The Virginian: Season 2, Episode 6

It Takes a Big Man (23 Oct. 1963)

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The Judge's friend asks him to take on one of his sons as a hand to straighten out his attitude. The Judge learns why the son fights with his dad but too late to stop the experiment from ending with tragic results for the son and Trampas.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Clarke ...
Wade Anders
Chris Robinson ...
Henry 'Hank' Anders
Roberta Shore ...
Ben Anders
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Lew Brown ...
Bobs Watson ...
Bill Idelson ...
Stage Depot Manager
Russ Bender ...
Jack Big Head ...
Indian Brave


Judge Garth visits his friend Wade Anders supposedly to buy some special chickens. Wade has two sons Hank and Ben but by different mothers. Hank's mother was a Crow Indian but Wade has never told his sons they had different mothers. Both feel alienated from their father and Hank is ignoring his father. Hank despises all Indians and puts them down whenever he can. Wade asks Judge Garth to take Hank with him to Shiloh to work as a regular hand hoping Hank will mature. Hank goes but this strengthens his feeling of his father not caring. Hank continues to disobey orders at Shiloh and he and Garth decide he should leave. Before he leaves, Hank tells Garth he knows the truth about his mother and belief his father is ashamed of him. In Medicine Bow Hank forces Trampas to kill him in a bar fight as he would rather die than live. Wade and Ben arrive in Medicine Bow as the funeral ends and Wade forces Ben to challenge Trampas for revenge. Judge Garth tries to reason with Wade telling him Hank ... Written by Anonymous

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