Rowdy and two cattle are stricken with a disease similar to deadly anthrax. Some drivers and the nearby townsfolk are frightened, allowing no traffic to the drover camp or out in the direction of town. But one fearless nurse is undeterred.
Favor is worried about what they will face going through a 8000 foot narrow pass to get to the town of Gorham on the other side. As they approach it, Rowdy is missing after Wishbone treated him for an ailment but is found asleep in the wagon. He returns to the herd while Favor talks to the nearby town leaders about bringing the herd through at night to ease problems. Rowdy interrupts to report a sick steer which everyone believes is anthrax. The townspeople tell them to remove the herd. They search the herd for other that sick steers but only one is found as Rowdy collapses with a fever. Favor isolates Rowdy with himself and Windy plus he has to prevent his cowboys from fleeing, . Needing help, Favor rides into Gorham for a doctor but the only medical person is a nurse Betsy, daughter of the pharmacist. They return to Rowdy where she looks for anthrax symptoms but does not find them while the townsmen arm to keep the cattle and drovers quarantined.. When rain threatens, Favor puts ...Written by
Ridin' herd over a long trail may be a headache, but I can tell you it's never boresome, even when it's goin' smooth. There's plenty of sweet grass, blue skies, clear spring water. You ride lazy, thinkin' of what you left behind, dreamin' of what's ahead. Ridin' easy doesn't come often on a drive. When you're pushin' three thousand head and twenty hands, there's always something about to happen. Whatever it is, and whenever it comes up, I gotta meet it. That's my job. I'm Gil Favor, trail boss.
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Both Clint Eastwood and a couple of steers get sick and the fear is anthrax. The
steers are shot and buried and I'm sure if quick lime had been available it would
have been used. But we don't do that to Rowdy Yates.
The only thing worse than the disease is fear of same. That's what Eric Fleming's
drovers are afraid of and that's what the Towne that's at the other side of a mountain pass is afraid of. There's also the closest thing to a doctor around,
pharmacist Harry Townes and his daughter Margaret O'Brien who is a nurse.
The episode belongs to them and to Eric Fleming who as trail boss shoulders an awful lot of responsibility here.
It's one of the best Rawhide episodes.
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