The opening credits have been changed. There is no longer a letter V flashing across the screen. Also, there are no longer clips of the actors from various episodes. Diane Roter has now been added, sharing screen credit with Randy Boone.
Matt Denning: (talking about his son's comprehension of his fruitless situation) I still don't think he understands.
Ellen Denning: Maybe he's too young to live without hope.
It is not clear whether Matt is being sent to prison for execution or for a lengthy stay as the exact sentence given by the Judge is not revealed. In other episodes, such as "Long Ride to Wind River" (season 4, episode #18), prisoners were sent to the Territorial Prison for execution, not just for incarceration. Even less clear is whether he was convicted of murder or manslaughter -- we are not given that either.
Of the regulars, only The Virginian, Trampas and Emmett Ryker appear in this episode with the last named being the featured player.
This episode marked the second series appearances of Robert Lansing, Andrew Prine and Kurt Russell. Lansing appeared earlier in the Season 2 (#11) episode "The Fatal Journey", Prine in the Season 3 episode (#18) "Hideout" and Russell was in the Season 3 (#8) episode: "A Father for Toby." Andrew Prine would return for yet another guest appearance, this time as Randy Benton's older brother, in the later Season 4 episode (#29): "A Bald-Faced Boy."