Cheyenne, last member of a posse, is shot by a trap set by the outlaw Black Jack. A sister of woman married to a judge finds him and takes him home at a remote cabin as a winter storm snows them in. The judge leads a dual life.
Cheyenne is shot in the back by a trap utilizing a shotgun while tracking a bank robber called the Black Jack. His name comes from the black clothes he wears and that he wears a kerchief as a face mask with the name 'Jack' embroidered on it. Black Jack takes Cheyenne's gun, badge, and identification but is forced to leave Cheyenne's unconscious body which is discovered by Lilac, one of two sisters who lives nearby with her sister's husband. Lilac's sister Rose is wary of visitors so Lilac hides Cheyenne in the barn but Rose finds him the next day. They take him into the house to treat him as Rose's husband returns. He is Judge Granger Ward who Cheyenne has heard of. With winter and snow coming on the four are trapped in the mountains for the winter and Christmas. Lilac grows close to Cheyenne as she is leery of Granger. For Christmas Granger gives Cheyenne a gun and belt - the one taken off the wounded Cheyenne by Black Jack leading to questions in Cheyenne's mind. Written by
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You're a smart man Judge. But you made a mistake. You think everybody else is a fool! No fun being clever like you are is it Judge less somebody knows about it. So you had to tell me. Just a little but it turned out to be a little bit too much.
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This four person drama set during the Christmas season is one of the best episodes of the Cheyenne series. Excellent acting all-around, & excellent script, well-written by the episode's director, Montgomery Pittman (who also wrote 14 episodes of "77 Sunset Strip"). Andrew Duggan plays a Judge who has a penchant for hanging people, more so for being "stupid" than for having committed crimes. The lovely Adele Mara (playing the Judge's wife) has some of the best dialog: "I'm not really ignorant, I've always pretended to be because that's the way you liked it," & later, "Will you ever learn that the world isn't as stupid as you'd like it to be?" The Judge is both fascinated by Cheyenne's morals & threatened by his intelligence. Mesmerizing cat & mouse game between the Judge & Cheyenne keeps the viewer's interest throughout.
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