Favor sees his herd destroyed after he takes a calculated risk in taking a dangerous short cut to get the herd to market ahead of a rival. Favor and the owners have to decide if he is up to bossing another herd.
Gil Favor loses almost all of his herd when he dashes through the dangerous Devil's Patch Quilt Pass in a fierce storm. He was racing trail boss Tom Bickle to the depot, because there's not enough rail-cars for both herds. The winner gets top dollar, the loser would have to spend money penning up his steers, till a long enough train comes running in. Gil's trail-bossing career may be over, and he hasn't enough cash to pay his beat-up cowpunchers. Shipping agent Brock Dillman takes a financial beating too, so the reptilian middle man oils up his prize Navy pistol to take it out on Gil. Written by
A most unusual episode for any TV series because it deals with failure for the hero/protagonist. Eric Fleming lost most of his herd over a cliff because of an error in judgment. He arrives at his rail head shipping post with only 9 steers and a horselaugh from the town.
And of course there's the rivalry between fellow trail boss Bill Williams whose herd Fleming was trying to beat into town. Then there's Royal Dano the big boss whom he drives for, a most humorless man.
This episode of Rawhide puts Eric Fleming's career in doubt. He's also got to dip into his own pocket to pay off his drovers. You have to see the outcome here.
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