The title object and the story around it occupies less than a quarter of this episode's screen time. At the beginning, Big Mac MacCreedy hires Smith and Jones to steal it -again - from the neighboring Arminderez ranch. Heyes refuses, but agrees to teach one of MacCreedy's men how to do it instead. Heyes and Curry also agree to escort the bust the last half of the way to an auction house, where Big Mac will get rid of it once and for all. While waiting at the assigned spot in a small town, Heyes and Curry confront a town bully - and keep backing down, to the surprise of an alcoholic ex-clergyman who had completely lost his faith in humanity. But the bully keeps pushing his edge, and Curry starts losing his temper. After this plot thread is concluded (at the end of Act Four) the tag shows the ultimate fate of the bust. Written by
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Prominent costar and town heavy, 'Lee Majors', was best known for playing Heath Barkley in _"The Big Valley" (1965))_, at the time this episode first aired in mid January of '72. While Bradford Dillman
once again costars along side Majors as the town drunk and ex-priest who lost his faith, for his only appearance in the series. Dillman was also a featured costar in 2 episodes of 'The Big Valley', entitled "Day of the Comet", and, "A Noose is Waiting". See more