The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Flowers by the Door 

A book salesman gives flower seeds to a woman who's husband is away from home. He then covers her mouth with one of his hands as she tries to scream for help!




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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Cora Seevers
Jason Gowdy


Lucas McCain is helping a neighbor whose husband is away for a while, when Marshal Micah Torrance arrives. He's there to warn her that a woman alone at home was attacked and that she should be extra cautious until her husband returns. Meanwhile, traveling book salesman Jason Gowdy stops at the McCain ranch and has a good chat with Mark. He's quite interested in hearing that Lucas is off helping a woman is who is all alone. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

10 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Interesting story for an unpleasant subject.
23 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

The episode begins in a rather disturbing way as we see a beautiful lady receiving a pack of flowers from a stranger and is thrilled by the fact she could have fresh flowers at the door when her husband returns from a trip. But it becomes obvious that she will not live to see her husband as the stranger, who we will learn is Jason Gowdy, grabs the lady by the neck.

In the meantime, Lucas has been helping out a neighbor, Cora, with a broken fence because her husband is away in Santa Fe. Micah rides up and tells Cora and Lucas about a killing in a nearby town and the only clue they have is a pack of flower seeds. Micah tells Cora to be careful.

When Lucas arrives back at his house, Mark tells his Pa that a man was at the house by the name of Jason Gowdy and left him a pack of flower seeds. Lucas takes off to Cora's house as Mark tells him that he was asking about Cora and her absent husband. But when Lucas arrives at Cora's house is when the real excitement of the show begins.

Richard Anderson is brutal as the sweet talking salesman with a disorder for murder. Not only does his character get the upper hand on Lucas but he also goes after the young Mark. Even though the story had a creepy side, it still made for an entertaining watch. Give credit to Richard Anderson for providing realism to the written script. Another good show.

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