#23 - "Miracle at Massacre Mission"
Chad and Joe gloat over bribing Reese to escort some "fancy Dan" friends of the Governor. They're crushed when the Captain tells Reese he'll be escorting the Bordeaux sisters. However, Reese's fantasies of two French beauties are dashed when his charges turn out to be two nuns determined to re-open Massacre Mission where priests were slaughtered years earlier.
NiteOwl Review: One of the better episodes from the second half of the season despite the gratingly stereotypical portrayal of the Indians. We'd put it in the second half of the top ten. This is one of the episodes which shows the color of Chad and Joe's horses magically changing midride as footage from the second episode is inserted in the scene.
Historical Note: It was the main function of the Rangers prior to 1880 to wipe out most of the Indian tribes in Texas, something which they actually succeeded in doing.
Chad and Joe are no more successful than was Reese in convincing them to leave the mission. They end up helping the sisters put the mission back in running order, much to the dismay of the Ford gang who hid their loot under the chapel floor.
When Reese is unable to convince the nuns they're in danger from hostile Comanches, Chad and Joe are sent to replace him. Finding the mission deserted, they fear the worst and track the nuns to a Comanche camp where they're guests not prisoners.
Chad convincing Reese to
take the escort duty
The gang has been raiding in fake war paint so that Comanches are blamed. When the Rangers find out the gang is coming to the mission in force, Chad holds them off while Joe gets help from the Comanches. The gang is overwhelmed, including the leader who is knocked cold by Sister Joan of Arc wielding a length of firewood. Chad and Joe donate the reward for recovering the money to the mission and ride back to Laredo with the gang in tow.
Joe and Chad staying busy at Massacre Mission
Joe brings Commanche reinforcements as Chad and the nuns hold off the Ford gang
Original air date Mar 3, 1966
Directed by Bernard McEveety
Written by John T. Dugan
Neville Brand as Reese Bennett
Peter Brown as Chad Cooper
William Smith as Joe Riley
Phil Carey as Capt. Parmalee
Barbara Rush as Sister William
Kristina Holland as Sister Joan
Christopher Dark as Frank Ford
Henry Brandon as Quahada
Ken Mayer as Dan Rodden
Eddie Little Sky as Red Cloud
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