The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode 12

The Baby Sitter (15 Dec. 1959)

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A singer in a dance hall asks Lucas to take care of her daughter in order to hide the child from the woman's prejudiced father.



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A Bible-quoting mule skinner rides into Northfork looking for his estranged wife. He finds her singing in a saloon, and scornfully demands that she give him their infant baby girl. She refuses, and escapes to her hotel room. She prepares to flee Northfork the next day. In the meantime, Lucas agrees to take her baby home for safekeeping. Lucas must deal with both the baby and her whip-cracking father. Written by Charles Delacroix

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There is a lot of problems with this story.
27 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a strange religious man that carried a mean whip, Wood Bartell, rides into to North Fork with the main purpose of finding his estranged wife and infant child. When he finds his wife, Leona, she is singing in a saloon for the drunks. Wood demands that she give the baby to him.

Then the episode gets even more odd when of all the people that live in the town of North Fork, Leona picks Lucas to take the baby for safe-keeping. With a town loaded with women and married couples, she picks Lucas to keep her child.

Well for TV sake Lucas takes the child but it will only be a matter of time before the bizarre stranger finds the whereabouts of the infant.

There was nothing wrong with the acting in this episode since all the people were veteran actors. The problem was with the story. Not only about why the infant was given to Lucas but also the how in the world did the strange religious man and the loose saloon woman ever was close enough to have a child. It just did not make sense.

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