Wagon Train: Season 7, Episode 27

The Whipping (23 Mar. 1964)

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With Hale gone for supplies, Bill Hawks is in charge of the wagon train, and he threatens to punish Barnaby with a whipping after the boy's pranks get out of line. Feeling humiliated and ... See full summary »

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Marcey Jones
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With Hale gone for supplies, Bill Hawks is in charge of the wagon train, and he threatens to punish Barnaby with a whipping after the boy's pranks get out of line. Feeling humiliated and angry, Barnaby runs away and breaks his leg---twice, the second time very seriously. Bill feels responsible and starts turning to drinking, and hence endangering the train. At the same time, a cynical drunk on the train begins to change in the opposite direction and stops drinking and starts taking more responsibility. Written by rbecker28

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A father's prerogatives
24 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Wagon Train focuses on the relationship between young Michael Burns and Terry Wilson. Last year it was Bill Hawks who became a surrogate father to Barnaby West when he joined the cast. But being a father sometimes carries some unpleasant tasks.

In this episode Burns and a couple of other kids from the Wagon Train decide to play a practical joke on Martin Balsam who has a drinking problem. They take the nut off one of the back wheels of Balsam's wagon, forcing it to sway and weave like he does. When it falls off the whole Wagon Train is held up and Wilson decides that Burns needs to get his backside tanned.

At 16 he feels that a whipping is too much for a teen, still he has to fix the wagon. But when a jack collapses and breaks Burns's leg this leads to a disintegration in their relationship.

Both Wilson and Burns really shine in this episode. In the case of Terry Wilson this may have been one of his best acting performances. His scene praying while inebriated and also with Balsam while Balsam tells him of his family loss is really some of the best acting done on the series.

Fans of the series should not miss this episode.


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