Cats are scarce in the Old West, and Caine must replace one to appease the death of one killed by a gold seeking miner.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Kwai Chang Caine
... Shawn Mulhare
... Judge Todd A. Pritikin
... Henry Skowrin
... Widdaw Tackaberry
... Herman Skowrin
... Perlee Skowrin
... Master Kan (voice)
... Master Po
... Young Caine
Michael Cameron ... George Skowrin


Cats are scarce in the Old West, and Caine must replace one to appease the death of one killed by a gold seeking miner.

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15 February 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Albert Salmi played 3 different characters in 'Kung Fu': 1. Raif (very bad) in Kung Fu: Pilot (1972); 2. Shawn Mulhare in this episode; 3. Reuben Branch in Kung Fu: Cry of the Night Beast (1974) See more »


In the scene where Caine & Perlee wrestle the colt moves from one side of the mare to the other, and back again between takes. See more »


Master Po: The hands, Grasshopper, are the eyes and tongue of touch. Through them, a man may reach out and see another's feelings or speak his own.
Kwai Chang Caine: Is it not sad, Master, that the hands of a man may strike a blow as well as caress?
Master Po: Pain and pleasure are like two bells, side by side. And the voice of each makes a trembling in the other.
Kwai Chang Caine: Are pain and pleasure, then, so alike?
Master Po: Are the eyes and the tongue alike? We see the butterfly and an ugly wound. And the same tongue which screams also laughs.
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The Ten-Fold Debt
24 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a likable episode complete with quirky characters, poignant flash-backs and even a little period music. Not wanting to spoil anything, the only thing that mars this episode for me is the mixture of feline experiences from death to dropping from high places to spinning in a bucket.

The best thing is undoubtedly the characters, an Irishman with a hot-line to his maker, a wonderful hillbilly Daddy played superbly by Royal Dano (I had no idea who he was until now but he really took quirky to a new level of character acting) and the disabled ferry-crossing matriarch played by Geraldine Brooks. And through all this walks our bemused hero dispensing wisdom, healing and pain in measure each each according to their need.

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