The Virginian: Season 3, Episode 4

The Hero (7 Oct. 1964)

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An eastern reporter arrives to write a story on the Judge. He has traveled the world and great talent in many areas impressing the men and especially Betsy who falls for him. All is not as it seems when his true intentions are learned.



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Episode cast overview:
Roberta Shore ...
Randy Boone ...
James Templeton
Ray Harding
Steve Ihnat ...
Brad Weston ...
Kathy Wood ...
Girl at Party
Joe Yrigoyen ...
Carroll Stephens ...


James Templeton arrives at Shiloh with the stated intention of writing a story about Judge Garth due to interest back east in him as a territorial senator from Wyoming. He soon proves to everyone he is a man of man talents. He can ride bucking broncs, shoot fast, play the violin, dance, is well traveled, and heroic to everyone and especially Betsy. The lone exception is Trampas who has a dislike for him. A second man, Ray Harding, an attorney contacts Judge Garth about an old case the Judge ruled on and then fails at an attempt to blackmail the Judge about the case. Harding and Templeton are working together to scam the Judge but their ploy is not working. Templeton develops a love for Betsy and sees life with her as a better future but Harding hires three hands fired by Garth to help kidnap Betsy for ransom. Templeton has to make a decision on what to do when he is caught with Betsy by the kidnappers. Written by Anonymous

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Randy Benton: [holding out Trampas' shirt] It shrunk.
Trampas: Huh?
[looking it over]
Trampas: Well then, it just ought to about fit you.
Randy Benton: Well, no thanks. I don't want a shirt that's made out of such cheap material that it shrinks up every time a man gets knocked in the river.
Trampas: I didn't get knocked in. I dove.
Randy Benton: Well, then you were darn foolish not to take your shirt off first.
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Performed by Randy Boone
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Dashing Steve Forrest wears the role of fortune hunter Templeton as comfortably as a tailored suit in this predictable but polished episode. Director Richard L. Bare tidily omits melodramatic hand-wringing, leaving plenty of room for the warm interaction among the series' regular troupe that viewers favored. Roberta Shore's Betsy takes center stage. When Templeton's blackmail scheme fizzles and he begins courting Betsy as a backup plan, the mature-for-her-years girl keeps her guard up. Templeton realizes she admires the gallant war hero he once was, and wants to forget, and not the cynical front he's presenting now. The long-suppressed nobility explodes to the surface in episode's breathtakingly swift, lethal finale.

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