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THE RUNNER
1st run 9/17/69 [season premier]; rerun 5/6/70
Filmed at Jackson Hole, Wyoming (TV Guide)
Michael Parks sings "Softly and Tenderly."

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
[The episode begins with a chance meeting at a gas station between Bronson and an old girlfriend, Doris Hanrahan, daughter of a prominent therapist.] Bronson takes a temporary job at a summer camp ["Hanrahan School"] for disturbed children and becomes deeply concerned about a silent [autistic] small boy who gains attention by hurting himself and running away. He is called The Runner. Bronson's approach in working with the boy is different than that of the eminent head of the camp, Edward Hanrahan. Hanrahan, however, gives Bronson a free hand in his affectionate handling of the Runner. When the Runner disappears [escapes] in a boat [through Bronson's premature trust in the boy], it appears that Bronson may have failed.
[Trivia notes: Bronson leaves his trade mark blue watch cap with the boy, but he has another one in subsequent episodes. His motorcycle license plate number is 723795.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Edward Hanrahan - Jack Klugman
John ("The Runner") - Mark Lester
Doris Hanrahan - Karen Huston
Claire - Penny Marshall
Frank - David Westberg
Clayton - Stephen Vinovich
Maggie - Arlene Kaiser
Betsy - Suzanne Lee Gayhart
Directed by Marvin Chomsky
Written by Lionel E. Siegel
Associate Producer: Philip Fehrle


THE OLD MOTORCYCLE FIASCO
1st run 9/24/69; rerun 4/8/70
Filmed on location near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (TV Guide). [Location trivia: in the beginning of the episode, Bronson drives past a sign that gives the name of the town as "Wilson, pop. 35, elev. 6146." There is a small town named Wilson on route 22, near Jackson Hole. In the last scene, Bronson is in a gas station with a sign: "Teton Gas for less"; it is next to "Jackson Hole Lodge and Motel." A resident of Wilson, in Jackson Hole, confirmed these locations for me.]
Michael Parks sings "Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again."

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
When the old-timer, Alex, offers to let Bronson use his ranch and tools for needed repairs to Bronson's bike [caused by a gas station attendant accidently filling his tank with weed-killer], he can't resist showing his visitor his old racing bike ["a 1937 Rudge Ulster"]. He has kept it hidden in a shed for 20 years because he had promised his wife he'd sell it after being injured in a bike accident.
Alex's wife, Nora, discovers the old bike and is angry with both Alex and Bronson. Alex gets the urge to ride again and tries to follow Bronson on the road despite the consequences to his marriage and his own life and limb.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Alex - Keenan Wynn
Nora - Martine Bartlett
Ben Crosswell - James Nusser
Ben's wife - Meg Wyllie
Rancher - Carey Loftin
Pump Jockey (at end of show) - James Goodwin
Directed by Marvin Chomsky
Written by Thomas Y. Drake and Jon Edward Manson
Associate Producer: Philip Fehrle


A FAMINE WHERE ABUNDANCE GROWS
1st run 10/1/69; rerun 4/22/70
Filmed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (TV Guide).
Michael Parks sings "Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon?" and "Sunshine Showers" (TV Guide).

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Teenager Lori Balin becomes infatuated with Bronson when he is hired for odd jobs on her mother's ranch. Lori's mother, Monica, fighting off the lonely blues of widowhood, finds that the presence of Bronson helps renew her interest in life and men.
Bronson enjoys Monica's company and the work on the ranch - he even enters an amateur bronco-riding contest. He realizes, however, he must find a way of easing out of an uncomfortable situation without hurting either mother or daughter.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Monica Balin - Carol Rossen
Lori Balin - Charlotte Stewart
Peter - Jerry Randall
Deputy - Paul Gleason
Directed by Jud Taylor
Written by Frank Paris
Associate Producer:


THE CIRCLE OF TIME
1st run 10/8/69; rerun 5/20/70
Filmed in a Colorado ghost town.
Michael Parks sings "I Think Of You"

