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Investigating crooks who are driving off homesteaders, Jim and Artie are confronted by a steam-driven juggernaut. Artie impersonates a businessman and buys the land, luring the crooks into making him their next target.
Jim and Artie ride up to a farm outside of Grey Ridge and knock at the door. The owner, Jan Jorgensen, doesn’t answer and Artie goes to the barn to check on him. Jim tries the door and discovers that it’s unlocked, and then hears Artie call out. He goes over to the barn and they realize that they’ve arrived too late. A large motorized and armored vehicle suddenly emerges from the barn and moves toward Artie, blinding him with its headlights. Jim fires at the vehicle without effect as it knocks down some crates on Artie. It then turns toward Jim and he gets out of the way and then climbs on top. It rams through the house, knocking Jim off and leaving him unconscious on the ground. ..Read the full recap
Jim and a farmer face the juggernaut.
Bock's men haul Artie off.
Bock takes Lonie hostage.
continues on its way.
The bit with Artie being injured by a falling building in the opening sequence was written in to explain why he was wearing a cast. Ross Martin had broken his leg in the preceding episode (in production order), "The Night of the Avaricious Actuary."
James: He's using you, you know that of course, don't you?
Lonie Millard: You talk that way about a man who saved your life? You ought to be grateful.
James: I am grateful. I'm grateful that he didn't shoot me.
Since Ross Martin was unable to walk during much of the episode because of his broken leg, a stand-in fills in for him during the opening sequence. The actor in question is noticeably heavier than Ross Martin.