The Rifleman

Season 4 Episode 1

The Vaqueros

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 1961 on ABC
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While Lucas and Mark are traveling across the Mexican desert they encounter a trio of Mexican bandits. They demand payment from Lucas for crossing "their" desert. Lucas refuses. In retaliation, the three slam Lucas in the throat with his rifle, strip him of all his possessions (including Mark), tie him to a tree, and leave him to die of thirst and exposure.moreless

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  • Three Mexican bandits take Mark hostage and leave Lucas to die in the desert.

    9.3
    I LOVE this episode. When I was a little girl, about seven or eight, I remember seeing this for the first time. It was on VHS tape my dad had in his movie closet. The tape had 9 episodes, and this particular episode was the 7th. Immediately, this was my favorite, and I would pull the tape out over and over again just so I could watch this one.



    The reason I watch this show, and this episode can be summed up in a few words: Father and Son relationship. Lucas was down to nothing, not even a shirt or shoes. Yet, he loved his son so much that he walked the long miles of scorching hot desert to rescue Mark. Any other man would have given up. The scene where father and son finally reunite is completely heart-wrenching. Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors made the Lucas/Mark relationship real.moreless

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