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Hattie Calder lives alone in her ghost town except for occasional poaching by another old-timer, Abner Hotchman [who is actually searching for a vein of silver that he believes runs through her land]. Hattie tries to tempt Bronson to stay in her town because she feels she can trust him to carry out her last wish - to see that she is buried beside her husband at a plot near the town.
Hattie's feisty spirit, her meals, her hazy tales of past glories [she was a passenger on the Titanic], and even her running feud with Abner intrigue Bronson. He knows, however, he must move on, but Hattie doesn't give up easily. [She has a two-way radio for communicating with the sheriff, in case of emergency, but hides it when a heart attack occurs, no doubt hoping to die before Bronson heads out, so she will be buried properly.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Hattie Calder - Elsa Lanchester
Abner Hotchman - Woodrow Chambliss
Doctor - Dabney Coleman
Directed by Jud Taylor
Written by Robert Malcolm Young
Associate Producer:


WHERE WILL THE TRUMPETS BE?
1st run 10/15/69; rerun 4/15/70
Filmed near Jackson Hole, Wyoming (TV Guide).
[TV Guide has an ad for Michael Parks' record album , "Closing the Gap", on MGM Records.]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Miguel literally attacks motorcycle riding in the same manner that he works a bull ring - a life and death matter. He tries to instill Bronson with the same feeling for bullfighting.
Bronson comes to understand but cannot adopt this approach. He also becomes uncomfortably aware that both he and Miguel have unintentionally created a basis for competition between two pretty sisters, Bella and Morgana.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Miguel - Fernando Lamas
Morgana - Jessica Walter
Bella - Lane Bradbury
Directed by Jud Taylor
Written by Robert Sabaroff
Associate Producer:


AMID SPLINTERS OF THE THUNDERBOLT
1st run 10/22/69; rerun 7/1/70
"In the Colorado wilderness..." (TV Guide)
Michael Parks sings "Poor, Wayfaring Stranger" (adapted by James Hendricks).

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
[Jim Bronson comes to Colorado looking for an old friend named Bucky O'Neill.] Bucky O'Neill has come to believe that his life as a priest was a sham but the break from the priesthood and his love for a girl tortures his conscience. The girl, Mary, feels responsible for Bucky's suffering and has come to feel that her atonement will be to die in childbirth.
Bucky, immersed in his inner conflicts, refuses medical help for the girl despite pleas from Bronson. Jim realizes he may have to interfere even though Bucky and Mary say they don't need his help.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Bucky O'Neill - Bruce Dern
Mary Draper - Zohra Lampert
Dr. John Wilson, M.D. - James Doohan [of Star Trek fame]
Directed by Marvin Chomsky
Written by Donald G. Ingalls
Associate Producer: Philip Fehrle


THE 3:13 ARRIVES AT NOON
1st run 10/29/69; rerun 6/3/70
Filmed on location ... "The setting is the small Colorado town where ..." (TV Guide) [episode shot in Olathe, Colorado]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
A long-imprisoned "badman" is due to arrive in the town where he previously vowed vengeance against two citizens. The impending return of the ex-convict and onetime town hero, Clay Turner, is a gala occasion for some of the citizens but not for three people.
Ed Hemmings, the town's leading businessman, had turned Clay into the police years before - winning Clays threat of revenge. Insurance man Earl Braeden had married Clay's pre-prison sweetheart and he, too, had heard that Turner had vowed to "get him." Braeden's wife, Charlene, however, primps for Clay's return like a schoolgirl expecting to renew romance.
Bronson finds himself involved in the situation after Hemmings backs his car into Jim's bike. Everywhere he turns, Bronson finds that the Turner-return is affecting his life, including a night in Sheriff Binns' jail.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Clay Turner - Bob Steele
Ed Hemmings - Larry Gates
Earl Braeden - Garry Walberg
Charlene Braeden - Gloria Grahame
Sheriff Binns - Royal Dano
Walt - John Hubbard
Directed by Michael O'Herlihy
Written by Lionel E. Siegel
Associate Producer:


OLD TIGERS NEVER DIE; THEY JUST RUN AWAY
1st run 11/5/69; rerun 6/10/70
Hilltop motorcycle climb filmed at Flattop Mesa, Colorado.

