The Virginian: Season 3, Episode 2

The Dark Challenge (23 Sep. 1964)

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A family moves nearby with a pretty daughter drawing the attention of Trampas. However, when he pushes her to dance, he learns she has a club foot. This is compounded by the pressure on her brother to support her in lieu of his own life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roberta Shore ...
Randy Boone ...
Carl Hendricks
Chris Robinson ...
Arnie Hendricks
Jenny Hendricks
Wally Koerner
Louis Quinn ...
Michael Bregan ...
Than Wyenn ...
John Bryant ...
Gregg Palmer ...


The Hendricks family has moved to a ranch near Shiloh. When they attend a local dance, Wally and Trampas both ask the daughter Jenny to dance not realizing she cannot due to a club foot. When Trampas pushes her on not dancing with him, her father hits Trampas and takes his daughter home along with her brother Arnie. Trampas feels bad and with Betsy's urging visits the Hendricks to apologize. Arnie feed up with the attention his sister receives from their father, tries to impress a saloon girl Joan by holding up a stagecoach and stealing $642 from the passengers but shoots a guard in the shoulder during the robbery. Trampas asks Jenny to attend other social functions which she gladly does. At the same time Wally the blacksmith takes a keen interest in her but is shy. Carl Hendricks tries to hire Trampas as a foreman with the understanding he would marry Jenny but Trampas declines. During an argument between Arnie and his father, Carl is accidentally stabbed and dies. Arnie tries to ... Written by Anonymous

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Edited into The Virginian: Timberland (1965) See more »


Wait for the Wagon
Written by George P. Knauff and R. Bishop Buckley
Additional lyrics by Irwin Coster
Performed by Roberta Shore and Randy Boone
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