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
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.
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.
Paladin: Well, there's a town about fifty miles on ahead, I can report there on the grave, and they can send somebody after you.
Deke: Send somebody back after us. Well, whatever for? I mean, uh, we ain't done nothing wrong, have we, outside out own Christian duty of coverin' up our brother's blood so it won't cry out from the ground?
Reamer: Mister. What gives you the right to stand in judgement on us?
Paladin: Now look, son. It is of no private interest to me whether or not that man has an arrow in his back. But I do have some responsibility as a citizen.
Reamer: Anybody accuses me of murdering my best friend's gonna have to be man enough to stand up and answer for it!
Paladin: Well, for a bereaved man, you're mighty anxious to start a fight.
Adella: In Heaven's name, Paladin, have you no regard for their feelings?
Paladin: If I have wronged you, I apologize. If I have not, I hope they hang you.
(Reamer has jumped Paladin from behind with a knife, prompting Paladin to spin and shoot him in the arm)
Adella: Is that your idea of "those who live by the sword"? An unarmed boy?
Paladin: Well, he was not exactly unarmed. Besides, I assume that any man who attacks me from the rear is trying to kill me.
Deke: Now, Ma'am, you can't hardly blame him for that. I reckon a suspicious soul is always thinking evil thoughts about his fellow man, well now, he'd just better be handy with an iron. Outa sheer self preservation. I remember a grave I saw back in Arkansas once. Had a lovely motto carved on it, some foreign tongue. Translated as "Evil to him what evil thinks".
Adella: I'm glad you're not a better shot. At least the bone isn't broken.
Paladin: I hit him where I intended to.
Adella: Is it really impossible for a man to feel like a man without a weapon in his hand?
Deke: Now, Ma'am, don't go running down a man's skill with a iron, he's liable to get so nervous he'd shoot his own foot off next.
Paladin: Don't count on it.
Deke: I don't count on nothing except my fingers. 'Less I was to count to twenty. Then I take my shoes off.
Paladin: All right. Which way?
Adella: You think I should turn back, don't you? Stop imposing my help where it isn't wanted?
Paladin: Goldfield still without a doctor? (Adella nods) "Tis not too late tomorrow, to be brave".
Starting with this season, the writer & director credits are moved to the beginning of the episode from the end credits.
"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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