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
A chance meeting between Bronson and Valerie Faber leads Russ Faber to Bronson. When Russ learns Bronson expects to enter local bike-racing events, he becomes nearly psychotic in his desire to beat Bronson.
Bronson tries to ignore Faber while staying at the home of a retired linotypist, Oliver, whose mission in life is to get all the pent-up talk out of his system.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Russ Faber - Gabriel Dell
Valerie Faber - Diane Ladd
Oliver - Will Geer
Lorene - Jean Marie
John Carbona - Iron Eyes Cody
Directed by Robert L. Friend
Written by Ed Adamsson
Associate Producer:


YOUR LOVE IS LIKE A DEMOLITION DERBY IN MY HEART
1st run 11/19/69; rerun 4/29/70
Filmed on location in Colorado

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Leona desperately wants dates like other girls but her over-protective big brother, Darryl, shoos off the local boys.
When Bronson rides into town, he can't resist taking Leona on a date and nearly gets in a brawl with Darryl. Further, Bronson helps Leona with her secret ambition - to enter and win a demolition derby [- the only way she feels she can get enough money to leave town and her over-protective brother]. The showdown comes at the derby - with Bronson unexpectedly behind the wheel and the target of Darryl and his crony, Billy, in the car wrecking contest.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Leona - Flora Plumb
Darryl - Tim McIntire
Billy - Alan Vint
Bear - David Huddleston
Red - Jordan Rhodes
Foley - Bill Vini
Directed by Jud Taylor
Written by Thomas Y. Drake
Associate Producer:


TWO PERCENT OF NOTHING
1st run 11/26/69; rerun 8/5/70
Filmed near Phoenix, Arizona

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Royce MacLeod faces foreclosure if he can't beat his note deadline. The oil, if there is oil, is not at the depth he expected and he drives on desperately. He neglects his wife, Pat, he gives away percentages on the well in lieu of wages since he's nearly broke. Even Bronson finally accepts a two percent share rather than hard cash. But the race seems lost when the holder of the notes, Mac Keller, comes to collect.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Royce MacLeod - Steve Ihnat
Pat - Patricia Quinn
Mac Keller - Percy Rodrigues
Warren - Zalman King
Directed by Allen Miner
Written by D. C. Fontana
Associate Producer:


ALL THE WORLD AND GOD
1st run 12/3/69; rerun 6/17/70

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Pretty Barbara Timmons [a nurse] needs a strong arm to lean on when Bronson encounters her. She is depressed over the death of the doctor for her mountain region.
Bronson marvels at her tender care of her patients but doesn't know how to help her solve her own problems. The girl feels that she is constantly called on to give of herself but now she thinks she wants to live a little for herself. She ponders whether to quit her job but worries over what will happen to her patients.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Barbara Timmons - Lois Nettleton
Lambeth Lansing - Rex Holman
Maybelle Giles - Lynn Hamilton
Leuty Giles - Lincoln Kilpatrick
Miss Lucy - Josephine Hutchinson
Oliver Ryan - Charles Seel
Brother Paul - Walker Edmiston
Directed by Jud Taylor
Written by Gustave Field
Associate Producer:


A LONG TRIP TO YESTERDAY
1st run 12/10/69; rerun 7/15/70
Filmed in Arizona

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Henry Tate reluctantly has to accept Bronson's help and even a loan when his motorcycle breaks down on the highway. To repay Bronson, Henry has to take Jim with him to his family's home.
Henry had left home 15 years before but is returning for his mother's funeral. He holds his stepfather, Billie Wallace, responsible but is surprised to find the rest of his family puts much of the blame for his mother's death on him because he hadn't written or visited her. An uncomfortable Bronson is ready to forget the debt but the proud Tate wants to make good.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Henry Tate - Robert Hooks
Bollie Wallace - Slim Gaillard
Johnnie Tate - Florence St. Peter
Arthur Tate - Lee Duncan
Garage owner - Stuart Nisbel
Spud - James McEachim
Buster Bucklind - Noah Beery
Cafe owner - Leonard Stone
Mrs. Taylor - Paulene Myers
Timmy - Pepe Brown
Directed by
Written by
Associate Producer:


