The Magnificent Seven - Series One Bible

 

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

SERIES BIBLE

SEASON ONE

TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH
MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION


THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO-PRODUCER: Dennis Stuart Murphy
PRODUCER: Lynne Symons

EPISODE TITLE:
The Magnificent Seven
EPISODE #
Pilot
PRODUCTION #
WRITER
Teleplay by
Frank Dobbs & Chris Black
Television Story By
Pen Densham & John Watson
DIRECTOR
Geoff Murphy
EDITOR
James R. Symons
SHOOTING DATE
3/14/97-4/21/97
AIR DATE
January 3, 1998
 


IN BRIEF:
Seven men join forces to protect a Seminole village from a group of cantankerous Confederate soldiers unwilling to accept the outcome of the Civil War.

SYNOPSIS:
A Native-American woman gives birth to a son. TASTANAGI, the chief of the tribe proudly names the child and brings him out for his people to see. Instead, he's shocked to be welcomed by a group of forty renegade Confederate soldiers. Displeased by the outcome of the Civil War, they've come to take food and supplies from the unarmed Seminoles (a mixture of outlaw Indians & runaway slaves) to continue their mission to start a new insurrection. As the soldiers pillage the village, their leader. COLONEL ANDERSON a gruff, old veteran spots gold on a ceremonial mask. He demands that the chief bring out any gold that the tribe may be hiding. Tastanagi explains that there is no gold in the village. Angered by this response, Anderson prepares to bomb the vlllage with a canon. Fearing for the lives of his flock. Tastanagi lies and says that there is a mine in the hills with gold. Colonel Anderson admonishes that he and his troops will be back in seven davs. If the gold is not waiting for them, then everyone in the tribe will die.

Trouble is also brewing in a small western town where NATHAN JACKSON, an African-American healer, is dragged away by a gang of racist miscreants who want to hang him for supposedly killing a white man. The patient actually died of gangrene, but these men are simply out for Nathan's blood. MARY TRAVIS, a fearless beauty and the voice of morality in the town, tries to intervene but the men brush past her and continue on their rampage. CHRIS LARABEE, a new arrival, mysterious, handsome, stoic, and VIN TANNER, rugged, easy on the eyes, a pillar of strength, finally come to the rescue and save Nathan from his attackers. J.D. (JOHN) DUNNE, a young, eager lad fresh off the stagecoach from back East tries to get in on the action and attempts to fire at the back of one of the retreating rogues. Chris stops him and chastises, "You never shoot anyone in the back."

Chief Tastanagi and EBAN, another elder from the tribe, have traveled to the town and watched this incident transpire. They're impressed by these gunslingers and want to hire them to protect their tribe from the Confederates. However. Tastanagi can only offer a Native trinket worth $35 as payment for the job. Chris comments that's about $5 a week for seven men - not much. But, sensing Tastanagi's desperation, Chris accepts and sets out to round up his other hired guns.

Vin, a former buffalo hunter and tracker is in, as well as Nathan who worked as a stretcher bearer in the Union army during the war. Chris also enlists the help of his old friend and a true "ladies' man", BUCK WILMINGTON, and recruits the services of one EZRA STANDISH. He's a gambler and a "southern gentleman" who knows every con in the book and has still managed to avoid being killed by his scams. Desperate to be included, J.D. begs to go along, but Chris refuses. Finally, after some hesitation, JOSIAH SANCHEZ, a spiritualist trying to rebuild a burnt out church on the edge of town, joins the group. The six men ride to the village and find that its inhabitants are skeptical about trusting white men. Strangely. there are no young men or women around.

With only four days or possibly less to prepare, the six have their work cut out for them. Plans for battle are undertaken including Vin teaching the Seminoles how to fire weapons. Of course, J.D. follows the posse but it's not until he saves Buck from an attack by the chief's son newly returned from prison camp, that he's allowed to join the brigade. Chris proffers, "If you want to die young, stay."

Meanwhile, Nathan stumbles upon the young women of the tribe who have been hidden away by their fathers. Chris assures the chief that the women will not be harmed. so thev return to the village and pitch in, Buck does indeed flirt while Nathan takes a shining to RAIN, Eban's daughter.

Details about their pasts start to surface as the Seven spend time together gearing up to fight the Confederates. Vin reveals that he was framed for murder by a cad named Eli Joe and that a false bounty has been placed on his head. Josiah explains that he was once a preacher but had trouble turning the other cheek. Buck tells J.D. that Chris lost his wife and son in a terrible fire.

As promised, the Confederates return to claim the gold and are shocked to discover a mere pile of sand where the loot is supposed to be. Even though there are more soldiers than Chris expected and his men are considerably outnumbered, he tells the Confederates to move on. They won't find any gold here. This news does not go over well with the soldiers and they launch an attack. Thanks to the careful preparations of the Mag Seven and the Seminoles, they're able to keep the enemy at bay, Soon after, the Confederates retreat.

During the altercation, Josiah is shot but he manages to pull through. Overall, there are relatively few causalities. However, it's premature to claim victory. The Seven must still take turns keeping watch. Ezra, always the fortune hunter, makes the mistake of straying to the abandoned mine while he's supposed to be looking out for the Confederates.

From the top of a cliff, the soldiers fire their canon and ambush the village. People are struck down as they scramble for cover. Rain's father is killed in the explosion. The only way to stop the Confederates is for the Mag six to climb up the cliffs and orchestrate their own surprise ambush. The odds are not good especially with Ezra's disappearance. It seems he has completely abandoned his comrades in their time of need.

The excursion up thc cliffs proves to be hazardous as the Mag six are captured by Anderson and his men. While in captivity, the guys give J.D. a hard time about being a spoiled youngster who never should have gotten involved. He vehemently counters that his mother was a chamber maid and he worked in a stable and taught himself how to ride. They never had much money but his mother was saving up so that he could go to college. Unfortunately, she died last year and the funds fell short of sending him to school. Perhaps, they underestimated the mettle of this kid. Regardless, the prospects for escape seem bleak.

Colonel Anderson, brooding, near the end of his rope, wants to execute the prisoners and finish up. His captain tries to dissuade him remarking that thc war is over. It's time to accept their defeat. As far as the Colonel's concerned, these comments constitute treason and the captain will now be placed with the others and disposed of.

One last time, the Colonel rides to the village and demands gold. The chief reaffirms that the Seminoles have none. While a number or the soldiers are off with Anderson at the village, Ezra returns dressed as a Confedcrate and infiltrates the camp. Chris has been fumbling with his handcuffs and is able to assist Ezra in freeing Vin, Buck, Nathan, J.D, and Josiah. After they're successfully liberated, Chris warns Ezra to never abandon him again.

