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And the Devil Makes Five episode #161 - 2 of 2 pages

As Scully walks toward Lucas to get the snake out of his bedroll, we can clearly see the chains on Scully’s ankle shackles. But later in the scene, after they remove and kill the snake, Scully tries to escape. Micah has to shoot him. At this point, the chains are not on Scully’s shackles. The chain removal was probably intentional, so actor Lonny Mack (who played Scully) wouldn’t trip as he quickly moved. Thanks Ann Marie!

Also, during this scene, when Scully is talking to Lucas, he is whispering. But he isn’t close to Lucas yet. Then he turns around and talks to Micah in a normal speaking voice. He is actually closer to Micah and Mark than Lucas at this point. So why did Scully whisper? Was he trying to not scare the snake? But then when he did move closer to Lucas, he talked! Thanks Ann Marie!

IMDBAnd the Devil Makes Five, the entry for the late great Arthur Browne Jr. says, “When asked about the final episode of The Rifleman, Browne said they came up with the plot of the snake in the bedroll because there was no money in the budget. The show was being canceled and they had one more show to do, so he wrote a plot in which Luke (Chuck Connors) and his son were out on the trail. They didn't have to hire any big name stars to appear in the episode and the scenery was cheap to put together.”
The episode being referred to seems unmistakably to be And The Devil Makes Five, which, as you note on your site, was not the last episode shown, whatever order it was written in. It was shown eighth from last, on Feb 11, 1963. I wonder why it would have aired so far out of sequence. But that’s definitely the only episode that takes place on the trail and involves a snake in a sleeping bag, and was written by Mr. Browne.
Or could it be that after Mr. Browne wrote what he was told would be the show’s last episode, some producer was able to come up with enough money to write, shoot and show seven more episodes, to fill out the final season? If so, that could mean that this hypothetical producer was cherishing the hope that a successful conclusion to the season might prevent its cancellation after all. A tantalizing possibility, if so....but sadly, one that didn’t pay off. Thanks Woody Smith!

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