While North Fork excitedly awaits the arrival of a new preacher, Mark uncovers evidence that suggests the new parson is not only not a preacher, but may in face be planning to use the occasion to rob the town bank.





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Episode cast overview:
Robert Osterloh ...
Walt Durkins (as Bob Osterloh)
Robert Knapp ...


North Fork's new preacher and his wife are murdered by a gang of outlaws. Two of them pose as the new reverend and wife in order to help the gang gain unsuspected entrance to the town. The preacher uses his first meeting as an occasion to set up a distraction for the others while they rob the bank. Meanwhile, Mark has learned of the ruse, and is taken captive to keep him silent. Lucas and Micah must find Mark and stop the outlaws if they are not to carry out their designs against the bank. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western




Release Date:

8 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the climax of the show, Spence tells the preacher and his wife that one of the gang, Bro, has been killed. How did he know that? Bro was in a barn and Spence was on the street and only heard a shot.. See more »

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Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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The story really never developed.
11 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, North Fork gets a new preacher by the name of Dan Hewitt along with his wife, Laurie. The town is looking forward o the new couple and they have messaged ahead saying they would be along within a few weeks. When the day for the couple to arrive, the entire town is happy to see the couple and believe they will be a valuable asset to the community.

However, what has happened is that the real preacher and wife had been killed by someone outlaws and now the villains are posing as the new preacher to rob the North Fork bank. The couple are a part of a group of five that has started the ball rolling in order to get to the bank.

The leader of the gang, Spence, thinks Mark may have stumbled on the fact that the preacher has something to hide. Spence has Mark tied up in the preacher's barn as the first sermon is being preached. When the congregation beings singing, that will be the key to let the others know it is time to rob the bank.

There really is little to this episode that makes it stand-out more than others shows. It is one of those shows where Mark is in trouble and Lucas knows something is amiss. Perhaps it was the quick thirty minute format but it just seemed the story did not progress enough before it came to an abrupt end. But as Mark said near the end of the episode, "she had real nice hair".

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