Josh Breden is a 71 year old drover who is not as efficient
as he once was. He is even easily riled, and when two
drovers challenge him to "dog"(bulldog)a bull, he does so,
much to the chagrin of Gil Favor, who then discharges him
for playing around. Josh says he quits,he won't be fired.
Gil apologizes,but Josh will have none of his apologies.
He and Mush go to the general store/post office, where Josh gets a letter from an old drover named Bigger Seaton. He gets his address and goes to the rooming house that Bigger is staying at. To his heartache, Bigger is old and senile.
The spread of land he mentioned in the letter was grazed
to dust 30 years ago---Bigger is remembering things that
happened then. Choked up, Josh can't tell the lady owner
to tell him that he paid for him to stay on.Gil gets
word that a flash flood washed out a trussel bridge and
there will be no train.Gil then decides that he'll drive
the herd over to Cooper Wells. Josh fails to land a job
with Mr.Pine counting cattle because he can't read or
write,and fails to get a job as a drover with Mr.Pox.
He challenges Gil Favor to a gunfight,but Gil won't draw.
Josh then faints.He is revived in the store and Josh
reconciles with Gil.Josh is then hired on the tote wagon.
Painful to watch,but a good episode.