Two cowboys wait for the hero to get into their Western town. Finally their "hero" shows up: actor Rance McGrew, driving his car. Rance goes into the saloon and tells the director how to film him, then takes some antacid. They prepare for the scene and Rance manages to twirl his pistol, drop it, and throw it through a mirror. Once they replace the mirror, they proceed with filming and Rance's Marshal McGrew character comes into the bar and manages to miss the bottle slid to him by the bartender. They start filming again and Rance finally gets it right. The bad guy Jesse James comes in and a shot rings out disarming him. The crew member has made the shot while Rance is struggling with the gun in his holster... and throws it through the mirror again. One new mirror later, they proceed to filming the fist fight with Rance's stunt man filling in. They then go to the death scene where Jesse James prepares to shoot Rance in the back. The actor playing Jesse says that the real-life Jesse James never shot anyone in the back. Rance insists they do it the way he wants and they start to film the scene.....Read the full recap
Larry Blyden's second appearance, the first being season one's "A Nice Place to Visit."
The original story was not humorous as in the final script's result.
Jay Overholts was also in "Where is Everybody?," "One for the Angels," "A Thing About Machines," "Twenty-Two," "The Odyssey of Flight 33," "Static" and "The Jungle."
Larry Blyden is also in "A Nice Place to Visit."
Robert Cornthwaite was also in "No Time Like the Past."
Narrator: Some one-hundred-odd years ago, a motley collection of tough mustaches galloped across the West and left behind a raft of legends and legerdemains, and it seems a reasonable conjecture that if there were any television sets up in cowboy heaven and any of these rough-and-woolly nail-eaters could see with what careless abandon their names are bandied about, they're very likely turning over in their graves. Which gives you a clue as to the proceedings that will begin in just a moment, when one Mr. Rance McGrew, a three-thousand-buck-a-week-phony-baloney discovers that this week's current edition of make-believe is being shot on location-and that location is the Twilight Zone.
Rance: There's something else I know that you don't know that you don't know that I know that you know Jesse James.
Rance: Now last, last year, we had one strip in which one of the Dalton boys went free.
Jesse: He told me about it. He also told me how you captured him. You jumped 800' off a cliff and landed on the back of his horse when he wasn't looking. Now come on, Marshal, did you ever jump 800' off a cliff and land on a man's horse.
Rance: Heights... heights make me... ill.
Jesse: That figures.
Jesse: Just like I figured, this guy couldn't outdraw a crayon.
Narrator: The evolution of the so-called 'adult' western, and the metamorphosis of one Rance McGrew, formerly phony-baloney, now upright citizen with a preoccupation with all things involving tradition, the truth and cowpoke predecessors. It's the way the cookie crumbles and the six-gun shoots... in the Twilight Zone.