The Rifleman
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Episodes 41 thru 76 — Season 2

A big thanks to all the 's & 's who have contributed to the Blooper pages & The McCain Ranch!

The Patsy episode #41 — When Mark was fighting - his shirt has a big rip on the shoulder. But Lucas was patching it on the elbow - and nothing to see at the shoulder...Thanks Kira!

Personally.....I wouldn't have even fixed that shirt, but then Lucas wouldn't appreciate me saying that, with the price of shirts back then. Cowgirl!

Lucas is cutting Mark's hair and Sam the barber comes over for a favor. When you look at the lamp on the desk, you can see the light cord. I don't think electricity had made it that far to the west those days. Everyone was still using carotene lamps for lighting. Thanks Lori S.!

While working on your blooper I also noticed a cord on the lamp on the table. Cowgirl!


Bloodlines episode #42 — Buddy Hackett (old man Malakie) is drinking whisky outside the old salt mine, and one second he has a shiny dark but clear-looking glass bottle. He raises it to his mouth to take a drink and it gets shot right in front of his face - but the bottle which gets shot is at least six inches shorter than the one he was holding seconds before, a different shape, and rather opaque instead of clear shiny glass. Warren Oates played a brother in three episodes - Bloodlines The MarshalDay of Reckoning. Thanks markisddg!

There is a scene where Lucas and Micah riding through a meadow while looking for the Malakie Clan. They both had white shirts on throughout the show...except... Thanks Pete!

Typo on the credits - The list Rhys Williams in the role of "Dac Burrage"?
Still a really good episode and Buddy Hackett did a good job playing a role out of his normal character. Thanks rooster davis!

I think Johnny Crawford's scene.....when he thinks it is his Pa that has been killed is awesome. He did a great job on this one! Did anyone else notice that when Lucas and Micah enter the bar and Micah shots off his shotgun, Lucas actually flinched? I thought they put the loud sounds in later so I was surprised to see this reaction. I don't remember seeing his flinching any other time and there were lots of gunfights!
(a) The ranch has moved again. Now it is north of town! (b) Lucas fires ten shots outside the mine then reloads at the mine door with Micah (wow! they actually get the number of shots right!). Then, after entering the mine, he fires about 16 shots without reloading. Thanks Renewed Fan!


In Blowout episode #43 — I saw something that was a little strange. At the cafe there was a sign above the bar that said spaghetti and meatballs. Now considering this did not appear to be an ethnic restaurant. I would think that in New Mexico in the 1880's spaghetti and meatballs would have been considered just a touch exotic don't you think? Thanks Earl! 

Did you notice the playing cards were different from the usual standard design? These had shamrocks on them! From Chuck’s home, perhaps? Thanks Ann Marie!

Tho not really a blooper, but worth mentioning, at the end, when Lucas & Mark are on their horse talking to Ben Waller, it's dark but if you watch closely, you can see the door to the Blacksmith's open & close. You cannot see who or what is going on because the characters are in the way. Anybody see these? Yes Renewed Fan, I did see this, but did anybody else? Thanks Renewed Fan!

We see this night scene/sign of Joe Calhoun, M.D. We also see it in
The Guilty Conscience — episode #137 / Mark's Rifle episode #150 — New Merchants in North Fork? While Lucas waits in the Livery to see if Marty will try to grab his horse and leave town. We see a scene of nighttime outside the Livery. Two signs are visible. One says Joe Calhoun, M.D. The other says Culver's Livery Stable - Stanley Culver, Prop. Cowgirl!

When Lucas first gets off the stage and is talking to Ben, you can see a bulge in his pocket that looks like a pack of cigarettes (left). In the middle pictures you see no bulge/cigarettes. The picture on the right, if you look at Lucas' pocket, just at the top, it looks like the is something in his pocket, but you can only see a little of it. (You have to look real close) Did Chuck smoke cigarettes or did he strictly stick to cigars? Thanks Michelle Palmer! Chuck smoked both Michelle. Cowgirl!

