30 September 1958
Lucas is ordered by a murderous town owner to loose a public shooting match, or he will kill his sharpshooting opponent and possibly harm his son Mark.
Season 1, Episode 2: Home Ranch7 October 1958
Lucas McCain and his son Mark make their way to the ranch they've just bought but get quite a rude reception. Two cowhands working for big-time rancher Oat Jackford, Billy Lehi and Sam Montgomery, tell Lucas that he's not welcome. Jackford has been using the land to graze some of his cattle and has every intention of continuing to do so. When Lucas doesn't show much enthusiasm for their proposal, he's beaten and the house is burned to the ground. Lucas needs to show them and Jackford that he's not going to get pushed around.
14 October 1958
After Will Fulton breaks his leg while rescuing Mark McCain who has slipped off the edge of a cliff, he recuperates at the McCain ranch. Will and his brother Hank are outlaws with a posse looking for them. Will is an angry young man but his stay with the McCains softens him, especially after he meets the pretty Ann Bard. He begins to reassess his choices and realizes that he must choose which path he will take in life.
21 October 1958
In North Fork, Lucas McCain meets Micah Torrence, now a drunk but at one time considered one of the ablest lawmen in the territory. He admits he lost his nerve and it led him to a life of drink. Lucas offers him a job as a ranch hand and uses a tough-love approach to get him to sober up. The Shelton brother ride into town looking to get even with Micah who jailed them 10 years before. Lucas is lured into a trap but it's Micah who comes to his rescued.
28 October 1958
Johnny Gibbs, Lucas' brother-in-law, arrives for a visit at the McCain ranch. A rodeo rider, Gibbs is also on the run from the law, and soon begins to cause trouble in town.
4 November 1958
A vengeful judge is convinced that Lucas is responsible for the death of his son, an outlaw who was executed for murder. He captures Lucas and plans to force him to watch Mark hang in retribution for his son's death.
11 November 1958
When the stagecoach breaks down in North Fork an Italian Count, Alfredo di Montova, has to spend the night at the hotel. His fancy dress and accented English makes him a target for town bully Sim Groder and his little crowd. The Count is a calm and collected type but when Groder pushes him too far, he challenges him to a duel. With Lucas acting as his second, di Montova teaches the bully a lesson.
18 November 1958
A Texas gunslinger is hired to protect the bank of North Fork. When he appears at the McCain Ranch, he doesn't leave a very good impression with Lucas, and for good reason - he has a secret. Mark is proud when he sells his first pig.
Season 1, Episode 9: The Sister25 November 1958
Mark introduces the pretty Rebecca Snipe to his father, and her two burly brothers are convinced that Lucas would be a fine husband for their sister. Meanwhile three gunmen plot to kill the rancher.
2 December 1958
A gambler, fleeing New Orleans with his henchmen, takes a liking to Lucas' ranch. When McCain refuses to sell, his life is threatened.
9 December 1958
With Marshal Micah Torrence away for short while, young Dan Willard takes on the job. He has no experience and takes a tough stand with a bunch of Texas cowhands whose high spirits are evident at the saloon. Dan's father Charlie is worried that his son will get himself killed if he's not careful and Lucas offers to have a chat with him. Dan has a chip on his shoulder ever since he was dismissed from West Point due to his deteriorating eye sight and is determined to show that he is tough and can take care of himself. When he shoots one of the cowhands their trail boss, Keely Thompson, calls him out.
16 December 1958
While traveling back to North Fork on the stage after selling their herd, Lucas and Mark are sharing the stage with a Marshal and his prisoner Johnny Cotton. When they stop to water the horses, some of Cotton's friends are lying in wait. Cotton steals the money Lucas got for the cattle and his rifle. He sends Mark on with the stage but tracks the robbers as best he can given that he doesn't have a horse or a weapon.
23 December 1958
Lucas loses a calf and suspects a neighbor's foreman. As it's already been branded, he's threatened with rustling if he uses a rope. McCain has another way of cutting the newborn out of the herd, and he doesn't need a rope or his rifle.
Season 1, Episode 14: The Gaucho30 December 1958
A hot-tempered Argentinian cowboy along with father and lovely sister, buy a ranch in North Fork. Their foreign ways do not sit well with the local community, especially neighboring rancher Curge Palmer.
Season 1, Episode 15: The Pet6 January 1959
Lucas helps a man after he's shot in a shootout by a man who wants to keep a secret about his past. When he allows Mark to take in a pet, he doesn't know that his decision will endanger his son's life.
13 January 1959
Lucas McCain hires an bitter ex-Confederate to help him around the ranch. When General Philip Sheridan and his staff stop at McCain's ranch to camp, Lucas is afraid there will be trouble.
