The Outcast Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #01, Episode #17
Bonanza is one of NBC’s longest-running Western television series, airing from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Thomas Thompson wrote its seventeenth episode, The Outcast, which appeared on-screen on January 9, 1960. Edward C. Platt and Mark Allen appeared in it, playing the roles of Harvey Bufford and Garth.
After hanging her father and brother for murder, the people of Virginia City turn against her. With nowhere and no one else to depend on, Leta kept close to the only person who could show her kindness: Clay Renton (Jack Lord), a former outlaw.
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Aside from the main cast, the seventeenth episode of Bonanza, The Outcast, featured a few of the show’s recurring and guest cast members.
Here is the list of the episode’s characters:
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Jack Lord as Clay Renton
- Susan Oliver as Leta Malvet
- Edward Platt as Harvey Buford
- Irene Tedrow as Mrs. Buford
- Robert P. Lieb as Spence (as Robert Lieb)
- Roy Engel as Dr. Paul Martin
- Joel Ashley as Boyd
- Mark Allen as Garth
- Sam Bagley as Townsman (uncredited)
- Bill Borzage as Townsman (uncredited)
- George Ford as Townsman (uncredited)
- William Meader as Townsman (uncredited)
- Rex Moore as Townsman (uncredited)
- Chalky Williams as Townsman (uncredited)
Full Story Line of The Outcast
The townspeople of Virginia City shun Leta Malvet because of her father and brother’s criminal acts. The mob accused them of robbing the stagecoach of the Ponderosa payroll, eventually hanging them as a verdict.
Ben Cartwright takes the agitated Leta to rest at the Ponderosa, following the doctor’s advice. Leta’s lover, Clay Renton, goes to the Ponderosa to check on her, much to the discomfort of Ben and Adam. While Adam expresses his concerns to Ben about Clay’s visit considering his criminal history, Hoss remains silent.
Leta admires a pair of boots while selling eggs to Harvey Bufford, the general store owner. Harvey insists she takes the shoes, even putting them into her basket. However, Harvey’s price meant Leta’s feminine favors, which outrages her, causing her to push him away. Clay arrives at the shop after witnessing the aftermath of their argument and warns Harvey to stay away from Leta. Harvey’s wife enters the scene, and he coldly implicates Leta of attempting to steal the boots. On the other hand, his wife speaks, “I saw everything.”
Meanwhile, the Cartwrights have devised new and innovative methods of transporting miners’ payroll throughout the Ponderosa ranch to prevent robbery. Hoss and Little Joe ride to the ranch house with a wagon load of wood, keeping the payroll hidden beneath the wood. However, they unintentionally reveal their secret to Clay, who sees them unload the payroll with his pair of binoculars.
Clay appears to be a member of a group that aims to steal the payroll. However, their leader, Spence, hesitates to pursue the robbery just yet. Clay tries to convince Spence, stating the job can push through once he buys new horses from the money he’ll rob from Bufford’s shop. The conflict escalates, ending with Clay shooting Spence to his death and him leading the gang.
At the Ponderosa, Hoss brings a sack of chicken feed to Leta. As requested, Hoss waits as Leta prepares to show him a surprise. The surprise was Leta’s handmade wedding gown. However, Hoss becomes pessimistic upon learning about Leta’s desire to marry Clay. On the other hand, Leta remains hopeful about starting a better life with Clay.
Leta brings her handmade bridal gown to town to compete at the annual bazaar’s dress contest. Mrs. Bufford, the chief judge, turns away Leta, telling her that she is far too late.
Meanwhile, Clay and his gang break into Bufford’s store, opening the safe, only to discover fifty dollars inside. Bufford sees his opened safe while searching for his wife’s parasol in his store. Clay faces him, pistol-whipping him multiple times before fleeing with his gang.
While Ben and Hoss delivered the miners’ payroll, Adam and Little Joe went to enjoy the town bazaar. Ben spots an injured Harvey walking out of his store. A crowd rushes to help him, and as he gasps Clay Renton’s name, he succumbs to his death. Ben vows to find Clay before the town organizes another lynch mob.
