Lawman: Season 2, Episode 8

The Prodigal (22 Nov. 1959)

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Timmo has a grown son coming to visit who was raised by his grandparents. Timmo has to inform Mark he is not a rancher but a bartender which Mark takes in stride. However, Mark has a chip on his shoulder and his own secret.


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Episode cast overview:
Mark McQueen
Arthur Batanides ...
Vince Semby
William Challee ...
Bill Porter (as Bill Challee)


Mark McQueen, Timmo's son who was raised by the boy's grandparents, is coming to visit. Unknown to Timmo, Mark had a hard life growing up and resents his father for seemingly abandoning him. Mark takes it in stride when he is told Timmo is not a rancher as Timmo wrote him. Troop recognizes that Mark has a big chip on his shoulder. Mark is carrying padlocked saddle bags adding to Troop's suspicions. That night after drinking Mark starts trouble at the Birdcage and Johnny quickly brings him down to earth in a street fight. At the end two men arrive Mark knows. He decides to ask Troop to hold the saddle bags which he says contain ore samples. Later the two men take Mark and Timmo hostage and force Troop to hand over the bags. Mark and Timmo force a scuffle allowing Troop and Johnny to take the men. Mark explains the bags contain money a dead friend and the two men stole from a bank. Written by Anonymous

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22 November 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Of his fifteen series appearances, this episode features the largest role for Lily Merrill's Birdcage bartender, actor Clancy Cooper (Timmo McQueen). The episode is built around Timmo when his prodigal son Mark arrives in Laramie. See more »


Lily and Dan Troop are having drinks at a table in the Bird Cage Saloon. Mark McQueen approaches Lily and tries to get her to drink a toast with him. At one point he puts his left hand on her right shoulder. When the camera cuts to a shot of Lily only, there is no hand on her shoulder. See more »

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