THE SPITBALL KID
1st run 12/17/69; rerun 7/22/70
Filmed in Arizona [Location trivia: Bronson drives by a sign that says "You are approaching Tempe, Arizona, Home of the Mickel Company..."]
Michael Parks sings "Long, Lonesone Highway" [a different version than the one at the end of each episode.]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
William P. Lovering plays for an industrial team and is considered to be a great pitcher by both the company's owner, Eddie Mickel, and himself.
When Bronson gets a job as a baseball player-worker, Lovering's confidence is soon shot. Bronson hits him all over the field. Bronson has discovered that Lovering telegraphs each pitch. Despite Lovering's self-loving attitude, Bronson tries to get him ready for his tryout with major league scout, Art Gilroy, in the stands.
[Trivia note: The license plate number on the motorcycle is 723794.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
William P. Lovering - Kurt Russell
Art Gilroy - Don Drysdale
Eddie Mickel - David Sheiner
Viola - Stephanie Mann
Vito - Robert Stiles
Mr. Rivers - Joseph Perry
Rudy Slade - James Beach
Jimmie Reed - Bill LeSeuer
Directed by Jud Taylor
Teleplay by Lionel E. Siegel
Story by Alfred Brenner
Music by Gil Melle and George Duning
Associate Producer: John G. Wilson


AGAINST A BLANK COLD WALL
1st run 12/24/69; not rerun
Kiowan Indian (TV Guide) [Location trivia: no location is given for this episode, but the Kiowa Indians lived in Oklahoma (as well as Colorado and Kansas), and Michael Parks sings "Oklahoma Hills." The Indian's auto repair shop is given the location of "Kiowa Korners." There is a town called Kiowa in Oklahoma and one in Kansas, just north of the Oklahoma border, and one in Colorado, on Rt. 86, a little southeast of Denver. This town is not far from Canon City, CO, where the TCB crew stayed while filming 3 or 4 episodes. Also, the Associate Producer was Philip Fehrle, who left the show while it was in Colorado.]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
[The episode begins with Bronson at a payphone next to a closed-up auto repair shop. He is talking to "Frank" and asks about "Bea" and "the kids," who, he is told, are "playing ball for Albuquerque". He then asks about Tony and finds out that he has closed the auto repair ship and gone into the hills to get back his Indian spirit.]
Jim Bronson, an old friend of the Indian, Tony Wade, locates the family shortly after their trek into desolate country. Tony is fasting [to induce a vision and restore his Indian spirit] and his family, wife Linda and son Mike, are nearly starving. But Tony is determined to prove himself as an Indian and even orders Bronson to leave. Jim feels the family is doomed if he doesn't help them. [Linda wants Bronson to stay, and reveals to him that she is pregnant and that she hasn't told Tony yet because his quest is so important to him.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Tony Wade - Robert Loggia
Linda Wade - Pilar Seurat
Mike Wade - Manuel Padilla, Jr.
Prospector [named "Slim"] - Logan Ramsey
Directed by Louis Antonio
Written by Rik Vollaerts
Music Composed and Conducted by Dena Elliott
Associate Producer: Philip Fehrle


SIBYL
1st run 12/31/69; rerun 7/29/70
Filmed on location near Mesa, Arizona [several miles east of Tempe, AZ, where "The Spitball Kid" episode took place.]
Michael Parks sings "Sunshine Showers" (words and music by James Hendricks)
Renne Jarret will be seen this fall in "Nancy," an NBC comedy series. (TV Guide)

