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Cheyenne accepts a sheriff badge to search for an outlaw, but the task is complicated by his relationships with the outlaw's sister and father.

Born Bad
Season 2, Episode 15
Air date March 26, 1957
Written by Harry Sinclair Drago, Wells Root
Directed by Richard L. Bare
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Episode Notes

  • Footage from the montage of the Pocatello Kid's crime spree appeared in previous episodes Border Showdown and The Dark Rider.
  • The Pocatello Kid is mentioned in the season three episode The Last Comanchero, as the sheriff claims he has to chase after the Kid instead of remain in town to protect the criminal Rafe Larkin from a lynch mob.

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Plot

For the last six years, outlaw Blaney Wilcox (also known as the Pocatello Kid) has been on the run, becoming infamous for his crimes. He’s headed for familiar territory and along the way raids the camp of a tall, dark-haired cowboy. He then ambushes an old man named Gus Lundy and stabs him to death just to steal his supper.

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Sheriff Wilcox drags his feet when the townspeople ask him to lead a posse.

Shot in the hand and lacking a gun, Blaney sneaks into the sheriff’s office in Ryepatch, not to turn himself in but to find help. His father, Chad Wilcox, is none too happy to see his son. Paralyzed by guilt or shame, Chad appears powerless to stand up to him. He hides Blaney in the jail just as the townspeople and the cowboy arrive. Wilcox sends the men out to organize a posse and sends the cowboy home with his daughter Francy to get some breakfast. Oblivious to her brother’s criminal identity, Francy asks the cowboy if he’s ever run across her twin brother Blaney in all of his travels, but he says he hasn’t.

Before the posse gets underway, Wilcox drafts his resignation and hands it to a town councilman, saying he's too old to continue as sheriff. The councilman polls the assembled men to see if any could take Wilcox's place as sheriff, but only one has law experience…the cowboy named Cheyenne Bodie. Bodie accepts the badge on a temporary basis and the posse rides out. After they’re on the trail, Wilcox gives Blaney $500 and a horse on the condition that he head for South America. If he ever returns, Wilcox promises to shoot him dead. Blaney agrees and leaves, but he has no intention to leave the country.

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The Pocatello Kid tells Cheyenne that Francy will never forgive him if he takes the Kid in.

After finding Blaney’s empty camp and backtracking his trail, Cheyenne concludes the outlaw had help from someone in Ryepatch. He spends a comfortable evening at the Wilcox home asking Francy questions about possible suspects. When he hints that he’s planning to leave town soon, Francy suggests that the people would be grateful if he took over the sheriff job permanently, including her. Interested in getting to know Francy better, Cheyenne agrees to take the job.

While Sheriff Bodie spends time courting Francy, the Pocatello Kid goes on a crime spree, robbing banks around the territory. Cheyenne keeps tabs on his movements and makes a plan to capture the outlaw. He and his men trap Blaney and his accomplice Denver up in the mountains. Just before they move in, Chad Wilcox rides up to kill Blaney himself and inadvertently provides a distraction that helps him escape. Cheyenne is angry at the former sheriff for mucking up his plan, but doesn’t suspect him of anything but bad timing.

Blaney and Denver run to Black Frank's store and nearly get shot by the grumpy shopkeeper. Knowing he’s cornered, Blaney writes a letter to Francy in the hopes that she will help him escape. He sends Denver back to Ryepatch to deliver it, but Cheyenne intercepts him. When the man pulls a gun, Cheyenne shoots him down and reads the letter. From it, he realizes the Pocatello Kid’s true identity, and that Chad Wilcox must be the one who helped Blaney escape the posse.

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Black Frank threatens to turn Blaney in for the reward.

Cheyenne heads to Black Frank's and finds Blaney hiding out in the back. The Kid taunts him about his relationship with Francy, saying that she’ll never love the man who ran her twin brother down. Cheyenne has had enough of this talk and kicks Blaney to the floor. The outlaw gets his hands on a whip and beats him with it. Then Blaney whips Cheyenne’s gun away and shoots at him. The bullet grazes his forehead and knocks him out cold. Black Frank rushes in with a shotgun and stops Blaney from putting another bullet in Cheyenne. He forces Blaney to tie the unconscious sheriff to his horse and send him back to town.

Beaten and humiliated, Cheyenne gets help from the townspeople to cut him free. As he’s nursing his wounds, Chad and the councilman arrive to find out what happened. Cheyenne accuses Chad of harboring the Pocatello Kid and helping him evade capture. While Chad confirms Cheyenne’s accusations, Francy interrupts their conversation. She’s overheard everything and blames her father for all of Blaney’s problems and violent tendencies. Cheyenne tries to comfort her but she turns on him, accusing him of romancing her just so he could capture her brother. She runs from the office weeping uncontrollably. Cheyenne can’t follow. He’s leading the posse out to Black Frank’s to capture the Pocatello Kid once and for all.

The posse surrounds the store and, thinking of Francy, Cheyenne tells the men he wants to take the Kid alive. He shoots burning arrows into the building to smoke Blaney out. The fire is more than Black Frank bargained for and he gives up immediately. As he's surrendering, Blaney shoots him in the back. The fire grows more intense, but the Kid isn't willing to give up without a fight.

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Francy learns the truth about her twin brother, and places the blame on their father.

Francy and Chad arrive on the scene separately. Chad sneaks into the back to get a clear shot at Blaney. Francy follows him and wrestles with him for his gun. Cheyenne pushes them both out of the way. Wrapping himself in a blanket, he rushes through the flames, shoves Blaney out the front door and onto the ground. They wrestle in the dirt for the gun and it goes off, hitting Blaney and killing him. Cheyenne rises as Francy screams and clutches at the body of her twin brother. Whatever hopes he had of a life with Francy are now as dead as the Pocatello Kid.

Back in town, Cheyenne visits Francy one last time and apologizes for Blaney’s death. Although their romance is over, she thanks him for stopping her father from killing his son, something he’d never forgive himself for. Cheyenne then rides out of Ryepatch...still a lonely man.

Quotes

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Francy shows Cheyenne pictures of her twin brother Blaney during breakfast.

"Will you be coming back to Ryepatch, Mr. Bodie?"
"Well, I don't stay in one place long, but there was something about that breakfast, Miss Francy, and the lady who cooked it that says a man would be a fool not to come back if he's welcome."

- Cheyenne tells Francy he plans on seeing her again.

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