Tod and Buz, working as ranch hands in New Mexico, become disgusted with the actions of their employer. The man wants possession of his dead son's baby whether the mother approves of it or ...
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Tod and Buz, working as ranch hands in New Mexico, become disgusted with the actions of their employer. The man wants possession of his dead son's baby whether the mother approves of it or not. The rancher will stop at nothing to get his way and neither will his men-including murder.Written by
The boys are back dealing with ruthless businessmen in this and the next one. Albert Dekker plays a rancher whose wastrel son Is dead but also the father of a child an Indian woman, (Arlene Sax, who had previously been in "Legacy for Lucia" as an Italian woman) is pregnant with. He demands she have the child on his ranch and give it over to him. He'd like another chance at producing an heir worthy of his empire. She wants no part of the family.
Tod and Buz are working on the ranch and are ordered to retrieve her but rebel when they find out the rancher's plans. Robert Duval plays a psychopathic ranch hand they have a run-in with. Bing Russell, (Kurt's Dad), is another hand and tried to convince the boys that "We're not all like that". They aren't buying it and are leaving. The woman has already escaped form the ranch and they encounter her on the road. They find shelter for her. She gives birth and dies. They now have a baby to care for and decide to head for the reservation, where they will give the baby to the woman's tribe. Dekker sends all his men after them and Duval corners them with the apparent intent of killing them all. He meets his demise is a particularly unconvincing way. It winds up with a confrontation between Dekker and a priest, (Denver Pyle), who finally convinces him that the baby belongs with his people.
One of the more dramatically powerful episodes of the series.
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