7 September 1956
An encounter with an unfriendly she-bear nearly becomes fatal for Jim Bowie when his rifle misfires. Realizing the need for a simpler and more reliable weapon, he approaches master blacksmith Samuel Black with an idea for a new type of knife.
14 September 1956
Jim Bowie persuades Regina Bienbeau, an imperious plantation owner, to allow a squatter and his pregnant wife to remain on her land.
21 September 1956
Jim Bowie watches with amusement and then with concern as his friend, John James Audubon, is mistaken for the missing son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
28 September 1956
Jim volunteers to be a temporary deputy sheriff in order to guard a prisoner. However, he soon begins to suspect that the young man may not in fact be guilty of the crime he's been charged with.
Season 1, Episode 5: Trapline5 October 1956
Jim begins to suspect that a fur company is trying to drive him out and is killing any Cajun trapper who does business with him.
12 October 1956
A horse trade leads an angry farmer to mistakenly believe that Jim is the man who "dishonored" his daughter, and has to right his wrong by marrying her--even if it's at the point of a shotgun.
19 October 1956
A group on their way to Natchez ask Jim to protect them against a bandit who preys on travelers headed there.
26 October 1956
The Bowie family seeks to keep their hometown respectable, however, the local saloonkeeper has other ideas and hires a professional knife fighter to challenge Jim to a fight.
2 November 1956
Jim runs into a group of farmers who are paying protection money to an old woman who threatens to unleash the ghost of an infamous Louisiana pirate against them if they don't pay.
9 November 1956
A friend of Jim's is asked by President Andrew Jackson to dissuade a group of French planters from seceding from the Union.
16 November 1956
Jim Bowie is riding along the Mississippi when he is bushwhacked by Manion and Kneeland...two settlers who accuse him of being a land grabber and throwing them off their land. They tell him Jim's brother Rezin has been shot and killed. Jim returns home and finds his brother is still alive but Bowie and Bowie Land Office is in trouble. A Frenchman with an old land grant from King Louis XVI has overturned all of their deals and taken the property back. On top of all this, counterfeit money is being distributed in the region and Jim begins to wonder about the validity of the grant.
23 November 1956
JIm Bowie is in a hurry on his way to New Orleans to take a lady to the Opera Ball when he comes upon two women who are having trouble with their pony cart. They are Angelique Moreau and Miss Peabody of Miss Peabody's Select Female Academy. They are searching for a young girl who has run off from the school to elope. Her father is planning on making a handsome contribution to the school so they are desperate to find her before she can carry out her plans of marriage. He tries to get back on the way to N.O. but is drawn back to the ladies when he discovers they have been kidnapped as part of an extortion scheme.
30 November 1956
Jim discovers that a former slave he had freed has been captured and enslaved again, and is about to be sold at a slave auction.
7 December 1956
Jim sets out after a gang of river pirates who have stolen his cargo.
14 December 1956
Jim travels to New Orleans to purchase an estate, but he gets himself in trouble when he's distracted by a beautiful woman.
21 December 1956
An expensive gift that Jim bought for his mother for Christmas is stolen, and he sets off after the thief to get it back.
28 December 1956
Bowie assists a French boy who has traveled from France to reunite with his aunt who is living in New Orleans. Unbeknownst to Bowie, the boy represents a threat to the aunt's fiancé who plans to marry her for her money.
4 January 1957
Jim goes to an auction to bid on a racehorse he wants to give as a present to President Jackson, but he finds out that he's up against another bidder who wants the horse--none other than Sam Houston.
11 January 1957
Jim set out to help a former champion fencer who has fallen on hard times and is reduced to begging in the streets.
Season 1, Episode 20: Osceola18 January 1957
When the army attempts to move the Seminole Indians from their own lands to a tract that is much less desirable, Jim steps in on their behalf.
25 January 1957
Bowie buys a lottery ticket from Jean Dubois a former champion swordsman who is trying to raise money for his daughter's dowry. Dubois notices that Bowie is carrying a large sum of money and unsuccessfully tries to take it from him when Bowie leaves the tavern. Bowie, Houston and Lafitte decide to help Dubois, however, Dubois' future in-laws have other plans for his daughter's dowry.
1 February 1957
Jim has to get a gold shipment through safely to New Orleans.
8 February 1957
Bowie agrees to sell supplies to Don Carlos Miro. He later discovers that Miro is acting as a purchasing agent for supporters of Simon Bolivar and that opposing supporters of the Spanish king will stop at nothing to block the sale.