In Blowout they were served pie at the and then they left immediately without eating it. Also, Lucas did not pay for their meal before they left. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

When Lucas goes into the saloon to talk to Al Walker, it is noisy and people are yelling, but when Lucas sits down to talk, the noise disappears. When he gets up to leave, the noise starts back up again. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

Switches Hands — As Lucas and Alvin Walker are talking during their initial meeting in the saloon, look at Lucas’ hands. In his profile view, his right hand is resting on his left forearm. Camera angle switches to a front view, he picks up some of the cards and says, “That’s a matter of opinion,” and keeps his hands in front of him. Then when the angle switches to profile again, his right hand is on his forearm again. Angle switches again to a front view, his hands are over some of the cards. Switches again and his right hand is on left forearm again. All without us seeing him move his hands! Thanks Ann Marie!

Wanted Poster — In this episode there is a wanted poster on the Porter Brothers. What other episode do you see this poster in Micah's office? This poster was originally in The Blowout. This is interesting because this episode is after Legacy and the Porter Brothers were all killed in The Blowout — Micah, you better take down your old posters! Cowgirl!


The Obituary episode #44 — In the beginning of the episode when Lucas & Mark get into town you see Lucas' jeans are a bit faded. But in the next scene they are much darker. Thanks Peggy!

Look at the picture on right, Micah's badge looks lower on this picture than it does on the left. Even his gun belt is positioned differently in the two pictures. Cowgirl!

Panama Billings trying to run Lucas down. Only thing, it's not Lucas! Cowgirl!

Ladies Apparel — What does Eleanor Claremont (Joanna Moore) - Sally Walker (Cheryl Holdridge), Leona Pickford Bartell (Phyllis Avery), Sheila Delancey. (Ruta Lee) Rawhide, Boni Damon (Virginia Baker) Gunsmoke, Carla Roberts (Karen Black) The Big Valley - Beth Barkley (Sandra Smith)  The Big Valley - Angie Cartwright (Ginger Rogers) Zane Grey Theatre - Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) Forty Guns 1957 Movie, have in common with The Rifleman? Cowgirl!

How many do-dads did Lucas shoot? The MADERA HOUSE sign over the hotel does not have any of the little doo-dads that Lucas or others shoot off in various other episodes. Those little targets were obviously added later in the series to provide fodder for Lucas' rifle. So let's analyze this situation.....did Lucas miss or did we grow another do-dad after Lucas shot it off? Or would you say we have some file footage here? Interesting.....anybody else have any other interesting conflicts? Tom & Cowgirl!

Looks like some file footage in Outlaw's InheritanceSpiked RifleThe Photographer. It also looks like the do-dads were added for The Obituary. What other episode do we see some one shoot off the do-dads on the sign of the Madera House? I'm not telling - click here to find out!

Notice there was no hitching posts in front of The Marshal's office. I decided to to add a few more picture to prove Renewed Fan's point. The one in the middle is from Meeting at Midnight & the photo on the right is from The Patsy.

Looks like Lucas has a loose rifle boot????? Cowgirl!

When Mrs. Claremont is racing towards the McCain ranch at top speed to tell Lucas about the guy gunning for him the person driving the buggy not only isn't Joanna Moore but looks like an old man or woman wearing a long shawl. When you see her stop she just has on a blouse. Using the slow mo button it certainly isn't the actress. Thanks markisddg!

Why did Mark have to help Eleanor back to town?  She came to the ranch by herself.  Was it so Lucas and Mark would be in town so they could have their father and son moment at the end of the show? Thanks wildwest!

When Lucas climbs off the ladder to stop Mrs. Claremont’s horse, Razor is not by the house. (There is a horse in the background, but it looks too light to be Razor.) After Mrs. Claremont shows Lucas the articles her husband wrote about him, Lucas walks to the hitching post in front of their house. Mounts Razor and leaves in a hurry! (This riding away scene is stock footage from Boomerang.) Thanks Ann Marie!

After Mark and Lucas were talking about not going into town…..after Eleanor comes in the buggy Lucas suddenly mounts an already saddled and waiting Razor to go to town. That’s odd. Thanks wildwest

The Rifleman & Black Saddle have in common? Cowgirl!

While going through some photos of the episodes I came across this picture from The Obituary..... Cowgirl!

When they switch scenes, they show an exterior shot of the McCain ranch. Lucas is on a ladder working on the roof. Mark is standing on the ground talking to him. Shouldn’t we have seen them outside when the scene began? Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas' shirt ― When Lucas went into Micah’s office his shirt is wet. When he comes out his shirt is dry. Thanks wildwest!


