Trampas and Steve decide to join up with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Comedy ensues with the boys wanting to do it their way. The Virginian shows up and among other things shows the easterners how to "play" polo western style.



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Episode cast overview:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Lt. Steve Hamilton
Capt. Larry Langhorne
Sgt. Eads
Jan Stine ...
Tom Hernández ...
The Spanish Officer
The Man


Trampas and Steve skip work to meet Molly in Medicine Bow each trying to impress her as she returns from a trip. She chides the boys for not keeping up with current affairs including the sinking of the Maine. Her comments on how impressive the soldier on a poster appears in a uniform causes Trampas to leave to join the Rough Riders. The Virginian sends Steve to retrieve Trampas but Steve enlists as well. The Virginian then follows to retrieve both men and finds the eastern military men are having trouble with the westerners. Using a polo match minus rules between the easterners and westerners he shows the officers how to gain the men's respect. A conversation with Teddy Roosevelt finds The Virginian a corporal in the Rough Riders. The group is sent to Cuba where the officers further learn how to meld the western background with military tactics. Written by Anonymous

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7 November 1962 (USA)  »

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Historical events in this episode place the action in a definite time frame. The Spanish-American War, which plays a pivotal role in the plot, was waged from April 25, 1898 to August 12, 1898. The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought on July 1, 1898. See more »


The Virginian: And don't put any more wild ideas into their heads.
Molly Wood: Well, is it such a wild idea?
The Virginian: It is. As a matter of fact, in those heads any idea at all is a complete disaster.
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Light Cavalry Overture
Written by Franz von Suppé
Heard in score during polo match
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Offbeat fun
8 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The club-by rapport between James Drury, Doug McClure and Gary Clarke is a natural fit for the service comedy trappings of offbeat, enjoyable yarn that mixes two big action sequences into the fun. Smartly organized plot, spiced by character actor Karl Swenson's zesty portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt, marches along with nary a misstep except for the hobbling presence of Pippa Scott as Molly Wood. The character, conceived by Owen Wister as a prim schoolmarm in love with The Virginian, was made by the series into a coyly sophisticated newspaperwoman who didn't click with Drury, McClure or Clarke. Scott's recurring role rivaled the later Morgan Starr for unpopularity -- and brevity.

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