15 February 1957
Jim is asked by famous naturalist James Audubon to protect a young girl who has just inherited a fortune.
22 February 1957
Jim's friend and partner is cheated out of money by a gambler, who then kills him. Jim sets out after the killer.
1 March 1957
In order to head off an Indian uprising, Jim tells a Cherokee princess the tale of John Smith and Pocahontas. Unfortunately his story doesn't have the desired effect, and in fact winds up getting him in even more trouble.
8 March 1957
When Captain Paolo is kidnapped from his hotel room, his frightened chimpanzee ends up in Bowie's room. After a mate from the captain's ship, and later Lafitte, try to buy the chimp, Bowie enlists reporter Tebbs and the captain's daughter in a plan to expose the kidnappers.
15 March 1957
Jim is tricked into aiding a plot to assassinate President Jackson.
22 March 1957
Jim's brother, unaware that he is being set up, wins big gambling and gets it into his head that he's good enough to go professional.
29 March 1957
Jim takes a young French friend on a tour of New Orleans' infamous "Thieves Market", where they are attacked and robbed--by thieves.
5 April 1957
A newspaper publishes a poem about Jim. Irritated, he confronts the editor. Unfortunately for Jim the editor is soon found murdered, and suspicion falls on him.
12 April 1957
A rash of holdups leads Jim to suspect that they may be the work of an army general's son who has recently sustained heavy gambling losses.
19 April 1957
In order to help an orphanage raise money, Jim organized a lottery. What he doesn't know is that the men he hired to run it have schemed to rig the drawing so that they will win.
26 April 1957
A young man is caught burglarizing the home of Jim's friend Francois. However, instead of turning him over to the authorities, Jim decides to help the youth.
3 May 1957
Jim winds up in trouble with his family when he lets his visiting cousin in on a deal that turns out to be a scam.
10 May 1957
An indentured young servant girl from Ireland has been "purchased" by a nasty widower, and Jim sets out to help her out of that potentially dangerous situation.
17 May 1957
Jim and his newspaper friend unknowingly help a fugitive escape. A bounty hunter, figuring that they're all in on it, goes after them all for the reward--dead or alive.
24 May 1957
Hoping to buy land in the Mexican state of Texas, Jim Bowie visits Nacogdoches where he's arrested as a spy, flogged, and sentenced to death.
6 September 1957
Jim's Indian friend has been killed, and when Jim goes to his home to deliver the news to his father, he finds that his friend's father has also just been shot.
13 September 1957
A canny Scotsman outfoxes Jim in a real-estate deal.
20 September 1957
Jim purchases the contract of an indentured servant, but when they stop at an inn, the man tricks the innkeeper into believing that he is the master and Jim is the servant.
27 September 1957
In order to break up a gang of counterfeiters, Jim asks for help from a former pickpocket and a former horse thief.
4 October 1957
Jim is interested in buying a lead mine, but runs into a problem: the owner is a pacifist who won't sell the mine if it will be used to make ammunition.
11 October 1957
A desperately needed shipment of smallpox vaccine is stolen, and Jim risks his life to get it back.
18 October 1957
Jim is interested in buying some land, but he discovers that the owners have just been scammed out of it. He sets out to help them get it back.
25 October 1957
Jim gets shot, and finds himself recovering from his wound in the mansion of a wealthy family. However, one of the young women who is treating him asks him not to identify the person who shot him. Jim sets out to find out why.
Season 2, Episode 9: The Whip1 November 1957
During negotiations to purchase cotton, Bowie discovers that much of the cotton farm's labor is provided by the local prison comandante who keeps order by the crack of his whip and who is providing the labor in exchange for supposed donations to the church. However, his plan to expose the comandante as a thief takes a dangerous turn.
8 November 1957
Bowie and an Indian friend make up a wild story to trick a crooked storekeeper who is cheating Bowie's friend Sam McCullers but their plan backfires. Bowie then enlists Sam's daughter, Rachel, in an attempt to clean up the mess.
Season 2, Episode 11: Charivari15 November 1957
Jim's suspicions are aroused when an elderly friend dies suddenly on his wedding night.
22 November 1957
Jim discovers a scheme to enrich the owners of a piece of land by getting the state to move its capital there.
29 November 1957
To try to escape from a pursuing gang of waterfront toughs, Bowie pretends to be a prospective bridegroom for a wealthy French family's daughter.
6 December 1957
Bowie investigates the death of a woman who has been frightened to death by a baby alligator hidden in a doll.