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Bronson is attracted to a pretty girl but can't accept her beliefs - she's convinced herself she's a witch - in "Sibyl."
[The episode begins with "Sibyl" at the roadside next to her broken-down VW microbus. She is trying to conjure up some help, and the Tarot cards indicate help is coming.]
At first Bronson is only amused by the girl's absorption with witchcraft. When the girl, Sibyl, tries to draw Bronson into the small group of believers in the occult, Bronson balks. The girl is torn. Bronson's viewpoints make sense to Sibyl but the group's leader, Hermes, also exerts a pull on her. Sibyl has to decide whether she and the group are merely avoiding personal responsibility for their own lives by depending on the supernatural.
[Trivia notes: Before Sibyl and Bronson go their separate ways, he quotes from the soliloquy in the Shakespeare play, Hamlet: "{Death,} that undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveler returns, puzzles the will and makes us rather bear those ills we have than to run to others we know not of."
Sibyl's black cat is named Crowley, the last name of a famous English occultist.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Sibyl - Renne Jarrett
Hermes - Michael Lipton
Father Al - Joseph Raymond
Madame Vanya - Marjorie Eaton
Fred - Warren Parker
Mary - Amzie Strickland
Betty - Rosanna Huffman
Music by Richard Shores
Teleplay by Thomas Y. Drake
Story by Sidney Ellis and Thomas Y. Drake
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Associate Producer: John G. Wilson


A PICKIN' AN' A SINGIN'
1st run 1/14/70; rerun 5/13/70
Filmed in Arizona
Michael Parks sings "Big T Water," "Mountain High" and "Summer Days" (words and music by James Hendricks).

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Bronson teams with Billy Mulavey who plays the guitar as well as sings, to win a musical contest and a job at a roadhouse [the "Oasis Cocktail Lounge"]. Billy claims he wrote the songs himself and an avaricious local disk jockey, Johnny Dell, tries to sign Billy to an all-binding contract. Bronson points out the flaws in the contract but gets a jolt when Billy eventually does sign and then disappears with the money.
Both Bronson and a waitress, Betty, who loves Billy, find perhaps Billy was not all that he seemed to be [when the apparent owner of the songs who Billy once worked for shows up in town, after hearing one of the songs on the radio, to have Billy arrested for stealing the material].
[Location trivia: This episode was filmed in Arizona, and there was an "Oasis Cocktail Lounge" on Highway 80, in Yuma, Arizona, but the phone number is no longer valid.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Billy Mulavey - Michael Burns
Johnny Dell - Skip Homeier
Betty - Jana Taylor [who appeared in the 1967 cycle movie "Hells Angels on Wheels"]
Mickey Rand (song owner) - Martin Speer
Herb Perry (Mr. Rand's mgr.) - John Wheeler
Deputy - Mark Allen
Bar Owner - Frank Corsentino
[Uncredited guitarist on stage - James Hendricks (probably not listed in the credits because it wasn't a "speaking" role) who wrote some of the episodes' songs that were also released on Michael Parks' record albums; Hendricks also had at least two albums of his own.]
Written by Charles A. McDaniel
Directed by Paul Stanley
Associate Producer:


THE GLEAM OF THE EAGLE MIND
1st run 1/21/70; rerun 8/12/70
Filmed in Mesa, Arizona

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
A pixieish painter, adorns the entire side of a barn with the [nude] figure of a woman, thereby getting himself and Bronson in trouble with the barn owner and even a local lawman.
Bronson hires out to help the painter, Juan Longorio, paint the barn but is unaware that Juan is decorating his side of the barn with something other than red paint. The owner of the barn, Sid Casper, is outraged - he thinks the figure is that of his wife, Helen. Two other local men, Hud McCarver, a sheriff's deputy, and Will Hudson, also think the painting is of their respective wives. A new light is cast on the situation, however, when an art dealer, Mr. Willoughby, offers to buy the side of the barn as a fine example of primitive art.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Juan Longorio - Jay Novello
Sid Casper - John Dehner
Helen - Jan Shepard
Hud McCarver - Richard Webb
Will Hudson - Sam Edwards
Mr. Willoughby - Lou Cutell
Directed by Paul Stanley
Written by Donald G. Ingalls
Associate Producer:


"That undiscovered country..."
1st run 1/28/70; not rerun
Filmed near Reno, Nevada

