Mark McCain is agog when the stagecoach stops at their ranch because of trouble with a wheel. The only passenger on board is Samuel Clemens, none other than Mark Twain. Mr. Twain isn't very nice and doesn't really want to talk to anyone. When Mark asks him to tell him what happens in a future chapter of his serialized book Huckleberry Finn, he tells him that Finn is dead and tells him to go away. Lucas learns that Twain is carrying a heavy burden but Mark is not in a forgiving mood. Written by
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The billiards table being used is a carom table which as the episode shows involves hitting both of the other two balls with your cue ball. The other white ball has a dot on it and is the other player's cue ball while third ball is the object ball and is red. When Mark Twain is challenged to make a shot it is in the three-cushion billiards variation of carom billiards. See more
Clemens' son died in 1872. Huckleberry Finn was not published until 1884. See more
Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more