A young bank robber hires on at the Ponderosa in order to keep his gang informed of the law’s efforts to discover their whereabouts. Trivia: Ray Teal makes the first of his 88 appearances as Sheriff Roy Coffee on the series. Trivia: Guest star Ben Cooper makes his first of two appearances, later seen in “The Horse Breaker”. Stunt Trivia: This is the first time Pernell Roberts is horseback doubled. Robert Herron doubles him in the corral, and would later double Pernell in the savage hotel fight in this season’s “The Bride”. Bob Miles horseback doubles Little Joe in the corral on location. Michael only films his close-ups on a mock-up “horse” on Stage 16. Ben Cooper was an accomplished horseman and needed no stunt double.
He could do it all himself. Trivia: Season one’s opening credits at the Janss Conejo Ranch are reused, along with the stage 16 close-ups from episodes 33 through episode 41. Location Scenes Filmed at: Janss Conejo Ranch, Southern California. Filmed almost entirely outdoors, this is more like a feature than a series. Captain Pender is looking for a scout to lead him and his company of men across the desert, along with a currency shipment they are carrying to another army fort. Charlie Trent, a former scout and now a drunk, still blames himself for his troops being led to massacre. Hoss sees that this is Charlie’s opportunity to redeem himself and win back his honor. Anxious to get his hands on the army currency shipment, Cutter and his men start out ahead of Captain Pender, Hoss, and Charlie and are every step ahead of them on the trek.
Cutter and his men have already poisoned two water holes that the soldiers and horses needed, and Hoss and Charlie come up with a plan, to stop Cutter and his cutthroats once and for all. Stellar performances by Henry Hull, Peter Whitney, Lane Bradford, and John Dehner. Trivia: Henry Hull makes his second appearance on the series, this time as former Army scout Charlie Trent. He was previously in one’s “The Gunmen” as lawman B. The great John Dehner makes his first of two appearances, in this episode as Captain Pender. He later guested in five’s “The Gentleman From New Orleans” as Jean Lafitte. Character actor Peter Whitney makes his first appearance on the series, in this episode as traitorous Lt. Serial star Lane Bradford makes his second appearance, this time as Buck.
His first appearance was in one’s “Enter Mark Twain” as Lash’s foreman. His first appearance was in one’s “Vendetta” as one of the Morgan gang. Don Collier makes his first of many appearances as the Sergeant who gets killed by Cutter later in the story. Location Scenes Filmed at: Lake Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, California. Adam’s life is saved by an enigmatic U. Marshal who has come to Virginia City to arrest a friend of the Cartwrights. Trivia: Guest star Dan Duryea, making the first of two appearances, later seen in “Logan’s Treasure”. Bobby Miles, seen as one of the two bushwhackers, who Adam fends off, in the opening act.
The Cartwrights construct a grist mill to provide income for a crippled rancher who blames Ben for his predicament. Ben has to contend with the man’s depraved caretaker, and finds himself attracted to his wife. Sons can’t be everything,” Ben tells her. Trivia: A one-time treat: at the closing of the opening credits, Lake Tahoe’s Northeast shore, the waters sparkling before the sun setting, with the guest stars’ names in yellow letters, superimposed onto the film, is seen only once in the series’ history. Trivia: Guest star Harry Townes as the embittered cripple, later seen in “The War Comes To Washoe”, and in “The Medal”. Townes also appeared in the classic Star Trek episode, “The Return Of The Archons” as Reger. Claude Akins in his second appearance, also seen in “Desert Justice”, “Sam Hill”, and in “The Deserter”.