Season 4 Episode 4

The Colorado Cattle Caper

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1974 on NBC
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The Colorado Cattle Caper
On escort duty in Colorado, McCloud runs into a cattle-rustling ring providing meat for Eastern markets.

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Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver

Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud, Taos, New Mexico

Terry Carter

Terry Carter

Sergeant Joe Broadhurst

J.D. Cannon

J.D. Cannon

Peter B. Clifford, Chief of Detectives, City of New York

Claude Akins

Claude Akins

Sheriff Floyd Bevins

Guest Star

John Denver

John Denver

Deputy Dewey Cobb

Guest Star

Ed Ames

Ed Ames

Abel Hollister

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • I guess he'd rather be in Colorado
      I guess he'd rather work
      Out where the only thing you earn is what you spend...

      -Sung by Deputy Cobb

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Sheriff Bevins, addressing the electorate, takes full credit for capturing the rustlers, but also thanks "my good friends Chief... Peter B. Crawford and Sergeant... Joe Schultz.")
      McCloud: He sure has a way with words, doesn't he?
      Deputy Cobb: There ya go.
      McCloud: Faaaaarrrrr out!

    • (McCloud is lighting matches under the refrigeration unit's thermometer to set off an alarm.)
      Deputy Cobb: Ya know, there's a good part to this plan and a bad part. The warmer it gets in here, the harder that unit works. We're gonna freeze to death in record time.
      McCloud: There's a drawback to everythin', Dewey.
      (The plan works.)
      Deputy Cobb: Far out!
      McCloud: There ya go.

    • (McCloud and Deputy Cobb are locked in the refrigeration unit of the meat packing plant.)
      Deputy Cobb: Man, what a place to expire!

    • (McCloud, Sgt. Broadhurst and Chief Clifford have all been arrested, one after another.)
      Sheriff Bevins: It's no wonder I don't have time to catch rustlers! I'm too busy arrestin' smartalecky New Yorkers!
      Sgt. Broadhurst: He's partly right, Chief.
      (Chief Clifford's only reply is a withering look.)

    • (The Corral Bar.)
      Chief Clifford: (Entering, aside to Sgt. Broadhurst.) Surrounded by McClouds!

    • (The Corral Bar.)
      McCloud: Bottoms up!
      Luann: Oh, promises, promises! (General laughter.)

    • (Luann and Gloria Jean knock on the door of McCloud's and Deputy Cobb's motel room.)
      Luann: (Proffering a bottle of champagne.) Would you pop my cork?
      McCloud: I'll pop it after I see Hollister.
      Luann: Aw, he's not available right now. He'll see you later. He told us to occupy you as best we could.

    • (The Corral Bar.)
      Luann: You always this shy, cowboy?
      McCloud: (Undercover as a rich rustler.) Only when I'm packin' a full load. (He lays a pile of money on the table.)

    • McCloud: (To a rustler, furiously.) I'm gonna make you famous! They'll be talkin' about you for years to come! You're gonna be the first man hung in this century for stealin' cows!

    • McCloud: (To Deputy Cobb) Ya know, when the hound is chasin' the rabbits, the fox has the run o' the woods!

    • (A collect call.)
      Chief Clifford: Where are you?
      McCloud: I'm in jail.
      Chief Clifford: (Relieved.) Oh, you're conferring with the local authorites.
      McCloud: Not exactly.
      Chief Clifford: You mean you've been arrested.
      McCloud: There ya go.

    • (McCloud's assignment is to extradite Lester Neal, who has killed an unarmed Agriculture Inspector working with the marshal.)
      Chief Clifford: McCloud, I know how important this is to you-so I'm not going to give you my usual lecture on your responsibility to this department.
      McCloud: 'Preciate that, Chief.

    • (After riding the range on horseback in pursuit of the rustlers.)
      Chief Clifford: Well, McCloud, I'm finally beginning to understand why you're the way you are. Enough of this would make anyone... funny.

    • (Lester Neal has a pistol under his shirt, rigged to go off when he puts his hands up.)
      Deputy Knowles: Now how'd you know he was outfitted like that?
      Deputy Cobb: It pays to read the wanted bulletins all the way through. (Examining the rig.) Faarrr out!

    • Carlo Banducci: Hey, you can't just go pokin' around here without a search warrant!
      McCloud: (Producing one.) There ya go.

    • McCloud: You sent for me, Chief?
      Chief Clifford: I think we've found a use for you here in the concrete canyons of Manhattan.
      McCloud: What's that?
      Chief Clifford: (Barely suppressing a horselaugh.) Cattle rustling!

  • NOTES (1)