After leaving Racine, Don decides not to return to New York, but rather drive around the country and Sally is one of the few people he has let know. He ends up getting stranded in Ava, Oklahoma with car troubles. As he waits for his car to get fixed, he gets to know Del and Sharon, the owners of the motel where he is staying, and Andy, the motel's young housekeeper. All three and Del's closest group of friends affect Don's life in different ways. Don, in turn, ends up affecting Andy's life in more ways than one. With Don AWOL, Jim Hobart has called in Duck Phillips to find a replacement. Running into Pete at the McCann offices, Duck thinks he has a mutually beneficial arrangement for Pete. Pete ends up humoring Duck partly out of a sense of owing him a favor, not wanting Jim even to know that he and Duck talked. But as Pete goes through the process, Trudy gets peripherally involved, which makes Pete think not only about what he is doing with Duck, but what he wants in his personal ...
Did You Know?
Although not listed or known in the Connections section, in the motel, Don is watching Redd Foxx on what looks like a late night talk show, but it's not Johnny Carson. Among his "self" credits, and around this time period, Foxx guested on talk shows ranging from Bob Hope to Rosey Grier to Della Reese. See more
When Andy knocks on Don's door to deliver the whiskey, two books are shown next to each other on his bed (James Michener's "Hawaii" and Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain.") As Andy exits, the books have exchanged places and there is now a towel or blanket next to them. See more
[narrated via her letter to Sally
Sally, I always worried about you because you always marched to the beat of your own drum. But now I know that's good. I know your life will be an adventure. I love you. Mom.
References The Graduate
Okie from Muskogee
Written by Eddie Burris
& Merle Haggard
Performed by Merle Haggard
Don is listening to the song on the car radio when he is pulled over by the cop See more