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Bronson unintentionally creates a crisis for a betrothed Amish boy and girl when his presence excites their interest in the "outside" world.
The boy [young man], Harold Mueller, and the girl, Dorothy, eagerly ask their visitor, Bronson, questions about life outside their community. The crisis arises when Harold thinks Dorothy has become too attracted to Bronson. He rides off to town [Reno] on Bronson's bike where he indeed does learn something of the bright lights and even meets an interesting girl, Jan [a nude model at an art school]. At the farm, Dorothy wonders about her own feelings toward both Bronson and Harold. Each has to decide whether their love and their way of life is best for them.
[Although the story seems to be about an Amish family, and doesn't look at all like the desert area of Nevada, the Amish character mentions to the girl, Jan, that he comes from "near Washoe," which is the county where Reno is located.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Harold Mueller - Mark Jenkins
Dorothy Hofer - Heidi Vaughn
Father (Mr. Mueller) - Rance Howard
Mother (Mrs. Mueller - June Dayton
Jan - Bebe Kelly
Directed by Robert Totten
Written by Ben Masselink
Associate Producer:


LUCKY DAY
1st run 2/4/70; rerun 7/8/70.
Filmed on location in Reno, Nevada.
[Jim visits his cousin, Eve Bronson, in Reno, Nevada. She is engaged to Len, and, since she now has "family" in town, she and Len decide to marry before Jim leaves. Jim lends her some money for a wedding dress. However, she starts gambling with some of the money and hits a "hot streak," which keeps her in the casinos, while Jim and Len wait at the wedding chapel. Len wonders if the marriage is a good idea, and talks it over with Jim.]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Eve Bronson, cousin of Jim, and her boyfriend, Len, impetuously decide to get married. When Bronson lends his cousin money for a wedding outfit, she idly puts part of it on the gambling tables. She hits a hot streak and can't seem to lose. This postpones the wedding and Len begins to wonder if the wedding ever will come off.
[Location trivia: the 24-hour wedding chapel where they go, which has a street # of 700 over the door, is named "Chapel of the Bells" There is an actual wedding chapel by that name at 700 West 4th Street, Reno. I contacted them in 1998, and they confirmed that the exterior shots of this episode were filmed at their chapel, and they sent me a photocopy of the check that MGM sent them as payment.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Eve Bronson - Lynne Marta
Len - Barry Brown
Directed by Jud Taylor
Teleplay by Lionel E. Siegel
Story by Lionel E. Siegel and Arthur H. Singer
Associate Producer:


MATING DANCE FOR TENDER GRASS
1st run 2/11/70; rerun 6/24/70
Buffy Sainte-Marie sings "The Piney Wood Hills"
[According to the series creator, there were problems with this episode, which was refused by NBC, until it was recut and re-edited. Bud Ekins said it was filmed in Colorado, when the crew was staying at Montrose, CO.]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Bronson, goaded into a breakneck, cross-country motorcycle race, finds that he and a proud Indian seem to be racing for the attention of an Indian girl [Tender Grass].
Boise Idaho [a Sioux Indian] and his cronies, nicknamed Spare Parts One and Two, virtually egg Bronson into the grueling race. [They strip his bike down to racing form and tape an entry number to his gas tank, and also hide the parts so he can't leave town.] The interest of Tender Grass in the race also affects Bronson. He feels almost compelled to race just to prove his mettle to Tender Grass.
[Motorcycle trivia: the prize was a Harley-Davidson Sportster, the one with the "boat-tail" seat/tail light/license plate holder, produced as one of two configurations for the 1970 Sportster. The fiberglass boat-tail seat was based on a design by Willie G. Davidson.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Boise Idaho - Eddie Little Sky
Tender Grass - Buffy Sainte-Marie
Spare Parts One - Ivan Naranjo
Spare Parts Two - Kahana
Directed by Russell Mayberry
Written by Jack Morse
Associate Producer:


