When Micah's recurring nightmares drives him back to drunkenness, Lucas decides that the marshal must confront the source of those nightmares - a gunslinger he failed to face down sixteen years before.





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Episode cast overview:
Ansel Bain
Arthur M. Truelove
Jack Wells ...
Mr. Carpenter


Marshal Micah Torrance has lost all confidence in his own abilities and is now convinced that any success he's had since he gave up drinking and became Marshal in North Fork is thanks to Lucas. He gives Lucas a hard time about it and soon starts hitting the bottle again. Lucas' attempts to convince him otherwise falls on deaf ears so when he hears that Micah's tormentor from years ago in in the area, he decides that the solution if for the Marshal to face his fears. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

21 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Benson had two roles. Townsman of North Fork and bartender in Dillsville. See more »


Lucas McCain: I still want to be your friend.
Marshal Micah Torrance: Friend? Who wants friends? I don't need any friends.
[picks up a bottle of whiskey]
Marshal Micah Torrance: This-this is the best friend I got - rides the nightmares right off the range.
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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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Micah's untold fear comes to North Fork.
25 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode starts in a rather odd manner, as Micah seems to be ticked off at everyone in town. When there is ruckus at the saloon, Micah has to intervene to quiet the problem and as usual Lucas has his back. But when Lucas steps-in to help, Micah becomes outraged and claims that Lucas is always around and pulls his badge off and sticks it on Lucas. Micah is through always being bailed out by Lucas and returns to his earlier life of being the town drunk.

Later, we learn the reason that Micah is acting so poorly. The Marshal is having nightmare about an enemy that he fears. A man named Ansel Bain is in a nearby town and just the thought of him sends fear into Micah. For some reason Micah believes that Bain will be the end of him.

Lucas knows that in order to save Micah that he has to meet his fears. So he rides out and finds Bain and tells him that his mortal enemy, Micah Torrance, is in North Fork. Bain is on his way.

Cannot say too much more about this episode without giving away the entire program but it goes without saying that Lucas knows that Micah will always be a drunk unless he faces his fears. And the story telling in this script keeps the attention of the viewer the entire time.

Was not really sure why they felt the need to add the great actor Rex Ingram to the guest-cast. He could have made an entire episode by himself but we are left with an almost cameo of a character that was ill-used. Mr Ingram deserved better. Anyway--- it was a entertaining episode that was enjoyable to watch.

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