Lucas McCain hires an bitter ex-Confederate to help him around the ranch. When General Philip Sheridan and his staff stop at McCain's ranch to camp, Lucas is afraid there will be trouble.

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When an ex-confederate soldier stops by the ranch, Lucas McCain offers him a meal and then a job. Frank Blandon was severely wounded in the war and bad surgery has left him with the use of only one arm. He's still traumatized by those events and occasionally will go off on a rant. Lucas soon welcomes others when General Sheridan arrives looking for a place to spend the night. It turns out that Blandon and Sheridan have met before, though the General has no recollection. It leads to a bit of soul searching on the part of both men. Written by garykmcd

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13 January 1959 (USA)  »

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The Union General William T. Sheridan in this story is a combination of two famous Civil War heroes, William T. Sherman and Philip Sheridan. Both men served out west after the Civil War. See more »

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This is probably evident in the entire series. In many scenes the "W" on the rear pocket of Lucas' blue jeans identifies them as being Wrangler brand blue jeans. Wrangler jeans weren't introduced until 1947, they surely didn't exist in the 1880s. See more »

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Lucas McCain: Sorry son, but sooner or later you had to find out.
Mark McCain: Why did I? I didn't want to. Pa, his shoulder wasn't healed!
Lucas McCain: Not only poor Blanden's shoulder, but I mean all the ugly, useless suffering in the world. In time you'll learn to accept it and bring it into balance with the good things.
Mark McCain: I'll never be able to, Pa!
Lucas McCain: You will son because you have to. It's the price you pay on staying alive and in your right senses, it's manhood. And I can promise that when you come to the far end of it, you'll raise ...
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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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Great performance!
18 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In this episode Royal Dano delivers the absolute finest acting performance I've ever seen in any movie or television show throughout my 40+ years of watching both. His acting is not only heart wrenching and raw but also believable. His body language steals the show as it is even stronger than his superb dialogue delivery. He masterfully uses every opportunity to play off of Mark and Lucas' movements and expressions making his injuries, which are never seen by the viewer, believable. Not enough accolades could ever be given to reflect upon the quality of this fine performance. My biggest surprise is that Mr. Dano only appeared in four episodes of the rifleman. Anyway, if you've never seen this before, you are definitely in for a real treat.

Enjoy, Ed


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