Air Date: March 7, 1971
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Steve Ihnat (Mr. Ganns), Dabbs Greer (Sam Dawson), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster)
A man plans to rid every person on the street of Virginia City that has come to witness a peace treaty signing. With his Gatling gun pointed out the hotel window, Joe realizes something is wrong and stops him only minutes before a tragedy takes place.
Trivia: This was Steve Ihnat’s second appearance in the series. He had the rare ability to turn a one-dimensional stereotype into a multi-dimensional character, and possessed a marvelous speaking voice that could imbue even the most banal dialogue with emotion, interest, and charm. Ihnat was raised on a farm in Lynden, Ontario. His family settled there after fleeing his native Czechoslovakia in 1939, when he was five. Ihnat, his mother, father and two young boys from other families left Czechoslovakia, three days before Prague was closed. He died in 1972 at the age of 38. In a eerie twist of fate, his only son also died young – at the age of 32 from complications of diabetes.