20 January 1959
A notorious gunfighter gets married and promises his new wife that he will take off his guns and begin a new life. However, a gang of outlaws who hear that he is in the area try to persuade him to break that promise and throw in with them.
27 January 1959
When a photographer, an old friend of the McCain's, is accused of murder, Mark and Lucas find themselves on opposite sides against each other.
Season 1, Episode 19: Shivaree3 February 1959
A wagon train master forces a young couple to marry after they hide the fact that one is a girl, and Lucas takes them in to help them; but trouble soon arises when a drunken crowd calls for a Shivaree.
10 February 1959
When a young boy from Brooklyn is accused of murder, Mark, believing the boy's claim of innocence, hides him until he can find the real killer.
Season 1, Episode 21: The Indian17 February 1959
Lucas McCain and his son Mark come across U.S. Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart who is escorting an Indian prisoner. To Lucas' surprise he finds that Buckhart himself is an Indian, educated at Harvard College. In North Fork, Buckhart goes about his business until some of the townsfolk realize he is an Indian and decide to take matters into their own hands. It's left to Lucas to show them the error of their ways.
24 February 1959
Sid Fallon tries to blackmail former gambler Julia Andueza into allowing him to use her boarding house as a gambling hall and saloon.
3 March 1959
As the second witness of a murder, Lucas is asked to travel to another town to testify at the accused man's trial. The catch is, the only other witness has been murdered and his killer has not been identified.
Season 1, Episode 24: The Trade10 March 1959
Lucas McCain is surprise when someone he once worked with, Sam Morley, shows up at the ranch. Lucas thought Morley had died but it turns out he's a wanted man and wants Lucas to do him a favor: turn him in for the $500 reward money that's available. Morley desperately needs the money so his girlfriend, Beth Landis, can get treatment for a serious disease. Lucas thinks he's on the level and decides to go along. Unfortunately another cowpoke who once worked with them, Hamp Ferris, rides into town and is looking to collect the bounty on Morley himself.
17 March 1959
Bank robber Tom Birch and his outlaw gang arrive in North Fork, where Birch has some unfinished business--he wants to visit his old friend, Lucas McCain.
24 March 1959
Dan Maury, a criminal arrested by Micah Torrance, returns from five years in prison determined to avenge himself upon the town marshal.
31 March 1959
A corrupt marshal from outside North Fork goes after an outlaw with a price on his head. However, he sees an opportunity to make some extra money, so he murders an innocent man to pass off as the outlaw so he can collect the bounty, and then proceeds to blackmail the real outlaw.
7 April 1959
An escaped killer is out to prove that his time in prison hasn't slowed down his speed with a gun.
Season 1, Episode 29: The Hawk14 April 1959
Mark finally captures a hawk he's been after, but when his life is endangered by a rattlesnake, a stranger suddenly appears out of nowhere who knows about Mark and the hawk and says he will help him.
21 April 1959
Troublemaker Johnny Clover, a student at the North Fork school, wrecks the classroom one day. Lucas, a member of the town's school board, goes to Johnny's uncle to get him to pay for the damage, which turns out to be a task easier said than done.
28 April 1959
Although his son has been seriously hurt in an accident, one of Lucas' neighboring ranchers refuses to let him have medical assistance, and because of that the boy may well die.
Season 1, Episode 32: The Woman5 May 1959
When North Fork's lovely schoolteacher attempts to organize a women's suffrage movement, the town's less progressive element decides to run her out of town.
12 May 1959
Lucas McCain is none too pleased to see that Tom King is in town. King is a former lawman who always took 'dead or alive' to mean dead and acted accordingly. This time around, he's in town as a contract killer however having been hired to kill Oat Jackford, a bully of a man who many in town would love to see dead. King has a reputation that sends chills down most men's spines but Jackford's approach to dealing with if nothing if not unorthodox.
19 May 1959
Because of a terrible drought the railroad has sent two men into North Fork to recruit workers. But when a water-witch gives the people hope, the railroad takes a different approach.
26 May 1959
When Lucas brings a dying man to North Fork, he notices that Micah has a strange reaction when he first sees the man. He sets out to discover why Micah seems so troubled.
2 June 1959
Mark comes across the dead body of a stranger. Although the man has no identification on him, he does have a belt with the initials "RM" on it that may provide a clue to his identity.
Season 1, Episode 37: The Raid9 June 1959
Mark is kidnapped by a band of renegade Indians, who then escape into the hills of New Mexico. A frantic Lucas takes out after them, determined to get his son back.
16 June 1959
The townspeople of North Fork begin to get suspicious when Lucas is named as the beneficiary in the will of an infamous outlaw.
Season 1, Episode 39: Boomerang23 June 1959
Lucas takes in an orphaned young boy, and one of the things he teaches the boy is how to use a gun. What Lucas doesn't know, however, is that the boy wants to learn how to use a gun so he can kill the banker he holds responsible for his father's death.
