Favor visits an Army camp building a dam to ask for a delay to move the herd. He finds a childhood friend who asks him to stay for dinner with her and her husband who is in charge. He gets the meal and a charge of murder for killing a Lt.
It's Gil's turn for a murder frame when a faux-Southern belle he grew up with plugs her husband's lieutenant, after Gil spurns her offer to run off together with her fortune. Gil's noggin has another prominent knot when Lt. Peter Cook conks him with the murder weapon, after overhearing her proposal to the trail boss. Actually, all 3 of the would-be triangle were drug up on the hungry end of town, so where's her fortune from ? Rowdy doesn't care, he just wants to break Gil out, but Wishbone plans to loosen the Army troops' tongues with his top chef fare.Written by
It's obvious why the show uses a court-martial for Gil, but in reality it could not. Prior to 2006 when a law change allowed a civilian to be court-martialed if serving as a civilian contractor, a civilian could only be court-martialed if more than one person was charged and at least one person was in the military. The proper venue would be a federal district court since the crime was on federal government property. See more »
What the army did in this Rawhide episode was quite illegal. A civilian who was accused of killing a military member not in the line of duty would have been entitled to a civil trial. But the army wanted to sweep this mess under the rug quickly.
Which is what happens to Eric Fleming as he drives his herd through a pass the army is about to dynamite to make a dam. But he also runs into Elizabeth McRae an old friend from the ante-Bellum south. She's now married to Captain John Anderson.
McRae is a flirtatious southern belle of the Scarlett O'Hara variety and her little whims and desires cause the death of Lieutenant Russell Arms when he's shot and Eric Fleming accused of the deed.
The general Kent Smith convenes a court martial and even with things stacked against him, Fleming brings out the truth.
This may be the only episode where Paul Brinegar's cooking is appreciated. Next to army rations his steaks taste like they came from Delmonico's and the army personnel talk and give enough leads to help the trail boss.
Illegal, but enjoyable.
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