The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Strange Quest of Claire Bingham 

A nurse comes to Medicine Bow so see if an outlaw Ryker captured might be her brother as they were both orphaned at an early age. When he escapes and is shot, he uses her feelings to get help as Ryker who is attracted to her purses him.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Grainger (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Don Quine ...
Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Chuck Larson
Sandra Smith ...
Claire Bingham
John Bryant ...
Carl Jensen
Don Wilbanks ...
Dennis McCarthy ...
Hotel Clerk


Claire Bingham, a nurse, arrives in Medicine Bow looking for a brother she was separated from when both were very young. She believes Chuck Larson who is in jail for a stagecoach holdup and murder may be her brother. When she asks Larson about his history he initially denies he could be her brother. Sheriff Emmett Ryker takes a strong interest in Claire but does not believe Larson can be her brother. Larson's partners break him out of jail but he is shot during the escape from jail. Needing a doctor, Larson decides to use Claire's feelings to persuade her to help him by telling her he is her brother. One of his partner's brings her to him after they steal supplies from Dr. Spaulding's office. After she removes the bullet so Larson can recover, she tells him that their uncle died leaving each of them $5000. Upon hearing the news Larson tells her how to get the money to him. However, her absence and the stolen supplies lead Ryker who is developing a strong relationship with Claire to ... Written by Anonymous

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12 April 1967 (USA)  »

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Lively and sexy
21 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lively season five closer tingles with sexual tension, never a common commodity in TV westerns. Clu Gulager's Ryker can't help being attracted to the determined Claire Bingham, played by sunken-eyed beauty Sandra Smith, even though his lawman's instinct is to distrust her. It's interesting watching the proficient, self-possessed Ryker loosen his guard and slip up, as humans will do. Gulager wasn't getting many scripts this good at this point in his recurring role, which may be a reason why he wouldn't be playing it much longer. Andrew Prine succeeds in being unlikable as a nasty bad guy. NOTE: There is some sound distortion near the end of the show.

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