The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Big Deal 

Judge Garth has a visitor from South America who inherited a critical piece of property in the middle of Shiloh used to move cattle. When he learns Garth has held back information on it, he decides to put crippling pressure on Garth.



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Episode cast overview:
Enrique Cuellar
Brendan Dillon ...
Mr. Bemis
Jason Johnson ...
Martin Eric ...
Lumberyard Owner


Enrique Cuellar a world traveler from Columbia arrives in Medicine Bow to sell a section of land to Judge Garth. The property which is a key pass used by Judge Garth to move cattle from the summer to winter pastures has been leased from Senor Cuellar and his father for years and is the only section of ten that Judge Garth has not purchased. Molly and especially Betsy are infatuated with the attractive Latin. When Betsy unintentionally reveals the value of the land to her father, Enrique decides to extract a very high price for what he feels was deceptive practices by Judge Garth resulting in a mini-range war with barbed wire. Written by Anonymous

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10 October 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trampas: I wonder what that cost?
The Virginian: The Judge didn't say.
Trampas: Well if he's going to throw his money around, he could start by raising my wages.
The Virginian: Well at least this way he can see what he's getting for his money!
Trampas: Aw, Saturday's a bad day to put a thing like that up.
The Virginian: How come?
Trampas: Well, I was just thinking, it's goin' to make a mighty fine target to some cowhand with a bellyful of whiskey.
The Virginian: I wouldn't do it, Trampas.
Trampas: Well, I wasn't thinking of me.
The Virginian: I was.
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Sets up the series
5 August 2011 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

As with the rest of the early episodes of The Virginian, it seems like a lot of thought went into making this episode explanatory. You'll see slightly awkward parts where something is explained, presumably in a way to bring us up to speed on the characters, background and setting. If you're a reader of Owen Wister's classic western The Virginian, you'll appreciate some of the similarities, though of course the characters are quite different from the book. But I like how the producers injected some memorable elements that will immediately be recognizable to readers of the original story. In this episode (The Big Deal), you'll see the gun-holding light sleeper trick played out in a crowded boarding house, similar to the book. And as with the other early episodes, this one also seemed more cinematic than the later episodes. I would guess that more thought and time went into these to sell the series. A must-see episode you can catch via DVD or as of this writing, on Netflix streaming.

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