The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 2

First Wages (9 Oct. 1961)

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Mark gets a job at the livery stable in North Fork. Lucas is concerned that Mark will not get his home chores done on time.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ben Vargas
Joe Higgins ...
Glen Ryle ...
David M. Rodman ...
Tom Merar
Troy Melton ...
Wally Pierson


After a week away, Lucas returns to the ranch to learn that Mark now has a job at Nils Swenson's livery stable. Despite Mark's assurances that he can both work at the stable and still get his chores and homework done on time, Lucas has his doubts. He also doesn't quite understand Mark's sudden need for money. When Swenson sends Mark to deliver a re-shod horse to a nearby ranch, Mark decides to take a shortcut but encounters a desperate killer. Written by garykmcd

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This was Jeff Connors', Chuck Connors' real son, third and final appearance on the Rifleman. 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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Lucas is baffled when Mark gets a job.
13 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a different kind of episode when Lucas is out of town, Mark decides he wants to get a job. So when Lucas returns, Mark advises that he has a job at Nils Swenson Delivery Stable.

Lucas is none to happy when Mark's chores as the house are left undone and he questions Mark about why he needs a job. When he does not get a satisfying reply, he then gets onto Swenson for giving his son a job and wants to know why Mark said he needs a job. Swenson really does not answer but we viewers know something is up about Mark needing to make money.

One day Mark is suppose to ride out and get a horse for shoeing for Swenson. He is told to stay on the main road and not to take the dangerous short-cut. But Mark, wanting to get back quickly, takes the short-cut. And on the way meets a unsavory character that takes his horse. When he does not return to the stable, Lucas sets out looking for him.

A well written and well acted episode. And by the end of the episode we all know why Mark wanted a job and it will be heartwarming. Good Watch!

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