THE MOUNTAIN
1st run 2/18/70; not rerun
Filmed in Nevada's Lee Canyon [west of Las Vegas]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Wilson Ford, an aging but famous author [novelist], continually needs to replenish his writing reservoir by testing his courage. [He is also impotent, and tries to prove his manhood by feats of daring.] Despite the disapproval of his wife, Marcia, Ford eggs Bronson into joining him on a mountain climb. He turns the climb into a competitive event - a test of courage and stamina between himself and the much younger Bronson.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Wilson Ford - James Whitmore
Marcia Ford - Melendy Britt
Directed by Roger Kay
Written by Meyer Dolinsky
Associate Producer:


STILL WATERS
1st run 2/25/70; not rerun
Filmed on location near Monterey, California
Michael Parks sings "Softly and Tenderly"

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
A harassed newspaper editor faces a tough decision - one choice will enable him to maintain the respect of his daughter but the other offers his only means of supporting her.
Young Petey Traine [the daughter, and the newspaper's reporter] fervently believes in the newspaper campaign of her father, Harve, a widower, to save local waters ["Monterey Bay and Peninsula"] from industrial pollution. Bronson joins the campaign and works for Harve. Harve's editorial bite, however, hurts commercial interests which pull their advertising and drive him to the wall.
Harve's problems are complicated by numerous pressures - his daughter's belief in him, the fact that he is an ex-alcoholic, and the love of a woman, June [Thomas, who works in a marine lab that is researching local pollution], who also believes in Harve's campaign. He knows he must either give in to the advertisers and lose Petey's respect or go broke.
[Location trivia: the newspaper was called Pacific Grove Press. Pacific Grove is a town on Monterey Peninsula.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Petey Traine - Veronica Cartwright
Harve Traine - John Colicos
June Thomas - Jean Allison
Adams Ambridge - Phillip Pine
The Printer ("Billy") - Karl Lukas
Deputy Sheriff ("Al") - Don Dubbins
George (bartender) - Ray Galvin
The Foreman - Ed Barth
Directed by Corey Allen
Teleplay by Ben Masselink and Robert Malcolm Young
Story by Teddi Sherman and Robert Malcolm Young
"When You Come Upon Still Waters": Lyrics by Bob Hilliard, Music by Philip Springer, sung by John Bahler.
Associate Producer:


THE FOREST PRIMEVAL
1st run 3/4/70; rerun 8/26/70
Filmed on location near Carmel, California

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
[Bronson pulls into a gas station and the attendant ignores him, so Bronson pumps his own. After a bit of teasing inside the station, it turns out they are friends. The attendant suggests that Bronson do what he recently did to clear his mind and go up the coast and into the forest around Big Sur. He points to their present location on a map (which corresponds to Lucia, on Route 1, about 20 miles south of Big Sur). Next we see Bronson pulling into the access road for "Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur Station."]
A ride along a motorcycle trail into the Big Sur country (California) starts out as a lark until Bronson tumbles down a slide area [he missed the motorcycle trail sign, which had been knocked to the ground previously]. Unable to get his machine back up to the trail, Bronson elects to ride out of the mountains by following the natural surface of the land.
Bronson is unaware that a forest ranger has started a search to warn him about an impending weather front that might trap him in the mountains. The thick woods, streams, and fallen logs nearly defeat an exhausted Bronson.
[While trapped in the forest, he wanders to clear his mind, and catches glimpses of deer and other wildlife. His voice-over narration quotes from a poem that begins, "This is the forest primeval. The murmuring of the pines and the hemlocks, bearded like Druids of old." It comes from the poem entitled Evangeline, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Then the narration continues, "Breathlessly I stood and listened, heard the crunching of his hoof, saw the branches of one antler. Softly then, among the boulders, I crept forward. Crouched in the moraine, I peered up. Such a buck so sleek and fat, you, I'm sure, have ne'er set eyes on...." This comes from the play entitled Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen, and comes from Act One, Scene One.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
The Ranger - Gary Clarke
Pump Jockey - Lee DeBroux
Directed by Earl Bellamy
Written by Thomas Y. Drake and Jon Edward Manson
Music Composed and Conducted by Gil Melle
Associate Producer:


THE NINETY-NINE MILE CIRCLE
1st run 3/11/70; rerun 9/9/70 ("Bronson's last ride.... Last show [actually last rerun] of the series..." TV Guide)
"At California's Big Sur..." (TV Guide)
"Every Time (When We Are Gone)" by Tom Paxton, and "Tomorrow Calls My Name" by Gary Jayson, sung by Gary Jayson.

