer to fall for her but after a night on the town winds up going out into the desert, (they are in Tucson, Arizona), with Vicki on her motorcycle until she runs out of gas. She can't make it to a hearing on her case, (there goes the corvette!) and a search party is organized. But do they even want to be found?

Vicki has been described as "the first hippie". She also could be said to resemble the beatniks of the 50's. But she's unique, her own person. It might have been interesting if this was spun off into a separate series. But it might have been hard to maintain such a character for a season of episodes. I fully agree that this is Julie Newmar's signature role, not Catwoman.

I mentioned in a previous review that after Route 66 originally went off the air, I remembered the more light-hearted episodes best. This has some heavy philosophy in it but there are no "bad guys" and some good humor as well, plus the dazzling Ms. Newmar. This is the sort of episode that defined Route 66 for me.

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