30 June 1959
While walking down the main street in North Fork, John Hallager is shot from someone hiding in the shadows. Marshal Micah Torrance arrests Billy Mathis who had been seeing Hallager's daughter Lucy despite being told to stay away. Not long afterward, John Barrow McBride comes to town. He has a mind reading act that the townsfolk find entertaining but he also seems to have information about Hallager's shooting. How he got that information tells Lucas how McBride gets the information for his act but also leads him to the real shooter.
Season 2, Episode 1: The Patsy29 September 1959
An outlaw gang plans to take over and loot the town of North Fork by getting rid of the one man who could stand in their way: Lucas McCain.
Season 2, Episode 2: Bloodlines6 October 1959
The three Malakie boys comes to town and bust up the saloon. Lucas McCain and Marshal Micah Torrance stop them, but in the course of doing so, one of the boys shoots and kills his own brother. That doesn't stop them from blaming Lucas however and when their father Daniel Malakie arrives, he breaks his two surviving sons out of jail intent on getting even. They ambush someone they think is Lucas but get it wrong and Lucas and Micah hunt them down.
13 October 1959
Al Walker, a notorious gunfighter, has come to North Fork to die. He has an incurable illness and, since he had once been a wealthy and prominent lawyer, believes he owes it to his family to have his death certificate read "natural causes" instead of "killed in gunfight". However, the Porter brothers--a gang of vicious killers and bank robbers--have followed him to town and plan to take their revenge on Walker for killing their brother, and they'll stop at nothing and no one in order to do it.
Season 2, Episode 4: Obituary20 October 1959
A newspaper article extolling Lucas' skills with a gun brings him trouble when a gunfighter shows up in town aiming to prove that he's faster than Lucas.
Season 2, Episode 5: Tension27 October 1959
A recently widowed woman in North Fork doesn't know about her deceased husband's criminal past, and Lucas is determined to see that she doesn't find out.
3 November 1959
When two outlaws threaten the life of Lil Halstead, daughter of the town's hotel clerk, Lucas sets out to determine the reason behind the threats.
Season 2, Episode 7: Panic10 November 1959
Town ne'er-do-well Brett Conway finds out that a couple who moved near North Fork and soon fell sick are actually ill with highly contagious and potentially fatal yellow fever. Knowing that Lucas was the person who initially discovered the couple, Conway threatens to spread the news of their condition to the entire town, thereby causing a panic, unless Lucas buys his silence.
Season 2, Episode 8: Ordeal17 November 1959
Lucas and Mark find themselves in deep trouble when their wagon breaks down while they're crossing the desert.
24 November 1959
In order to rob the stage which is carrying $20,000.00 in cash, an unarmed outlaw informs Lucas, who is riding shotgun, that his son's life is in mortal danger if he doesn't hand over the money.
1 December 1959
An outlaw gang kidnaps Micah and threatens to kill him unless their leader is released from jail. Lucas must decide whether to turn loose the notorious killer or face the possibility of the murder of his friend Micah.
Season 2, Episode 11: The Legacy8 December 1959
Lucas tries to do a good turn for the town drunk, but things go awry when the man's son mistakenly believes that he is now the owner of Lucas' ranch.
15 December 1959
A singer in a dance hall asks Lucas to take care of her daughter in order to hide the child from the woman's prejudiced father.
Season 2, Episode 13: The Coward22 December 1959
A young man who is hounded by fear of other people moves to the West, hoping the experience will toughen him up.
Season 2, Episode 14: Surveyors29 December 1959
Mark tells Lucas that he overheard a plot to rob North Fork's bank. When Lucas questions him more closely about it, Mark, thinking that his father doesn't believe him, runs away from home.
5 January 1960
A famous old frontiersman, with a reputation as the best rifleman around, challenges Luke to see who's really the best with a rifle.
12 January 1960
A "mail-order husband" arrives in North Fork, and finds not only a bride, but also harassment from two local trouble-makers.
19 January 1960
In their search for a wealthy man's long-lost son, private detectives arrive in North Fork. Upon seeing Mark, they decide that since they can't find the real boy and their client has never actually seen his son, Mark will suffice.
26 January 1960
Lucas finds himself attracted to a young widow who stops in North Fork on her way to claim an inheritance.
Season 2, Episode 19: Hero2 February 1960
Stablehand Colly Vane, while out hunting, gets the drop on notorious wanted gunfighter The Domino Kid, and is forced to shoot him. When Colly brings the Kid's body into town to claim the reward, it's noticed that the Kid had been shot in the back. Instead of being hailed as a hero, Colly becomes the object of the townspeoples' derision for having shot the Kid in the back, is fired from his job and evicted from his house. To make matters worse, three gunfighters who were the Kid's friends come to town looking for him, and when they find out he's dead, set out to find and kill the man who did it.
