The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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And the Devil Makes Five 

After running into Micah on the trail, Mark and Lucas stay to help him when the prisoner he is transporting injures Micah's arm. But the morning yields a serious problem. Lucas's life is in mortal danger and only the prisoner can save him.


Joseph H. Lewis


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Patricia Blair ... Lou Mallory (credit only)
Lonny Chapman ... Scully Potter


Returning home from a three day fishing trip, Mark and Lucas come across Marshal Micah Torrance who is taking a prisoner, Scully Potter, into North Fork for trial. They bed down for the night and find it odd that Lucas sleeps in so late the next morning. In fact, Lucas is doing everything he can to stay alive as a rattle snake has made its way into his bed roll. Potter has a suggestion as to how to get Lucas out of there but he has already shown he prepared to do anything to escape his fate. Written by garykmcd

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Plot Keywords:

rattlesnake | rifle | See All (2) »


Family | Western





Release Date:

11 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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This episode may be the reason I dislike snakes.
28 September 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Remembering this episode from my youth, makes me think that this show was one of the reasons that I despise any kind of snake. I was like six years old when this came on TV and remember the scary look that Chuck Conners gave while being wrapped up with that snake from my youth.

The show begins when Lucas and Mark are coming back from a fishing trip and run across Micah in the woods. It seems that Micah is transporting a killer, Scully Potter, for a certain hanging. But during the evening a rattlesnake makes it way into Lucas's bedroll. Lucas is afraid to move fearing the snake will strike and death would be certain. So now we have Lucas sweating in a tightly wrap bedroll as Micah and Mark try to figure a way out of the situation. And do not forget the prisoner that will do anything to escape.

Even though there is really not much to this episode, it is one that you will remember long after viewing. When all options run out, Micah may have to make a deal with the prisoner in order to save Lucas. But as we have seen from the episode, the prisoner does not seem trustworthy. An average show with some unnerving situations.

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