With tensions with a drought-stricken neighboring flatland rising, the Cartwrights decide to address the problem by helping a stubborn flatland homesteader dig a new well.




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Episode cast overview:
Jason Ganther
Belle Ganther
Pam Smith ...
Lindy Ganther
Bill Collins
Kay Stewart ...
Mrs. Collins
Luther Kent


A drought has ravaged the flat lands and Hoss stops to water at the Ganther farm where Jason Ganther is attempting to dig a well and get to water which he believes is just a few further feet down. Hoss decides to help him and they begin drilling for water. Meanwhile ranchers in the high country have started up a vigilante group to keep families from leaving the flat lands and settling in the high country where water is plentiful. Disgusted by the vigilantes the entire Cartwright family soon begins helping the Ganthers. Tensions mount between the two groups as the Cartwrights race against time to find the water before violence erupts. Written by tomtrekp

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11 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Only show other than Star Trek where Majel Barret and James Doohan both guest starred in a single episode at the same time. See more »

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Star Trek connection is about the only thing interesting
27 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

About the only interesting thing about this episode is that Majel Barrett and James Doohan are both in it, although Doohan doesn't have much of a part. Majel Barrett looks much better in her natural hair color, without her bleached-blonde Star Trek do.

There's a drought on and families in the flat lands are getting ready to move off to greener pastures, except one landowner who refuses to leave and is determined that a water spring is just below the surface. The Cartwrights help the owner's family. For some reason that makes no realistic sense, several men, landowners in the higher lands form a vigilante group to stop any families attempting to move through to more fertile ground. And yeah, that's about it.

The *spunky* little girl (an obvious precursor to the smart-mouth sitcom kids), daughter to the family they're helping, was the most annoying.

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