Lancer Episode Guide
1. Pilot (AKA the High Riders, AKA The Homecoming)
Guest Stars: Joe Don Baker, Anthony Caruso, Sean McClory
There are two versions of the Pilot episode. 'The High Riders' was filmed in black and white, while the second 'The Homecoming', and more commonly remembered by fans was in colour. Both versions are worth watching because of the missing/added scenes.
Patriarch of the Lancer Ranch, widower Murdoch Lancer finds his property increasingly threatened by raiders and land poachers. He uses the Pinkerton Agency to locate his two estranged sons. Scott has lived in cities all his life, while Johnny has carved out a reputation as a gunfighter. He lures them home with a promise of a one-third interest in the ranch.
2. The Lawman
Guest Stars: James Gregory
A friend from Murdoch's past, now a Marshall, arrives at the ranch with a prisoner he and his guards are escorting to jail.. With thoughts of retiring, and calling on Murdoch's promise of a share of the ranch, he finds that is no longer the case now that Scott and Johnny are around. The Marshall lets the prisoner escape, but a guard is killed and Johnny is blamed for the murder. Murdoch and Scott set out to prove Johnny's innocence.
3. Blood Rock
Guest Stars: J.D. Cannon, Barry Williams
The ten year old son of an outlaw wants to follow in his father's footsteps even though they've never met. Murdoch, with Scott's help, wants to reunite the family, but the local Sheriff plans to use the Lancers in his plan to capture the outlaw.
4. Chase a Wild Horse
Guest Stars: Robert Wilkie, James Gammon, Paul Carr, Vaughan Taylor
Some cattle die after going through a section of broken fence Johnny was supposed to repair. When Murdoch finds Johnny was off chasing a wild stallion instead of working, they argue. Johnny and a ranch hand, Wes, take off. A stranger, Striker and his sons were also chasing the same horses on Lancer land and Johnny defends himself by shooting one of the sons. The son later dies and Striker returns to Lancer, seeking revenge.
5. Last Train for Charlie Poe
Guest Stars: Harold Gould
Johnny and Scott decide to hold up a train to help prevent their friend's land eviction.
6. The Escape
Guest Stars: Linda (Day) George, Dan Triavanti, Wayne Rogers
An Army officer from Scott's past arrives, wanting revenge for a failed wartime prison break.
Guest Stars: Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern
Two bounty hunters claim that Scott is responsible for a Denver murder and robbery. With Scott locked in jail, Johnny goes after Julie, whose brother is the real murderer.
Guest Stars: Brenda Scott
A con-artist, in the shape of a young female tries to con money out of the Lancers.
9. The Prodigal
Guest Stars: Johnny Crawford
A woman from Murdoch's past seeks a new chance for her and her son at Lancer.
Guest Stars: R.G. Armstrong, Lynn Loring, Don Quine
Scott unwittingly involves the Lancers in a family dispute with an infamous outlaw and the pregnant wife of his dead son. Johnny recognizes her as a woman with a past and from his past.
11. The Heart of Pony Alice
Guest Stars: Andrew Prine, Eve Plumb, Jeanne Cooper, James Griffith, Tom Fadden
Johnny unknowingly buys an old nag. He heads out to get his money back, but returns with the trader's niece instead.
12. The Wedding
The future bride of one of Murdoch's hands is abducted.
13. The Black McGloins Party
Guest Stars: Stephanie Powers, Jonathan Harris
An Irishman, with the help of his attractive daughter, set out to con Scott.
14. The Fixit Man
Spanish Wells needs a jail and marshal. The Lancers, with the help of an old man, decide to get both for the town.
Guest Stars: Paul Brinegar, Ron Howard
While taking care of eight orphans, Jelly witnesses a bank robbery. He hides a sack of money dropped by the robbers. and pretends to have been injured. The Lancers take him to the ranch to recover. Johnny joins the posse and is shot.
16. Death Bait
Guest Stars: James Olson
A man from Jelly's past terrifies Jelly, Murdoch and Teresa.
17. Yesterday's Vengeance
Guest Stars: Teresa Wright Lin McCarthy
Johnny and Scott search for a missing Murdoch after reading a note he left about a grudge he had with a woman's husband.
Guest Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt, Wright King, Richard X. Slattery
Scott and Teresa are ambushed and Teresa is taken hostage. Scott is shot and manages to make his way to the ranch. Murdoch and Scott head out to locate her.
19. Warburton's Edge
Guest Stars: Arthur Hill, Susan O'Connell, Burr De Benning, Richard Devon
Johnny assumes his Johnny Madrid identity and joins a group of old friends working for Warburton who wants to drove his herd of cattle to the railhead. The local ranchers, including Murdoch, intend to stop him, possibly starting a range war. Murdoch, as leader of the ranchers, is a prime target . Warburton's daughter soon falls for Johnny. When push comes to shove, Johnny realizes he's more Lancer than Madrid.
20. Angel Day and her Sunshine Gals
Guest Stars: Cloris Leachman, Carl Bolton, Mark Richman
Angel Day arrives at Lancer, claiming to be Teresa's mother. Aware that the Lancers are fond of Teresa, Angel's husband tries to extort money from them.
21. The Great Humbug
Guest Stars: William Windom
Medicine quack Claude Buttermore repays Scott's kindness by conning the Lancers in a phony land boom.