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Bronson doesn't quite understand why Isadore Katz, an elderly widower from New York City, has left his business to drive leisurely across the country, but is intrigued by this man who takes such pleasure at finding new experiences in life.
[They first meet on the roadside, where Katz's camper has run out of gas. Bronson gives him a ride 5 or 6 miles north to a gas station, and then back to the camper. Then, as Bronson is heading south again, his rear wheel seizes up; the bike will need new drive chain.]
Katz [who now drives Bronson and his crippled bike back to the same gas station] drives nearly 100 miles* out of his way to take Bronson to a motorcycle parts store. They share the beauty of the California Coast, get involved in a strange pool game with the owner of a small restaurant [who considers himself quite a pool hustler], and get invited to dinner by a lively widow [who they meet in the waiting room of a doctor's office, where they have gone after Katz develops chest pains]. Bronson is tempted to play matchmaker.
[* Location trivia: the gas station attendant tells Bronson that the nearest motorcycle parts store is in Pacific Grove, exactly 49 and a half miles away; he knows because he commutes that "99-mile circle" every day. Because of the direction of travel to Pacific Grove, relative to the ocean background, this episode, including it's fictional locations, probably takes place north of Pacific Grove, on U.S. Route 1, and the gas station may be up around Castroville, even though the TV Guide credits say "At California's Big Sur," which is south of Pacific Grove. See the Newsletters section of this site for more location info.]
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Isadore Katz - David Burns
Mrs. Flora Gold - Paula Victor
Lila - Gwynne Gilford
Mama - Barbara Dodd
Gus - Geoffrey Lewis
Fred - Ralph Montgomery
Directed by Jud Taylor
Written by Susan Harris and Lisabeth Hush
Associate Producer:


THE MARY R
1st run 3/25/70; rerun 8/19/70
Filmed in Monterey, California

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Bronson strives to help his uncle and cousin overhaul an old fishing boat because of his cousin's emotional attachment to the boat, in "The Mary R."
Cousin Carl is fiercely dependent on the boat and suffers breathing spasms at the thought of losing it because he somehow links it with his deceased mother. Uncle Herman and Bronson strive to repair the boat but Herman would really prefer to get rid of the boat were it not for Carl. When his fiancee, Beth, delivers an ultimatum that he must choose between her and the boat, Herman is faced with a difficult decision.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Herman - Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Carl - Bob Random
Beth - Beverly Garland
Directed by Paul Stanley
Written by Marvin Walkenstein
Associate Producer:


WHAT'S AN ARK WITHOUT CENTAURS?
1st run 4/1/70 ["Last first-run episode of the season"]; rerun 9/2/70
Michael Parks sings "My Lady's A Wild Flying Dove" (by Tom Paxton)
Filmed on location near Lake Mead, Nevada. [Location scenes include Hoover Dam. This episode was filmed while the TCB crew was in Nevada. Even though it was the last episode aired, it was filmed as one of episodes #19-22.]

Story line (compliments of TNT) [with additions and corrections in brackets]:
Bronson takes a temporary job with wealthy Gus Samos [on Gus' yacht] and finds himself serving as a go-between [for] Samos and his daughter, Vhea. The pair no longer can communicate with each other. Vhea can't accept the way of life of her father, a self-made man, and he can't understand her rejection of his principles. When Vhea leaves home [she has friends in a Buddhist community nearby], Bronson goes after her [at Gus' request] but finds himself being accused of wrong motives by both father and daughter.
Cast and Credits (from TNT, TV Guide and the actual episode credits):
Vhea Samos - Anjanette Comer
Gus Samos - Morgan Woodward
Buddhist - Akira Akamine
Directed by Robert Butler
Written by Nancy Skiba
Associate Producer: John G. Wilson





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