Paladin's bushwhacked by an arrogant ranch foreman, so he signs on as a cook in the ranch owner's house, to serve revenge up warm. The fact that the widowed owner's a gorgeous dish figures ...
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Paladin's bushwhacked by an arrogant ranch foreman, so he signs on as a cook in the ranch owner's house, to serve revenge up warm. The fact that the widowed owner's a gorgeous dish figures in Paladin's recipe, plus the BBW servant, Cookie warms up to Paladin quickly. Written by
Rare chance to see Paladin romancing a lady, Margaret O'Bannion (Marion Marshall); as he is riding through an area near her ranch Paladin is fired at by her foreman, Cyrus (Don Haggerty) and his two hoods. This was to draw him towards a specific tree so they could knock him off his horse and take his gun and clothes. While the trio are off robbing Margaret blind (supposedly raising and selling cattle, they are basically defrauding her), Paladin becomes emotionally involved (and vice versa) with Margaret. Margaret has been raised a lady, to be refined and behave proper-like. She would prefer, however, to run her ranch and call the shots with an authority that would whip the lazy men hanging around the place in shape. Paladin, putting on the clothes left over by one of Cyrus' men, tolerates the smell (the shirt reeks) and imposition of his predicament in the hopes of getting even; awaiting Cyrus' return, Paladin bides his time by stirring up the men that are lounging around, doing nothing, fighting them off one against five (with just a log and his fists; well, in one instance, his head), soon getting them to work while supervising the grazing land and ranch activities prior to his arrival. While bewitching Margaret (their romance derives from the playful nature the two share; of course, at first, Margaret hides her attraction by ordering him around and making demands, soon folding her tent and practically begging for him to quote Shakespeare), Paladin will convince her to escape from the confines of "being a lady" and take command over the men needing a firm expectation of their labor around the ranch. Obviously a confrontation between Paladin and Cyrus will bookend the episode, with Margaret giving orders and her men taking her serious. Seeing Paladin opposite Margaret's maidservant, Cookie (Peggy Rea), is a lot of the fun; especially Cookie's grinning at Margaret's obvious interest in Paladin, no matter how she might scoff and frown about his antics around the ranch. Good chemistry between Richard Boone and Marshall is a great deal of the charm that allows this episode to work its spell. This is another example of fate introducing Paladin to characters he leaves better off than they were before his entrance into their lives.
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