Tension episode #45 — When they first show Mark on the cattle drive, he is pulling a horse. Why? So that means there are four horses all together...
What happened to the other 2 horses?  And why did Mark have that other horse in the first place??? Thanks Michelle Palmer!

The horse that Mark is leading in the beginning of the episode is the pack horse. You can see the supplies, etc. on its back.
When they leave the camp Mark is on Blueboy, Lucas is on Razor and Sid's body is tied to a horse that is saddled---I think we should assume it is Sid's horse. So the pack horse and Clemmie's horse are both missing. Even it they let Clemmie's horse go to find its own way home, what happen to the pack horse? Thanks PJH!

When Mark rides his horse over to Lucas, as Lucas ties Halpern's body down, Mark's horse steps on a big rock on Clemmie's grave. The big rock sort of bounces! Thanks Uglybug!

Not a blooper but watch how many times Mark moves in the background at the grave to stay in camera shot. Thanks wildwest!

Sid Halpern stated that he had been an outlaw before he married his wife and had their son. The deed he had done happened around the time Margaret died, which was about six years ago (seven according to Lucas) - which would have made Mark 13 instead of 11/12 in this episode if they were sticking to the six-year old thing - that blooper's already been established. However, Toby looks to be around seven years old or so...so, if this robbery had taken place seven years before, Toby and his mom would have had to have been around when the train was robbed, right? So either Sid lied about meeting his wife after the robbery, or the writers didn't figure the math right...Of course, I'm sure back in the 50's, the viewers never gave it a second thought...Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Look at the closing credits. The producers’ names are not evenly spaced diagonally. Thanks Ann Marie!

You will have to watch this episode to be able to see this blooper..... When Lucas and Gavin Martin are fighting in the barn, Gavin throws something at Lucas. He misses, but it hits the camera stand!! The whole shot rocks back and forth for a couple of seconds! Thanks Ann Marie!

When Ezra & Gavin Martin (father & son—bounty hunters) arrive at the McCain Ranch, the son, Gavin kicks Lucas; Lucas flinches BEFORE the kick is thrown. Thanks Rob!

In Tension & A Case of Identity you hear that Lucas records everything in his Family Bible. Take a look at the two Bibles, they are different. Cowgirl!

The young outlaw says the crime on the poster happened in 1871. He has been looking for Sid for seven years which would make the year be 1878. Lucas also tells his brother and dad he buried his wife seven years ago. They built their house in 1881 when Mark was 10 making Mark be born in 1871. How can Mark be born in 1871 and be 10 or 11 years old in 1878? Also, he always says Mark was six when his mother died, but now this would make him be three or four when she died. The writers should have kept up with the dates. I guess they didn't think folks would notice. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

When Clemmie unfolds the wanted poster, it's creased, but when the camera moves in on on the wanted poster it's perfect, no creases. The scene after they zoom in on the wanted post, it is again creased. Thanks Rob!

Clemmie states that his brother Gavin saw Halpern in Willow Springs, then saw the wanted poster. That means all the stuff with brother Gavin mistaking Lucas for Halpern later makes no sense. Thanks Uglybug!

Does the hutch have curtains or not? In Hostages to Fortune — Lucas looking for his bottle of whiskey. Notice the curtains on the hutch. Also if you check episodes The Journey BackOutlaw's Inheritance there are no curtains. In Mark's Rifle and I Take This Woman — again we have curtains.
In Deadly Image — Mark gets the whiskey out of the kitchen cupboard—do they kept it in the hutch or the cupboard? Cowgirl!

The grave at the end of this episode (left) is suppose to be Scully Potter's grave. They must have used stock footage. You see a hat hanging on it. AND you see a gun and gun belt - - since the criminal was in chains and was under arrest, where did his gun/gun belt come from? (left) Thanks Renewed Fan!

The grave on the right is Clemmie's grave from Tension. I know they did this back then..... But..... Why would they hang their gun & hat like that out in the open. Anyone could come along and take them? Shouldn't they really have taken Clemmie's stuff back & gave it to the Micah? Cowgirl!

After Lucas and Mark were untied and they walked out on the porch Lucas hair is neatly combed. Lucas must have said “I don’t know what you guys are going to do to us….but I have to comb my hair” Thanks wildwest! I found it odd that Mark took the time to put on his hat. Cowgirl!

