Lawman (1958)

Season 4 Episode 38

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jun 03, 1962 on ABC
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Jess Billings killed an elderly couple, the Murdochs, after they went back on their promise to sell him some land. Jess had been planning to marry one of Lily's saloon girls, Bobbie Desmond. During the investigation, Doc Shea tells Dan that Jess had taken a severe beating from Sam Brackett, who was also interested in Bobbie, causing head injuries. Doc says that Jess may not have been aware of what he was doing. Sam doesn't care and rounds up a lynch mob to hunt Jess down. Now, Dan and Johnny have to find Jess before the mob does.moreless

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  • Jess Billings killed the Murdochs after they went back on their promise to give him some land. Doc Shea says that head injuries Jess suffered at the hands of Sam Brackett may have something to do with it. Dan and Johnny have to find him.moreless

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    Now, this was an inventive episode. Jess suffered head injuries in a previous fight with Sam over saloon girl Bobbie. Jess was planning to marry Bobbie, and settle down on land the Murdochs were going to give him. When the Murdochs went back on their promise, Jess went nuts. Mr. Murdoch tried whipping him, but instead of hurting, it seemed to have just made him madder. Jess then grabbed a shotgun and killed both. Dan, Johnny, and Lily all knew Jess was not a fighter or a killer. Doc said that the brain injuries could cause Jess to do things he wouldn't normally do, and that he may not have been aware of what he was doing. Dan sent Johnny out to look for Jess before the lynch mob could get to him. Meanwhile, he and Lily tried to get the information from Bobbie as to where he was. It was weird to see Denver Pyle as a bad guy, because on the Dukes of Hazzard he was always good 'ol Uncle Jesse. Johnny made clever use of the hound dog to find Jess. Dan joins him with Bobbie, and they took him into custody. Johnny makes a clever decision to decoy the mob, while Dan escapes with Jess to a nearby town. Jess' injuries get the better of him, and he goes after Sam. The gunfight ensues, and they kill each other. It was a great episode with good use of the stars and guest stars.moreless
Miranda Jones

Miranda Jones

Bobbie Desmond

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Denver Pyle

Denver Pyle

Sam Brackett

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John Qualen

John Qualen

Doc Shay

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