Back at the village, the Colonel proudly raises his Confederate flag to signify that he's taken control. But. not for long. The Magnificent Seven bombard Anderson and his men. Each gunslinger takes a shot at the Colonel, but he won't go down. This "ghost of the confederacy" seems invincible. Fed up, J.D. charges Anderson but is out of bullets. Buck comes to the rescue and pushes J.D. out of thc line of fire. In the process, he gets stabbed by a sword. Josiah must then protect Buck. As a result, he gets shot, Nathan throws a knife into the Colonel yet he still continues to fight. Finally, his own captain stands off against him but is unable to muster the courage to fire. Chris finishes the job and shoots Anderson dead. At last, the threat is gone and the few remaining Confederates leave for good.

The Seminoles are grateful to the Seven. Now, the tribe knows how to fight and will be able to protect itself from future intruders especially with the canon the Confederates left behind. Chris gives the Native trinket back to the chief and prepares to head out. Vin, J.D. and Ezra saddle up. A recovering Buck and Josiah also manage to join the group. At first, Nathan plans to stick around the village and help out. But, Rain tells him to go with the others. She'll wait for him.

The Magnificent Seven join up and ride out together, a united front. As they proceed into the vast frontier, they're seven men linked by one destiny!

GUEST STARRING:
Eban
Imala
Corcoran
Tastanagi
Colonel Anderson
 
TONY BURTON
MICHAEL GREYEYES
DARAGH O'MALLEY
NED ROMERO
KURTWOOD SMITH
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Rain
Toakhulga
Opa Locka
Sgt. Darcy
Cowboy
Cowhand
Store Owner
Bartender
Stage Coach Driver
 
SIENA GOINES
LISA NOELLE
LISA MONTOUR
ERIC LAWSON
JEFF O'HACO
BOOTS SOUTHERLAND
FRANK SPRAGUE
THOMAS STEPHEN HALL
JACK LILLEY

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO.EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers

EPISODE TITLE:
One Day Out West
EPISODE #
1
PRODUCTION #
4705
WRITER
Story by John Watson & Pen Densham

Teleplay by Josef Anderson
DIRECTOR
Peter Markle
EDITOR
David Post
SHOOTING DATE
11/3-11/13/97
AIR DATE
1/10/98
 


IN BRIEF:
The Magnificent Seven return from saving the Seminole village and are planning to go their separate ways until a shopkeeper is shot dead by Lucas, the nephew of one of the local ranchers. The killing takes place just as Mary's father, Judge Travis, arrives in town on a mission to bring justice to this wild territory. He demands that the gunman stand trial for his crime, but none of the townspeople are willing to serve on the jury. Subsequently, the rancher's henchmen show up and successfully set the defendant free. The Judge is wounded during the altercation and enlists the help of the Magnificent Seven to bring his prisoner back. They ride to the ranch where Lucas is hiding out and apprehend him. Inspired by the courage and bravery of the Seven, the townspeople agree to participate in the trial. Because the Seven handled this assignment with such conviction, the Judge asks if they will stick around and help protect the town. They agree and Lucas is found guilty of murder.

SYNOPSIS:
Lucas, a born troublemaker, goes into Mr. Potter's General Store and harasses him about closing down. It seems his Uncle, Mr. James, wants the town to fold so that he can have free reign over the territory and expand his ranching empire. An angry Mr. Potter throws Lucas out of his shop. As a result, Lucas shoots and kills Potter. Ironically, Judge Travis arrives in town just in time to witness the crime. The Judge is Mary's father and he's come to these parts to instill some sense of law and order.

With Chris and company backing him up, Judge Travis arrests Lucas and announces that there's going to be a trial. Lucas insists that he shot Potter in self defense but the Judge disagrees and says that's for the jury to decide. The problem is that the townspeople are so afraid of incurring James' wrath that no one wants to serve on the jury. When the Judge inquires about the whereabouts of the sheriff, he's told that not one but two of them ran off. Accordingly, the Judge asks for a volunteer to fill the position. J.D. is the only one who wants the job. His first order of business is to arrest Ezra because the judge remembers him from a prior conviction.

Meanwhile, the other members of the Magnificent Seven, having resolved the situation with the Indian village, are planning to go their separate ways. During a conversation with Mary, Buck mentions that Chris lost his wife and child in an accident. A stoic Chris reminds Buck that he doesn't want him talking about the past. Soon after, trouble is brewing in town again when the Judge brings Lucas to the saloon for the trial. None of the townspeople show up to serve on the jury. Instead, a couple of James' henchmen come to set Lucas free. Although Chris and Vin intervene, the Judge gets shot and Lucas escapes.

Nathan tends to the Judge and fixes his wounds at a 'secret' location (Chris' room). The Seven pretend that the Judge is dead and hold a phony burial to throw Lucas and Mr. James off. Then, Chris enlists the help of his six buddies to bring Lucas back into custody. They all agree to ride except for Buck who's not quite sober. Ezra also gets to come along because he knows where to find Lucas and has established a rapport with him after sharing a jail cell.

Chris and the Mag 5 infiltrate James' ranch and capture Lucas. Buck also joins up with the gang in time to provide some assistance. Having successfully completed their mission, the Seven ride back into town with Lucas in tow. The Judge reemerges and says that there's finally going to be a trial. He proclaims that the brave example of the seven men who brought Lucas into custody should be followed by all. No longer afraid, townsfolk file into the saloon to serve on the jury.

Impressed by their prowess, the Judge asks if the Seven will stick around and keep an eye on things, even though he can only afford to pay each man a dollar a day. They agree and Lucas is found guilty. Justice has finaily prevailed.

GUEST STARRING:
Judge Orin Travis
 
ROBERT VAUGHN
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Lucas James
Mr. Potter
Flint
Malcolm
Mr. Conklin
Man #2
Mrs. Potter
Bone
Russell
Leroy
Guard
Wagon Driver
Guard #2
Boxer #1
Boxer #2
 
SAM HENNINGS
SONNY CARL DAVIS
JEREMY ROBERTS
WALTER SCOTT
JERRY HARDIN
JIM CODY WILLIAMS
KAREN HENSEL
TONY BOGGS
MIKE WATSON
ROBERT COPENHAVER
ROBERT JAUREGUI
JACK LILLEY
R. L. TOLBERT
JOHN CLAY SCOTT
CLAY LILLEY

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO-PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers, Lynne Symons

EPISODE TITLE:
Safecracker
EPISODE #
2 (Aired as 3)
PRODUCTION #
4701
WRITER
Rick Husky
DIRECTOR
T. J. Scott
EDITOR
Gary Karr
SHOOTING DATE
11/13-11/25/97
AIR DATE
January 24, 1997
 
 

IN BRIEF:
A seasoned safecracker, Terry, and her daughter, 01ivia, are released from prison as part of a rehabilitation program that Mary is sponsoring, but Terry's past threatens to destroy her new start. When her old accomplice, Co1trane, tracks her down and demands that she pull off one more heist at the local bank or risk the well being of her child, Terry has no choice but to go along. The Magnificent Seven intervene on her behalf and manage to foil the robbery as well as dispose of the threat of Coltrane and his men. Finally, Terry and Olivia are free to begin a new life.

