- Episode Description
Dr. Avatar hires Paladin to guide him to Jake Trueblood, a notorious western gunfighter who has killed many men. Avatar wants to measure Trueblood's head to confirm his research on cranial measurements of habitual killers.
- Cast & Crew
- Fan Reviews (1)
This episode has been described as "silly", and it is quite a bizarre one. The characters are good, however, and if they had worked the storyline somewhat differently, they could have made it into a fascinating psychological episode.
- Trivia & Quotes
(An Oriental swordsman is demonstrating his prowess; first splitting a nail in the wall, then one of Paladin's cards.)
Khan: Control. Gentleness. Concentration. And terror! (Swings at Paladin, who ducks.) With those qualities, Genghis Khan conquered half the world. Now, for your first lesson. (Paladin steps away and takes up a sword.) My dear sir, it will take many hundred hours of intensive practice before you are permitted to even touch a actual sword.
Paladin: Temuchin Khan, I am paying for this lesson.
Khan: Of course, but-- Paladin: I would like to have a lesson with a real sword. (Swings at Khan; they parry for several moments before Khan overcomes Paladin.) Well, Temuchin Khan, you have earned your fee very well indeed.
Avatar: You will forgive me for disserving?
Paladin: I will?
Avatar: Well, for one thousand dollars? Payable in advance?
Paladin: Count it out on the table.
Avatar: I am Dr. Leopold Avatar. Er, perhaps you've read of me?
Paladin: Hm. Yes, you are Professor Cesare Lombrosso's disciple, and his theory of criminal identification.
Avatar: It is good to meet someone in this country who has heard of our work.
Paladin: Well, I do have a, ah, certain interest in criminology.
Avatar: Ah! Then, perhaps, you will know what these are for. (Holds up calipers.)
Paladin: Yes. They are used to measure what Lombrosso has termed the "stigmata of degeneracy". Certain cranial abnormalities, a low sensitivity to pain, primitive instincts found in cannibals, cave dwellers, apes, animals... and habitual murderers, in short, the mark of Cain.
Avatar: And that is why I have come back to America.
Paladin: Oh, a shortage of murderers in Europe this year?
(Paladin enters a store, glances at a man perusing hats, then looks at him more closely.)
Man: You lookin' at me? (Paladin nods.) Well, shove your nose in some other direction, or I might mash it down for ya.
Storekeeper: (Brandishing a shotgun.) Not in here! Outside!
Man: Can't rightly decide on either one of these. I'll just keep my old one. (Heads to the door.)
Paladin: Enoch Harrison. Wanted in Plasivo for the murder of two miners last year.
Man: (Still facing door.) Who says?
Paladin: I say. (The man spins around; Paladin shoots him.)
Avatar: Ah! You attract violence, don't you?
Paladin: Ma'am, will you take that gun off me?
Avatar: You know, it's, it's really, really quite fascinating how you did that. It's very neat. You goad a man into a fight, and then you kill him in self defense. Hah! (Takes out his calipers)
Paladin: What's that for?
Avatar: Merely to satisfy myself.
Paladin: Of what?
Avatar: That you've killed an innocent man. (The storekeeper had retreated; now she comes and silently hands Paladin a Wanted poster for Enoch Harrison.)
Paladin: Thank you. Thank you very much. Now, what we came in for was trail provisions.
Jake: So you want the credit of bringing down Jake Trueblood, huh? All right, go ahead and draw. I'll give you a fair shake at it. Paladin: Jake, I didn't come here to kill you. Jake: You didn't? I don't know any other reason a man'd come up in this canyon! Hey, don't I know you? (Approaches) You look awful familiar to me. Oh, you ain't no notch collector! What are you comin' after me fer? Paladin: I brought someone to see you. That's a doctor, Jake. Doctor of sorts, he wants to make some measurements on you. Jake: Ain't nobody gonna measure me. 'Cept for a pine box. (Spits) Ain't ready for that yet.
Paladin: That stranger has no harm in him. He's a man of science. Possibly a fool. Possibly both.
Avatar mentions the James boys, the Daltons, "Cherokee Bill", Jake Trueblood, and Tom Horn, and Paladin states that, except for Jake, they are all dead. Various dates have placed this series in the mid-1870's. "Cherokee Bill" (real name, Crawford Goldsby) was hanged in 1896, while Tom Horn was hanged in 1903.
Olive Carey, who plays the storekeeper, is the mother of Harry Carey, Jr, who played in a great many television and theatrical Westerns, including many roles in this series.