Garth recognizes singer Elena as a close friend from his early days as a lawyer. The two rekindle their old relationship but Garth is forced to defend her against murder charges which ultimately forces him to uncover the unsettling truth.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
The Virginian (credit only)
Helen Haldeman aka Elena
Melinda Plowman ...
Karen Osterling
Paul Comi ...
Elliott Powers
Bill Zuckert ...
George Kingston
Oliver McGowan ...
Judge Benson
John Bryant ...
Hotel Clerk
Nate Eastman
John Hale ...


Well known and beautiful opera singer Elena is brought to Medicine Bow to add to the culture of the town. Elena is accompanied by her personal secretary Karen who has issues with Elena. During her first performance Judge Garth recognizes her as an old friend. They rekindle their relationship and the Judge considers marrying her with Betsy's blessing. After dropping Elena at the hotel, the Judge is preparing to return to Shiloh when he hears shots. He and the sheriff run into Elena's room finding her standing over a dead man with a gun in her hand and a torn dress with Karen in the adjoining room of the suite. After a thorough investigation the prosecutor decides to bring first degree murder charges against Elena. Unable to get the attorney he wants, Judge Garth is forced to defend Elena himself. The proof in the trial goes against him and Elena as Garth learns she has lied to him. With some sleuthing Garth is able to bring forth the truth about Elena and Karen which surprises everyone. Written by Anonymous

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11 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Garth refers to Betsy as his daughter and that he is a widower. However, in the second show of the series, Betsy is said to be his adopted daughter and Garth was never married. See more »

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