Paladin claims that bandits stole his saddle and canteen, leaving him to travel the desert two days without water. It seems clear that this was a ploy to gain entrance to the house--after all, why would bandits only take the saddle? Why not the horse, Paladin's weapons, Paladin's life....?
(goof) When Carlos holds a knife on Paladin, in the shots facing Carlos the knife point is at Paladin's neck but in the shots facing Paladin it is at his chin.
An interesting point: Paladin has not been summoned to North Fork, nor is he simply passing by on his way to or from a job. To put it baldly, he is fleeing the wrath of the outraged guardian of a young lady with whom he has apparently been having an affair. (Although the lady seems confident of persuading said guardian that it was purely platonic.)
(nitpick) When Paladin knocks Jud Polk through a door near the end of the episode, you can see that the pins were removed from the hinges. Had he really been knocked through, the entire hinge (pins and all) would remain with either the door or the frame (wood being softer than metal).
We learn that Paladin spends $2000 a year...just on cigars.
The use of stock footage causes a small continuity error. While en route to the farm, Paladin is seen wearing his narrow white tie, with his shirt buttoned completely up. When he comes walking up alongside the house, the tie is nowhere to be seen, and the shirt is open at the throat.
Columbia House's Volume 1 VHS release contains an error in its liner notes for this episode. It claims that Kam Tong's character of Hey Boy is named Kim Chang and that it is also the name of Tong's character from the series "Mr. Garlund." Hey Boy's name was Kim Chan and Tong's character on "Mr. Garlund" was called Kam Chang.
When Paladin orders a drink at the saloon, part of his change is a counterfeit dollar. Webber tries to shrug it off, but Paladin demands--and gets--the genuine article. He then proceeds to walk away--leaving all of his change lying on the counter.
There is no record of when either episode was produced, but it seems a reasonable assumption that this one was made after Hey Boy's Revenge. Hey Boy shows no surprise that Mr. Paladin would track down robbers. Also, in agreeing to do so, Paladin openly states that he has a "job". Previously Hey Boy thought that he sold insurance or some such.
For the first time in the series, we hear a voice-over narration by Paladin, explaining that it took him three days to reach Big Pine--which consists solely of the boarding house.
(goof) As they show Paladin riding in, he is wearing a white tie. A moment later when they shown him arriving, he no longer has the tie on.
(goof) When Paladin is sitting on the ground he reaches for his hat and picks it up. Then it switches to a closer shot and he again reaches for and picks up his hat.
(nitpick) At the beginning of the episode, Paladin stops two thugs from assaulting a lady and throws them into the street. When the two thugs are shown standing in the dirt road, you can clearly see tire tracks in the dust beside them.
We learn that one of Paladin's heroes is the Roman Emperor Hadrian--well known for the fortifications he had built to help keep the peace and prosperity of his regions.
(SPOILER) Westrope asks Paladin why his nephew Gordon Dawes should have assisted Catherine's fraud, given that Dawes would be his sole heir if his daughter-in-law was not found. Paladin simply states that Dawes is trying to palm Catherine off on Westrope as his daughter-in-law--which does not answer Westrope's question. Presumably Dawes plans to marry Catherine, but this is not brought out, and if he'd succeeded in killing Isobel, he could marry whom he pleased. Note that the whole plot seemed to have been arranged before Paladin got involved.
(Continuity error) When Paladin borrows a horse to ride into town, we see him on what looks like (in black and white) a brown horse with a black tail. When he returns, he is riding an all-black horse.
(Nitpick) Gorman claims later to have shot the scaloppine after one taste, but the pan that Paladin picks up is empty, and, in fact, looks clean.
(goof) When Rod and Paladin confront Pete, Rod says that he's going to see "Peg" in what is clearly a dubover voice.
Two "firsts" for this series. We learn that Paladin speaks Chinese, at least enough to communicate with Hey Boy. We also find him, rather scandalously, entertaining a young woman in his suite (although he promptly escorts her out for a evening at the Barbary Coast, leaving the rest of their activities to the viewer's imagination).
(goof) After Paladin comes busting out of the barn with the wagon, there's a blanket in the back of the wagon. In the next shot he's got a different wagon and there's a box where the blanket is supposed to be. In the next shot, he's back to the first wagon with the blanket in the back.
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Classics, bloody and violent, characters with double lives, failed crime, for the nostalgic