SYNOPSIS:
After a botched robbery, an incompetent safecracker is blown up by his angry panners in crime. They ride off as the shack explodes. Meanwhile, Nathan and Buck meet up with a prisoner who is being released from jail. They're supposed to provide an escort back to town. To their great surprise, the prisoner, Terry Greer, is actually a woman and she's not alone. Terry is accompanied by her six year old child, 0livia. During her stay at Yuma Prison, 01ivia learned the skill of pickpocketing and swipes Buck's watch but he's too distracted by the loveiy Terry to notice.

As the group arrives in town, a federal payroll wagon is being unloaded at the bank. The ring leader from the earlier incident, Coltrane, watches from a distance as the money is transported inside.

Mary greets Terry and they discuss her plight. Terry confides that after her husband died she got into trouble trying to support Olivia. She was sentenced to three years in prison for robbery. During their conversation, Coltrane enters the newspaper office and makes eye contact with Terry. He says he's going to open up a new shop and wants to put an ad in the paper. Clearly, Terry is uncomfortable around him but she tries to hide it.

Soon after, Terry excuses herseif to go pick up some necessities and that's when she bumps into Coltrane, her former 'boss'. He explains how he pulled some strings to get her released from jail. Then he tracked her to this town so that she could do another safecracking job for him at the locai bank. If Terry refuses to comply, then Coltrane will dispose of her and Olivia. Reluctantly, she accompanies him to the bank to size it up. There is a definite sexual tension between them aithough for the most part it's generated by Coltrane.

During Terry's absence, Olivia wanders into the saloon, Ezra is involved with a heated poker game which goes awry and Olivia gets into the thick of it. Buck who was supposedly watching Olivia notices that she is missing and sets off to find her. While conversing in the street, Terry and Buck get kidnapped by Coltrane and his men. J.D. observes their abduction and is able to safely conceal Olivia from danger.

Upon hearing about Terry and Buck, Chris and Vin ride off to find them. They head to Purgatory, a border town in Mexico filled with outlaws. Vin is uncomfortable because he's afraid one of his enemies will spot him. Chris understands and sends Vin back home.

At the local saioon, Chris encounters Buck and Terry. Coltrane is jealous of Buck's rapport with Terry and is about to have him killed when suddenly Chris intervenes. He claims that Buck shot his brother and he's come looking for revenge. Chris takes Buck outside and pretends to kill him. Instantly, Mexican peasants converge on Buck and drag his body away. Impressed by Chris' prowess, Coltrane asks if he wants to work for him. Chris agrees to assist with the bank robbery as Buck rises from the 'dead' to the amazement of the peasants and sneaks off.

After Terry's disappearance. Olivia is hidden away at Josiah's church. Nathan, Ezra, Josiah, J.D. and Mary try to entertain her and keep her spirits up but she's worried about her mother. Late at night, Olivia sneaks off and is snatched up by Starkweather and Bishop, two of Coltrane's henchmen. J.D. sees her being captured and tries to stop them but is hit by a knife in the shoulder and goes down. They take Olivia to a room above the saloon and hold her prisoner. When Buck and Vin get back, they're informed about the impending crisis.

Chris and Terry also return to town with Coltrane and proceed to the bank. He gestures to a saloon window where Olivia is standing and points out that she's been captured. Unless he has Terry's full cooperation, Olivia will be harmed. With no choice but to continue, Terry opens the safe.

Back at the saloon, Buck and Ezra try to rescue Olivia but they're apprehended. Fortunately, Olivia stole Ezra's little derringer earlier on and has kept the gun hidden in her cigar box until now. Accordingly, she tosses the weapon to Ezra and they're able to break free.

At the bank, the robbery is near completion. It's time for Chris to make his move. He pulls Terry out of harm's way and fires at Coltrane and his men. Chris is backed up by Vin, Josiah and Nathan. An outraged Coltrane comes riding at Chris like a madman. Calmly, Chris blows him away.

Finallv, Terry and Olivia are free to begin a new life. As they ride out of town, Buck discovers that Olivia has swiped his watch, again.

GUEST STARRING:
Terry Greer
Olivia Greer
Morgan Coltrane
 
SHANNON KENNY
ALEXA VEGA
JEFF KOBER
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Fallon
Starkweather
Vargas
Claude Beals
Bank Officer
Prison Guard
Gunman
Driver
 
CLINT LILLEY
LES BRANDT
JUDDSON LINN
MATT O'TOOLE
FRED KRONENBERG
BOB KANE
JOEY HAMLIN
JACK LILLEY

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO.EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers, Lynne Symons
CO-PRODUCER: Melissa Rosenberg

EPISODE TITLE:
Working Girls
EPISODE #
3 (Aired as 2)
PRODUCTION #
4708
WRITER
Melissa Rosenberg
DIRECTOR
Chris Cain
EDITOR
William B. Stich
SHOOTING DATE
11/13-11/25/97
AIR DATE
January 17, 1997
 
 

IN BRIEF:
The Magnificent Seven protect a group of prostitutes from their overzealous employer.

SYNOPSIS:
J.D. and Buck ride to Wicks Town. Buck teases J.D. about this being his first time with a woman. He protests that it's not. Wicks Town is a cluster of tents with a bunch of prostitutes milling around. Wicks, a frightening, big bear of a man, oversees the activities and makes sure that his customers are satisfied.

The guys enter the bar and spot Chris drinking near a pretty woman, Lydia. Buck decides not to interrupt his pal. J.D. scans the room for 'the one' and sets his sights on Emily, a playful blonde. They're introduced and head out together. Buck fondly-watches them go and remembers how disappointing the first time can be.

Meanwhile, Wicks has summoned a frail girl, Nora, to go with him. Buck walks outside to check on J.D. and encounters Wicks berating and beating Nora. She's nearly unconscious from the attack. Furious. Buck goes to the rescue and gets into a huge brawl with Wicks. Chris spots the commotion, fires his rifle in the air and breaks up the fight. He proceeds to scoop Nora up onto his horse as Buck and J.D. saddle up. The group rides out. An angry Wicks calls after them that "this ain't over."

Nathan assesses Nora's condition and concludes that she's not in good shape. She needs time to heal and recover. Mary is disturbed by having the presence of such a sordid type in town. She's convinced that where there's one more will follow. Indeed. Mary's prediction comes true when Lydia and a number of Wicks' girls ride into town looking for Nora. Chris' courage inspired them to leave Wicks for good but they need a safe place to stay in case Wicks comes after them. Mary is distressed by the idea of their presence and urges the girls to move on. Lydia doesn't take kindly to Mrs. Travis and decides to stay.

Sure enough, Wicks' men come looking for his 'girls'. The Mag Seven safely hide them and the hired guns ride off. Lydia continues to flirt with Chris, but he's not very receptive to her advances. He tells her that it's probably a good idea for them to move on. Lydia likes a challenge and wants to make a stand here. Besides, Mary claims that her relationship with Chris is strictly professional: that makes him fair game for her.

