In the midst of negotiating for oil rights, Redigo (Richard Egan) is called out of town---leaving Tal to handle the bargaining. Tal must deal with Hettie Burton, a troublesome businesswoman, and a hostile crew. Young Tal garret, directing his first drilling operation, faces trouble from a shrewed businesswoman and a hostile crew. Hettie Burton forces Tal to accept a three-week time limit on the well. When Tal asks for a needed extension, Hettie agrees if he will marry her granddaughter, Charlotte.
Ryan O'Neal, who plays Tal Garret on Empire, has his best role in this episode. He talks himself into a job, running a test oil-drilling operation on the property of cantankerous millionairess Hettie Burton (Cathleen Nesbitt). He has a time limit in which to bring in a producing well, which brings out both the best and worst in him. O'Neal also gets his first romance, with Carolyn Kearney as Charlotte, Miss Nesbitt's granddaughter.