Ben meets the other Cartwrights at the Ponderosa after sending Hoss to find the rest of his brothers. Three outlaws were heading toward the lake, so Ben asked his boys to go after them as he headed alone to Leta’s place. Clay appears as expected but hides in Leta’s bedroom as Ben persuades her to bring Clay to justice. Leta expressed her concern for Clay’s safety, but Ben told her he would do everything to ensure Clay received a fair trial.
Upon his departure, Ben finds Clay’s horse behind Leta’s house. Meanwhile, Adam appears to deliver news about the outlaws. Ben tries to convince Leta to leave the house, but Clay intends to take Leta out the back door and flee. Unfortunately, the situation only worsened when the angry mob arrived.
Leta grabs her rifle and orders Clay to put down his gun as he explains his escape plans. Instead of complying, Clay hides his gun and compliments Leta on how she negotiated with Ben, believing she’s siding with him. Leta follows Clay outside, aiming her rifle at him. Ben assures the crowd that he will handle the situation. Leta catches Clay off guard when she informs Ben to inspect his boot for the gun. When Clay realizes the game is over, he reaches for Leta’s rifle, but a quicker Ben shoots him, causing him to drop to the ground.
Mrs. Bufford apologizes after seeing Leta’s true colors for the first time.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Outcast
Hyah! Keep out of this, Cartwright! We don't need you! Stop her somebody! Don't let her see this! Why? In the name of decency, Mrs. Buford, why? Decency? That girl's as guilty as her father and her brother were. Well, how is she? She's resting. She's in deep shock. I believe I could have made that diagnosis. Now don't take your moral indignity out on me, Ben. I don't mean to, Paul. It's just when I think of people like that Mrs. Buford... One of the so-called leaders of our town... Give her these. One every four hours. The only thing else I can prescribe for her is time. How about prescribing a little kindness and affection? About the kindest thing that could happen to Leta Malvet is for her to get out of Virginia City as soon as possible. Give the people a chance to forget about the two men her father and brother murdered. But when she leaves, she ought to go of her own free will, not because somebody threw rocks at her and drove her out. You may be right, Ben. Good-bye. Whoa, boy. What's the matter with you, Little Joe? You trying to scare this horse half to death just when I get him tamed down? Yeah, cut out the infernal shooting. I was just practicing, older brother. Well, put it back in your holster before I have to take it away from you and keep it until you grow up. Well, you think you can? Now what's all this racket? Little Joe, next time you pull a stunt like that, I'm going to put you up on that little sorrel. Your baby son here is playing at stage robber. Well, quiet down, the lot of you. That girl in there needs her rest. Now, look, Pa, if we're gonna start guarding those mine payroll shipments, we... And keep quiet about that, too. Well, who's going to hear me out here? Now never mind who's... I can't say you're welcome on the Ponderosa, Renton. I figured I wouldn't be. Then why are you here? To ask about Leta, that's all. I'll tell her you asked about her. I'd sure like to see her, Mr. Cartwright. I don't think that would be best. I appreciate what you done for her, Mr. Cartwright. I... I just stopped by to say thanks and see how she was, that's all. Pa. Can't do no harm, it might do some good. Come on then. Take his horse. Clay, I needed you. I tried to find you. I come as soon as I could get here, Leta. I've been working at a ranch over at Washoe. What am I gonna do, Clay? I want to go away from Virginia City. Running away is not going to help anything. I found that out. But the talk, Clay. Facing them every day. Long as you know the talk is lies, it can't hurt you, Leta. First thing you got to do is forget the talk. Ain't that right, Mr. Cartwright? Well, the, uh... the doctor did say she needed a lot of rest. Sure. I'll be around any time you need me, Leta. You know that. Now, you get a lot of rest just like the doctor said. Good to see you, Joe. You and me used to have a lot of good times together, huh? Yeah, we did. Thanks. Thanks, all of you. Well, that's all we need... Somebody like Clay Renton snooping around. I don't think he's snooping around, Adam. I think he meant what he said. You know, he's just a little bit older than I am, and he's already got two prison terms behind him. Yes, and about eight or ten more