The Virginian: Season 2, Episode 20

First to Thine Own Self (12 Feb. 1964)

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Randy, a lonely, distrusting drifter comes to the aid of a child, only to be accused of killing her father. Only Betsy's faith in him prevents harm from coming to him and the young girl he tries to protect from the killers.



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Episode cast overview:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ...
Roberta Shore ...
Randy Boone ...
Mary LaRoche ...
Alma Reese
Jan Merlin ...
Claire Wilcox ...
John Truax ...
Stagecoach Passenger
Frank Maxwell ...


Randy Benton joins a man and his daughter Melanie on the way to Medicine Bow. While preparing dinner and Randy is away collecting water, two men ride into camp, kill Melanie's father, and steal the gold he was carrying. A passing stage sees Randy over the body and assumes he is the killer. He returns later to find Melanie still hiding and is forced to take her under his care. Betsy meets Randy on Shiloh and feels he is innocent after learning about the murder. While tracking Randy and Melanie, Melanie is found and taken to Shiloh. Randy finds her aunt in Medicine Bow but then learns Melanie is not safe at Shiloh when he overhears a conversation between the aunt and her husband. Randy takes Melanie from Betsy at Shiloh but Betsy eventually find them. Her guilt forces her to ask The Virginian for advice. The actions of the two guilty men lead to a showdown with The Virginian which clears Randy who decides to stay at Shiloh as a new hand. Written by Anonymous

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The title is based upon a quote from William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet": (Act I, Scene III): "This above all: to thine own self be true". See more »


Steve Hill: You know, if thinking about money was money, Pell would be rich.
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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Randy Boone
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