CODY: "You know what I like about literature? The way it makes life so much
richer, know what I mean?"
LOU: "Jimmy’s right Cody. After what happened to him with that Marcus fella,
you oughta know that that stuff ain’t nothin’ but a bunch of lies."
CODY: "You gotta do something between rides, ‘sides, it’s fun and it helps
a man better himself. " "
"If it’s self improvement you’re after, you could try readin’ the Bible."
Kid comes in from a ride, Lou rides out. Kid says
that he hopes Emma is cooking supper ‘cos he’s starved. Buck tells him that
Emma’s not cooking. It turns out that Jimmy is going to do it because Emma
and Sam are going to a wedding out of town. They head off and Cody says to
Sam "Now remember, when she catches the bouquet, don’t go shootin’ it out
of her hand". Teaspoon makes the boys gather round and tells them that an
important document has to be delivered to the under secretary of war in Fort
Miles and asks which one of them is up. Cody says: "Excuse me Teaspoon but
I believe that a job as important as this one should go to the bravest, best
lookin’, best damn rider you got and I just happen to be available." He sets
off on the run and Teaspoon tells him to watch his back. Cody tells Jimmy
that he’ll bring him back a pretty little apron. Hickok hits Cody’s horse
on the rump and it gallops off wildly. Teaspoon says: "Hickok, I normally
don’t condone this sort of thing but he deserved it.
Cody goes to Fort Laramie to pick up the package and the adjutant tells him
that a lot of lives are riding on him and he must deliver the message personally.
He has a small run in with a soldier who expresses his disdain for the Pony
Kid finds a baby girl at the station. There is a note attached. The mother
has abandoned her and asks them to look after her. They boys wonder what
to do with the baby.
Three soldiers ride up to Cody and say they have orders to take his document.
Cody pulls his gun on them and they tell him he’s making a mistake. He says
that it "ain’t the first".
Ike, Buck, Jimmy, Kid and Teaspoon are watching the
Kid says: "With that (bald) head she kinda looks like Ike".
Jimmy says: (but she) "Drools like Cody".
Ben? comes in to check up on Cody and the delivery. Teaspoon asks him what
it is. He tells him that it is a list of officers the army thinks have divided
Cody continues with his ride and he hears gunshots. He sees a wounded man
and comes to his aid. He shoots at the assailants and they flee. The man
tells Cody that he must help ‘Bart’ & that he has to get Bart ‘out of
there’ before the men get back. Cody looks to where the man is pointing and
is confronted by a big grizzly bear stuck in a ravine.
Back at the station Teaspoon asks Jimmy what he is going to cook for dinner.
Jimmy says he’s working on it. Teaspoon gives the baby to Buck to hold saying
that she "won’t explode". Buck takes her but then yells "Teaspoon, I think
she sprung a leak."
The next scene is back with Cody. The wounded and dying man tells Cody that
Bart (the bear) is the only family he’s got and that he raised him from a
cub after his mother was killed. Cody reassures him that he will get Bart
out of the ravine. The man gives Cody his bandanna and says that as long
as Cody wears it, Bart will treat him like family. Cody puts some logs down
the ravine and Bart climbs up them. The man tells Cody to take care of him
and then dies. Bart, grieving, stands up and roars and Cody. Cody tries to
reason with him and says "I know what your thinkin’ and I didn’t have nothin’
to do with it." Bart goes and licks the dead man and Cody prepares a grave
telling Bart that he knows what it’s like to lose a friend. Gunshots ring
out. It is one of the trappers who were trying to kill Bart earlier. One
of them comes up behind Cody and points his rifle at his back. Bart attacks
and kills the man. Cody then gives an eulogy for Bart’s owner.
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
May this man’s spirit...
uhh... never rust.
Bart mourns over the grave. Cody asks him if he’ll be all right He sees Bart
is bleeding but tells him it is just a graze and that he is going to be OK.
