The second season of "The Young Riders" ran from September 22, 1990 to May 4, 1991.
Episode 1: "Born To Hang"
Date: Sept. 22, 1990
A free black man's purchase of slaves to free them angers a con man; a wagon train of slaves headed for freedom led by a free black woman named
Stagecoach Sally becomes endangered. Her friend, Noah Dixon, puts his life in danger after buying slaves that are meant to be freed in order for them
to take a boat back to Africa. Teaspoon is appointed Sweetwater's new marshal after Emma and Sam get married and Sam becomes
Territorial Marshal, leaving Jimmy feeling very disappointed, Lou very upset because she doesn't have a woman friend to share her problems with,
and the other riders suffering as well without someone to do the chores and cook a descent meal. The riders must now find a new housekeeper.
The position of the new "mother hen" is filled by Rachel Dunne, whom all the riders find very attractive, but leaves Lou feeling very jealous. A
new rider, Noah Dixon, joins The Pony Express.
Episode 2: "Ghosts"
Date: Sept.29, 1990
The riders find out that Rachel is wanted for the murder of a man who killed her husband and caused her miscarry. An enemy thought dead hunts
for Teaspoon. Lou and Kid ride to help Rachel clear her name. Teaspoon finally realizes that Lou is a girl.
Episode 3: "Dead Ringer"
Date: Oct. 6, 1990
Jimmy becomes the target of a vicious bounty hunter after he's framed for robbery and murder.
Episode 4: "Blood Moon"
Date: Oct. 13, 1990
A lynch mob threatens the life of a boy believed to be a cholera carrier, and quarantines Sweetwater.
Episode 5: "Pride and Prejudice"
Date: Oct. 27, 1990
Buck scouts out an expedition to retrieve white captives of the Lakota tribe, with devastating results. They find Thompson's wife and daughter
whom he thought were dead. His feeling change for his wife, however, because she married and Indian and they had a child together.
Episode 6: "The Littlest Cowboy"
Date: Nov. 3, 1990
Ike has problems dealing with a dying, handicapped youngster, whose last wish is to see the riders in action.
Episode 7: "Blood Money"
Date: Nov. 10, 1990
Kid unknowingly brings an innocent man in to face judgment from a crooked marshal. Some of the other riders go with him to confront the crooked
Episode 8: "Requiem For A Hero"
Date: Nov. 17, 1990
Cody meets his hero, an old plainsman (Pernell Roberts) who teaches him a lesson in ecology, and helps him investigate violent attacks against the
Indians. Lou and Kid face their feeling for each other and make love for the first time.
Episode 9: "Bad Company"
Date: Dec. 1, 1990
Jimmy's remorse over accidentally killing a woman prompts him to take a sheriff's job in a lawless town. Kid and Noah ride to the rescue.
Episode 10: "Star Light, Star Bright"
Date: Dec. 8, 1990
Jimmy rescues an old prospector (Brian Keith) from an ambush, and he appears to repay the kindness by sharing his mine with the riders.
Episode 11: "The Play's the Thing"
Date: Dec. 29, 1990
Cody joins a group of actors trying to bring culture to the territory, and unknowingly falls into an assassination plot. This episode was
scheduled much earlier but postponed.
Episode 12: "Judgment Day"
Date: Jan. 5, 1991
While mourning the death of Hezekiah Horne, and the mistreatment of the environment by progress, Cody joins up with a preacher who also heads a
band of bounty hunters. Kid proposes marriage to Lou, but she won't take him seriously.
Episode 13: "Kansas"
Date: Jan. 12, 1991
Noah is captured by the con artist who's ambush of a Freedom Train he helped thwart, and the riders must find him before he's sold into slavery
(w/Richard Roundtree). Rachel and Lou gamble to get back Noah's silver saddle.
Episode 14: "The Peacemakers"
Date: Jan 19, 1991
Jimmy falls for a girl who is a member of a religious sect being persecuted by the townsfolk. Kid worries about Lou's rides and becomes
Episode 15: "Daisy"
Date: Feb. 2, 1991
Rachel's ex-partner (William Russ) arrives with his daughter while on the run from a con/theft in New Orleans. Kid asks Lou to marry him again,
and when she refuses for a second time, they break up.
Episode 16: "Color Blind"
Date: Feb. 9, 1991
On the rebound, Kid is attracted to Sweetwater's new schoolteacher, who has a mysterious past; Jimmy tries to cheer up Lou, who is depressed after
seeing Kid falling for another woman. It is discovered that the schoolteacher's mother is black, and after her mother is killed, she
decides to leave.
Episode 17: "Old Scores"
Date: Feb. 16, 1991
Ike meets one of the men responsible for his family's massacre, and tries to find a way to prove it and gets even. Meanwhile, the other riders
chase down a mysterious beast.
Episode 18: "The Talisman"
Date: Feb. 23, 1991
When an old friend sends a message for help, Teaspoon brings Hickok, Cody, Noah and Kid to help out a Mexican town under siege by bandits.
(second half pre-empted by ground war offensive)
Episode 19: "A Noble Chase"
Date: March 9, 1991
Jimmy races bounty hunter Jake Colter to bring in an alleged bank robber and collect the sizable reward.
Episode 20: "Face Of The Enemy"
Date: April 6, 1991
Teaspoon's old friend, a war hero, endangers everyone in Sweetwater when he orders an attack on a Sioux peace delegation.
Episode 21: "The Exchange"
Date: May 4, 1991
*Season Finale; 2 Hours*
When Teaspoon is given a prisoner to transport to the Army for hanging, Amanda is kidnapped. Lou sneaks into the compound to help rescue Amanda,
but is caught and captured. The riders attempt to exchange the prisoner for Lou and Amanda.