The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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After Lucas barely misses killing a cougar threatening Mark, he goes into conflict with himself. The fact that his missing the cougar could have cost Mark his life terrifies him. Lucas must come to terms with this reality.




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Episode cast overview:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Lou Mallory
Doc Burrage
Angus Evans
Ben Kendrick


Lucas loses all confidence in his abilities with a rifle after he misses a cougar that was only a few feet away and seconds from attacking Mark. At first he thinks the problem is with the rifle but when the gunsmith confirms that the sights are properly aligned, he begins to wonder if he is the problem. Doc Burrage confirms that his eyesight is fine leaving Lucas to deal with it all in his own way while still finding a way forward with his life. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

24 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Lucas scolds Mark for not staying with the horses, Mark says, "I just came over here 'cause it was shady." However, Mark was never in the shade and was sitting in the sun the whole time. 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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An episode that seemed written for another series.
24 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Lucas and Mark are on the trail of a larger cougar when they find tracks in the loose soil. Lucas tells Mark to stay with the horses and he walks off the trail. All of the sudden the cougar appears in a tree right above Mark. When Mark yells, Lucas comes running and shoots at the cougar. However, he misses and the cougar runs away. And now Lucas seems to be going through some type of mental collapse all because he missed the cougar which could have hurt his beloved son.

As we get deeper into season five, it appears that the scripts are getting weak. Lucas cannot just be glad that his son was not hurt, instead he goes through some sort of internal conflict for no reason. And out of character for Lucas McCain, he picks a fight with a stranger for little or no reason.

This just was so away from the norm that it seemed written for another series. For two episodes in a row, the script is weak and not very entertaining. The show did end on a high note but could not make up for the rest of the show.

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