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Cheyenne returns to challenge corruption in a town that played a significant role during his teenage years.

The Long Rope
Season 5, Episode 1
Air date Oct. 3, 1960
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Episode Notes

  • This is the first episode of Season Five.
  • From dialog, Cheyenne is 31 years of age in this episode. He's 15 years old in the flashback scene, and Parma says it's been 16 years since he left.

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Plot

Cheyenne trots into High Point and stops in the front yard of a house he remembers from his past...

Mary Pierce and children Fay and Randy watch in fear as masked men pull their father Jeff from the house. He's accused of rustling his neighbor's cows. Mary demands that they wait for the sheriff to return, but the men refuse and pull out a rope. A teenaged Cheyenne, the Pierce's ward, stands on the porch and watches helplessly as the men hang Jeff in the front yard.
The next day, Cheyenne drives Mary and her children into town. Mary confronts Sheriff Parma about the murder of her husband, but the man cares more about his game of checkers than doing his job. Randy recognizes Parma's right-hand man Reed Moriarty as one of the masked men who hung his father. Mary and her children are leaving on the next stage; she asks Cheyenne to come with them, but he chooses not to. After he encourages Fay not to cry, the families rides away. Cheyenne then mounts a horse and rides back to indian country.

In the present day, Cheyenne enters a High Point saloon and intervenes when an indian man is treated badly by none other than Sheriff Parma. The sheriff challenges Cheyenne to an arm wrestling match which Bodie wins decidedly. Parma sees Cheyenne as his potential successor, but Bodie rejects the sheriff's offer of wealth and power. He sides with the townspeople instead when they ask him to be a candidate in a run-off election for the sheriff's badge. Cheyenne wins and Parma leaves office with an ominous promise of watching Cheyenne fail.

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