The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode 23

The Grasshopper (1 Mar. 1960)

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While on a train trip, Lucas and Mark are threatened by an escaped murderer. As if that weren't bad enough, the train is suddenly caught in a huge cloud of grasshoppers, forcing it to stop.

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Luke and Mark take a train trip to visit relatives in another town. On board the train, Luke encounters Walt, a murderer in handcuffs who is being taken by Marshal Dixon to his hanging. Walt and Luke recognize each other: Walt had once tried to kill Luke in the past, and Luke warily settles into the train seats a short distance from his old adversary. Meanwhile, Mark is fast making friends with another passenger, Nathaniel, an old man of many tales that capture Mark's rapt attention. Suddenly, the train is forced to halt: clouds of swarming grasshoppers have made the tracks impassable. While Luke investigates the stopped train, two men kill the Marshal, and free Walt, who is seriously wounded during the process. However, they take everyone in the passenger car hostage, including Mark. Luke gains access to the train compartment when Walt finds out that only Luke can apply a tourniquet to his bleeding leg. However, it's old Nathaniel who must help Luke if Walt is to be stopped and Mark ... Written by Charles Delacroix

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Lucas McCain: You can kill me straight up if you want, I'm not beggin' for my life.
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Some odd events does not effect the outcome of this show
20 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucas and Mark take a train ride where it just so happens they are taking a prisoner named Nathaniel Cameron on the same train and also the same train car. Seems like Lucas and Cameron has a history when Cameron tried to kill Lucas many years ago.

Cameron has a buddy on the train that is going to help him escape but an odd thing happens when the train has to stop because of locust swarm that has greased the track and the wheels cannot get traction. And at this most undesirable time is when Cameron makes a break for escaping. With the train at a stand still Cameron threatens to kill one person every few minutes if the train does not start moving, that includes Mark.

A nice show that had some odd events. But even with the grasshoppers and the mountain man claiming to be more than he really was-- it was a good show.


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