The Virginian

Season 4 Episode 2

Day of the Scorpion

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Sep 22, 1965 on NBC
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Day of the Scorpion
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An Australian, Adam Tercell (John Anderson), has bought a local ranch and plans to graze sheep on open range, a strategy which would destroy it as grazing land for cattle, so the locals want to negotiate an area set aside for sheep. However, Tercell's bullying son, Abel (Jon Locke), refuses and even stockwhips a local rancher (Edward Faulkner) which brings him into conflict with the Virginian. Abel tries to bullwhip the Virginian and falls and is accidentally killed when he hits his head on a rock. Adam Tercell arrives in Medicine Bow and tries to get the Virginian charged with murder but is unsuccessful and things become complicated when Tercell's daughter Reagen (Maura McGivney) begins to fall in love with the Virginian. Events continue to escalate and eventually lead to a fateful confrontation between Adam Tercell, his estranged daughter, and the local ranchers.moreless

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    Doug McClure

    Doug McClure

    Trampas

    Randy Boone

    Randy Boone

    Randy Benton

    James Drury

    James Drury

    The Virginian

    Clu Gulager

    Clu Gulager

    Deputy Sheriff Emmett Ryker

    Lee J. Cobb

    Lee J. Cobb

    Judge Henry Garth

    John Anderson (I)

    John Anderson (I)

    Adam Tercell

    Guest Star

    Maura McGiveney

    Maura McGiveney

    Reagen Tercell

    Guest Star

    John McLiam

    John McLiam

    John Pierce

    Guest Star

    Edward Faulkner

    Edward Faulkner

    Proctor

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    Harold Gould

    Harold Gould

    Lacey

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      • This episode is yet another one dealing with the relationship of local cattle ranchers to outsiders or new migrants with different economic pursuits: in this case, sheep ranchers. Episodes on a similar theme but dealing with other economic threats include mining (Season 1 episode "The Final Hour") and lumbering (Season 3 episode "Timberland"). In all such episodes there is inevitably a Romeo and Juliet relationship between a local man and one of the newcomer women.

      • Judge Garth does not appear in this episode and Trampas and Randy do not appear until later in the episode. Jennifer Sommers (Diane Roter) also does not appear -- she is listed in the opening credits but did not make her first appearance on the series until a later episode.

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