There is $10,000 in gold being shipped on a stagecoach, Matt and Chester are escorting a prisoner on that stagecoach, and there is a beautiful lady Laura and a pastor along as passengers. Is there danger afoot when the stage stopover is strangely empty? Written by
Matt and Chester are taking wanted killer Gurney to Wichita by stage. Along with them are a reverend, Miss Laura, and a load of gold. At a way station, they're waylaid by two robbers who've killed the stationmaster. Now Matt and company are pinned down in the station house with a wounded stage driver and no water. They've got to get to the water pump and escape the robbers, but how.
Good character episode. It's interesting to note the logic each passenger uses to deal with their predicament. Matt, of course, is realistic and practical, while the Reverend and Laura are more idealistic, as bad guy Gurney gloats in the background. Some levity is added early on in another sarcastically humorous exchange between Doc and Chester. Anyway, one problem the series had was the 30-minute time frame, which meant shootouts had to be decided quickly and often not too realistically. Here the siege of the station goes on for a while, but the resolution is over quickly in not too convincing fashion. Nonetheless, there's the usual thoughtful note to end the episode.
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