The Virginian: Season 8, Episode 17

Holocaust (28 Jan. 1970)

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An eastern combine wants to take over the Wyoming cattle market with Shiloh in the middle of their sights. A burned Shiloh and delayed cattle drive leads to a loss on the sale of cattle resulting in all the Shiloh hands being laid off.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Lane ...
Adam Southcort
Sandy Kenyon ...
Rafe Ogden
Sean McClory ...
Walter May
John Weston
Harper Flaherty ...
Jean Peloquin ...
Lynne Youngreen ...


Kordick managing an eastern combine wants to take over control of the Wyoming cattle ranches without regard to the future of the owners. Clay Grainger is the main obstacle keeping them out via the Cattlemen's Association. Cattle prices are declining but The Virginian returns from Cheyenne with a contract for $15 per head if they make Cheyenne on a tight deadline. At $15 a head the ranches can make enough to break even. To prevent their success, someone stampedes the cattle and burns the Shiloh ranch house. The Sheriff is unable to catch the culprits but Trampas has a strong hunch that a man he knew named Muirhead did it. When the drive is late, the ranchers only receive $9 per head putting most including Shiloh in financial peril. The bank refuses Clay a loan due to the shaky cattle business so Clay is forced to lay all the hands off due to a lack of money and a similar fate awaits the other ranches in the area. With no job The Virginian and Trampas hit the trail to find Muirhead who ... Written by Anonymous

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The class of season eight
1 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The upsetting sight of Shiloh reduced to a pile of steaming rubble (in a matte painting) is only the beginning of exemplary episode full of emotional upheaval. Expert script by Robert Van Scoyk runs the gamut from desolation and despair to hope and recovery, testing the acting chops of the entire cast of regulars, who come through with flying colors. There's also a climactic shootout at a remote cabin and a twisty whodunit finale. Story's thoughtful statement, very much in keeping with the day's anti-establishment trends, advocates the rights of independent ranchers, who live on the land and are its natural stewards, against the greedy Eastern combines that only seek to exploit. There were a number of fine episodes in season eight, but none better than this one.

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