ahead of him, more than likely. Pa, don't you think maybe you ought to talk to her about him? Son, there's one thing that a man can't do, and that's tell a woman who to love and who not to love. Yeah, I reckon not. You boys have nothing to do? Yeah, come on, Little Joe. Well, what's on your mind? The girl. She's been here three days now. What are you going to do about her? What do you want me to do, throw her out while that mob in Virginia City is still in a lynching mood? We have an obligation to ourselves, too. Such as? Guarding the payroll shipments. Whether we like it or not, the only associates Leta's ever had in her life have been outlaws. Now I just don't like the idea of somebody like Clay Renton hanging around the Ponderosa. I suppose you're right. Why don't you do something for a change and rustle me up something to eat, huh? Who took care of you before I was around? Where do you think you've been? If I thought it was any of your business, I'd tell ya. I warned you for the last time, Clay... I'm running this shebang... All the way. Yeah, you're running it just fine. You have us hold up an empty stage, Malvet and his boy kill a guard and a driver and get hung for it. What'd we get out of that job, Spence? It's been a long time since we picked up any money, boss. We came here to get a slice of that mine payroll money. I don't care if it takes six months... We ain't gonna go off half-cocked and get our necks stretched like Malvet and the boy did. They ain't carrying that payroll on the stages anymore, but they're still getting it through. You got no idea how they're doing it, huh? I suppose you have? If I was running this outfit, I'd find out. Well, you ain't running it! I kind of go along with your thinking, kid. But you ought to have better sense then try to outdraw Spence. Thanks for taking care of my chickens, Hoss. Oh, that's all right, ma'am. I plumb enjoyed it. Me and them chickens got to calling each other by first names. Oh, I almost forgot. I sold some of your eggs to Mr. Buford, and here's the money. Now, there ain't no cause for that. Nobody's ever been as good to me as you folks have. Well, we... we better get this little lady home. Good-bye, Miss Leta. It's best to be home. Oh, I don't mean I don't appreciate all of the... Oh, I understand, Leta. I'll go in with you, see that everything is all right. Oh, no. I mean, I left it so quick and all... I guess it looks pretty awful, don't it? Leta, you do believe that I want to help you every way I can, don't you? You and the boys think maybe I ought go away from here, don't you? I think it would be best. Mr. Cartwright, I haven't got anyplace to go. Do you have any plans then? Well, I've got my chickens. Mr. Buford buys all my eggs. I can make a living. I've been doing it for three years now. And I never took a penny of the money my dad and brother stole. You got to believe that, Mr. Cartwright. Oh, I do believe you, Leta, but you know, there are some folks that won't. Well, then I'll... I'll make 'em believe it. I'll stand up and face 'em, and make 'em know it's true. Well, if that's what you think is best for you to do, Leta, I'll do everything I can to help you. It's what I have to do, Mr. Cartwright. Clay was right. Running away won't do any good. Welcome home, Leta. Clay, what are you doing here? Who's got a better right? What's the matter? A week with those high and mighty Cartwrights make you too good for me? It's not that, Clay. What is it? It's just that... that you take me for granted. Take you for granted? You think I thought of anything but you every day of those three years I was in jail? I'm sorry, Clay. Let's not talk about it now. Let's just remember that it's over now, and we can get a fresh start on things. You bet we will. We'll have lots of good times together, too. It's-It's more than that, Clay. It's-It's having people look up to you and it's walking down the street knowing that nobody's talking about you behind your back. Wait a minute. What did those Cartwrights do to you, anyway? They treated me like a lady. Well, honey, ain't you one? Come here. It's been a long time, Leta. Don't let those Cartwrights give you any fancy ideas. They ain't like us. They treated me good. But I'm your kind. And don't you ever forget it. I told them we wouldn't pay a penny more than $25 for all the decorations. You always were a sharp trader, Harvey. I buy eggs from her. Fresh eggs are hard to come by. You get them where you can. Well, I guess everything is in order, then, Harvey. Be the best bazaar we ever had. No doubt about it. My wife has worked day and