Two new missionaries, the Spragues, arrive at the Fitzgibbons' medical mission in the Indian jungle. John Sprague is a physician and Lucy a nurse. Mary Fitzgibbons suspects that they were sent to check up on them, and that they want the mission for themselves. Thomas Fitzgibbons is not medically competent, and Mary must perform difficult procedures for him. When John leaves to attend to a cholera outbreak, Thomas takes Lucy for an evening canoe ride on the river. They discuss philosophy and her beauty. Mary sees them together, and becomes jealous. Early in the morning, she grabs a scalpel and enters Lucy's bedroom. A piercing scream resounds. A messenger is sent to inform John of his wife's sudden death from cholera. He rushes back, but the Fitzgibbons have gone down-river for several days. He asks the Indian employees to help find the grave of his wife, which was hidden to prevent the spread of cholera, because he suspects that she was not a cholera victim. When he opens the coffin, ...
Did You Know?
Ed Begley and Tom Simcox, who play missionary colleagues in this story, would appear together again a year later as father and son, in the Bonanza episode "The Other Son". See more