Rowdy and Jim, approached by a makeshift posse, are asked a lot of questions but not given many answers. Taken to the town they were headed anyway it is mostly burnt; the bank robbed, a local priest killed and they look good for all of it.
Rowdy and Quince on the way to Poco Tiempo for expense money encounter a posse. They are after two men who stole $10,000 and killed Father Sebastian. At Poco Tiempo a fire has destroyed much of the town including the cotton harvest. Two nuns there clear the men but they are stranded due to no horses. The posse is searching everyone leaving town looking for the money but in fact the two bandits have it and Father Sebastian with them in a cellar where the nuns are being forced to hide them. The nuns are told to take the money to Blanesville and give the money to Carter at the hotel. Unlike everyone else, the nuns are not searched as they board the stagecoach along with Rowdy, Quince, and two other passengers. Rowdy learns the younger nun who has not taken her final vows is from a family at home. Rowdy hears he may be having an impact on her decision on the vows so he makes a thinly veiled fake engagement with Emerald, a saloon girl. Due to mechanical delays, they learn the Father has ...Written by
Rowdy and Jim on a mission to pick up money for supplies get caught up in a drama involving nuns and thieves who murdered a priest in this offbeat segment of the series. Gil Favor and the rest of the series crew get the week off.
Agnes Moorehead is solid as a rock as the head nun with a secret, and the mystery unfolds suspensefully. Gigi Perreau as a young initiate provides an interesting platonic romance element, with Rowdy's nobility and empathy on several levels given a showcase in this particular situation - very far removed from the show's usual tropes, and in fact completely divorced from the central cattle drive premise. This script could easily have been written for a rival series of the time, say "Wagon Train".
Watching it again at nearly 60 years after I was reminded that Clint had a memorable run-in with a pretend nun a decade later in the form of Shirley MacLaine in Don Siegel's underrated feature "Two Mules for Sister Sara".
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