night. I'll see you later. Bye-bye, Boyd. Well, Leta, so you brought me some more eggs. There's six dozen there. You can count them. Well, now, I... I could take your word for it. I wouldn't have to count them. They'd look awful pretty on you, Leta. I never seen any that pretty before. And just your size, too. If you're finished counting them, I'll take my pay for the eggs now. You ought to have these shoes, Leta. I can't afford them. If you'll give me the pay, Mr. Buford. You can afford them, Leta. You got a pair of shoes, Leta. I told you I couldn't afford them. I just want to be nice and friendly. I could come out to your cabin of an evening once in a while. And-and pick up the eggs. Oh! She came at me like a tiger. I caught her trying to steal. These! You dirty liar. Stop it. Honey, they tried to rob me. I saw it all. She's a thief, just like the rest of her family. Take me home, Clay. Please take me home. Come on. We gonna just let them go? You got your shoes back, didn't you? Honey, it's like I told you, she tried to rob me. I said I saw it all, didn't I? Anybody interested in a $50,000 load of fire wood? I'd be interested in your keeping quiet about it. Any trouble? Not a bit. No. Well, there's apt to be if those outlaws are still around and they find out how we're getting the payroll across the Ponderosa. Now we got to figure out something different for next week. Listen, Adam. Little Joe had a real good idea. Here's what we're going to do. He's gonna put on a beard, see? Then we're going to get in the covered wagon and come out here like we're looking for land. Yeah, see, then we put him in a real nice bonnet and a print dress. Mm-hmm. How did I ever get tangled up with you two? You're just plain lucky, older brother. Well, there it is. $50,000 in cold minted cash. What I could do with that at the big charity bazaar next week. Well, now, I wouldn't worry about it too much, 'cause you're not going to be at the charity bazaar. Yeah? Why not? You'll be right here on one of these payroll wagons. You get in trouble there, it'll be constructive trouble. You get in trouble in town, it'll be just plain trouble. Hey, Pa, Adam says I can't go to the bazaar. That's right, son. But neither can Adam. He's going to be riding the wagon right alongside you. Oh, now, Pa. Hoss and I will represent the Cartwright family at the bazaar. I'm trustworthy. All right, come on. Let's unload the wagon. Why? Why don't you listen to me? 'Cause I don't like it. It wouldn't hurt to listen, Spence. We can't be no worse off than we are now. All right, so you found out how it's done. What are you going to do about it? What's the matter, Spence? You gone yellow? I've gone smart. I'm going to wait for the right time. These nags of ours ain't had a bait of oats in a month. What are you gonna do, get these horses of ours ready by next Wednesday? I'm gonna buy fresh horses. With what? Money. Money. Out of the safe in Harvey Buford's store. With half of Virginia City looking over your shoulder? They won't be. I take time to think things out. Now, listen. There's a bazaar starting up in a couple of days. Every thing shuts down except the saloons. Nah. Be good to have some money to go on, Spence. No! Why? Because you didn't think of it? Because I don't want no part of a cheap two-bit hold up. I came here after big money and that's what I'm gonna get. I told you before, boy. You think too small. You been living on egg money too long. We're gonna do things my way this time, Spence. What's the little boy trying to do? Grow up to man size? He ain't trying. He just did. Clay, it's getting dark out. It's time to wake up. I'm awake. Come here. I guess I just don't know how to say this right, Leta. But there, in Buford's store, when he accused you, I knew it then. I can't stand to see you face it alone anymore. I can't stand to be alone. I love you, Leta. I love you and I need you. Oh, Clay. Oh. I waited so long to hear somebody say that. I know folks around here are going to talk against me, but... But if I knew you was waiting, I... Oh, I will, Clay. I promise you, I will. I can go away for a while and get a little money ahead... Oh, that isn't important, Clay. Yes, it is, honey. It's important to a man. A man likes to feel like he's taking care of his wife. I'll get it. Of course you will. I hope you won't change your mind, Leta. Like if those Cartwrights start talking against me. They don't like me coming out here to see you. But I do, Clay. That's all that matters. Anybody home? Hoss! Hello! Hi, Miss Leta. I just brung that chicken feed into town for you. Sure big things