Look at the position of the pitchfork. When you compare these two pictures it looks like it is a different angle. The picture on the left is on a angle, the one on the right is straight up. Cowgirl!


Eddie's Daughter episode #46 — What does Lillian Halstead & Hanna Shaw have in common? Cowgirl!

When Lil was gettin’ off the stage and Eddie or Lucas made no move to help her. Thanks wildwest!

The hotel sure has change throughout the episodes. And where Eddie had billiard tables Lou had a bar & a dining area, Cowgirl!

Wasn’t Lil a little bold with Lucas in the barn? We never hear anyone tell her that he’s a widower. Since he’s still wearing his wedding ring, for all she knows, Margaret could be away on a trip. Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas tells Lil Halstead he would not get a nickel for the way he danced. Later in the series, End of the Hunt, Lou is miffed at Lucas for dancing with all the girls at the barn dance. Was Lucas a bad dancer? Was he, trying to diffuse the uncomfortable situation of having one of his best friends' daughter hit on him? Was he being uncharacteristically modest? (Okay, okay, that one is too ridiculous to be taken seriously.) Had he been practicing his fancy footwork with Millie and Lou? Thanks Random Rambler!

Lucas Boy can jump on a horse, run and jump up on a wagon, flip his Winchester till the cows come home but maybe those long legs get tangled up dancing and I am uire if he was at a proper dance, all the towns women would be cutting in. Thanks wildwest!

Eddie and Lil ride out to Lucas's house for supper and leave the hotel wide open with no one at the front desk. Thanks markisddg!

The hotel sure has change throughout the episodes. Cowgirl!

Not a blooper but when Lil arrived on the stage….why didn’t mannerly Lucas or Eddie helps her off the stage. Thanks wildwest!


Panic episode#47 — Lucas is driving the wagon to the ranch then: They show that - from a far and the couple and Lucas are already in the house. When they show Mark and the Doc riding up there appears the Conestoga Wagon and horses but it wasn't there before.
Also when Mark goes to get Doc he's got their buckboard when Doc and Mark are driving back to town Doc is driving and drops Mark off at the store. Is that Doc's buckboard or the McCain buckboard. What happened to the McCain buckboard? Thanks markisddg!

Its night, the sick couple are in the bedroom and Lucas is sleeping in his chair in the front room. The camera is outside coming around the end of the house, through the window, the scene shows Lucas sleeping and the front door is wide open. Next scene, the camera is inside, Lucas is still in the same position, asleep, yet the front door is now closed. Thanks BluewindFarm!

Lucas is driving the wagon to the ranch..... They show that famous scene of the ranch from a far and the couple and Lucas are already in the house. When they show Mark and the Doc riding up there appears the Conestoga Wagon and horses but it wasn't there before.
When Mark goes to get Doc he's got their buckboard when Doc and Mark are driving back to town Doc is driving and drops Mark off at the store. Is that Doc's buckboard or the McCain buckboard. What happened to the McCain buckboard? Thanks markisddg!

In the part where Mark is in the buckboard with Doc, Mark says to his Pa, "I'll see you tomorrow, Dad"
Thanks, Chawin' Charlie!

What does The SharpshooterA Friend in NeedPanicSkullThe Vision all have in common? In all of these episodes we hear Lucas referred to as 'Dad' or 'Daddy'. Cowgirl!

Mark is going into town to stay with (none other than the consummate babysitter for Mark, Hattie Denton) to escape from the risk of catching Yellow Fever. As Lucas is left in the scene alone and the buggy pulls away, there is a space vacated in the frame that now exposes a large field to the right of Lucas and the sick couple's covered wagon behind Lucas. If you look carefully, there is a car moving left to right in the distant background. (Look at the blue dot on the picture on the left—You have to watch the episode to get the full effect) It is a mere glimpse, but clearly there for a couple of seconds. You can see a car like Chawin' Charlie says, you have to look close but there is a moving car. I did capture this the best I could. Thanks Chawin' Charlie!

Yellow Fever — The couple Lucas finds in the wagon have Yellow Fever which the doctor says is very contagious. Except, Yellow Fever is not contagious. Not at all. It's spread exclusively by mosquitoes (well, ok, possibly also by the bite of an infected monkey, but North Fork was monkey free as far as we know). You can't catch Yellow Fever from being close to someone. Lucas could have shared a cup of coffee with Clay and made out with Amy without contracting it. Thanks TV Fan!

