Three For the Road is a power pilot with possibilities although this movie version has too much melodrama. It stars Alex Rocco as a widower traveling the country with his two sons, Vincent Van Patten and Leif Garrett They are a warm loving trio the viewer should care about their adventures. The focus is on Julie Sommars who gives a good performance as a strange young woman who attracts Rocco. Her boyfriend John Beck, really causes problems.
Alex Rocco stars as Pete Karras, a free lance photographer whose assignments take him across America in a motor home he shares with his sons. Despite his deep-rooted fear, John goes along with Pete and Endy in taking flight instructions from a hang-gliding pilot. Unexpectedly, John likes the beginner's lessons. However, he doesn't realize that the advanced stages of the sport entail flying off 200-foot cliffs. Torn between his attraction to a young girl named Shelley, and her challenge to hang glide the cliffs, John feels he must either face up to, or run away from, his acrophobia. James Van Patten (brother of Vincent Van Patten) portrays Steve, one of the teen-agers who antagonize John into hang gliding the cliffs.
Foul play at work? A mysterious incident threatens young John's opportunity to defeat a rising tennis star. While his father is shooting a photo layout for a sports magazine, John Karras almost defeats tennis star Tom Aberling in a pick-up match, but Tom's father (guest star Gary Lockwood) feels the nonchalant game could ruin his son's reputation. This episode was shot on location at the Mulholland Tennis Club In Los Angeles. Realizing he is good enough at tennis to be a challenge to a professional, John decides to enter the tournament against Tom, only to discover foul play before the tournament ever begins.
The Karrases have a brush with the supernatural when they befriend Paula, a young woman who claims to have frequent visits from the ghost of her dead twin sister.
Pete is assigned to photograph an old friend, a balloonist. With Endy at her side, a teenage girl substitutes for her alcoholic father as pilot in a dangerous balloonist stunt.
Father Karras gets bitten by jealousy by the way one of his hero-worships his wartime buddy.
A dramatic story unfolds as friendship develops between Endy Karras and a bitter, street-wise youth in a detention home.
One of man's most bewildering and puzzling mysteries is the subject of Pete's photo assignment when he sets out to find Bigfoot.
An aggressive, egocentric young mother stirs a passionate concern in the Karrases for her eight-year-old son who needs scholastic help as well as love.
Pete Karras, working on a photo assignment at a guest ranch, falls from a horse and is rushed to the hospital, leaving John the difficult task of dealing with young Endy's fright, and confusion.