doing in Virginia City today. Getting ready for that bazaar meeting. Got the streets all decorated and the booths all set up. Say, Miss Leta, you-you sure do look pretty, ma'am. Oh, do you like it? I made it myself. Sure enough? Well it's-it's mighty pretty, ma'am. It's the first time I ever tried. Really? Listen, you keep that up, and you're liable to take first place at that dress making contest at the bazaar one of these days. Oh, Hoss. Do you think so? Do you really think so? Well, ma'am, like you said, it is your first one. And I reckon... I reckon it takes a lot of practice to really sew good. Hoss, when I was sick... when I was over at your house... you said that I could talk to you any time, tell you anything I wanted to. Yes, ma'am, and I meant it, too. Well, I want to show you something. I have to tell you. It's in here. Sit down, Hoss. Yes'm. Now, close your eyes. Yes'm. Ah-ah-ah! Now. Hey. That's a wedding dress, ain't it, Miss Leta? Yes, it's a wedding dress. I made it all myself. It's my wedding dress! You made it for your hope chest. I heard about gals making stuff for their hope chest. It sure is pretty, Miss Leta. I'm going to enter it in the contest, Hoss. And I'm going to be married in it, in the best church in Virginia City, and I'm going to walk down the main street of that town and let everybody look at me and I'll be so proud and everybody will say, "There goes Mrs. Clay Renton." You and Clay Renton? He asked me, Hoss. I wasn't supposed to say nothing, but I been just bursting inside with wanting to tell somebody about it. Clay's gonna get a job. A real fine job. Yes'm. It ain't like I hadn't known him for a long time. No, no. I know he's had trouble, but then, so have I. I want to start all over again and so does Clay. Don't you see that's what makes it so good, Hoss? Yes'm. I reckon I do. Ain't you gonna wish me happiness, Hoss? Yes'm, Miss Leta. I wish you all the happiness in the world. You and Clay both. Bye, Miss Leta. ♪ Da dee dee-dee-dee dee ♪ ♪ Da dum dee ♪ ♪ Oh, da-da dum. ♪ Well, good-bye, Mr. Boyd. Come again. Oh, Mr. Cartwright? Yoo-hoo, Mr. Cartwright, over here. Over here. Hello, Mrs. Buford. Looks like your bazaar is going to be a great success. Well, I've worked very hard at it. I'm sure you have. Nice to see you. Oh, Mr. Cartwright, I want to thank you for your generous contribution. Oh, not at all. Not at all. Good cause. Oh, and, Mr. Cartwright... I was wondering if you would, uh... If I would judge the dress making contest again this year? No, Mrs. Buford, never, never again. You ladies take this way too serious for me. But thank you very much for asking. Much obliged. Good-bye. Good-bye, ma'am. Let's get over to the Last Dollar, see what the boys are up to, huh? Pa, don't you think it's a little bit early to start celebrating? Early? What, for a couple of young bucks like us? What's the matter? $50? A lousy $50. There should be more. I thought there'd be more. You thought. We risk getting our necks stretched for $50. Take it easy. I'll figure out something. Harvey, Harvey, don't tell me you're going to open up today? Oh, I have to get something for my wife. Boyd, it's been sort of up to you and me to head up things around here. Something wrong, Harvey? Well, what do you think we ought to do, Harvey? I don't know. My wife thinks she ought to be run out of town. Me and the rest of the committee will back you up. You know that, Harvey. Spence was right about you. You do think small. Eric, let's get out of here. Clay Renton. I had to come pick this up for my wife. I didn't figure on you being here today. Turn around. Hmm? Turn around, walk. Mrs. Buford. Mrs. Buford, wait a minute, Mrs. Buford. I've got an entry for the dress making contest. Now, now, ladies, if you can get your menfolk quieted down. Now, ladies... Mrs. Buford. Now ladies, as you know... I got an entry. What is it, child? I made a dress. I want to enter it. I was afraid I'd be late. Clay was supposed to come by and get me, but he plumb forgot. I guess that's just like a man, though. It's kind of crumpled, but I stuck by all the rules, Mrs. Buford. I bought the material right here in town like the rules say. I traded eggs for it. You can ask your husband, Mrs. Buford. And it ain't no boughte" pattern either. I made it my own self. It's my wedding dress, Mrs. Buford. I guess that was just an accident, Mrs. Buford. I guess you just couldn't help it. I said I want to enter my wedding dress in the contest. The entries are closed. To everybody, Mrs. Buford, or just to me? If you had been on time, I would have been glad to accept