Dave has been searching for quite a while for his old flame, a girl named "Jeff", who he finds working in a saloon as a prostitute and singer under the thumb of ex-prizefighter Denny Lipp. ...
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Dave has been searching for quite a while for his old flame, a girl named "Jeff", who he finds working in a saloon as a prostitute and singer under the thumb of ex-prizefighter Denny Lipp. Yet, when he finally offers to "rescue her" from the cruel ex-boxer, he finds she is reluctant to leave him.Written by
Sam Peckinpah had a great fondness for this episode, and often told interviewers that it was based on a true story told him by the real-life "Jeff" when she was an old woman. See more »
I didn't forget a verse you taught me once. It went, ah... I go up into heaven and you're there / And if I make my bed in hell, you're there / And if I take up the wings in morning, um, I guess I forgot...
If I take the wings of morning and dwell in the outermost parts of the sea / Even there shall thy hand lead me... and I will praise thee... for I am wonderfully made.
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Despite the single set and bare-bones budget, outline of series' offbeat approach is evident from this initial entry. Dave rides toward saloon and is accosted by Christian soul-saver, whose facial warts look as though the plague is upon her. He politely rejects salvation, thus setting theme of episode. Show is notable for suggesting sado-masochistic relationship between 'bargirl' Jeff and her 'employer' Jeffrey Toone, which results in an unusually adult rendering of Jeff's emotional makeup. Also notable for especially brutal brawl between polished boxer Toone and no-holds-barred Dave; best line "This ain't no game"-- Dave's reply for fighting dirty. Show is weakened by gratuitous gun-play between Dave and half-breed barkeep, the only point of which appears chance to show off stupid scoped rifle that is supposed to be series' selling point (not Peckinpah's idea). Thank goodness Peckinpah soon gets his way and rifle dies quick death. Episode is nicely framed by departure past same soul-saver who now has something in common with Dave.
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