Rowdy escorts an injured sheepman and his flock to a nearby town. However, when the town's residents think he is one of the sheepmen, Rowdy finds himself on the receiving end of the same kind of treatment he used to dish out to sheepmen.
Quince breaks his leg when the herd is spooked by a lone sheep. The drovers find a shepherd Tod Stone ahead of them with a flock of sheep who refuses to let the drovers pass. When they try to go around him, he outsmarts them causing Rowdy and Collins to try to stampeded the sheep. They scatter but the sheep dog quickly rounds them up while Stone decides to stampede the cattle. When Favor along with Rowdy and Collins go to apologize, Stone is stabbed in the back by his own knife when he falls on it a fight with Rowdy. Favor assigns Rowdy to travel with the injured shepherd to his destination 60 miles away. On the way Rowdy accompanies the man to a town to see a doctor. In the saloon Rowdy is taken for a shepherd, beaten up, and jailed for his own protection. After paying Rowdy's bail, Stone sees the local vet who treats him and gives Rowdy some herbs to boil to help fight the infection. After Rowdy leaves Stone at his destination, he returns to the herd to find anthrax is in the area ...Written by
The Gil Favor cattle drive runs into the thing all cowboys hate, sheep and the
shepherds who guide them. The Shepherd in this case is Richard Basehart who
feels just about the same about steers and drovers.
But he gets into an accident falling on his own knife in a fight with Clint Eastwood
and Eric Fleming not wanting to be responsible for anything has Paul Brinegar
patch him up and it's Rowdy Yates's job to escort to a real doctor and to his
sheepherding clan headed by Will Wright.
After Eastwood is roughed up and jailed for being a sheepherder and he sees
the family and what they've had to endure with cattle interests, Rowdy Yates
has some attitudes soften. The two sides have to talk to settle their differences
as they all of a sudden face a common foe.
It's a good episode mostly for both Richard Basehart and future big screen
legend Clint Eastwood.
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