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Incident of the Power and the Plow

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 2/13/59
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  • Episode Description
  • Gil Favor gets permission from rancher Jed Reston to drive his herd over Reston's land. He discovers, however, that Reston has a bigoted attitude toward Indians, particularly a local Comanche named Taslatch who wants to be a farmer and who's paid for a mail-order plow. (Reston's recently had his son, Matt, give Taslatch 15 lashes on a trumped-up rustling charge.) Favor earns Reston's enmity by siding with Taslatch. Tensions soon escalate until violence is set to erupt between the Comanches and local townspeople and Favor must take decisive steps to intervene.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Clint Eastwood

    Rowdy Yates (1959 - 1966)

  • Paul Brinegar

    G. W. Wishbone, Cook (George Washington)

  • Sheb Wooley

    Pete Nolan, Scout

  • Steve Raines

    Jim Quince

  • Eric Fleming

    Gil Favor, Trail Boss

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Jed Reston: (to Matt Reston) Ten lashes never taught no man nothin'. Try for fifteen.

    • Gil Favor: (to townspeople cowed by powerful local rancher) A man doesn't know how big a shadow he throws until he stands up.

    Trivia (1)

    • This episode contains one of the greatest "teases" in TV westerns. Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood have fallen into the hands of Indians who are outraged that one of their tribe has recently been tied to a wagon and given 15 lashes by a local rancher. We now see Fleming and Eastwood with their wrists tied around side-by-side tree trunks. They've been stripped of their shirts and their broad, suntanned backs are well positioned to receive a merciless lashing. An Indian chief takes a whip and gives it three practice swings, its cracking sound ominously hinting at the pain soon to be inflicted on the two white men. And then, at literally the very last second, an Indian ally of Fleming and Eastwood arrives to save their skins. Fleming and Eastwood are cut free. They turn to face the camera and thus give viewers a good look at their bare chests, (Fleming has a hairy one), but this can't quite compensate for the feeling that a dramatic bit of action has been promised and then not delivered.

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