Checkmate trended toward oddity during its second season and this episode is certainly in that vein. In a nut-shell the story revolves around the head hobo of a dingy shantytown under the tracks who in reality is the son of a wealthy and dying man. Jed Sills goes undercover to protect the son from an assassin. The plot is a bit sparse and hard to believe but all the while it is also satisfactorily entertaining. A highlight is a young Harry Dean Stanton playing a strolling guitar player and crooner. Don Cory is largely peripheral and Doctor Hyatt is also limited but does get a memorable scene as a rotund hobo passing through camp. Dabbs Greer, in a foreshadowing of his role as Rev. Alden on Little House on the Prairie, is quite good as an unlikely holy roller hobo. Good episode from a series ahead of its time.
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