The Virginian (1962–1971)
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After his uncle is killed in Texas, Trampas chases the killer into Apache country off limits to whites where he found gold. Trampas is forced to take along multiple companions including the man's wife, a gold seeker, and a drunk doctor.


William Witney


John D.F. Black (teleplay), James Patrick (story) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Peggy McCay ... Helen Hammond Judson
William Bryant ... Paul Judson
DeForest Kelley ... Lt. Beldon
Michael Pate ... Mike McGoff
Leonard Nimoy ... Wismer
Robert Brubaker ... Major Herbert
Ann Prentiss ... Alice (as Ann Gardner)
Jim Goodwin ... Corp. Perkins
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Mr. Pierce
Harry Shannon ... Uncle Josh
Stewart Bradley Stewart Bradley ... Sheriff


Trampas returns to El Paso, Texas to sell his dad's ranch. His uncle is killed when he tries to deposit the proceeds at the express office. Trampas searches for the two men who committed the murder but with no luck until Wismer returns to the army post sick. A local businessman/rancher Mike McGoff learns Wismer and his partner Judson have found gold in Apache territory. While stealing a map to it McGoff kills Wismer as Dr. Beldon sleeps drunk on duty. Trampas takes the map from McGoff and both decide to go together after Judson. They are joined by Judson's wife who is looking for him and later by Dr. Beldon who thinks he allowed Wismer to die. They find Judson but must fend off attacks by the Apaches on the way out with deadly results for most of the party.

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This episode is of obvious and particular interest to "Star Trek" fans, as both Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley (as a doctor!) have roles. Additionally, the episode was written by John D.F. Black, who later worked on "Trek" as a writer and producer. See more »

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So far my favorite Virginian episode.
8 May 2019 | by BobbyGutsSee all my reviews

For a strange reason this episode has a special place in my heart. Although I have read the review about it being full of gaps I can still elaborate on why it worked for me and what specifics make it true to being a western. First off- The scene with the uncle spewing over his regrets was a great homage to alcoholics. It did continue scattered with low momentum for whatever reason but so is the state of Trampas.....So I'd say it works to build the story. A situation does build and these random characters (Trampas, selfish Australian, drunk doctor, and aspiring wife) are all brought together and through-out the episode do not brake their strange chemistry with each other.

There was some plot twists but more so some plot-turns that were subtle yet believable. The plot- turns were devices set through dialogue that enhanced the stakes and struggles and there was brilliantly a lot of them AND they were believable. An undertone for Trampas was a constant questioning of his mindset on getting revenge, especially as circumstances change. The reality of trust and killing was completely there, this episode didn't feel like a usual shoot and kill western. There was a build of suspense and specificity to each killing that made it all that much more of a true-western. Each character wanted something and showed that they knew where they were at- they all had an ark and fought hard and heavy for what they wanted.

The last fight scene was weak because those natives would've never stopped shooting at men with guns.

Never the less this episode sparked something in me and the ending of this episode ended on a perfect note showing two american men lost in their own western karma.

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25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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