Spotting a golden opportunity, Ezra convinces the prostitutes to become mail order brides and trains them how to behave like well-bred ladies. J.D. can't get over his crush on Emily and asks Buck for advice. During their conversation, Buck brags that he's never had to pay for it. He also discloses that his mother was a prostitute and a saint.

Wicks is angry and wants his girls back where they belong. If his men can't find them then he will round them up himself. So, Wicks rides to town and demands to know where the whores are hiding. Just then, he catches a glimpse of their wagon taking off outside of town. Wicks chases the wagon down until it goes off the side of a cliff. All of the whores are dead or so he thinks. A livid Wicks takes off believing that his prostitutes have perished. In reality, the wagon was filled with dummies and no one actually got hurt.

Mary softens her position about the whores after Nora explains to her how Wicks lures young women out 'West by paying their way and then forces them into servitude to pay him back. Maybe these girls aren't so bad after all bad after. At any rate, J.D. won't give up on Emily and Emily and Lydia keeps trying with Chris.

The prostitutes become careless about staying hidden and before long, word gets back to Wicks that one of his girls was spotted alive. He hightails it back to town and captures Mary. If the whores don't go back by the day's end then Wicks will kill her.

Ezra dresses up in drag to create a diversion so that the Magnificent Seven can infiltrate Wicks Town and save Mary. Chris finds her tied up in the leech's tent. She's fine and hasn't been harmed. Chris sets her free and they prepare to leave. Wicks storms in and is about to shoot Chris. Suddenly, Lydia appears and comes to the rescue. She shoots Wicks and he falls to the ground. Certain that the old tyrant is dead, Chris and company walk awav, but Wicks rises and makes a last stand. Fortunately, Buck saw him stirring out of the corner of his eye and takes Wicks out for good.

Lydia, a recovered Nora and the rest of the 'girls' leave together to make a new start in Frisco. Ezra is disappointed that his mail order scheme didn't work out and J.D. never did score with Emily. As they ride away, J.D. comments that there's more to those ladies than meets the eye, but he sure has no idea how to figure them out!

GUEST STARRING:
Wicks
Emily
Lydia
Nora
 
BARRY COBIN
BOTI ANN BLISS
KATY BOYER
MIRISA COUGHLAN
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Quint
Prostitute #1
Hired Gun #1
Bartender
Drunk
 
MARK BURNHAM
KENDIS CHASE
RALEIGH WILSON
WILLlAM BASSETT
DAVID UNDERWOOD

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO.EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers, Lynne Symons
CO-PRODUCER: Melissa Rosenberg

EPISODE TITLE:
Witness
EPISODE #
4
PRODUCTION #
4707
WRITER
Melissa Rosenberg
DIRECTOR
Bill Wages
EDITOR
David Post
SHOOTING DATE
12/9-12/18/97
AIR DATE
January 31, 1997
 
 

IN BRIEF:
Mary's son, Billy, comes to visit and is stalked by his father's killer. As the only witness to the crime, Billy must overcome his fears and finger the real murderer. The Magnificent Seven assist in tracking him down and bringing him to justice. Ezra's mother, Maude, also drops in, hoping to join her son in one of his scams.

SYNOPSIS:
As BILLY TRAVlS (8) rides the stagecoach, he has bad dreams about the night his father was killed. He was in the house when the murder occurred and is the only witness to the crime. Another passenger, MAUDE (50), attractive, ostentatious, a con artist and Ezra's mother, tries to comfort him but he's still traumatized. When they arrive, Mary runs up to greet her son who has come to visit for a month. She's overjoyed to see her boy yet he seems distracted. Maude, on the other hand, exits with a flourish. She's got enough luggage for a small army. Josiah is transfixed when he gets a glimpse of her. There are not many women like Maude in this town.

Concerned that he's hungry from his journey, Mary offers to get Billy a sandwich. While he waits for her to return with the food, a man wearing black gloves grabs Billy and threatens him. If Billy ever mentions a word about the night of his father's death, then his mother will be killed. The man tells him that he's the devil. Frightened, Billy runs out into the middle of the street and nearly gets hit by an oncoming wagon. Chris puils him out of the way and saves his life.

Nathan examines Billy and physically, except for a few cuts and bruises he's fine. However, he's still worried that the devil is going to kill his mother. Mary asks Chris to have a talk with Billy about the night his rather was killed. But, Chris is reluctant and doesn't think that it's such a good idea.

Meanwhile, Buck believes that he has animal magnetism and that's why so many women are drawn to him. J.D. doesn't care what Buck has, he's just jealous that all the girls seem to flock to his friend. Ezra also has his fill of problems with his mother in town. Maude is more than happy to share a few embarrassing stories about Ezra's childhood with his pals.

At night, Billy is tormented by dreams of the gloved man and decides to run away. The Magnificent Seven ride out in search of him. Chris and Vin branch off to cover more ground. Mary is distraught over her son's disappearance. Maude tries to comfort her but she's not very good at it. MR. WHEELER, the owner of the hotel, inquires about whether Billy's been found. Mary says no: that they're still looking. Sensing that she's found a prospect for a scam, Maude accompanies the wealthy Mr. Wheeler back to the hotel.

Vln and Chris catch up with Billy out in the hills. He's still terrified that the devil is going to get his mother. A hidden gunman fires at them. They take cover and he leaves. Billy is brought back home. Although Mary is overjoyed by his return, she wishes that she had seen more the night that her husband was murdered so that she could help Billy. When the killing took place, Mary was away visiting neighbors. Chris asks if anyone in particular would have wanted her husband killed. Mary responds that Steven upset a lot of people with the newspaper. He probably has enemies they'll never even know about. There was an investigation. The conclusion was drawn that it was a robbery, but the criminals must have come back. Gently, Nathan asks Billy if he saw anyone that night. Again, he claims that it was the devil.

Maude continues to get on Ezra's nerves. She wants to pull a con on Mr. Wheeler but Ezra's not interested. He tells his mom that it's his job to protect the town from people like him. It seems Ezra has a number of issues with his mother which are finally coming to the surface. Accordingly, he criticizes her for dumping him off with relatives instead of raising him by herself. Maude counters that she did the best she could.

The Magnificent Seven decide that they have to flush Steven's killer out. So, Mrs. Travis and Billy pretend to leave town on the stagecoach. The gang sees them off with a big good-bye. On the outskirts of town, two horsemen stop the coach and try to apprehend Mary and Billy. Instead, Vin, Josian, Buck, J.D. and Mary surprise and capture them. At the same time, Chris takes Billy back to Mary's old ranch house to keep him safely out of danger. Billy opens up a little about being scared. Chris tells him that he's met the Devil more than once and he hasn't beaten him yet.

The other Mag 7 force the gunmen to confess about who killed Billy's father. Then, the gang including Maude, confronts Wheeler about his vicious crime. He apologizes profusely and says he never meant to cause any harm. It was his partner's idea to kill Steven because he was digging into their land deeds. He was too close to finding out that the deeds were fake. If the truth came out, then they would be ruined.

