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Robert Harrison Clarke, a British journalist, decides that traveling with the wagon train would be a good place for him to learn about the wild west. However, his carelessness and naivete lead to a showdown with a dangerous Native American chief.
Henry Silva, who usually plays heavies, appears in a sympathetic role in this episode.
In this episode there's a nearly ten minute prologue before the opening credits roll.
Clarke: (to Hale) Why don't you Americans go down to the market and shoot cows? I'm sure you'd find it quite as thrilling.
Hawks: You an Oxford man?
Coop: Well, I had it in mind once but I got tangled up with a wagon train run by a man named Hale.
Bouchette: If a man gets spooky ever time a Kiowa gets itchy he'd never have time to make a dollar.
Clarke: These are the government surveyors?
Bouchette: They didn't hire us for our looks.
Jeterman: I'd hate to lose you, Sergeant.
Gault: Wouldn't want that myself.
Jamie: Sarge, I ain't never seen a hostile.
Gault: Don't you fret, son. You're gonna see a whole flock of 'em before long.
Clarke: I judge by my own personal experiences, Mr. Hale.
Hale: You just go ahead and have your personal experiences. You might even live through 'em.
Jamie: (after the patrol is wiped out) What are we gonna do now, Sarge? What are we gonna do?
Gault: We're gonna find us a hole and crawl in it.
Clarke: We're going to die here, aren't we?
Hale: We all have to die someplace.