In this first part episode, Festus is on the path of an escaped convict named Gard Dixon in the arid desert outside of Cottonwood. When Festus is ambushed by the convict, Festus lays in the arid desert with no hope of survival.
However, Festus is found by a man named Ben Snow (Strother Martin). Ben Snow has been in the desert for a very long time. Oh, not by his choice but by a bad situation. Ben and a friend was looking for gold and they got caught up in a sandstorm. After six days the storm passed and Ben found himself all alone. During the this time Ben found a large amount of gold and has been wanting to find a way out of the desert for a long time.
Ben takes Festus back to his area where water is found and helps him get back to health. During his recovery, Festus sees sign that Ben has some serious psychotic behavior issues. Ben carries on conversations with snakes and keeps talking about this town named Ten Strike that is full of people and pretty girls. Ben also wants to find a formal rival of his named Sam Bristol in the town of Ten Strike so that he can show Sam that he is now rich.
Festus is forced to carry water like an pack mule while the delusional Ben Snow holds him at gunpoint. So the first episode ends with the two heading to Ten Strike.
Strother Martin is brilliant in this show playing the crazed Ben Snow that wants nothing but to see Sam Bristol. Some of the best acting I have seen in a long time. Ready for Part 2.
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