Back at Mary's ranch house, Chris watches over Billy as he sleeps. Chris' thoughts are drawn back to his own wife and son who were killed in a fire. He's so distracted by the memories that he's unaware of the approaching threat. ELLIOT, the gloved man, raises his gun to the window and points at Billy. Chris snaps out of his reverie just in time to get Billy out of the way. In the process, Chris gets shot in his right arm.

Gunmen proceed to enter the house and light it on fire. Chris and Billy dash out to the barn. Immediately, Chris puts Billy on a horse and sends him off into the night. To the best of his abilities, Chris wards Elliot and the gunmen off until he runs out of bullets. Elliot advances and is about to kill Chris. Suddeniy, Billy comes back and knocks Elliot to the ground. By this time, the other Mag Seven and Mary have arrived to back Chris up. Billy recognizes Elliot and fingers him as the man who killed his father. At last, the ordeal is over for Mary and her son.

Realizing this is not the place for her, Maude decides to move on but not before she plays one last prank courtesy of J.D. As she exits, Maude comments that Buck smells bad. So much for animal magnetism! While Maude leaves, a happy, well adjusted Billy rides off with Chris to go on a fishing expedition.

GUEST STARRING:
Maude
Billy
Wheeler
Elliot
 
MICHELLE PHILLIPS
JUSTIN COOPER
LEON RUSSOM
KEN JENKINS
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Virginia
Curtis
Coachman
Steven Travis
Flirtatious Girl
 
TAMARA BRAUN
MONTY STUART
GEOFF KOCH
KEITH LEWIS
THERISA MARIA STEWART

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO.EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers, Lynne Symons
CO-PRODUCER: Melissa Rosenberg

EPISODE TITLE:
Inmate #78
EPISODE #
5 (Aired as 6)
PRODUCTION #
4706
WRITER
Robert Franke
DIRECTOR
Gregg Champion
EDITOR
William B. Stich
SHOOTING DATE
1/5/98-1/14/98
AIR DATE
3/7/98
 
 

IN BRIEF:
Chris is sent to prison camp on false charges by a crooked Sheriff and must fight to stay alive. The Magnificent Seven search for him and facilitate his rescue.

SYNOPSIS:
In Jericho, a small nothing of a town, Chris kicks back at Jessie's Saloon and Boarding House. A salesman tries to sell him a watch but Chris is not interested. Suddenly, Sheriff Quince and his Deputy barge in carrying a generic 'wanted' poster. They plan to arrest the salesman for suspicion of armed robbery in Landen. Chris chimes in that he just came from Landen and there was no robbery. He continues that the drawing could be of anybody. Panicked, the salesman makes a run for it. The Deputy attempts to shoot him in the back but Chris knocks him down and shoves the Sheriff aside.

Angered by this troublemaker, the Sheriff pulls his gun and arrests Chris. The Law in Jericho isn't exactly straight. Chris is tried by the Sheriff who serves as both judge and jury. If Chris can post $500 bail then the Sheriff will release him and set a trial date for one month from today. However, there's no way Chris can or will fork over that kind of money. So, the Sheriff sentences Chris for aiding and abetting a known felon and resisting arrest, to five years hard labor with no parole.

Chris is taken directly to prison camp. As he's unloaded from a caged wagon, he tries to make a break for it. The guards reign Chris in and bring him in front of the burly arrogant Warden. For his bad behavior, Chris has just bought himself four days in the hole. The Warden adds that from now on Chris will be known simply as Inmate 78. When Chris inquires about the prospect of mail, the Warden gets angry. He tells Chris that he has an attitude problem and doubles his stay in the hole.

Back in town, M1ary is concerned that Chris has been gone for ten days. He said that he would be home in three but there is no sign of him. The other Magnificent Seven seem to share Mary's sentiments except for Buck. He's convinced that Chris is just off having a good time.

Eight days pass and Chris is let out of the hole. Prison life is hell especially when a bunch of inmates named the Lawless Brothers pick a fight with Chris. It seems he shot their cousin back in Dodge City and they're looking for revenge. Instead of just winging the kid, Chris shot him straight through the heart. Ready to fight, Chris throws the first punch and they get into a huge brawl. Just as he stands to win, the guards pull Chris away and beat him to a pulp.

Clearly, Chris is in some kind of trouble and his friends need to go look for him. Mary receives a telegraph saying Chris left Landen over two weeks ago. Her instincts were right. Hopefully, the Mag Six are not too late and will be able to find Chris but there are no guarantees.

Wounded and ailing, Chris gets fixed up by the resident medic. The Doc explains that if Chris had paid the bail then he would be a free man. Sheriff Quince and the Warden have a nice, profitable racket going on. The scam works like this - The Sheriff picks out someone he thinks has money and accuses him of a crime. If he doesn't pay bail then he gets sent to prison. Then, the Sheriff contacts the man's family and they try to raise the money. Half the men in this prison are innocent victims. The other half are actual murderers and thieves.

Sure enough, the Sheriff visits Chris and offers him the chance for a retrial if his family will post the $500 bail. To their dismay, Chris turns the tables and confronts the Sheriff and the Warden. He knows about their little swindle and threatens to kill them both when he gets set free.

The Mag Six make it to Jericho. They asks the Deputy if he's seen or heard of Chris Larabee. He says no. At Jessie's Boarding House, more inquiries are made. Jessie doesn't recall seeing Chris. Josiah senses something fishy but before they can ask more questions, the Sheriff shows up. He says he'll have to take their guns if they plan to stay in town. Vin responds that they will be on their way as soon as they pick up some suppiies. After they leave. Jessie tells her son, the Sheriff, that she's troubled. These men couid create problems. Quince reassures her not to worry.

Partially recovered from his injuries, Chris is back outside working in the camp. Inmate 46, another prisoner who was sick in the medic tent with Chris, has also been sent back to work, but this man is not well and can barely stand. When the Warden starts picking on Inmate 46, Chris intervenes on his behalf. The Warden is outraged and turns his energies to Chris, beating him badly. The other prisoners, including the Lawless Brothers respect Chris' courage and bang their shovels against the rocks in a show of solidarity. This makes the Warden nervous. Yet, he persists with his tirade. Each time the Warden pummels Chris, he gets back up and takes some more, rallying the prisoners. The Warden decides to end this touchy situation and sends Chris and Inmate 46 back to the medic tent. As they go the Warden announces that he has other plans for Chris.

The Jericho general store is filled with a variety of items including Chris' gun. Buck forces the owner to tell him where he got it. As it turns out, the weapon was sold to him by Jessie. When the Mag Six ask her how she got the gun, Jessie concocts a story about some drunk men who made her take it instead of money. They see right through her lies but decide to hold off for the time being until they have more information about Chris.

The Warden and the Sheriff are growing increasingly nervous about Larabee's friends sticking their noses where they don't belong. They decide that the best way to control them is to arrest Vin. After ail. he has an actual bounty on his head.

