Kung Fu: Season 1, Episode 4

An Eye for an Eye (25 Jan. 1973)

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A woman (Annie) who was a victim of rape is with child. Kwai Chang Caine meets them as her father falls ill. The father asks Kwai Chang Caine to accompany the woman on her trip to an army ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sgt. Straight
Tim McIntire ...
Samuel Buchanan
Harry Townes ...
Amos Buchanan
Lane Bradbury ...
Annie Buchanan
Philip Ahn ...
Clay Tanner ...
Judson Pratt ...
Capt. Burns
Dr. Gormley
Sgt. Bridger (as Robert Wilke)
John War Eagle ...
Indian (as Chief John War Eagle)


A woman (Annie) who was a victim of rape is with child. Kwai Chang Caine meets them as her father falls ill. The father asks Kwai Chang Caine to accompany the woman on her trip to an army fort. While there, she confronts the father of her child who denies the charge. Without corroborating evidence, the base commander turns them away. They return to her sick father Kwai Chang Caine has a memory of finding an abandoned infant when he was a child. His master tells him that all life is sacred, even if unwanted or difficult to feed. Annie's brother (a former confederate officer) arrives and also confronts the union soldier. He demands justice and arranges a duel at dawn, with revolvers loaded with two shots at eight paces. The union soldier turns and shoots before the full count, hitting Annie's brother in the back. He aims at Annie with his second shot and misses. While he is re-loading, Annie's brother recovers enough to roll part way over, shoot and kill the rapist. Her father offers ... Written by OtrDon

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It was the winner of 2 Emmy Awards - Best Director (Jerry Thorpe) and Best Cinematography (Jack Woolf). See more »


When the Indians appear on the ridge, they are standing in a row. The one at the right side can then be seen walking towards the left and bending over to put his spear down. When the camera comes back to looking at the ridge a few seconds later, he has returned to his original position. See more »


Kwai Chang Caine: I know war. It is a word men use to clothe the nakedness of their killing.
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Interesting and Entertaining, as Kung Fu always is, but Flawed
13 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I won't go into too much detail about this episode, since it's summarized well in the synopsis. To make a long story short, after the Civil War, a Southern woman Annie suffers a series of wrongdoings at the hands of three immoral Yankee soldiers. She wants revenge, but Caine counsels her to let go of her hate.

My criticism with this is, first, how stern, almost dismissive Caine is, given the colossal nature of the wrongs Annie endured. One of the soldiers raped her. Then, when her brother challenges him to a duel, he shoots her brother in the back, and tries to kill her. During the duel, by the way, for a kung fu master who can hear rustling leaves and dodge spears, he's incredibly oblivious, looking in the other direction while the brother gets shot in the back. Then, his reaction is not, say, to throw a ninja star at the killer, but to shout, "Enough!" which does nothing with a skinless guy like that soldier who can't be reasoned with. Luckily, with his last ounce of strength, the brother manages to kill that soldier before the soldier kills Annie and maybe Caine.

Next, the hypocrisy of Caine. He's quick to be critical and stern concerning Annie's feelings of hate, but he forgets that she hasn't been trained in a shaolin temple to control her feelings. In fact she's holding up remarkably well for someone who's just been raped, had her brother die, etc. Moreover, he neglects to mention the little fact that he himself killed the Chinese emperor's nephew for killing his Shaolin teacher Master Po, as you find out during the pilot. Couldn't he at least say, "I know how you feel" instead of acting like this mysterious kung fu master? I know there's only so much time for the show, but they could've made the emotional parts a little deeper, while excising pointless (though cool) parts like the fight with the Native Americans.

Finally, the way he handles her pregnancy by the rapist. She says she doesn't want the child, and he quickly throws back something along the lines of, "All life is sacred" and proceeds to ignore her. Then as she's giving birth, she's in pain, and he doesn't give her any ancient Chinese medicine, he just starts talking to her about the wonder of birth and life. Boy, I tell you, I'm not a woman, but I can imagine, if I was passing a kidney stone, say, and someone was telling me about the wonder of the urinary system, I'd probably punch them in the face!

These weaknesses, notwithstanding, it is another great episode, so go on Youtube and see it!

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