The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Crooked Path 

Kiley Cheever tired of his dad's treatment heads to Medicine Bow to find his childhood friend Trampas and a job. Kiley's tendency to make up stories and prove his manhood gets him into trouble with everyone but a female visitor to Shiloh.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clay Grainger (credit only)
Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
Kiley Cheever
Charlie Rondell
Sheriff Roy Cheever
Ellen Moss ...
Melissa Wainwright
Charles Brewer ...


Kiley Cheever's father, the sheriff, is fed up with his son's bratty behavior. After publicly humiliating him, Kiley decides to leave Texas and head to Medicine Bow to find his old friend Trampas from his childhood and ask for a job at Shiloh. His personality trait of embellishing his abilities creates tension with the hands at Shiloh plus his interest in Granger's niece Melissa who arrived while the Grangers are gone. Melissa visiting Shiloh takes a shine to Kiley while still seeing his flaws and letting him know it. A feud develops between Kiley and ranch hand Moran when Kiley trick shoots a mug in Moran's hand which eventually erupts into a fist fight between them. An old hand, Charlie, who knows Kiley's dad takes a shine to Kiley but loses his job when Kiley lets him take the blame for starting a fire in the stable while drunk which was really started by Kiley. Written by Anonymous

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21 February 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Kiley has his face slapped for kissing, almost the entire length of the boom and mic are visible in the window behind him. See more »

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Delinquent performance
25 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Former child actor Kevin Coughlin can't cut the mustard as the delinquent prodigal son who becomes a pain in the neck at Shiloh. Coughlin's gauche acting makes his petulant character doubly annoying. Still, even decidedly lesser episodes like this one were tolerable when they showed Drury, McClure and crew herding cattle, stringing fence, spinning tales by the campfire and doing as buckaroos do in general. Complementing the ranks this time are John Marley, who has a nice, rueful turn as an aging ranch hand nearing the end of the trail and Tom Skerritt, spot-on as a short-fused wrangler. Regular bunkhouse bit players Harper Flaherty and Dick Shane, who were becoming more noticeable near the end of season six, add some flavor.

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