Damon is broke and needs workers to finish his railroad into Oxford. The 28 men on Favor's crew are the ticket to do the work. Damon concocts a fight with the drovers while Favor is charged with abducting his girlfriend to trap them.
Damon's crew walks off the job in Oxford when word spreads from the telegraph office there is no pay train coming. As Damon contemplates his next action Favor and Rowdy ride into the railroad camp with the herd nearby. Damon invites the drovers to a party at the railroad saloon while telling Favor he will bring cattle buyers out the next day to look at his herd. During the party a fight breaks out resulting in the drovers being jailed while Damon's girlfriend Goldie knocks out Favor and locks him in a hotel room. The next day Damon tells Rowdy if the men sign work contracts, the judge won't go hard on the men since they were on railroad property. Damon promises to tear the contracts up when the men are free. At the hearing the judge puts the men on probation for ninety days so Damon refuses to tear up the contracts until they are "free". Rowdy punches Damon so he is jailed as well. Goldie tells the Sheriff she was abducted by Favor resulting in him being jailed. Damon and Glodie visit... Written by
I have to say that Rawhide is one of my favorite shows. I usually always enjoy the plots, the interchanges between the actors, the great outdoor scenes, and the rigors of living on the ground and managing the cattle. I also like the surprises that crop up during the episodes. That said, I have to say that Damon's Road, Parts 1 and 2 are the worst episodes of a good TV show that I have seen in a long time. Fleming's mugging was unfunny and outlandish, and the Favor portrayal was completely out of character and not in keeping with the Rawhide character that we have come to respect. Favor has had many opportunities for relationships with beautiful women, but the cattle always claimed his allegiance, until Damon's Road, where he fell head over heels for a dance hall floozy. The characters played the farce to the end, but there is nothing more unfunny than a farce without a sense of humor. It was as if everyone of the cattlemen had been infected with a Mushy virus. The show was inconsistent. The cattlemen are roped into working for the railroad by Damon using the law to do his dirty work, but Favor regained control of his men by having a fist fight with Damon. Two stars, and that is generous.
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