The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 9

The Sister (25 Nov. 1958)

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Mark introduces the pretty Rebecca Snipe to his father, and her two burly brothers are convinced that Lucas would be a fine husband for their sister. Meanwhile three gunmen plot to kill the rancher.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mort Mills ...
Lance Fuller ...
Michael Morgan ...
Injun Adam
David Tyrell ...
Roy Thursday (as David Tyrrell)
John Dierkes ...


Mark asks hid Dad if he might ever remarry and Lucas tells him that perhaps someday he would if ever met the right woman. In town soon after, Mark meets the pretty young Rebecca Snipe who has just returned to North Fork. Lucas is just a bit embarrassed at Mark's attempt at match-making. Rebecca's brothers meanwhile, Joshua and Pete, take it all too seriously and decide to check Lucas out. Meanwhile, three strangers ride into town and it's soon apparent that they're out to kill Lucas. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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25 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of one of the "burly" brothers was played by a young Dan Blocker who would later go on to play Hoss Cartwright in Bonanza. See more »


While Mark is getting a hair-cut, Lucas finishes and places the scissors and comb down. He brushes Mark's hair and places the brush down. Lucas then using his hands on Mark's hair. When the camera angle changes, Lucas all of the sudden has the scissors and comb in his hand and places them down again. See more »


[Although McCain beat the two Snipe brothers in a fight only hours before, the two men rescue Lucas from a would-be murderer]
Joshua Snipe: Appears like you needed a friend, neighbor.
Lucas McCain: You can say that again! That's Roy Thursday's bunch.
Joshua Snipe: No hard feelings?
Lucas McCain: No hard feelings. Thank you very much!
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Crazy Credits

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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Lucas is having a bad day
14 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the beginning of this entertaining episode, Mark asks Lucas if he is ever going to get married again. Lucas kind of laughs it off and says something like maybe someday but only if she can ride a horse and cook.

The next day Lucas and Mark ride into town and Mark sees a young woman, Rebecca Snipes, getting off the stage. In no time, Mark drags his Pa over to where Rebecca is waiting and introduces them in hopes of them getting married. It is an awkward moment for all involved, except for Mark.

Later Rebecca's brothers come to pick her up and notice that Lucas has been talking to their sister. They size up Lucas to make sure that he is good enough to marry their sister. The problem is that Lucas is not interested in their young sister. But the boys think he is telling them a lie.

Not only does Lucas have to deal with that problem, three rides are in town to take care of Lucas for some testimony that was given. It appears that Lucas was in court and testified against a man named Roy Thursday and now he is there for revenge. Lucas has the two brothers and also the three men all out against him.

This was actually a very well performed and humorous show. Sherry Jackson, that played Rebecca, was beautiful on the screen as she played the sister of two bigger than life brothers. And even Chuck Connors gave a rather funny performance as it seemed that all his intentions were being taken wrong. Another wonderful episode that was entertaining from beginning to end.

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