Father Elliott is on a mission to meet Sitting Bull at the same time the Sioux are on the warpath. After learning from a dying soldier the Sioux have modern firearms, he tells the Army. He then wants Jess to guide him to Sitting bull.
The Wyoming Territory is a place of fear. Sioux renegades, armed better than the cavalry by unscrupulous traders, are raiding and killing over a large ares. The stage line is suffering and there seems no end when Father Elliot comes to Sherman Ranch and Relay station on his way to the Yellowstone to meet with Sitting Bull. He needs a guide but both Jess Harper and Slim Sherman decline the job and the Army is set against Father Elliot making an already volatile situation worse. The gunrunners don't want him in the way either. Father Elliot, seeing it as a mission from God, ignores all and hires Charlie Root to guide him and sets off, passing again Sherman Ranch to say goodbye. When Jess and Jonesy find out that Charlie Root is wanted for murder, Jess has a difficult decision to make with Slim gone to Cheyenne on stage business. Stay at the ranch with Jonesy and Andy or go after Father Elliot and Charlie Root. Jonesy ends up forcing Jess to light out after Father Elliot. In the meantime... Written by
James Gregory who usually played loudmouthed and obnoxious people whether good guy or bad guy dials it down quite a bit and plays a priest in this Laramie story. Arriving at Sherman station after witnessing what a Sioux war party did to a patrol of cavalry, Gregory says it's his intention to go and meet with Sitting Bull played here brilliantly at the end of the episode by Frank DeKova.
Sitting Bull was never a war chief per se, he was rather a spiritual leader of his nation. The military tactics were done by Crazy Horse as any study of Little Big Horn will tell you. It's as a spiritual leader that Father Gregory wants to meet with DeKova.
He's not getting any help though. The cavalry won't help him and gunrunners who are selling repeating Henry rifles to the Sioux want to kill him. They've even got Bill Williams who is pretending to serve as a guide in their employ.
Let's say that the rubric of 'God works in mysterious ways' gets quite a test here. You have to see what happens to Williams to know what I mean.
Laramie regulars take a back seat to Gregory in this episode.
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