The Virginian: Season 8, Episode 1

The Long Ride Home (17 Sep. 1969)

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Holly finds two cowboys who are looking for work. The younger hand Jim looks up to Ben as the only father he has ever known as the two roam around looking for a place to settle. Ben isn't ready to settle down but Jim may have found a home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Lane ...
Ben Stratton
Lonny Chapman ...
Weasel Willie Burr
Patrick Tovatt ...
Jester Hairston ...
Lynne Youngreen ...
Jean Peloquin ...
Harper Flaherty ...
Alex Sharp ...


James Joseph (Jim) Horn and his mentor Ben Stratton, two saddle tramps, meet Holly when Ben rescues her from a runaway team in Medicine Bow. He and Jim along with a group of ex-buffalo hunters were taking shots at the church bell. She suggests they work at Shiloh which needs temporary hands to help bring the herds down from the mountains. They impress The Virginian with their work ethic and horse wrangling even though they have a carefree attitude. Jim upset with the teasing decides they should leave early but a warning about an early snow is enough to convince him and Ben to stay to help. Although they took the job as temporary hands, they are asked to stay permanently but Ben is unable to settle down. At Ben's urging he and Jim go into town to party. Jim returns on time to work but Ben is beat up by the buffalo hunters who besides stealing Ben's money are under suspicion for rustling. Ben goes after them for his money but receives an offer to help rustle cattle. In the end he ... Written by Anonymous

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