While Brother Justin rediscovers his "birthright" on the banks of a river, Iris gets some unexpected support from an attentive radio reporter, named Tommy Dolan, whom offers to spread the word about Brother Justin's parish. At the carnival, Rita Sue and Stumpy argue over their family's future where she, afraid that the family will end up on the breadline, argues with Stumpy over leaving the carnival and moving to Hollywood. Meanwhile, Ben and Ruthie go hunting for snakes to use in her act, and Ben is forced to use his powers to heal Ruthie's simpleton son, Gabriel, after he injures himself, at a cost of several dead fish. Also, Samson goes to work on the bally, and Libby and Sofie see stars (and romance) on the western horizon. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode is loosely based on La rivière du hibou (1962), which in turn was based on the 1890 Ambrose Bierce short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". This story was also the inspiration for the film Jacob's Ladder
(1990). See more
When Tommy Dolan visits Iris, he opens one of the letters lying on the table. There is a five-dollar bill included as a donation in the envelope. He whistles and holds it up, saying "a sawbuck." A sawbuck is a ten-dollar bill. See more