A descendant of one of Duncan's teachers comes to him claiming a long-ago promise of help, that pits Duncan against cruel Immortal Michael Kent.




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Episode credited cast:
Richard H. 'Richie' Ryan (credit only)
Philip Akin ...
Joe Dawson (credit only)
Midori Koto
Hideo Koto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Arrowsmith ...
Akira Yoshida


A cheating wife flees her husband when he kills her lover. She turns to Duncan for help. She shows him an old spy-scope, Duncan recalls when he last saw the spy-scope, and how he got his Katana. Duncan soon discovers her husband is immortal. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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26 September 1994 (Canada)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Duncan 'Mac: [as Hideo Koto is about to committ Hari Kari] Is there nothing I can do?
Hideo Koto: I have already asked a favor.... Perhaps there is one more thing.
Duncan 'Mac: Anything!
Hideo Koto: My family...
Duncan 'Mac: They will *always* have a protector! Their children will know. And their children's children, that if the Koto's need help, they can come to Duncan MacCloed! This I *promise* you!
Hideo Koto: I thank you.
Duncan 'Mac: I will be honored to be your second.
Hideo Koto: When it is over, the sword is yours.
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One of the best Highlander episodes
4 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Samurai" stands as a top 3 Highlander episode. It is the episode that explains how McCloud obtained his katana sword. It also has top notch guest stars and has probably the best acting of any episode. The flashbacks feature Robert Ito as Hideo Koto, a samurai who protects McCloud from the Shogun, and in doing so has condemned himself to death. Hideo teaches McCloud the martial arts, sword mastery and most importantly, honor. Robert Ito was always great as Sam on Quincy but in this episode you see him as a totally different character, and you also see what a great actor he really is. Eventually McCloud must assist Hideo in his own suicide (the punishment for him helping the outsider McCloud). Adrian Paul's game seems to be upped in his scenes with Ito, as well as his scenes with another fantastic guest star, Tamlyn Tomita, who plays 2 roles in the past and present. She was so good in Karate Kid II I'm surprised she hasn't been in a lot more stuff with prominent parts. It was nice to see her as a main character in this episode. In the past she is Hideo's daughter Maia and has some great scenes with Adrian Paul. In the present she is a Koto descendant, Midori, who is unfaithful to her husband (and an immortal) Kent, portrayed by yet another great guest star in character actor Stephen McHattie. For a one episode villain Kent comes off as one of McCloud's most formidable opponents. McCloud had promised Hideo 200 years earlier that the Kotos would always have a protector, and Midori calls in the favor by showing McCloud an old telescope that McCloud had given Hideo in the flashbacks. The fight at the end is also one of the best. McCloud's sword gets driven into the ground, and as Kent prepares to stab McCloud he catch's Kent's sword between his palms and turns it on him. The cinematography is also superb in this episode. Beyond Philip Akin as Charlie there are no other regular cast members in this episode, likely to give room to all of the great guest stars. This was the first episode of Season 3, which in my opinion is the season where Highlander really hit it's peak.

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