A year before, Lucas McCain was part of a posse that chased and captured Ephrem Burton, a young troublemaker who killed two churchmen on a Sunday while drunk. Ephrem was convicted and hanged for his crimes. Now his father Zephaniah Burton, himself a former judge, is seeking vengeance against those he feels killed his son. His first victim is the hangman while the second is the judge who presided at Ephrem's trial. Lucas is next on his list but having taken him prisoner, Burton tells Lucas he's not going to die but will watch his own son Mark hang. Written by
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It is established here that Lucas and Mark lived in Claypool ,Wyoming before coming to North Fork. See more
When Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) is at his ranch unloading wood posts from his wagon and Marshal Micah Torrance (Paul Fix) rides up, the sweat stains on Lucas' shirt appear and disappear and move around between shots. See more
If you haven't got those coals hot enough by the time I get back from school Pa, I'll show you how to do it.
Well, you just show yourself the multiplication tables, huh?
Well, okay. But if you wouldn't pack the coals so tight you'd get a better draft.
[Giving him an annoyed look
You just better get yourself to school boy!
Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more