The herd is caught in a possible range war over land and a woman. Favor needs additional drovers to push the herd out of the area but unknown to him the four men he is able to hire are pushing him into the war and want his herd as well.
Gil plays peacemaker to stave off a range war which could endanger his herd. Gil's commandeered as a witness at a hasty wedding between young members of the opposing ranchers, which ends with the groom killing his new brother-in-law. Two locals who say they want to get far away from the impending conflict, sign on as drovers with Gil, who needs more saddle tramps to push his steers across a river before more beef-hungry gunmen arrive. When Favor tries to find a route out of the conflict, he finds two men stranded giving him four additional men. However, when he is gone the two latest additions provide liquor to his men hoping to trap his herd due to drunk drovers. The next day Favor learns the four men are working together for the biggest payoff. When the herd refuses to cross a river, Favor realizes he has to act immediately before he is outnumbered. Written by
One of the worst episodes, story is maddening ridiculous and inexplicable.
I love the "Rawhide" series, but this has to be one of its worst episodes.
****spoilers**** The guest stars are stellar, like John Dehner, Claude Akins, Robert J. Wilke, Myron Healey and James Griffith. But the story is maddening ridiculous and inexplicable. For example: (1) The four horsemen of the title are no good mercenaries who befriend and betray both sides as they encourage a violent range war between Tom Galt and Frank Louden over the entire 100,000 acres there, a war that affects Favor's cattle herd. How the four can profit from this is a mystery to me. (2) Amy didn't grieve long enough (no more than a minute) over the shooting death of her brother, killed by her new husband. (3) I don't see why Favor had to unnecessarily antagonize Gault, the important landowner in the area, by refusing permission for him to search the drive for his missing daughter. After all, she wasn't there, so what is the harm? (4) I still don't see how a range war between the two groups, even with all the fighters involved, would be a threat to Favor's herd "caught in the middle." (5) At the end of the episode, I don't see why the Louden forces would want to prevent the herd from crossing the river. I don't see why anyone would suggest and allow a fight between Favor and one of Louden's mercenaries to determine who gets everything -- the 100,00 acres and Favor's herd.
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