The four Rangers are after Midas Mantee who wants revenge for being crippled and sent to prison. Erik is trying to work undercover but Reese continually fouls up Erik's plans as Mantee robs several banks with crafty planning.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Midas Mantee
Maura McGiveney ...
Rita Silver
Howard Wendell ...
K.L. Smith ...
Portrero Sheriff
John Truax ...
Val Verde Sheriff
Chuck Roberson ...
Buddy Van Horn ...
Rory Stevens ...


Midas Mantee has been released from prison and wants revenge for being crippled and jailed. He has robbed several banks and gold shipments. The four Rangers are sent first to Portero where Erik hopes to infiltrate the gang but Reese blows the plan by saving the gold shipment. They pretend Reese arrests Erik and is transporting him to Laredo when Wrik escapes to enhance his outlaw reputation. At Val Verde where Mantee was originally arrested, he plans to use laughing gas to rob the bank. To further help Erik they plan for him to shoot Chad on main street with blanks but again Reese rides in town in time to spoil the effect. Mantee successfully robs the bank while Joe is captured when he tracks the robbers to their abandoned fort. Erik uses Mantee's beautiful assistant to get to Mantee but Mantee has doubts about Erik forcing him to kill Joe. Written by Anonymous

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16 September 1966 (USA)  »

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Camel Caper
26 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was the second season premiere of Laredo.It introduced ranger Eric Hunter(Robert Wolders wearing the fanciest outfits ever seen in the wild west)as a regular cast member,as well as new duds for Chad(a blue bib shirt,black vest,& new hat) & Joe(a nifty looking buckskin shirt)that were superior to what they wore in the first season.Midas Mantee is an intelligent,well read,criminal mastermind.He intends to use camels as an escape across a desert with his recently stolen gold.He uses laughing gas to render the guards in the bank(Reese & a deputy)unconscious so that his gang can break in & steal the gold.It almost sounds like a plot out of Mission:Impossible or The Wild,Wild West.It all ends with an exciting shootout between the Texas Rangers & Mantee & his gang at an abandoned army fort that was used as Mantee's hideout.There were some gaffes with the plot I felt.Firstly,Joe Riley manages to track the gang at night,quite a feat in itself even for a top tracker as Joe.He's alone & simply rides up to the fort & is captured by the outlaws.That seems like a pretty dumb move on Joe's part.When the rangers & the gang battle it out in the fort we see the horses scatter due not only to all the gunfire but because they naturally are skittish around camels.At the end of the episode Reese is riding on top of one camel,Chad & Joe together on another as the criminals,tied up,walk in front of them.Did all the horses run away,were Reese,Chad & Joe unable to capture any? How come Reese & Chad aren't riding their own horses? When they first arrived at the fort,they tied up their mounts well outside the fort in order to sneak up & into it.So their horses should have still been waiting for them at the conclusion of the battle.This also is the only episode of the show where we hear Joe sing a few lyrics from the classic country western song Streets of Laredo,& later hear it as background music during the duel between Chad & Eric.

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