In a California port town, a cloaked man goes to a ship's chandler store owned by R.L. Gilbert. He tries the door and Gilbert tells him that he's closed for the night. The cloaked man smashes his fist through the door and throws back the bolt. Gilbert doesn't recognize him at first, given the steel plate that covers part of his face, but finally realizes that he's Colonel Torres, and is surprised that he recovered. Torres explains that he's now a superior man, steel and wire running through his body, but blames Gilbert and others in their squad for his painful journey. Torres wants the chandler's life. The shop owner grabs a pike and demands to know what he's done, and Torres says that he's killed five members of the squad in the last year and Gilbert will be the sixth. Gilbert reveals that he sent a message to his niece warning her that he might be next, before he tries to stab Torres. Torres easily snaps the pike, grabs Gilbert, and strangles him...Read the full recap
This episode features the first of what will be seven appearances by Roy Engel as President Ulysses S. Grant (replacing James Gregory who played the part in the first episode).
There are a few medical conditions (allergies, for example) that make conventional anesthetics more dangerous. Attempts have been made to use hypnosis to disconnect surgical patients from pain. So far, no one has succeeded to any great degree.
R.L. Gilbert: You did recover.
Torres: No pity, Colonel. Not for me. I am now a superior man. There is steel in my skull, layers of metal protecting my heart. My hands are made of steel. My sinews are wire. It is a bit difficult to look me in the face without flinching, but all in all, you have made of me a man far superior than I was.
Artemus: Why do we always end up working on holidays?
James: I'll look it up in the manual.
Saloon Girl: Have you gentlemen everything you wish?
James: Everything's fine, thank you.
Artemus: Would you mind talking for yourself
James: (seeing Nina as saloon girl) Well, at least she's still alive.
Artemus: Alive is an understatement.
Lopez: You will walk upstairs.
Artemus: I'm sorry, my Great Aunt Maude told me never to go off with strangers.
Lopez: I don't like jokes. You'll move now or I'll shoot you six times.
Artemus: That's introduction enough.
Torres: I... find myself in the position of the knights of old in armor. Rule #1: stay away from water more than head deep. Rule #2: in my case, to avoid a rope around the neck at all costs. The indignity would be far more painful than the hanging.
James: Take my hand, Torres.
Torres: I would have liked to. At another time...