Air Date: October 3, 1965
Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Ed Begley, Sr. (Clint Watson), Tom Simcox (Andy Watson), Richard Evans (Ellis Watson), Bing Russell (Sheriff Walker)
After being denied going through Placerville, Ben hires a man and his two sons to help him transport explosives across the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe.
Trivia: This is Tom Simcox’s first and only appearance in the series. That “Yankee cowboy” is how Beatle John Lennon referred to actor Tom Simcox after both spent time at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in India.
In her book, John, Cynthia Lennon, the Beatle’s first wife, reveals that John secretly suspected her of having an affair with Simcox while at the retreat. Of Tom, she writes, “The Yankee cowboy was an American actor called Tom Simcox, whom we’d met at the Maharishi’s center. I’d got on well with him, but the idea that we’d had an affair was preposterous. Tom had never even hinted at anything untoward between us, apart from once asking me, very sweetly, if I had a twin sister.”