Searching for more clues about Chris, Ezra plies the deputy with liquor to get him to talk. He spills the beans about the racket the Sheriff's got going with his Ma and the Warden. While the Deputy collapses from inebriation, the Sheriff enters and tries to apprehend Vin. He's unsuccessful because the rest of the Mag Seven are not about to let Vin get arrested. In fact, the Sheriff is outnumbered and is forced to surrender.

By now, the Warden is tired of dealing with Chris and puts him back in the hole. This time he plans to finish him off. Accordingly, he drops a rattlesnake into the pit and expects Larabee to die. But, the Warden underestimates the strength of his prisoner. Chris grabs hold of the snake by the neck and tosses it at the Warden's face. The snake attacks him and inflicts a fatal bite.

Simultaneously, Vin and his crew along with the Sheriff, arrive at the prison. Jessie tried to stop them but she was no match for their strength. Recognizing the Sheriff, a guard opens up the gate and lets the Magnificent bunch in. The Sheriff yells, "prison break!" but it's too late. The Magnificent Seven battle the guards as they search for Chris. The Sheriff runs off to collect the bail money. As he tries to make a clean get away, Chris emerges from the shadows. He was able to unlock his chainS after the Warden succumbed to the snake. Cornered, the Sheriff charges Chris and winds up with a blade in his gut. Finally, the corrupt element at this prison has been exterminated.

Before thev leave. the Magnificent Seven recover the ledger with the names of the prisoners being heid on false charges and set them free. Vin hands the rest of the bail monev to the remaining law enforcement and asks that it be returned to the rightful owners. Chris and his partners saddle up and somberly ride out of the prison into freedom.

GUEST STARRING:
Sheriff Quince
Warden
Jessie O'Reilly
Deputy
Salesman
Guard Philips
Doc
Gage Lawless
 
CLIFF DE YOUNG
ART LAFLEUR
JULIANNA MCCARTHY
STEVE RANKlN
TIME WINTERS
ANTHONY LEE
BILLY BOLENDER
DON SWAYZE
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Cook
Old Codger
Mr. Anderson
Fate Lawless
Basil Lawless
 
LYLE KANOUSE
WILL MCALLISTER
RANDALL RAPSTINE
DAVID ROWDEN
MONTY PERLIN

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO.EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers, Lynne Symons
CO-PRODUCER: Melissa Rosenberg

EPISODE TITLE:
Nemesis
EPISODE #
6 (Aired as 5)
PRODUCTION #
4709
WRITER
Steve Hattman
DIRECTOR
Jerry Jameson
EDITOR
David Post
SHOOTING DATE
1/15-1/26/98
AIR DATE
February 28, 1998
 
 

IN BRIEF:
Chris searches for the man who killed his wife and son. Jock Steele, a writer from back East comes to town looking for new material and latches on to the Magnificent Seven.

SYNOPSIS:
JOCK STEELE, a writer/photographer from the East who publishes lurid, dime store novels is in town to gather stories about the Wild West. He's excited at the prospect of seeing an actual hanging. Judge Travis is visiting to oversee the execution. The prisoner, JOHN BLACKFOX, a drifter and horse thief who got caught one too many times, has asked to talk with him. Blackfox wants to make a trade. He'll provide information about a murder if the Judge will call off the hanging. The Judge responds that information about a three year old murder doesn't count for much. Blackfox counters that there were two murders - a woman and a boy who died in a fire. The victims were named Larabee.

Furious about Blackfox's disclosure, Chris barges into the jail and demands to know who killed his wife, SARAH, and his son, ADAM. Blackfox explains that he doesn't know but he was there the night it happened. He was hired out of a saloon in Eagle Bend to scare some folks off their land. By the time he got to the ranch, he was sobering up and got frightened. Hoping to avoid trouble, Blackfox volunteered to watch the horses. When he saw the flames coming from the house, he rode off.

Chris doesn't believe Blackfox's account. Desperate to save his skin, Blackfox reiterates that it was three years ago and it's hard for him to remember. Perhaps if they went back to the house his memory would be jogged. Indeed, Chris wants to know the truth so he gears up to go back to the scene of the crime with Blackfox. Nathan and Josiah offer to accompany Chris on his quest for answers. Steele begs to go along, too. He's fascinated by Chris' tragic story and wants to write a book called 'Larabee's Bloody Revenge.' Annoyed by this nuamce, Chris tells Steeie to stay behind and mind his business.

On the way out of town, Buck catches up with Chris. He feels guilty because they were away together in Mexico when the fire happened. The truth about Sarah and Adam's murder is important to him and he wants to join the posse. As they proceed on their journey, Blackfox reveals that one of the men he worked with had a single silver spur on his boot and that the man who hired them rode a big gray. Of course, Steele follows the group but they continue to give him the cold shoulder.

At Chris' old burnt out house, memories of his family come gushing over him. As Chris contemplates the past, Josiah and Nathan dig up two dead bodies in a nearby stream. On one of the corpses is a pair of boots with a single silver spur. Nathan discerns that the cowboys were shot in the back of the head, execution style by a left-handed gunman. Chris feels they may find more clues back at the saloon in Eagle Bend, so that's where they go.

No one in the bar is especially helpful and Chris is starting to lose his patience. With some persuasion, the bartender provides a description of the man Chris is looking for. He's big, smokes little cheroots, has a mustache, wears special gloves to conceal a crippled right hand, and is real neat and clean - that's all he knows.

Later, Chris checks Blackfox into the local jail which is empty. Blackfox apologizes for his actions. He swears that he didn't know anyone was going to be killed. Upon Chris' departure, the man who hired Blackfox shows up at his cell window. He's not happy about Larabee coming back to town. Blackfox reassures him that Chris has got nothing on him. The man warns Blackfox about playing both sides in this nasty game. He may end up crushed.

When Chris gets back to his room at the hotel, he finds the bartender's dead body hanging in the closet. It's a sign that the killer is close at hand. Now, more than ever, the search must go on. Once again, Steele has followed the group in the hope of getting in on the action. He gets his wish when a gang of gunmen open fire on Chris and his friends. With the added assistance of Vin, J.D. and Ezra who have joined up with the others, the gunmen retreat. Furious, Chris takes off after them.

The Magnificent Seven are led to Purgatory, home to notorious outlaws and thieves, in search of the gunmen. Of course. Steele is not far behind. Buck does indeed find one of the men they're looking for but he's already dead. Chris laments that every time they get close, they only come up with dead men.

Overjoyed by the prospect of finding new material, Steele goes to the saloon, buys everyone a round of drinks and announces that he's a writer who wants to hear all their torrid stories. The seedy clientele jump at the chance to share and Steele becomes the most popular patron in the establishment.

Chris and the other Mag 7 regroup at the bar and that's when they see the killer's picture. An hour earlier, Steele took a shot of his new buddies. In the background of the photo, drinking at the bar, is a man matching the description of the killer. Chris grabs the photo and stomps down to the area where he was sitting. He grabs a man off his stool and demands to know the identity of the fel1ow in the picrure. The rogue explains that it's Fowler. Cletus Fowler.