13 December 1957
Bowie and Rachel are asked separately to lend bribe money to brother and sister aristocrats.
20 December 1957
Bowie and Jean Lafitte assist an American diplomat who is being held by Mexican authorities. In turn, the diplomat uses his medical training to help deliver a baby.
Season 2, Episode 17: Silk Purse27 December 1957
Bowie unexpectedly wins the services of an unrefined young woman from her father in a poker game. He attempts to teach her what it means to be a lady.
3 January 1958
Bowie helps a Choctaw Indian who has been accused by the Choctaw tribe of the murder and robbery of a tribal member.
10 January 1958
An anonymous letter writer threatens Bowie's life.
17 January 1958
In search of a stolen necklace, Bowie infiltrates a criminal brotherhood which is bent on taking over the state.
24 January 1958
A rich French family entices the Bowie brothers to be their partners in a new bank.
31 January 1958
Bowie trusts a gambler to sell tickets to a benefit for actor/songwriter John Howard Payne.
Season 2, Episode 23: Deaf Smith7 February 1958
Deaf Smith intervenes when Bowie is attacked by bandits.
Season 2, Episode 24: Ursula14 February 1958
While in San Antonio on business, Bowie accidentally meets his future wife, Ursula.
21 February 1958
While in San Antonio, Bowie obtains a map to a lost Spanish silver mine in Apache territory. However, seeking the mine could jeopardize peaceful relations with the local Lipan Apaches who also act as a buffer against the Comanches.
28 February 1958
John Chapman rescues Bowie following a riverboat explosion. In turn, Bowie saves Chapman from murderers who are looking for a supposed inheritance.
7 March 1958
A family of backwoods grifters capture Bowie and convince him to pay them a dowry in exchange for not marrying the family's daughter. Bowie and his cousin try to recoup the money but their plan goes awry.
14 March 1958
Bowie thinks he's pulling a joke on an Englishman who makes an offer to buy his "bear repellent", but the joke backfires and he winds up serving as the man's valet, and two men riding with them have other plans---to obtain the man's gold.
21 March 1958
Bowie purchases a horse from an old friend for Ursula, the daughter of his business partner and future Mrs. Bowie. Unbeknownst to Bowie, his friend has stolen the horse from the wife of the local Lipan Apache chief.
28 March 1958
Bowie joins the Lipan Apache tribe. He helps them in their war with the Comanches who are assisted by Bowie's old horse trading friend, Cephas. The Apaches agree to take a blindfolded Bowie to their lost silver mine but Cephas follows them.
4 April 1958
Bowie returns to Louisiana to organize an expedition to rediscover and develop the Apache silver mine in Texas. He meets a young army lieutenant, Jeff Davis, who is interested in his plan. However, Jeff's older brother Joe has less adventurous plans for his younger brother.
11 April 1958
A plantation owner will sell his plantation to Bowie but the price is a rare Venetian painting. The painting's owner is willing to sell but the painting is stolen, held for ransom and, unbeknownst to Bowie, duplicated.
18 April 1958
Federal government tells Choctaw tribes to move from Mississippi to Arkansas. One tribe refuses because chief's son is sick. As Bowie guides a doctor to examine the boy, they encounter a young couple who are about to deliver a baby.
28 April 1958
While visiting Tennessee, local politicians enlist Bowie's help in defeating Davy Crockett for Congress. Bowie agrees to help them but then refuses their smear tactics. When Bowie threatens to expose their scheme, they take him prisoner.
2 April 1958
On the trail, Bowie rescues a sole surviving baby from a burning covered wagon. When the local sheriff refuses to get involved, a tavern owner agrees that she will watch the baby while Bowie tries to find a family willing to adopt.
Season 2, Episode 36: The Cave9 May 1958
Bowie tracks a seemingly delusional young bride who is kidnapped following her wedding. He learns that she may have been hypnotized so he sets a trap for the suspected hypnotist.
16 May 1958
A Creole aristocrat, with substantial land holdings in New Orleans, loses heavily at the crap tables. When he refuses to honor his IOU, Bowie offers him a partnership to develop the land in exchange for canceling the debt.
Season 2, Episode 38: The Puma23 May 1958
Reporter Tebbs asks Jess Miller to travel to San Antonio and retrieve $7,000 for Bowie. In route, Miller is mistaken for Bowie, first by bandits whose leader needs his help and then by a corrupt colonel who wants the money and pits the bandit leader against Miller in a fight to the death.
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