9 February 1960
Lucas and Mark try to help out a man who has been swindled in a horse-trading transaction.
16 February 1960
An older couple settles down in North Fork, but they have a secret--they're not using their real names because they don't want anyone to know that their son is a notorious gunfighter and killer.
Season 2, Episode 22: Heller23 February 1960
A young boy and his sister, victims of an abusive father, come to the conclusion that the only way to protect themselves from further abuse is to kill him.
1 March 1960
While on a train trip, Lucas and Mark are threatened by an escaped murderer. As if that weren't bad enough, the train is suddenly caught in a huge cloud of grasshoppers, forcing it to stop.
8 March 1960
While North Fork excitedly awaits the arrival of a new preacher, Mark uncovers evidence that suggests the new parson is not only not a preacher, but may in face be planning to use the occasion to rob the town bank.
15 March 1960
Lucas sets out to save the life of a young soldier who has deserted from the army and is now scheduled to be executed.
Season 2, Episode 26: The Vision22 March 1960
Lucas is worried when Mark comes down with typhoid, but he gets even more worried when he notices that Mark doesn't appear to want to get better.
Season 2, Episode 27: The Lariat29 March 1960
Lariat Jones, an old friend of Lucas', comes to North Fork to open up a casino. However, after several cheaters are caught in his casino, Lucas has to save his friend from almost certain death.
5 April 1960
Marge Crandell is a headstrong young girl who doesn't like to be told what to do, not by her father or by Doug Carter, the man who loves her. Doug is hot tempered and ready to fight any man who gets too close to Marge. He has just such a fight with Fred Tate who had been bothering Marge. Instead of being grateful Marge walks off with the drummer Rodney Quentin. Later when Lucas discovers her body both Quentin and Tate emerge as possible suspects.
12 April 1960
An ex-convict with a grudge against Lucas comes to town determined to kill him.
19 April 1960
A man and his young son fleeing danger are taken in by Lucas. What Lucas doesn't know is that the man hasn't told him the real reason they're on the run.
26 April 1960
A fleeing bank robber decides that the McCain ranch is a good place to hide out, so he holds Lucas and Mark prisoner in their own home until the heat dies down.
3 May 1960
Gabe Fenway, a sharecropper for local landlord Preston, plans to run his quarterhorse Sapphire in a local horse race. Mark also plans to race his horse, Blueboy, in the race. Preston, who wants to keep all of Fenway's crops, believes Mark's horse can beat Fenway's and tricks Fenway into betting his crop against Preston's $1000 that Mark will win. And to make sure that Mark wins, Preston has a plan to make sure that Fenway doesn't make it to the race.
10 May 1960
Lucas hires a new ranch hand, then learns that the man had just been released from prison for manslaughter. He believes the man has turned over a new leaf and wants to start a new life, but his--and the townspeoples'--suspicions are aroused when a local rancher is murdered during a robbery.
17 May 1960
While in town one day, Lucas runs into Tom Benton, an old friend from his days in the army. Benton seems to have fallen on hard times, though, as he's drinking heavily and winds up shooting up the saloon and getting arrested by Micah. Lucas bails him out, against Benton's protests, but it turns out that Benton has his own reasons for wanting to stay in jail.
Season 2, Episode 35: Nora24 May 1960
Nora Sanford, an old flame of Lucas' who came from a wealthy family, arrives in town, ill and penniless. When Lucas hears of her condition, he goes to see her and help nurse her back to health. It turns out that her recently deceased husband had spent all her money, and she had heard that Lucas had also been recently widowed, and in desperation decided to come to North Fork to see him. What Lucas doesn't know, however, is that she didn't come to town alone, and her plans for Lucas aren't quite what he thinks they are.
31 May 1960
A friend of Lucas is found murdered and robbed. Suspicion falls on an ex-con, and a lynching seems inevitable.
27 September 1960
Outlaws take Mark hostage in order to force Lucas to help them rob the bank in North Fork.
4 October 1960
Lucas and Mark interrupt two young men stealing horses. Lucas is forced to defend himself and shoots and kills one of the men. He is one of Ma Boyle's sons. The Boyles are a mountain family who live by their own laws and Micah foresees trouble. When the clan arrives in town they are set on hanging the man responsible for the killing.
Season 3, Episode 3: Seven11 October 1960
Seven escaped prisoners terrorize the town of North Fork. The leader has a personal grudge against Lucas McCain that he must settle before leaving the town.
18 October 1960
A quick-talking salesman discovers gold on Lucas' property and tries to fleece McCain of the mineral rights on his ranch.
25 October 1960
When Micah is badly injured by an escaping prisoner, Lucas tracks the prisoner back to his home town where they do not give up their own.