22. Child of Rock and Sunlight
Guest Stars: Johnny Whitaker, Rex Holman
The nephew of a wanted outlaw rescues Scott. He takes Scott, who was nearly dead from thirst and blinded by the sun, to his grandmother's cabin.
23. Camp Juniper
Guest Stars: Shelly Fabrares
The boys rush to the aid of a woman, they believe is in trouble. For their efforts they are beat up and thrown in jail.
24. Man Without a Gun
Guest Stars: Warren Oates, Guy Stockwell
The position of town sheriff is up for renewal. The current sheriff is injured and a new man is takes over. Johnny is the only one suspicious when the sheriff declares the town a gun free zone.
25. The Measure of a Man
Guest Stars: Julie Sommars, Ron Howard, Victor French, Craig Hundley
Johnny becomes a teacher and tries to help the pretty teacher with two male students who don't want to be a the school. He also has to deal with the student's fathers.
26. The Devil's Blessing
Guest Stars: Noah Berry, Joseph Campnella, Beverly Garland
While on a cattle buying trip, Murdoch is robbed. The boys go looking for him.
27. Blind Man's Bluff
Guest Stars: Melinda Murphy
Johnny is watering his horse and is shot by a sniper. The bullet creases his head, blinding him. He is rescued and cared for by, Mattie, a mute girl. Murdoch and Scott come to the rescue and take both to the ranch.
28. The Lorelei
Jelly wins a gold mine in a card game. The mine is loaded with gold, but if he uses dynamite, the Lancers will lose their water supply.
Guest Stars: Stephanie Powers
Scott is given the responsibility of looking after Zee. Her father, a notorious outlaw comes for her.
Scott's grandfather arrives to take him home to Boston. Knowing that Scott doesn't want to leave, Johnny is surprised when Scott says he's going.
31. The Kid
Guest Stars: Billy, Mumy, Bert Freed, Richard X. Slattery, Jennifer Douglas
A young boy asks Johnny to kill the men he believes murdered his father.
A man arrives in town, intent on owning all the valley, including the Lancer Ranch. Only one property remains and the owner, a friend of Murdoch's, is in love with the buyer.
33. Black Angel
Guest Stars: Antoinette Bower, Gavin McLeod
A man selling insurance intends scamming Jelly, then killing him off for the money.
34. Jelly Hoskins, American Dream
Jelly suffers ridicule after he buys a strange looking bull.
35. Cut the Wolf Loose
Guest Stars: Brooke Bundy, Joe Don Baker
Johnny falls hard for a young missionary woman.
36. The Gifts
Guest Stars: Sharon Acker, Will Kuluva
It's Murdoch's birthday and Johnny, Scott and Jelly each buy a special gift.
37. Welcome to Genesis
Guest Stars: Pernell Roberts
Jelly is mauled by a cougar. Murdoch and Jelly take him to the nearest town where the only man capable of saving him is locked in jail, accused of medical misconduct.
38. Little Darling of the Sierras
Guest Stars: Cloris Leachman
A friend of Murdoch's is dying and asks Murdoch to look after his affairs, which includes his daughter..
39. Person Unknown
Guest Stars: Agnes Moorehead, Quentin Dean, Bruce Dern
Johnny and a ranch hand are attacked in town. Wounded, Johnny is rescued by a young woman and her mother.
40. Splinter Group
Guest Stars: Tim O'Connor, Diana Ewing, William Mims
Scott is rescued and repays the favour with a generous gift of supplies. Unknown to him, the cans of food are contaminated.
41. Scarecrow at Hackett's
An unusual episode with a man willing his farm to the devil rather than his young son.
42. Blue Skies for Willie Sharp
Guest Stars: Keenan Wynn
Willie Sharpe is the town drunk. Scott arrives with Sharpe's grandson.
Guest Stars: Scott Marlow
With the reluctant help of the prison board members, Murdoch sets out to introduce a new prison system for first-time offenders. Johnny and Scott decide to see how the experiment is going and offer assistance they think Murdoch will need.
44. Shadow of a Dead Man
Guest Stars: Lynn Loring, John Don Baker
Murdoch has Johnny check on a piece of land. Johnny finds a woman, who claims to be Mrs. Lancer, and her son squatting on the land. A bounty hunter recognizes Johnny and goes after him.
45. Goodbye Lizzie
Murdoch tries to help a woman who has resorted to robbery to keep herself and her child alive.
Guest Stars: John Beck, Zina Bethune
Kentucky hillbillies, family feuds and bandits cause trouble for Johnny, especially when he learns they after hunting for Lancer's.
47. The Lion and the Lamb
Guest Stars: Andrew Prine
Gabe Lincoln saves Johnny from a raging bull. Johnny returns the favour by helping mind his sheep herd.
Guest Stars: Warren Oates
A case of wrong identity sees Scott mistaken for Johnny and held hostage at the ranch.
49. Lamp in the Wilderness
A woman teacher is fighting a losing battle at the local Indian school. Murdoch offers to help.
50. To Dream of Falcons
Guest Stars: Harold Gould, John Beck, Richard X. Slattery
An eccentric inventor arrives in town, planning to build an aero plane.
51. Life Line
A fortune teller scams Jelly, telling him he will die soon. Johnny goes to the woman and tells him that she sees Murdoch sprawled face down in a creek bed.
This a work in progress and will be updated a soon as I've watched the episodes in detail.
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