Heading home on a stagecoach, Mark and Lucas are entertained by a little old lady's stories of gunslingers and her scrapbook of wanted posters. Little do they know she's a bounty hunter ... See full summary »

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Heading home on a stagecoach, Mark and Lucas are entertained by a little old lady's stories of gunslingers and her scrapbook of wanted posters. Little do they know she's a bounty hunter with her sights set on Duke Jennings, who's headed to Northfork. Written by bobbymaxwell

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27 December 1960 (USA)  »

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While riding on the stagecoach there's a close up shot of Lucas' customized trigger and lever when he shows Miss Bertie his rifle. See more »

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The Rifleman - Miss Bertie
24 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes a western show that deals with adult themes that can be tense and thought provoking has a lighter side. "Miss Bertie" is one of those. The titular character is played by guest starring Agnes Moorehead in old age makeup, hamming it up. Bertie wants $2000 for an old folks' retirement ladies home so she "goes bounty hunter", eyeing Richard Anderson's notorious gunfighter Duke Jennings as her prize for such a sum. However, could she be messing with danger always poking around while Duke is at the Poker table in North Fork's saloon? It was amusing watching Bertie attempt to "influence" Jennings to turn himself in so she can get that bounty money, but as she keeps hanging around him Lucas and Sheriff Micah worry about her aggravating him. Considering Jennings is a known killer, you'd think the episode would produce suspense, but the tone is always cutesy and light so his drawing the gun won't exactly elicit a response of concern for the viewer. I don't think anyone would envision Jennings gunning down "a little ole' lady" in a saloon. Lucas can take it easy for the most part although the whole episode has him keeping a close eye on Jennings…you know that Lucas will be nearby to make sure Bertie is okay. Mark and Bertie of course bond while Lucas and Micah often watch their visitor sew and make little comments about Jennings' hand and eventually his drawing from the bottom of a deck during a game. It always kind of annoyed me a bit when shows like this kept bringing back actors who had previously portrayed different characters, even dying during certain circumstances. Anderson had previously portrayed a woman killer, and in this episode pops up as an infamous gunfighter Lucas knows all too well. Anderson and Connors' opening scene is one of those "few words speak volumes" moments where it's clear there's plenty of distrust and disregard. This episode actually didn't end the way I had imagined…I just figured Jennings would pull that gun and Lucas put him down as Bertie stood to be in peril. It makes sense that it would end the way it did though considering what was at stake. Moorehead is a favorite of her time, so her presence on the show must have been thought to be a big deal…she gets star treatment, too. She is on the tips of tongues the whole time and part of nearly every conversation when she isn't even present. The part of not being an old woman dying all alone enough to try and earn a bounty (which is implausible and absurd if you think about it) is perhaps the sole driving force of the plot. Still when compared to superior plots in other episodes where Lucas and company face difficult odds, "Miss Bertie" is pure fluff.


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