Johnny captures Will Randall who tried to steal is horse so he could flee a pursuing posse. Johnny agrees to testify against Randall, but is surprised how quickly the man's trial and subsequent execution are scheduled. Johnny is determined to find out the reasons behind the hasty proceedings, but gets little help from the townspeople who hate Randall because he served in the Union army. Written by
[Johnny is writing in his journal when a man approaching his camp collapses]
What's the matter, Mister?
Hold on, I'll get you some. Come on. Get up there. You're all right.
[the stranger slugs Johnny and takes his gun]
Never trust a stranger, Rebel. You can write that down.
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Episode 2, "Judgment," begins with a stranger, Will Randall (Bob Steele), unsuccessfully trying to steal Johnny Yuma's horse, claiming to have been railroaded by a crooked judge (J. Pat O'Malley) leading a posse in pursuit of him. The judge claims that the man's late wife had sold him their property because she was ashamed of Will for being a 'bluebelly' in a town full of confederates. Will's pretty daughter (Sue Randall) tries to convince Johnny to help her father, first with money, then with kisses. Surprised that the trial is set one hour after the fugitive's capture, Johnny testifies that Will had attempted to make off with his horse, resulting in a guilty verdict, followed by the judge's sentence, to be hanged the following morning. Cast against type, J. Pat O'Malley would return for "Panic," while longtime Western veteran Bob Steele truly shines (returning for "In Memoriam").
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