Have Gun - Will Travel

The Vigil

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 9/16/61
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  • Episode Description
  • There has been a major accident in a mining camp in Nevada, shortly after the area lost the only doctor within a hundred miles. Nurse Adella Forsyth persuades Paladin, just back from a rough two-month trip, to escort her to the camp. On their way, they meet up with two prospectors who have just buried their partner--supposedly shot with an Indian arrow in the back. The nurse takes their story at face value; Paladin is not so sure.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Herb Meadow

  • Sam Rolfe

  • Johnny Western

    "Ballad of Paladin"

  • Albert Ruben

  • Howard Joslin

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A reviewer for "Variety" described this episode as boring, with a "desperate" script. Perhaps his ulcers were bothering him, or the office had run out of coffe that day. I found it an excellent, exciting beginning for the fifth season.

    By dkhenderson1, Dec 27, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Adella: Will you please tell that man that I would like to speak to him? Hey Boy: Now? Adella: Now. While he's still able to stand up. Hey Boy: No good whatever to speak with him now. Adella: Why not? Hey Boy: Just back from two months of perilous jeopardy. Without closing an eye. Ah, very tired now. So tired he can't even sleep. Adella: Not too tired to debauch himself. Hey Boy: Uh, he unwinds best in front of evil companions. Adella: If he is not too tired to indulge simultaneously in four amusements--any one of which is enough to ravage the health of an ordinary man--then he's not too tired to speak to me, now, you call him. Hey Boy: He will not do what you want. Adella: It takes money to live the way that one does. He'll talk to me. Hey Boy: I see you are wealthy perhaps. Adella: Only in bread cast upon the water. And that sometimes comes back soggy.

    • Adella: My name is Adella Ligget. (Paladin hands her a bottle so that he can extract his card) I've seen it tacked in my brother's study. A reminder of Satan's physical presence among us. My brother is a minister of the Gospel. (Paladin hastily takes back the bottle) I am a nurse. (Paladin eyes her quizzically) Well, there are some men who consider that an immoral occupation for a woman. My brother is among them.
      Paladin: Well, why come to me?
      Adella: Well, I thought... perhaps Satan wouldn't shrink from the thought of a female nurse. (Paladin bursts out laughing)
      Paladin: Where do you want Satan to take you?

    • Adella: I spent four years preparing myself. And now I find that I am not wanted. I feel like a woman who had carried a child and now was not permitted to bring it into the world. Some of us are denied the joy and privilege of motherhood. But a woman still needs to comfort, to care, to protect. In short, to be...a nurse.

    • Paladin: We'll camp here. Adella: Are you tired already? Paladin: Well, we've covered sixty miles, don't you think the horses have had enough for one day? Adella: Well, it's only another two or three hour's ride, isn't it? Paladin: "Distrust yourself, sleep before you fight. 'Tis not too late tomorrow to be brave". Adella: The world could come to an end, but a man has to have his sleep. Paladin: To a tired man, the world does come to an end, each night. Adella: If the Good Lord had entrusted men with the task of childbirth, this planet of ours would be as empty as a moon. Paladin: Miss Adella, I'm aware that a young woman of your high moral standards would much prefer to spend the night with a man on horseback. I can only assure you that, were you to rouse the bestial side of my nature, I am much too tired to do anything at all about it.

    • Paladin: Lucifer got killed at high noon. And, you're just burying him now. How come?
      Deke: Well, now, it uh, it took quite a spell for all the life juice to trickle outen him. And we didn't feel it'd be very Christian of us to--prod him along.

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    Notes (1)

    • Starting with this season, the writer & director credits are moved to the beginning of the episode from the end credits.

    Trivia (2)

    • Mary Fickett is listed as "Adella Forsyth" in the credits, but in the episode, she calls herself Adella Liggett.

    • It is not just Hey Boy that returns for the fifth season. At the beginning of the episode, they have a voice-over by Paladin after he draws his gun, which had pretty much disappeared for the fourth season. The closing credits were again shown over a scene of Paladin riding into view, then off into the distance, which is more visually interesting than the still shot they used for a good portion of the fourth season. One change for the credits; they put the scriptwriter and the director's name after the title credits, rather than at the end.

    Allusions (1)

    • "Distrust yourself, sleep before you fight. 'Tis not too late tomorrow to be brave". Paladin was quoting Dr. John Armstrong (1709-1779). The lines are from a poem, "The Art of Preserving Health" (1774).

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