Cannell would of course take guest star Fred Dryer into TV stardom the next year with Hunter, a show whose ratings bit just as bad as The Rousters' throughout its first season, but which NBC gave time to find an audience. Dryer got the role, in part, because Brandon Tartikoff liked his work here.
The episode title was the series' working title.
Music: "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," performed by Maxine Stuart
Jerry Biggs is credited as Jerry Dale Biggs, and Leo Gordon is credited as Leo V. Gordon.
This extended pilot episode is available on home video. While currently out-of-print, used copies are pretty easy to come by from places like ebay and Amazon.com.