Season 3, Episode 6: Baranca1 November 1960
In Micah's absence, Lucas is forced into a duel to determine to which system of justice the blatant murder of a rural Hispanic resident applies: the old justice of traditional New Mexico Hispanics, administered by "Baranca", or the US law.
8 November 1960
A Cavalry captain discovers that a son has been an outlaw who was killed by Lucas. He is determined to punish Lucas for the tragedy.
Season 3, Episode 8: Miss Milly15 November 1960
Milly Scott buys Hattie's general store. Her background as a schoolteacher does little to prepare her for what she bought into when she hires a stranger in town to collect all the debts owed to the store.
22 November 1960
According to the stipulations in a bizarre will, the citizens of North Fork will divide $100,000 if Lucas McCain dies within seven days of Sarah Caruthers. The vicious old woman has hated Lucas ever since he killed her husband during a robbery.
29 November 1960
A strict new schoolmaster comes to teach - and, he discovers, to learn: from Mark and Lucas.
6 December 1960
A con man and his fast-gun friend come to North Fork. Lucas enters a target shooting contest.
13 December 1960
When a famous New York artist is sent to paint a portrait of Hannah Shaw, they find the artist is not longer the person they were requesting. Lucas will try to help the down-on-his-luck artist.
20 December 1960
Mark and Lucas help a young man muted by a traumatic past.
27 December 1960
Heading home on a stagecoach, Mark and Lucas are entertained by a little old lady's stories of gunslingers and her scrapbook of wanted posters. Little do they know she's a bounty hunter with her sights set on Duke Jennings, who's headed to Northfork.
3 January 1961
Mark comes riding into North Fork in a hurry. He has been sent by Lucas to get Dr. Burrage. He knocks, but does not find the doctor in his office. Two strangers who are planning to kill Dr. Burrage are standing nearby.
10 January 1961
A book salesman gives flower seeds to a woman who's husband is away from home. He then covers her mouth with one of his hands as she tries to scream for help!
Season 3, Episode 17: Long Trek17 January 1961
Micah and Lucas are escorting Stanley, a prisoner, across a vast area with no towns anywhere nearby. After Stanley scares away the three horses, Micah, Lucas, and Stanley start walking, and walking, and walking.
24 January 1961
Lucas fulfills the dying wish for an old friend.
31 January 1961
When he sees the face of a young man who is calling him out, Lucas experiences a shocking flashback to his civil war days.
7 February 1961
After his herd is wiped out by hoof-and-mouth disease, McCain agrees to serve as an undercover detective for the U.S. government in order to raise enough cash to buy more cattle. He travels to Wyoming to learn the source of the repeating rifles that have fallen into the hands of rebellious Cheyenne Indians.
14 February 1961
Lucas continues his undercover assignment - searching for the source of repeating rifles that have fallen into the hands of renegade Indians. Meanwhile McCain's absence is keenly felt back in North Fork.
21 February 1961
When Micah's recurring nightmares drives him back to drunkenness, Lucas decides that the marshal must confront the source of those nightmares - a gunslinger he failed to face down sixteen years before.
28 February 1961
The Newman's are still living in the town where Micah grew up. Their plan to strike it rich are smothered by a long forgotten family secret - which Mark is about to uncover.
7 March 1961
Lucas is temporarily blinded in an explosion. Unfortunately, not long after that incident an old enemy of his rides into town, looking to settle an old score.
14 March 1961
Major Aaron King and Corporal Troc arrive in North Fork on horseback. When they see Lucas, they remember that he was a Lt. in the Union Army fifteen years ago. They see this chance meeting as a lucky break.
Season 3, Episode 26: Assault21 March 1961
Cade Conway and Vashti Croxton are arguing about where to get married. This leads to a fight and Vashti being knocked unconscious, and a traveling salesman being falsely blamed for it.
28 March 1961
On his way through a strange little town, Lucas is arrested and accused of being a horse thief.
4 April 1961
Clarence, Millie's mop boy, is wearing a gun he just cleaned for a customer. When he accidentally kills a famous outlaw, some locals play up their new friend's reputation hoping for more fun as they expect his partner to come to town.
11 April 1961
Even though badly wounded Lucas is set on bringing two murderers to justice. The trip will be dangerous for both Mark and Lucas.
18 April 1961
Lucas serves as the foreman of a jury that finds a Mescalero Indian guilty of murder. The man's father, a renegade witch doctor, places a curse on the Rifleman predicting his death before the next new moon.
Season 3, Episode 31: Stopover25 April 1961
Lucas and Mark are in the barn. Outside a snowstorm is raging and the wind is howling. After they reach the house, they hear Scotty, the driver on a stagecoach. He asks to spend the night. The stagecoach passengers are also invited into the McCain home.
