The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Intruders 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 4 March 1964
Betsy's Chicago visitor has a shaky visit starting with Garth ignoring his wire. Garth wants the ranch deserted to host a secret meeting with an Indian Chief but intruders invade to kill the Chief and further impede the couple's visit.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth
Trampas (credit only)
Steve Hill (credit only)
The Virginian
Mark Troxel
Clay Billings
The Utah Kid
Mickey Simpson ...
Bear Bristow
Mrs. Wingate
Barney Wingate
Alex the Cook


Eddie Tighe who Betsy met in Chicago makes what turns out to be a surprise visit to Shiloh to see Betsy. The Judge never opened his telegram leading to an awkward arrival. Eddie arrives as the Judge is clearing everyone off the ranch for a secret meeting between the Army and Chief Black Feather of the Sioux. Mark Troxel invades the ranch house with three outlaws taking everyone hostage. Troxel is a gun runner to the Indians and wants to kill Chief Black Feather. Eddie has a chance to stop the men but is afraid to shoot at them foiling the attempt. One of the men says Judge Garth hung his brother for a crime he didn't commit. The Judge uses the issue to throw suspicion on Troxel creating an internal fight among the outlaws. This provides Eddie and Randy an opening to recover two guns and Eddie to redeem a boring and accident filled visit with Betsy. Written by Anonymous

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4 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Betsy Garth: How you feeling?
Randy Benton: Like I just had my toe broke by a horseshoe.
Betsy Garth: Well, I hope you didn't think he did that on purpose.
Randy Benton: [sarcastically] Oh, 'course not; if he'd been aiming at me I'd been safe.
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Performed by Roberta Shore and David Macklin
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The plot boils at last
30 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Suspenseful plot stays on low heat interminably during a Chicago dude's tepid courtship of Betsy. But some surprising twists devised by scenarist Dean Riesner fuel a steadily rising temperature until the pot boils over in a swift, violent climax. Lee J. Cobb as the unfazeable Judge Garth and Darren McGavin, jaunty even in a villainous role, comfortably share most of the acting load. David Carradine, who seldom turned down a western part during any phase of his long career, plays a grumpy assassin. Putting in a day's work as a peacemaking chief is Iron Eyes Cody, Hollywood's top Native American character actor, who was actually the son of Sicilian immigrants.

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