Bat is cheated at cards by a town boss with the cooperation of the local sheriff. When he meets a brother and sister who were cheated in a land swindle, they three plot to get their money back and bring the crook to justice.
In 1881 while playing poker at Morganville, Wyoming Territory Bat catches a gambler pulling a king from his sleeve to win the hand. When he confronts the men and proves his charge, he finds the sheriff is backing the crooks and Morgan who was in the game. Bat down $500, lets the group know he wants his money. Later, he hears a young couple request a meeting with the sheriff about a problem with Morgan. The Roberts, brother and sister, from the east have purchased a farm from Morgan only to find the farm they really bought is an old mining property not fit for farming. Morgan has the sheriff arrest Bat but when the Roberts start spending money along with referring to Bat, Morgan is forced to have Bat released before Bat will talk to him. Once out, Bat finally meets with Morgan telling him he bought part of the mine property at a very high price referring to the silver found at Virginia City after the gold played out. Morgan decides it is time to deal and Bat has a deal for him. Written by
When one thinks of Denver Pyle, one gets the image of a country guy, as per Mr. Darling, the down-to-earth Buck in "The Doris Day show, and Jesse Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard." In this episode, Pyle plays a debonair, well-groomed, and well-dressed businessman who runs a crooked town. Pyle shows no trace of Southern Accent or any drawl in his role. One could easily not recognize him. It's a totally different role for the man who spent much of his career working for CBS in westerns and country-themed comedies.
The episode itself is formula for the series. Bat gets cheated out of $500 in a card game, finds a couple who got also got cheated by the same people, and gets his and the couple's money back by out-swindling the swindlers.
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