2 May 1961
A stagecoach arrives in North Fork, the door opens, and out steps a woman. In talking with her, Micah finds out that she has come to marry Lucas.
Season 3, Episode 33: Death Trap9 May 1961
A gunfight with an unwilling participant brings a need for a doctor, but Doc Burrage is out of town. A doctor passing through North Fork volunteers to help. However, he and Lucas have a past, and not a good one.
Season 3, Episode 34: The Queue16 May 1961
The efforts of a Chinese man and his son to establish a laundry are hindered by two louts who resent foreigners in North Fork.
2 October 1961
In Mexico to buy a seed-bull, Lucas and Mark McCain fall prey to bandits. These bandits strip Lucas of his shirt, hat, and boots. Then they tie him to a tree and leave him to die while they ride off with his kidnapped son.
9 October 1961
Mark gets a job at the livery stable in North Fork. Lucas is concerned that Mark will not get his home chores done on time.
16 October 1961
Lucas is asked to stand guard when $50,000 is transferred from a specially designed stagecoach strongbox to the North Fork Bank's vault. Sloan, a former bank clerk plans to rob the shipment with a couple of henchman and uses the general store as a base to launch their attack. Meanwhile, Milly and Mark are held captive in a back room, helpless to prevent the heist.
23 October 1961
A prison wagon stops at the McCain ranch. One of the guards asks Lucas for a bottle of alcohol. He refuses. Later the guards return and take Lucas prisoner.
30 October 1961
Mark gets a job from a neighbor who he initialed shied away from because of his facial scars. When his military past is revealed, Mark has to decide if his new friend has been lying or is the man on his trail seeking vengeance justified.
6 November 1961
Lucas witnesses a shooting while repairing fencing on his property. When the man who did it is arrested, he is prepared to testify at the trial. Bribery and threats to his family and self are tried but may just backfire on the accused.
13 November 1961
An ex-army officer and the other an eccentric cavalier, two of Lucas' oldest friends, ask him to observe a chess match to prevent any cheating.
Season 4, Episode 8: Honest Abe20 November 1961
An eccentric man who pretends he's Abe Lincoln spends a weekend with Lucas and Mark. He finds himself in trouble when he gets in a fight with a man in the saloon and breaks the man's arm.
27 November 1961
Grandpa Fogarty lives in a rundown old farmhouse with his young grandson Woody. The McCains are neighbors and Lucas repeatedly tries to get the old man to send the boy to the local school. He refuses, leading some of the ladies in North Fork to think he's not fit to be raising a child and that Woody should be taken from him. Grandpa is dead set against it until he learns that someone from his past may be gunning for him. As much as it hurts him, he decides to give up the boy without any explanation.
4 December 1961
Lucas and Mark meet Mark Twain. Later they find out that he has a sad secret.
11 December 1961
North Fork has a problem. A man named John Holliver wants revenge for something that happened five years ago.
18 December 1961
Two mountain men ride by the McCain ranch and one, Ambrose, is enamored with Lucas' rifle. He tries to trade for it but Lucas won't trade. He is set on getting the gun and later that night they return to ranch and try to steal it. In the scuffle Gorwin is accidentally killed. Lucas returns his horse to his people in the high country but Ambrose has lied about what happened to Gorwin and the hill people hold Lucas accountable. A trial is called and Lucas is found guilty of murder and sentenced to five years labor to pay for Mrs. Morgan's loss.
25 December 1961
A man is sitting at a table in a corner of the saloon in North Fork. He is watching the time and waiting. Later, he waits on a trail until Mark rides up. He tricks Mark into coming with him.
Season 4, Episode 14: Skull1 January 1962
When Mark goes missing during a hunting trip, Lucas tries to get help to look for his missing son. Before he gets very far, both Lucas and Mark are taken hostage by Skull Ranch - a haven for outlaws.
8 January 1962
Lucas and Mark take in a young woman and her brother after the brother comes down with measles. But rumors are flying around that the young woman is a princess - not merely a woman who's yearning to be a farmer.
Season 4, Episode 16: Gunfire15 January 1962
At night Micah stops by the North Fork jail to check on a prisoner named Charlie Gordo. Charlie does not want to go to Yuma prison to be hanged. He threatens Micah by telling him that if he tries to make him go, he will kill him.
22 January 1962
A friend from Lucas' Army days buys a farm near North Fork. His daughter attracts a lot of curiosity since she's very beautiful and very deaf.
29 January 1962
A gun fighter wanna-be travels all the way from England to meet Lucas, believing that killing Lucas will give him the reputation and respect he needs.
5 February 1962
The stage arrives in North Fork, and a young lady gets off. She is Sally Walker, a niece of Milly. When Mark sees Sally, he is instantly smitten and stopped in his tracks by her good looks.
