Josh's big talk after a dog is shot lands him in big trouble when his browbeating the locals in the saloon about ending the decades-long Carter-Blake feud gets him drafted to go reconcile the hate-fueled hillbillies for $200.

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Josh is waiting at the local doctor's office when Amos Carter comes in to find out about the patient Josh found on the road shot. Dr. Johnathon M. Kirk comes out but indicates to Amos the patient died - Carter's dog Jamie. Amos says he going to kill Chester Blake for shooting Jamie. In the saloon the doctor and bartender explain there is a decades old feud between the Carters and the Blakes. Josh assumes someone would try to stop the feud but as long as the shooting is outside of town no one cares. Upon hearing this Josh mocks the locals for cowardice and bragging he wouldn't let that happen. The doctor and bartender decide to call his bluff by putting up $100 each for Josh if he stops the feud. Josh decides to take the offer but is forced to stop the feud first. He rides out to see Blake but finds himself a target of Blank and his son and then in the middle of the feud when Carter arrives for revenge. Written by Anonymous

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9 May 1959 (USA)  »

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Josh Randall: [Discussing the feud] John, it isn't my town, it isn't my problem.
Dr. Johnathon M. Kirk: Hmm, which is a nice way of saying you're short on backbone.
Josh Randall: Now listen. I figure compared to the rest of this town, I'm a giant.
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Odd Ending To An Excellent First Season
20 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a kind of odd episode to end the first season. In fact, the strangeness started right in the first two minutes when we see Josh waiting outside of a doctor's office. A man, "Amost Carter" (Arthur Hunnicutt) comes in and asks how the patient is doing. Randall isn't sure but the man thanks him for "what he done" in finding him on the road bringing him to the doctor. Josh is asked exactly where he found him and the man then knows who shot his friend. The doctor comes out with a long face, so we know the man died....except it turns out it was a dog that died! Carter says he knows who did it and he's going to kill him.

Now, a 40-year-old feud between the Carters and the Blakes is going to start up again as Josh finds out at the bar later. Josh is offered $200 if he will stop the feud, which the town is sick of but won't do anything about since all the killing is outside of city limits. Randall then heads out to see if he can stop the violence before it starts up again. However, the shooting starts as soon as one of the Blakes - "Chester" (Edgar Buchanan) - spots Randall on his property.

The rest is pure hilly stereotypes and an attempt by Steve McQueen to get some laughs along the way. I have no problem with that, but it didn't really work here.

This was such good show it was shame to end the season with a stupid story and weak attempt at comedy, at that, but, as it's stated in one of the documentaries, Steve used this show to hone his acting skills. Except for the comedy, I thought he already had everything down pat from what I saw in this first season. I am sorry it's over and no sign of a second season being put out on DVD.


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