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Con artist Joshua Gilliam, found beaten and left for dead on the trail by Major Adams, offers to teach school in return for his passage. However, he's soon up to his old tricks when he puts the moves on a spinster who's coming into a large inheritance.
Robert Horton does not appear in this episode although Flint McCullough is mentioned several times in the dialogue.
Joshua Gilliam ranks as one of the slimiest characters in show history.
Gilliam: I always insist on earning my own way wherever I go.
Freda: Isn't this a rather strange place to find a Princeton man?
Gilliam: Well, I understand you can find a Princeton man most anywhere.
Freda: (about Gilliam) I'm sure he's a teacher but what else is he?
Hawks: Charlie, you'd be happy with Death Valley if they had a saloon in the middle of it.
Wooster: By golly, I never saw a man so anxious to get to work as you.
Gilliam: Time is fleeting, Mr. Wooster. A day lost is a day lost forever.
Adams: You're pretty strong for a school teacher.
Gilliam: I believe in keeping the body as well as the mind in shape, Major.
Hawks: Why would he wanna get rid of her?
Adams: Maybe 5,000 acres of Sacramento Valley land and nobody standin' in the way except a sharp-eyed old lady.