12 February 1962
Lucas is acting deputy in Northfork while Micah is away on business. When the bank is robbed Lucas shoots and seriously wounds the robber during his getaway. The robber is Rudy Gray from Salinas and when Lucas wires the sheriff of Salinas the telegraph is intercepted by an unscrupulous clerk and his friend Dave Foley. Foley decides to travel to Northfork impersonating Rudy's brother and bring his body back to Salinas before Lucas can find out there is a $2,000 reward on his head.
19 February 1962
A man rides into Northfork whom everyone seems to recognize. His name is Tip Corey and he has a reputation as a ruthless killer. Micah tells him to ride out of town and Corey refuses and delivers Micah an ultimatum...take his badge off and throw it into the dirt by sundown or he'll kill him. Lucas convinces Micah that Corey won't be back by sundown so Micah leaves on business and Lucas pins on the badge. The threat still holds and Corey delivers his ultimatum to Lucas.
26 February 1962
A reliable eye-witness rides into North Fork and accuses Lucas McCain of cattle rustling and cold blooded murder.
Season 4, Episode 23: The Debt5 March 1962
When Mark and Lucas meet Micah on the trail while transporting a prisoner for execution, Mark discovers the prisoner is a man who saved his life three years earlier. Lucas gets angry when Mark helps the condemned prisoner escape.
Season 4, Episode 24: Tinhorn12 March 1962
Mark and Milly are shocked when Lucas begins gambling. They don't know that Lucas is "undercover" trying to catch a man at cheating. Lucas must do this in order to save his friend's farm.
19 March 1962
While riding out on the range, Mark befriends a blind man with a grudge against another man. When the man in question forces Lucas to kill his cattle because of disease, Mark seeks revenge and is shocked at the results.
26 March 1962
A retired lawman's irrational jealousy threatens not only to destroy his marriage, but also to make him an easy target for someone who wants him dead. And as usual, Lucas finds himself right in the middle of all this drama.
2 April 1962
It's an interesting day in North Fork when a woman and her son arrive on a stagecoach. Before too long she sees Micah and thinks that he is her long lost husband.
9 April 1962
The town has a new minister - a mortal enemy of Lucas McCain, whom he vowed to kill if he ever saw him again. Now Lucas must face the conflicts inside himself and comes to terms with the past.
16 April 1962
Lucas and Mark ride into North Fork after a two week hunting trip to discover that Micah is no longer Marshal. Worse then that, they have a new Marshal who is crooked and allows outlaws to deputy.
23 April 1962
A man rides into North Fork. When he sees Lucas, he reminds him that they met in training camp during the Civil War. Upon hearing them talking, Milly asks the man whether he knew her brother, who died in the Battle of Bull Run.
30 April 1962
While Lucas is riding to Red Creek, two men who are in hiding see him. One of the men shoots Lucas in the head, knocking him off of his horse, and almost killing him.
7 May 1962
A former neighbor of the McCain's is released from jail after serving his sentence for stage coach robbery, but the money was never found. Lucas agrees to let the man work for him, but the new work hand holds a secret.
1 October 1962
When Lucas, Mark, and Micah get lost in Old Mexico, they are held hostage by a bunch of bandits who intend to kill the men and make Mark a slave. Micah is seriously hurt and buried alive - so it is all up to Lucas to save them.
8 October 1962
While trapped in a ghost town saloon, Lucas tries to come up with a plan of escape in order to save his son and Micah after Mark refuses to leave without him.
15 October 1962
Lucas arrives in North Fork to learn that a new arrival, Lou Mallory, has been been buying up land and some of the town's businesses. Mallory is a no-nonsense businesswoman, a self-starter who seems quite determined in looking after her own interests. Lucas even manages to get a very good price for Milly Scott's store, now that she's moved away. When the townsfolk learn that the railroad will be coming to town, several think they've been had, including Neb Jackman and his sons who sold her what they thought was a worthless piece of land. Neb's solution is to kidnap her and arrange a marriage to one of his boys.
22 October 1962
After a woman on the stage comes down sick, the hotel occupants - including Lucas and Lou - are quarantined because of suspected small pox. They soon discover there is a wanted man among them.
29 October 1962
Johnny Drako is looking for Lucas McCain. He makes sure to tell Sweeney the bartender. After Johnny leaves the saloon, Sweeney hurries to tell Lucas, who is in Micah's office.
5 November 1962
Dennis O'Flarrety arrives in North Fork. Upon seeing an opportunity to help, he single-handedly lifts part of a wagon. But, his real reason for being in town is that he intends to marry Lou Mallory, the owner of the hotel.
12 November 1962
Four men wearing uniforms ride into North Fork. They have a fifth horse with them. On its back is a long wooden box, that is locked. Upon carrying the box into the hotel and registering, Lou is told that it contains a "present for the Senator".
