The Virginian: Season 2, Episode 21

A Matter of Destiny (19 Feb. 1964)

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Trampas appears to be in the lead for a local girl until an eastern meat packing tycoon who comes to Medicine Bow to take over his new ranch catches her eye. Trampas is the only one against him until the ranchers learn he has tricked them.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Clarke ...
Steve Hill (credit only)
Robert Gaynor
Pat Wade
Roberta Shore ...
Randy Boone ...
Jean Hale ...
Janet Lawrence
Roy Engel ...
Robert Williams ...
Evan Barnes
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Mr. Lawrence
Craig Duncan ...
Stephen Coit ...


A wandering friend of Trampas Pat Wade arrives in Medicine Bow and hires on at Shiloh at the same time Trampas is getting serious about marrying Janet Lawrence. A young, wealthy and handsome businessman in meat processing, Robert Gaynor, arrives from back east to learn about the operation of his new ranch near Medicine Bow. When he meets Janet at a Shiloh dance and proves to be a great dancer, Janet is impressed but Trampas is very unhappy. Gaynor asks to help at roundup opening the door to Trampas trying to make a fool of Gaynor but he takes it in stride and handles himself well. Gaynor has pressed people back east hard and does so in Wyoming when he locks up all the rail cars for shipping cattle forcing the other ranchers to take deep cuts in the prices for their cattle. With everyone so mad at him it, tempers are hot and a known gunfighter is killed in a nearby town apparently on his way to kill Gaynor. Wheen roundup is over, Gaynor decides to return east and asks Janet to marry ... Written by Anonymous

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19 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Trampas: This a private fight, or can anybody join?
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Written by John Williams and Frederick Herbert
Played at dance
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Could have been better
20 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Moderately enjoyable episode leaves impression it could have been better. A little more zip in the storytelling was needed, but the real issue is the casting of Peter Graves as the tycoon. Always dependable as a leading man, Graves seems too gentlemanly to be fully persuasive as a scheming big-time operator. Muscular strutting peacock Richard Jaeckel hits bulls-eye in a slyly sinister role though, and McClure unleashes his vitality as the frustrated suitor, turning his punch-up with Graves into a slapstick romp. This was Randy Boone's second appearance as guitar-strumming backwoods vagabond Randy Benton, who hires on at Shiloh. Boone's disarming personality and musicianship freshened many episodes.

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