Vic's boss, Mr. Buller, sends a telegram asking Vic to be at the train depot that evening to get a set of golf clubs he wants to drop off.
The problem: the train will be roaring past the station in darkness at 60 miles per hour and the golf clubs weigh close to 40 pounds!
________________________The act of throwing the 40 pounds of golf clubs out of the train going 60 miles per hour and hitting someone with them would be murder. While Sade and Vic discuss Buller's eccentricity, consider that perhaps Buller also had a sense of humor and only wanted to frighten Vic (or make him laugh) rather than actually thinking of doing such a thing.
+ The telegram Buller sent to Vic:
SEE NO POINT IN CARRYING GOLF CLUBS TO SAINT LOUIS AND BACK STOP SUGGEST YOU MEET MISSOURI FLYER AND TAKE A POSITION ON THE DEPOT PLATFORM TO CATCH THEM AS I GO BY STOP I WILL BE STANDING IN THE THIRD VESTIBULE OF THE THIRD CAR FROM THE END AND DEPENDING ON YOUR SKILL AS A CATCHER BECAUSE MY GOLF BAG IS A NEW AND EXPENSIVE ONE AND I WOULDN'T WANT TO GET IT SCRATCHED STOP BULLER.Assuming telegrams cost 30 cents plus 2 cents a word, this telegram would have cost around $1.70.
+ Rush mentions it would be hard for Babe Ruth to catch the golf clubs under the conditions presented in this episode. Consider this: Babe Ruth was the best hitter in baseball history and was also one of the better pitchers in history but was not at all noted for his fielding. As a matter of fact, statistically speaking, he was about 3% (to be precise 2.8/100ths) worse than all of the other corner outfielders in baseball at the time he played.
+ Vic estimated the 19 golf clubs and bag weighs 35 to 40 pounds.
+ Alec was mentioned for the first time. He (or she) answered the phone when Vic called Consolidated Kitchenware.
+ Rush tries to quote "Albert" (it's actually, "Alfred") Tennyson but is stopped before he can say it. I assume he was trying to say:
"Nor is it wiser to weep a true occasion lost, but trim our sails, and let old bygones be."
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Download the complete commercial-free, sound-improved episode!It is right in character, though for Mr. Buller who pulled his own tooth with a ticket punch "without turning a hair." The insult-to-injury was "and I am counting on your ability as a catcher because it is a new and expensive one and I wouldn't want to get it scratched." It's good that Vic was willing to stand up to Buller at least this once. - Yaakov