The Virginian

Season 1 Episode 4

The Big Deal

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Oct 10, 1962 on NBC
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The Big Deal
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Columbian Enrique Cuellar (Ricardo Montalban) has inherited land which was leased and used by Judge Garth. The Judge wants to renew the lease or buy the land outright. He minimizes its importance to his operations even though it contains a pass needed to drive his cattle herd between its seasonal ranges. Enrique discovers this deception and demands a large amount of money for the land. The Judge decides to drive his cattle through the land before Enrique can get a legal restraining order and in turn Enrique begins erecting a barbed wire fence to block the passage. A violent confrontation seems inevitable but is prevented by an unpredictable event involving Betsy Garth.moreless

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    Ricardo Montalban

    Ricardo Montalban

    Enrique Cuellar

    Guest Star

    Bill Zuckert

    Bill Zuckert

    Bernie

    Guest Star

    Orville Sherman

    Orville Sherman

    The Doctor

    Guest Star

    Pippa Scott

    Pippa Scott

    Molly Wood

    Recurring Role

    Brendan Dillon

    Brendan Dillon

    Mr. Bemis

    Recurring Role

    Ross Elliott

    Ross Elliott

    The Sheriff

    Recurring Role

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      • There is a scene in this episode that actually comes from Owen Wister's novel, "The Virginian", upon which the series was based. The Virginian and Ricardo Montalban's character try to find beds in the hotel but they are all taken by cowhands. The Virginian manages to con one man out of his bed by pretending to have a tendency to "come up shooting" if awakened from a nightmare. Sadly, many current airings of this episode edit that scene out.

      • Unlike many other first season episodes, the Guest Star (in this case Ricardo Montalban) is not listed in the opening credits and in fact, he is not listed anywhere in existing prints of this episode.

        Guest Star Ricardo Montalban IS in fact listed in the opening credits of this episode in the Region 4 DVD release of season 1

      • Although it features mainly the Virginian, Betsy and Judge Garth, all the regulars appear in this episode as well as semi-regulars Molly Wood (Pippa Scott), the Sheriff (Ross Elliott) and Mr. Bemis (Brendan Dillon) who works for Molly at the newspaper.

      • The title of this episode is not given in the opening credits or sequences as was characteristic of these earliest entries.

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