He leaves but Bart wants to follow him. Cody has a little argument with him
and Bart agrees to let him go once he gives the bandanna back. Cody tells
him "It ain’t that I wouldn’t like the company Bart, it’s just that where
I’m going, you’d only end up as bear stew". They farewell. (My note: Bart
the bear and Stephen Baldwin are wonderful in these scenes. Stephen was not
the only Baldwin Bart would work with, he later made a film with Alec Baldwin
and Anthony Hopkins called "The Edge" which is a fabulous film by the way.)
In an hilarious scene, Teaspoon and the riders try to change the baby’s diaper.
Ike appears to have a talent for looking after her.
Cody is once again being pursued by members of the army. Cody attempts to
outrun them. He gets up into the hills and takes a couple of shots. He shoots
one of them (who does not die) and is himself shot in the arm (isn’t it funny
how the riders are always shot in the arm or leg?) Cody creates a mini avalanche
and thwarts a second man. He then rides down a practically vertical slope.
He makes it but the soldier who tries to follow him goes tumbling down.
Cody arrives at an isolated house looking for a meal (we know this because
he talks to his horse throughout the episode). The place appears to be deserted
but a fire is burning. A wild looking woman creeps up behind him threatening
to kill him. Cody overpowers her and tells her he is a Pony Express rider
and doesn’t mean her any harm. He says he’d like to help her and asks her
where her husband is. She points out the window and says he’ll be back soon.
Cody looks outside and sees his grave. She has clearly lost sense of reality.
The three army men (none of whom died in the previous kerfuffle with Cody)
are sitting around talking about the war and it is clear that the intend
to stop Cody’s message getting through at all costs.
The woman explains to Cody that some claimers tried to run them off the land.
Her husband resisted and they killed him. She says they keep coming back
to run her off. Cody goes to sleep by the fire and he hears the woman crying
in her bed. He asks her if she’s alright and she asks him to lie with her.
He lies down beside her and she puts her arm around him. Gunshots ring out
and there is an explosion. Cody shoots the claimers. A jug that the woman’s
husband gave her smashes and she suddenly seems to accept what has happened
because in the next scene she is cleaned up with her hair back. She gives
Cody a horse (his horse has had it) and he asks the woman if she’ll be OK.
She says she’ll probably leave the farm and go to Ohio. He says he’ll come
back and help her. He asks her name and she tells him Mary-Lou.
The soldiers (not to be confused with the claimers who have just been killed)
are still in pursuit of Cody. They see a young Indian woman washing in the
river. They plan to rape her and start to rip her clothes off. Her tribe
approaches and shoot an arrow, hitting one of the men. Cody rides up oblivious
as to what is going on. One of the men (who is hiding from the Indians) sees
Cody. A struggle ensues and Cody finally kills him. The Indians ride up and
see what Cody has done. He is nervous for a minute but they salute him and
ride off. It then shows the Indians killing the third (and last) soldier
in a tortuous way (Bobbit style). We can now assume that the three soldiers
who were chasing Cody are now dead.
Back at the station, the mother of the baby arrives to get her back. She
explains that her husband died and her parents put her out and she thought
Emma would understand. She says that her mother is now willing to help her
out. She takes the baby back.
Cody finally arrives at Fort Miles in very bad shape. He hands the document
to the under secretary. The secretary thanks him and throws the letter into
the fire and tells him he was a decoy and that the real message was delivered
the previous day. The soldier whom Cody had met on the stairs at Fort Laramie
(the one who showed his disdain for the Pony Express) sees him and says:
"Well, well, the Pony Express. What happened boy? horse throw ya? Cody decks
him and then heads for home picking up Mary-Lou on the way.
The next scene shows that Emma has come back to the station. Jimmy asks her
to not marry Sam. He says he doesn’t know how her heart would take it but
his stomach would die. They look up to see Cody approaching with Mary-Lou.
He introduces her and says she’ll be staying until the next stage. Teaspoon
apologizes for Cody being a decoy. Cody says he had a job to do and he did
it. Kid tells him that he missed some excitement while he was gone. Cody
says that he’ll have to stick to books for his excitement.