For two days, the Magnificent Seven search for Fowler but still find nothing. Chris is losing hope and drinking a lot. Vin suggests they make one more big push to find Fowler. So, everyone except for Chris, mounts up and rides out. Later that night, Fowler pays Chris a visit at the saioon. Chris asks why he murdered his wife and son. Fowler responds that the money was right. Probing further, Chris asks who wanted him dead. Fowler torments him and says that he never reveals the identity of his clients. The death of Chris' wife and son was enough to make him leave town and that satisfied the client.

Unfortunately, Chris came back and Fowler's after his hide, again. Chris asks if Blackfox was in on it the whole time. Deviously, Fowler states he was just some unreliable local talent who is lying dead in his cell now.

At last, the time has come for Fowler to make his move. Chris and his drinking have made things easy. He's practically left himself an open target. With relative ease, Fowler and his men can finish the job. Luckily, the other Mag Seven have been hiding out and are there to support Chris.

Suddenly facing a losing situation, Fowler makes a break for it. Buck is about to shoot him when Chris intervenes. He wants Fowler alive so he can find out the truth. Chris runs out into the night after him. Fowler heads for the livery stable where an oil lamp gets knocked over and the structure ignites. Finally. Chris catches up with Fowler. Both men struggle to breathe as the fire closes in on them. Chris roughs Fowler up and demands to know who hired him. Fowler, a vision of evil, backs up into the flames. He'd rather die than reveal the truth. Chris tries to stop him but it's too late. Fowler is gone.

Back home, after this trying experience, Josiah reads from a book in his church. It's about Chris' saga and the men who aid him in his constant struggle for truth and justice. The name of the novel is 'The Magnificent seven' by Jock Steele.

GUEST STARRING:
Judge Travis
Fowler
Jock Steele
Blackfox
 
ROBERT VAUGHN
STEPHEN MC HATTIE
JEFF ASCH
JIMMIE F. SKAGGS
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Sarah Larabee
Adam Larabee
Bartender
Sheriff
Big Drunk
Outlaw
Hooker
 
HEATHER HOLLAND
CAELAN BIEHN
MATTHEW KIMBROUGH
DAVID KAGEN
AL FLEMING
RALPH MORRIS
MARISSA PEREZ

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO.EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers, Lynne Symons
CO-PRODUCER: Melissa Rosenberg

EPISODE TITLE:
The Collector
EPISODE #
7
PRODUCTION #
4712
WRITER
Michael Norell
DIRECTOR
Gregg Champion
EDITOR
Gary Karr
SHOOTING DATE
1/27/98-2/5/98
AIR DATE
TBD
 
 

IN BRIEF:
The Magnificent Seven protect a woman and her niece from a local pariah who steals valuable goods and scares people off their property. In turn, he hires an old enemy of Chris' to even up the score. A musical revue comes to town and Josiah is smitten with its star, Emma DuBonnet.

SYNOPSIS:
Guy Royal (55), a fancy dresser wearing a fifty dollar Stetson, and his cronies burst into Nettie Wells modest ranch and take her horses as well as her two prized possessions - a delicate music box and a hepplewhite chair. Nettie (65), a wiry, coyote tough widower and her niece, Casey (18), an equally strong tomboy, put up a fight but Royal overpowers them. Before he goes, Royal warns them to leave the territory. If they don't then he will throw Casey to his men and burn Nettie's house with her in it.

Nettie goes to town and discusses her plight with Mary, Vin and Chris. They conclude that the reason Royal is after her land is because of the railroad. He's bought up all the important property for next to nothing by scaring the residents off. When the railroad comes, Royal will own all the land and be able to make a fortune by selling it.

While the meeting about Royal is taking place, Casey waits outside for her aunt. J.D. walks up and tries to enter but she stops him. Then, Casey challenges J.D. to a race. He can't believe this girl. The meeting ends and J.D. is miffed. There's something about Casey that drives him crazy but he's not sure what it is. Buck instantlv recognizes their attraction yet decides to let them discover it on their own.

The pian for dealing with Royal is to make a show of force out at his place. Josiah won't be able to come along though because he has to prepare for the arrival of Emma DuBonnet, star of the revue, 'Getting Gertie's Garter'. Emma and Josiah were lovers a long time ago but he still has a weakness in his heart for her.

The Mag Seven contingent ride to Royal's, takes Nettie's stuff back and ruffle the old man's feathers. It seems he's collected a bunch of 'gifts' from the local people and decorated his house like a king. Royal doesn't like this meddling bunch and sends one of his henchmen to hire the famed, six foot six tall, one-eyed arsonist, Tophat Bob, to dispose of them, once and for all.

Subsequently, Royal buys the mortgage on Nettie's land. A reluctant Ezra loans her the funds to buy it back. Then, the Magnificent Seven pull a 'Robin Hood' and rob Royal on his way home. These antics are starting to get to Royal, so Tophat Bob better put these men in their place real soon.

As part of their deal, Tophat Bob lights another ranch on fire which Royal covets and hangs the owner of the property. Then Bob sends a message out to Chris Larabee - he better remember the last time they met because this time he's going to rip Chris' eye out. Ironically, Chris has no idea who Bob is. Insulted, Tophat tells him that they met railsplitting. For now. Bob has other business to attend to but when that's finished, he will settle the score with Chris.

'Getting Gertie's Garter' is a major event and everyone gears up to go. Even Casey gets dolled up for the occasion. J.D. spots Casey on her way to the show and can't believe his eyes because she looks so beautiful. Suddenly, she steps on her dress and it rips apart putting an end to their magic moment. Josiah, on the otherhand, continues to be mesmerized by Emma and is smitten by her performance. Afterwards, he waits to ask her out but she's already got a date with Guy Royal.

Chris remembers Tophat Bob. Many years ago, they competed in a railsplitting contest. Chris won and Bob accused him of cheating. They got into a big fight and that's when Tophat lost his eye. It's no wonder that he has such a huge grudge against Chris. With Bob around, the Mag Seven will need to act fast to head him off. So, they decide to raid Royal's ranch where Bob is camping out before he can get to Nettie's place.

Terribly disappointed by Emma, Josiah turns to the bottle and doesn't ride out with the others. The group goes to Royal's. Before they can make a move, Josiah comes riding in like a bat out of hell. He finds Emma with Royal and splits them apart. She doesn't remember Josiah and is just trying to make some good money. This aging creature is not the same woman Josiah knew and loved. He realizes that now.

Meanwhile Tophat Bob and Chris face each other and battle it out. Of course, Chris is victorious. Tophat is brought to his knees and Royal agrees to return the 'gifts' that he's stolen. He also offers to give the land back to its rightful owners.

Safely in control of her property, Nettie thanks the Magnificent Seven for their kindness, especially Vin. He confides that she reminds him of his mother who passed away from the fever when he was five. She had the same fighting spirit. Casey also inherited a tough streak which she displays as she plays tug of war with J.D. and sends him flying into a pit of mud!

