"The Virginian" The Payment (TV Episode 1964) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Ryker is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Abe Clayton who raised him. Abe is a tough outlaw recently released from prison. The Sheriff, however, is not happy to have Abe in town. Ryker has a room and job lined up for Abe but Abe spurns both. Abe overhears plans for a big sale of Shiloh cattle in Medicine Bow and settles into an abandoned homestead adjacent to Shiloh. Abe's brother, nephew, and adopted daughter Rita along with her outlaw boy friend join Abe at the homestead. The men spy on the herd being collected by the Shiloh hands for sale. The uncle and his son have a successful ranch and Ryker and Rita still have a close relationship even though they are unrelated. Ryker realizes they are planning trouble and tries to persuade the members of the group to leave or change their plans but to no avail. The Sheriff, Ryker, and The Virginian assume they are planning to rustle part of the herd. The Sheriff and Ryker ride with the herd to stop any rustling. When nothing happens, they realize the real target is the money for the herd in the Medicine Bow bank. They arrive after the robbery resulting in the nephew's death and the deaths of two people in the bank. The Virginian, Sheriff, and Ryker track the group to the cabin but Ryker must continue the hunt to catch Abe resulting in a deadly confrontation Ryker wanted to avoid.

  • Ryker invites the man who raised him to come to Medicine Bow after being released from 10 years in prison. When Ryker finds Abe has invited his family to join him, he knows there are problems as Shiloh makes a record sized cattle shipment.


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