The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Virginian is sent to check out the Bonham ranch which is up for sale. Once there he finds himself caught in the fight between the brothers Foster and Jack who own the ranch and involved in the murder of a woman he once knew.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Alan MacKenzie (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Roy Tate (credit only)
The Virginian
Foster Bonham
Jack Bonham
Joe Terry
Rachel Bonham
Eileen Terry
Matty Ryan
Constable Stokes
Claire Brennen ...


When he is appointed to the Senate, Foster Bonham decides to sell his ranch to Shiloh. The Virginian is sent to check the ranch to see if it meets the needs of the Shiloh ranch for grazing.His arrival at the Bonham ranch starts with a warning shot and a warning from Jack Bonham to leave. At the ranch house he meets Foster Bonham who has the controlling interest in the ranch and his wife Rachel. When Jack arrives, The Virginian learns who he is and that the two brothers are fighting over the ranch as Foster believes Jack will lose the ranch due to his drinking. Foster's drunken, irresponsible brother Jack is determined to stop the sale any way he can. While inspecting the ranch, The Virginian stops at a small homestead due to his lame horse where he finds the wife knows him from her days as a saloon girl in Medicine Bow. When she is murdered, the Virginian searches for Jack who had threatened her , and Foster must decide between his brother and his Senate seat. Written by rbecker28

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13 January 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Bad Blood Boiling
15 June 2011 | by (Roseworthy, South Australia) – See all my reviews

Opening on a bottle shoot inside a saloon the culprit Jack is dragged out for a dunking and then home to be told by his politician brother Foster the Bonham family home is up for sale and that the Shiloh foreman is on his way to look over the property.

After a failed attempt to ward off the Virginian with a warning shot the bad Bonham boy Jack continues his belligerence by trying to cause trouble with a neighbor Joe Terry and his wife Eileen.

Jack argues with his sister in law and tells the Virginian he's not welcome then goes off to cause more trouble for the Terry family and it seems his blood is so bad that it's constantly on the boil!

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