A wagon overturns crushing Harv who prevents Rowdy from being hurt. They determine a real doctor is needed but they find the nearby town has a quack pretending to be a doctor and a new female doctor no one trusts including the drovers. After finishing with a patient who learned she has leprosy and must leave the community, the doctor rides to their camp and determines she needs to operate on Harv at her office. At her office Harv and Rowdy try to stop her but Favor has her operate. Meanwhile the female patient is shot accidentally by her husband the mayor when he thinks she is leaving with another man based on a note she left him. The quack doctor decides to use this to help push the female doctor out of town to eliminate competition. The drovers are forced to help the doctor so she can continue to help save Harv. Written by
*** spoilers galore***** Because I so much enjoyed the over-all story and the acting, I am taking the time to mention some qualms I have about some unexplained story details.
(1) on what grounds were they going to arrest the lady doctor? The mayor accidentally shoots dead his wife Loretta, and the undertaker-quack convinces the mayor that the lady doctor twisted the mind of Loretta to leave her husband, caused the whole mess and should pay for it. The undertaker-quack, who always disparaged the doctor, takes the sheriff to have her arrested for Loretta's death, but on what grounds? He was lucky to have found "doctors' poison" (that any doctor would have, to dilute as a pain killer) on her premises after he arrived with the sheriff. But that was no proof against the doctor, and the body had been quickly buried.
(2) why such a big concern of digging up the body of the leper-wife? What if she had been poisoned? They never said what it would prove.
A minor qualm is that it seemed unrealistic that the lady doctor would set up shop in such a hostile, small, isolated community out West. How could she survive without patients? You'd think she would go to a more metropolitan or receptive city, or would work out of a hospital, or share a practice with an older male physician. But we accept this for the sake of the Rawhide story.
Another minor qualm is that I wish they had taken the time to be more clear about Loretta's (the leprosy patient) situation and plans. There was a mere fleeting remark that she "wasn't contagious yet." It seems that she had to leave town immediately to go to an isolated "leper colony", and she didn't want to tell her husband because he would follow her and no longer be mayor of their town and possibly be infected, so instead she lies that she no longer loves him and is running away with a lover.
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