GUEST STARRING:
Guy Royal
Nettie Wells
Casey
Tophat Bob
Emma Dubonnet
 
TIM THOMERSON
ANNE HANEY
DANA BARRON
MIKE MOROFF BURCIAGA
ALYSON REED
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Curly
Red
Polecat
Mrs. Potter
 
BERNARD HOCKE
TONY BOGGS
GEORGE SMITH
KAREN HENSEL

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1998 SEASON
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TRILOGY ENTERTAINMENT IN
ASSOCIATION WITH MGM WORLDWIDE TELEVISION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Watson. Pen Densham. Richard Lewis. Mark Stern. Walter Mirisch
CO.EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josef Anderson
PRODUCER: Steve Beers, Lynne Symons
CO-PRODUCER: Melissa Rosenberg

EPISODE TITLE:
Manhunt
EPISODE #
8
PRODUCTION #
4703
WRITER
Story by Tim John &
   Rick Husky

Teleplay by Rick Husky
DIRECTOR
Steve Beers
EDITOR
William B. Stich
SHOOTING DATE
2/6/98-2/18/98
AIR DATE
TBD
 
 

IN BRIEF:
An Indian is suspected of kidnapping and killing a white missionary's daughter and the Magnificent Seven must track him down to learn the truth about the murder.

SYNOPSIS:
Vin and Buck are out with a small group tracking Chanu, an Indian who ran off with a white girl named Claire Mosley. She's the daughter of Owen Mosley, a local missionary. Recently, he's been preaching to Chanu's tribe, trying to get them to convert their ways. His son, Rafe, a young hot head with a bad temper and a feisty spirit, is growing impatient with this little search party. Frustrated by Rafe's quips, Vin and Buck branch off and successfully capture Chanu and Claire. The girl is a bit scared but she's certainly not acting like a traumatized victim.

Chanu is brought back to town and thrown into jail. The townspeople are angry about an Indian abducting a white woman. The tension is definitely mounting and Rafe is fanning the flames. Mary says it's best not to judge until they know all the facts. Buck and Ezra don't share her point of view though and are not sympathetic to Chanu's situation. Regardless, the Magnificent Seven try to keep the peace. So, Josiah decides to ride to the reservation to tell Chanu's father that he's in jail.

Vin, for one, does want to hear Chanu's side of the story. He thinks there's more here than meets the eye. But, Chanu is not cooperative and grabs Vin at a vulnerable moment. They struggle and Vin breaks Chanu's wrist. However, Chanu uses the strings from his moccasins to strangle Vin until he passes out. Then, he unlocks the cell and escapes into the night.

A stunned Vin comes to and pleads with Chris to let him bring Chanu in on his own. Vin's entire name and reputation is at stake here. Chris gives him 24 hours. After that, they'll form a posse and ride out. To maintain order, the Magnificent Seven will pretend that Chanu is still under lock and key so that no one panics.

At Mosley's house, Vin and Nathan are greeted by a hostile Rafe. His father and sister are both gone and he wants to know what the hell is going on. Vin explains that Chanu escaped and they are riding out to get him. Of course, Rafe wants to go along but he'll only slow them down. The only solution is for Vin to knock Rafe out and continue with the search.

Ko-Je, the chief and Chanu's father, is distressed by the news Josiah brings him. He also senses that Josiah is still troubled by the bad relationship that he had with his own father. Indeed, Josiah shares that his father was a missionary but they did not see eye to eye on many things. Bits and pieces about both men's father/son struggles emerge as they participate in the sweat lodge ritual. Ko-Je and Josiah are equally troubled and need to return balance to their lives. When J.D, joins Josiah at the reservation to relay information about Chanu's escape, he is baffled by the strange Native American culture and customs.

On the trail, Owen meets up with Vin and Nathan. He followed Chanu and Claire but eventually lost his way. From living with the Indians, Vin picked up on how to read certain signs in the environment indicating where a person's headed. Using this knowledge, Vin closes in on the fugitive.

Unfonunately, when they arrive, it's too late. On the ground is Claire's lifeless body. Curiously, Chanu is nearby building something with large stones almost like a grave. The sound of loose rock giving way blows their cover and Chanu takes off. The three men are left alone to contemplate this gruesome spectacle. Nathav examines Claire and discovers marks on her neck confirming that she was strangled to death.

The townsfolk stare on in horror as Claire's tiny corpse is brought back home. Rafe is beside himself with rage. Vin continues to look for Chanu but feels responsible for Claire's death. Nathan reassures him that it wasn't his fault. Now, more than ever, Vin is determined to learn the truth. Vin and Nathan eventually catch up to who they think is Chanu, but it turns out to be his brother, Jonah-Eh. He tells them to go back: that Chanu will be punished by tribal law. When Nathan and Vin refuse, a skirmish ensues and Jonah-Eh is stabbed. Since he's next in line to become Chief, there could be a lot more problems if he dies. Nathan volunteers to attend to him so that Vin can keep going.

A funeral is held for Claire and her family is overwhelmed with grief. Mosley is having real trouble acting Christian and turning the other cheek. Mary tries to reason with them and insists the actions of one man should not condemn a whole people. Frankly, by this time, rationality has been thrown to the wind and an angry mob heads for the reservation to burn it down. Rafe wants retribution.

With time running out, Vin finally captures Chanu. Even though Vin tells him that he knows he did not kill Claire, Chanu doesn't care. His life is ruined. Claire was his wife and now she is dead. There is no justice. Vin interjects that the only way the truth can come out is for Chanu to return.

The Magnificent Seven go to the reservation and try to quiet things down. Then, Vin and Chanu arrive and to set the record straight. There is no way that Chanu could have strangled Claire with his broken wrist. Besides, he loved her and she was going to have his child that's why she died. Owen Mosley couldn't stand the thought of her having an Indian's baby. He murdered his own daughter because of this preiudice. Outraged, Rafe attacks his father. Chris pulls him off and Josiah consoles, "Dont live with his regrets." Mosley, now a broken man, is guided awav. The mysterv of Claire Mosley's death has finally been resolved but no one benefits from this tragedy.

GUEST STARRING:
Mosley
Rafe
Chanu
Claire
Ko-Je
 
JOHN CULLUM
DAREN FLAM
GREG SERANO
MERIDITH MONROE
GORDAN TOOTOOSIS
CAST:
Chris Larabee
Vin Tanner
John "JD" Dunne
Buck Wilmington
Josiah Sanchez
Ezra Standish
Nathan Jackson
Mary Travis
 
MICHAEL BIEHN
ERIC CLOSE
ANDREW KAVOVIT
DALE MIDKIFF
RON PERLMAN
ANTHONY STARKE
RICK WORTHY
LAURIE HOLDEN
OTHER GUESTS:
Jonah-Eh
Tsosie
Shaman
 
MARK STEVEN BRIEN
RON RONDEUX
GEORGE RANDALL


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