The Rifleman: Season 5, Episode 22

Requiem at Mission Springs (4 Mar. 1963)

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Mark falls off his horse and becomes paralyzed. Doc Burrage confirms to Lucas that a visit to a hot spring may help. The only one near is a few days ride in the mountains and Lou offers to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Dean Fredericks ...
The Dove
Dal Jenkins ...
Ralph Moody ...
Joe Benson ...
Prison Guard (as Joe E. Benson)


Mark falls off his horse and becomes paralyzed. Doc Burrage confirms to Lucas that a visit to a hot spring may help. The only one near is a few days ride in the mountains and Lou offers to help. When they arrive they have to deal with the cold as well as three escaped convicts. To avoid discovery they have to hide which keeps them from lighting a fire. As it is getting cold, Lucas is forced to deal with the situation and confronts the convicts to save the day and his son. Written by dcal53 & DrDOS (1 & same)

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Family | Western




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4 March 1963 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First major acting gig for George Lindsey. See more »


After Lucas has nicked one of the bandits, one stands guard while the others go by the fire. Lucas is hiding behind a rock. As Lucas lends his body on the rock it wiggles each time he moves. 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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Mark is thrown by his horse and can't feel his legs
5 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Mark is thrown from his horse he becomes paralyzed and Doc Burrage advises Lucas that it appears to be a nerve and that hot springs are the best treatment. Lucas recalls that an old mission right near the Mexican border has hot springs so he sets out with Mark and Lou comes along for support.

After being at the spring for only a short time, three escape convicts hauling a prison guard take refuge at the old mission. Now Lucas must deal with the convicts and the cold weather to help his son walk.

The story about Mark being paralyzed was good enough on its own merit and could have been a nice episode. But when they threw the convicts into the story, it seemed crowded for the 24 minutes format. Perhaps this would have been better if they had concentrated on Mark's dilemma and left the convicts for another program.

Lucas and Lou have some good scenes together in this episode that is not seen in many shows. This really is not the most suspenseful show in the collection but does stir some emotion by the ending credits. Good watch.

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