Lazarus gets involved with a group of pacifist Canaanites whose presence is objected to by a rancher who believe the land isn't fertile enough to support them all.

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Dick Beebe (creator), Colleen O'Dwyer (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Robert Urich ... Lazarus (James Cathcart)
Ken Jenkins ... Preacher
Dorie Barton ... Rebekah
Robert Jayne ... Young McKay (as Bobby Jacoby)
Rockmond Dunbar ... Patter
Jeanine O'Connell Jeanine O'Connell ... Lucy
Wyatt Ewing Wyatt Ewing ... Thomas
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Lazarus gets involved with a group of pacifist Canaanites whose presence is objected to by a rancher who believe the land isn't fertile enough to support them all.

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Western

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USA

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English

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19 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Preacher: Just looking in your eyes I can see there is some great burden vexing your soul.
Lazarus (James Cathcart): No sir. No burden I can share.
Preacher: Those are the heaviest burdens of all.
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Is Lazarus a tool of God?
20 May 2019 | by RalphoSee all my reviews

In The Penance, Lazarus gets involved with pacifist Canaanites who came from Missouri to settle in a place that their preacher had a vision of. More are coming every month, and a local rancher, McKay, doesn't like it. He believes the land isn't fertile enough to support his family and the Canaanites.

Among the Canaanites is a boy who stirs dormant memories in Lazarus of a boy from his forgotten past. So he sticks around to help settle the dispute between McKay and the Canaanites.

The episode is worth watching despite a few underdeveloped or unexplained aspects of it. For example, McKay has had a number of cows die of blight, and this is blamed on the presence of the Canaanites. But how they could be responsible for this is unexplained.

Among the guest stars, only L.Q. Jones stands out for his performance. I only wish he had been given more to do. Instead it is the unremarkable Robert Jayne as his hotheaded son who gets to chew scenery.

The episode includes several nightmares that plague Lazarus. The last of them gives him the answer to resolve the dispute between the Canaanites and McKay. And the viewer is left to wonder if God is working through Lazarus; a nice touch.


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