your entry. You're a liar, Mrs. Buford, and everybody here knows it. I know I ought to hate you, but I don't. I just feel sorry for you. You know, this is really nice. I wish the boys could be here with us. Yeah. Did you see the expression on old Adam's face when you told him he couldn't come? Leta... Leta, what happened? What happened? I just found out where I belonged, that's all. Now wait a minute, Leta. For what? Clay Renton. Get a doctor, somebody. Hoss. Find Adam and Little Joe. Get some of the men together from the sawmill, spread them out and cut off all the trails between here and the Ponderosa. I'll get some men together here to follow out the Gold Hill and Peavine Springs roads. I'll meet you at the Ponderosa later. Yes, sir. We've all got good ropes, Ben. We know how to use 'em. Yes, I guess you would, Boyd. You've had practice. How are things in town? Ugly. Hoss said you sent the posse up toward Peavine. A lynch mob would be more like it. Well, I doubt if they'll find anything to lynch out that way. You picked up a trail then? I figured you would. There must have been three others besides Clay Renton. What makes you so sure it was Clay Renton? Well, Hoss said... That Harvey Buford had mentioned Clay's name. I'm not going to condemn a man until I have a lot more to go on then that. You talked to Leta? Not yet. We found where four men had been camped. It looked like they'd been there for some time. Followed a trail up along Manzanita Ridge and we ran out of daylight. They headed up to the lake, then, huh? Well, three of them are, anyway. You boys follow on along the ridge. Then circle back to the Malvet place. Sure you want to go alone? I'm sure. Well, I guess we lost 'em. I doubt it. I wouldn't do that, boys. Just leave them peashooters right where they are and be sensible about this. It was Clay Renton beat up that storekeeper. I swear it was. Now, the safe was robbed. You got the money with you? You know what was in that safe? $50. That's what was in it. Cartwright, listen to me. Let me explain it. Oh, you'll have all kinds of time to explain. What do you want to do with them, Adam? Take them back to town where there's a jail to hold 'em. Then we'll swing back around Leta's place like Pa told us. $50? Was it worth it, boys? Clay, what's the matter? The way you came riding in here just now like something had happened? I used to see my own father and brother ride in here like that. I felt bad about not being here to take you to the bazaar like I promised. I just wanted to see you and explain. Maybe I rode a little too hard. Clay, I heard about it... everybody did. About what? Harvey Buford. Who is it? It's me Ben Cartwright. You won't need that. Who's with you, Mr. Cartwright? I'm alone. Oh, I, uh, I came here because I'd like to talk to you, Leta. About Clay. You've already made up your mind about him, haven't you? No, I haven't made up my mind about any... Yes, you have. All of you have. Somebody gives Harvey Buford the beating he's always deserved, and everybody blames Clay. Clay wasn't even in town. Well, if Clay wasn't in town and he can prove that, then there's nothing to worry about. But he'll have to prove it, won't he? Well, shouldn't he? Why should he? Why should he get down on his hands and knees and come crawling to you? Is it because his name is Renton and not Cartwright? Now you know that isn't so. Why is everyone getting so excited? Every day a man gets a beating in Virginia City and nobody turns a head. Leta, this is more than a beating. Harvey Buford's store was robbed. Harvey Buford is dead. Do you understand what I said? A man has been killed. My father and my brother were killed, too. And I know who did it. A whole town full of your kind of people is guilty of that crime. Why don't you go knock on their doors in the middle of the night? Clay Renton is suspected of murder. Clay is not guilty! If you're so sure of that, then what are we fighting about? He's all alone against all the rest of you and I know how that feels. I know you do. And I want to help you. I can't turn against him, Mr. Cartwright, not when he needs me most. I'm not asking you to turn against him. I'm asking you not to turn against yourself. What is it you want of me? If Clay comes here, don't get into trouble by trying to protect him. If he comes and asks me, I'll have to give him my help. Then you'd be putting yourself on the opposite side of the fence from everybody. I guess I would, but it would be on the side where I belong. I'm a Malvet, and there's one thing the Malvet women could always be proud of. They always stood up