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.