With a drought around Dodge, a city slicker named Norm Trainer plans on profiting off the local farmers. The only hope the farmer have is a 'water-witch' named Sam'l. But everyone is not happy with Sam's presence in Dodge.

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Almost nobody believes traveling medicine man Mr. Sam'l is really a "water witch" who can detect water underground with his divining rod. The exception is a ruthless land grabber who has capitalized on a prolonged drought and all the known wells drying up. The land grabber, secretly, hired professional geologists to locate hidden springs on farmland that the owners are about to abandon and sell -- for a song -- to him. Realizing that Mr. Sam'l could find the water through blind luck if nothing else, and that even if he doesn't he will inspire Dodge City to renew digging before the land grabber can secure the property, the land grabber hires a gunman ... Written by Peter Harris

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26 February 1968 (USA)  »

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mr. sam'l
30 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen this episode many times. Ed Begley, Sr.'s performance is fantastic. I think it is one of the best guest acting turns on the series. He gives a very multi-layered, heart-felt performance. There is a LOT of plot and back story to be covered. The director does a great job of keeping the story moving forward and not getting bogged down. All of the guests and regulars deliver solid performances. One of the things I like best about this episode is that it is a story of redemption, forgiveness. A story where characters realize the past is a part of the present. A story of shame for one's family turns into pride and where truth overcomes lies.


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