19 November 1962
Mark and Lucas disagree on the character of a man claiming to work for the circus. Lucas shoots the man during a robbery at the hotel, but Mark believes the man's story. This puts father and son at odds.
26 November 1962
A famous gun fighter, whom Mark idolizes, is in town telling more of his stories. But this time, he tells one story too many and is challenged. Lucas begins thinking that maybe he's not "the most amazing man" after all.
3 December 1962
When Lucas refuses to sell his land to Mr. Prescott, he hires men to try to change his mind But no matter what challenges are thrown at him, he refuses. Even Lou and Mark don't understand his refusal.
Season 5, Episode 11: Gun Shy10 December 1962
When Mark's careless actions cause the death of a friend, he blames the rifle. Not being able to accept the truth, he runs away from home. But he is faced with a tough decision that could be a matter of life and death.
17 December 1962
Micah goes out of town, leaving Nils Swenson in charge. Lucas warns Nils against posting a "no gun" notice, and then angrily leaves town. He quickly returns, though, when he discovers Mark is in trouble because Nils didn't take Lucas's advice.
Season 5, Episode 13: Conflict24 December 1962
After Lucas barely misses killing a cougar threatening Mark, he goes into conflict with himself. The fact that his missing the cougar could have cost Mark his life terrifies him. Lucas must come to terms with this reality.
7 January 1963
A murder occurs in the railroad camp near North Fork. The accused is found in the McCain barn where Mark and Lou hid him. As a result, when Lucas goes to the trial he finds himself being tried with the accused.
Season 5, Episode 15: Suspicion14 January 1963
Mark and Lucas help a stranded stranger back to town. When he starts giving away items stolen in murderous robberies, he is accused of the murders. But Lucas isn't so sure he's guilty.
21 January 1963
Lucas shot and killed a man years ago. Now, his son - who is Mark's age - is in North Fork for revenge. After he threatens a gunfight with Mark, Lucas demands him arrested and charged, but Lou Mallory has other plans.
28 January 1963
It's a big day for North Fork - the first railroad train is coming to their new station. Riding as passengers are the McCains and a Japanese nobleman and his servant who are visiting the West to learn more about the United States. When the foreigners are insulted by a pair of local hooligans, they demand satisfaction, and soon the four men face off in North Fork's dusty main street.
4 February 1963
On Halloween night Mark and his friends, wearing masks, ride from ranch to ranch playing pranks. A couple of rustlers hit on the idea of wearing similar masks while stealing cattle, knowing the boys will be blamed. They hide the animals in a gullible Englishman's barn, waiting for a chance to drive the herd across the Mexican border.
11 February 1963
After running into Micah on the trail, Mark and Lucas stay to help him when the prisoner he is transporting injures Micah's arm. But the morning yields a serious problem. Lucas's life is in mortal danger and only the prisoner can save him.
18 February 1963
While Mark goes hunting for Old Spike, Lucas goes hunting for a mortal enemy who showed up in North Fork - the enemy used to be a good friend until he shot him in the back. But that's not all he did.
Season 5, Episode 21: The Bullet25 February 1963
Lucas travels to a town and gets mixed up in a murder mystery when he tries to find a missing friend. The Sheriff introduces a strange concept: ballistics. Lucas is leery, but plays along with him.
4 March 1963
Mark falls off his horse and becomes paralyzed. Doc Burrage confirms to Lucas that a visit to a hot spring may help. The only one near is a few days ride in the mountains and Lou offers to help. When they arrive they have to deal with the cold as well as three escaped convicts. To avoid discovery they have to hide which keeps them from lighting a fire. As it is getting cold, Lucas is forced to deal with the situation and confronts the convicts to save the day and his son.
Season 5, Episode 23: The Guest11 March 1963
A stranger arrives in North Fork claiming to be an old acquaintance of a good friend from Lucas's past. In reality, he has been hired to kill Lucas, but his plans go sour when Mark befriends him.
25 March 1963
Mark's grandfather visits, running from present troubles while seeking to resolve troubles from the past.
1 April 1963
It seems to be the end of the line for the Jackman clan after their farm is put up for sale to pay back taxes. It's clear they weren't cut out for farming and go off to Paradise, a nearby town. They arrive to find that the position of town Marshal is vacant and family patriarch Nebeneezert takes the job and deputizes his three sons. They soon realize just what they've got themselves into when they see that all of the badges have bullet holes in them. When bank robbers come to town, Lucas helps them keep the peace.
Season 5, Episode 26: Old Tony8 April 1963
Mark and his girlfriend, Lorrie, become entangled in a feud between two old codgers. The teenagers soon learn that the "Hermit" has a bark that's worse than his bite when the old man invites them to lunch and allows them to look for arrowheads on a remote part of his land. The youngsters face dire peril when they become trapped in a pool of quicksand.
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