for the men they loved. Thank you for helping me find my own place, Mr. Cartwright. All right. You can come out now, Clay. He's gone. Yeah, I guess he has. Did you think I'd lie to you? No. I can trust you, Leta. I was proud of the way you talked up to him. We got to get out of here. You got a gunny sack or something? We'll need a few supplies. Here. Start filling it up. I'll keep an eye on the window. I didn't know Harvey Buford was dead. He got what he deserved. When I think of him putting his hands on you... Mr. Cartwright said the store was robbed. I heard him say that. Did you hear him say it or did you already know it? How could I know it? I told you I wasn't in town, didn't I? Throw some grub in that sack. We got a long, hard ride ahead of us. What are we running from, Clay? That's a fine question, coming from you. You heard old man Cartwright, didn't you? He's already made up his mind I'm guilty. But if you're not... Well, what difference does that make in this town? Do you think they'd listen to me or you? Honey, look. Don't you know how I've dreamed about this? You and me getting a fresh start? We can't do it here. They won't give us a chance. Hurry up, now. Pa. Adam. Is Clay in there? Yeah. His horse is back there. We caught the other three. Took them back to town. There's no doubt about Clay's being guilty, Pa. Oh, I guess I knew it all along. So does the rest of the town now. Does anybody know where you were headed? It wouldn't be very hard to figure out, would it? We've got to get Clay out of there before that mob gets here. We'll have another lynching on our hands. Well, Hoss and Little Joe are around back. We could rush him. No, we can't. Leta's in there with him. Clay, I have to know the truth. Did you rob Buford's store? Why don't you stop deviling me about it? You didn't answer me! You got to tell me the truth! Did you rob Buford's store? Did you steal that pair of shoes? Let's move in a little closer. There's somebody out there. Renton! Clay, my boys and I are out here alone. Now, if you come out, I promise you we'll see you get a fair deal! No, Clay! No! You think you can trust those Cartwrights? We've got to trust somebody, can't you see that? You think they're out there alone? Listen. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Listen to me. The girl's in there with him. We want her too, Cartwright! We'll get out of here, honey. Just do what I say. Out the back way. We'll both start shooting at the same time. Then what, Clay? Leave that to me. We're going to have a good life together. We're going to enjoy some of the good things other people have. Everything we've always wanted. Let's go. Everything, Clay? You won't have to wear homemade dresses, either. Not with me, you won't. I'm going to buy you the finest wedding dress you ever had. You did kill Harvey Buford, didn't you? Come on, Leta. Let's go. I'm not going, Clay. What? You couldn't turn on me, Leta. Now, put away that gun. Honey, what are you trying to do? Put that gun away, Clay. Mr. Cartwright? I hear you, Leta. I want to do what is right, Mr. Cartwright. There'll be no deals with that woman, Cartwright. What do you want to do, Leta? If I bring Clay out without his gun, will you promise me that he won't be lynched? I promise, Leta. How do you expect to keep that promise, Cartwright? You'll have to shoot me in the back to make me break it. Ooh, that was smart of you, Leta. Old Man Cartwright went for it. They wouldn't dare shoot as long as you're with me. Look, I'll put the gun in my boot, huh? We're gonna make a great team, honey, you and me. We're going to have a good life together. They're not going to be able to stop us. None of them. You wait and see. As soon as I get clear of the cabin, I'll make a break for a horse. Okay? Let's go. Leta kept her end of the bargain. I'll use my gun if I have to. Look in his boot. I would have got one of those payrolls away from you, Cartwright. I had it all figured out. That's what I was after. Just one big one. Just one big one. Clay. You had a chance at something much bigger than a payroll. Tell the girl if there's anything we can do... Is there anything you want to do? I would like her to know how sorry I am. How very, very sorry. Then why don't you tell her that, Mrs. Buford?
Behind the Scenes of The Outcast
The episode revealed Little Joe’s middle name which is Francis.
Episode 17 displayed an “Episode Title Card” for the first time in the series. It briefly appears after the opening credits and theme song, even having its brief musical segment.
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