Dutch Master Cigars — At the general store, on the counter in front of Brett Conway is a box of Dutch Master Cigars. They were not sold in the US until 1911.

Lucas sleeping — When Lucas is sleeping in the leather chair—and the camera’s outside panning left—his right hand is resting on his knee. When the camera is inside, his hand is not on his knee, but in his lap. We don’t see him move until he wakes.  Thanks Ann Marie!


The Ordeal episode #48 — Did anyone else think it was strange that here they are in a flat desert pretty much, but when the rattler spooks the horses and they take off with the wagon, that it crashes down a real steep hill with what looked like a completely different landscape? Thanks Rhiannon!
Lucas and Mark are supposed to be in the desert. Right after Lucas tells Mark the horse’s leg is broken; notice how the contrast level goes way up. (The darks are much darker and the lights are much lighter. Naturally, the sun will light things differently than man-made lights.) After Lucas says, “We’ve got no choice, son,” and the shot changes to Mark—look behind him. We see those fake painted trees and hills! This part was either shot or reshot on that fake exterior set, not on location in the desert! Thanks Ann Marie!

Dear Micah, these may be my last words..... "Raise the boy right Micah....."

Here is a great article from this episode of The Rifleman — October 1959 TV Guide: Pardon our dust.....

 When Lucas and Mark were climbing up the rocks before the rock fell on Lucas foot, does it appear that there is a leather Wrangler label on his pants around the belt area? Thanks wildwest!

Sweaty Lucas ― When Lucas is loading the wagon his shirt is open by several buttons. After he runs after the wagon and falls when the wagon crashes, his shirt is buttoned up when Mark gets to him at the bottom of the hill. Thanks wildwest!

Just before Lucas shoots the horse his shirt is sweaty under left armpit. Next scene his shirt appears dry. Thanks wildwest!


Spiked Rifle episode #49 — There was a small blooper in this one. Near the beginning, when Lucas is talking to Hamilton in the bank, Hamilton says that the $20,000 is going to the Federal Reserve In Albuquerque - There was no Federal Reserve until the 1930's. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Just after Austin Stark is seen going into the Willow Springs Saloon, we see Lucas riding through a field, then a meadow. He stops and looks down at a modern (1950s) city! Thanks Ann Marie!

You have to watch this episode to see this blooper. In the scene where Micah tells Lucas that John Hamilton wanted to see him. Lucas & Mark go to the bank. Through the window you can see someone sweeping inside the bank. But when John Hamilton let's Lucas & Mark in the bank there is no one there. He is alone. Cowgirl!

Lucas rides back to the ranch and finds out Mark is all right. Lucas switches horses to ride Razor. The riding off with Razor is stock footage from Boomerang. Thanks Ann Marie!

I f you look at the picture on the left you can see a flash of light in the background. You have to watch this episode to get the full effect of this. Cowgirl!

In what three episodes do we see a cinch break? Which two episodes did Mark's cinch break? Cowgirl!

After the stagecoach stopped for a break and when they are robbed, Lucas shirt is wet in the front. After Lucas shoots the lock off the strong box his shirt is dry. Thanks wildwest!


The Letter of the Law episode #50 — This is the scene where Harris tells Micah to make a run for the boulders. The two men turned and saw Micah escaping. Davis (John Goddard), shoots hitting Micah in the shoulder. No bullet hole and no blood. Cowgirl!

Is this Micah's undies we see here? 
  Cowgirl!

Mark asks what "letter of the law" means: "The letter of the law" is the strict word-for-word content & meaning of a law (or contract), no more & no less that what is specified in the text. To conform to the letter of the law is to follow the law exactly as it is written.

Lucas "kills" Vic Morrow twice - the first time in The Angry Gun and the second time in The Letter of the Law! Guess he really wanted him to stay dead!! Cowgirl!

Look at the difference in the Gunsmith's building & signs in The Letter of the LawMail Order GroomLong Gun from Tucson. Cowgirl!


The Legacy #51 — While Lucas and Micah are waiting for the stage, you can see Micah toss something on the ground. It looks like a tissue to me by the way it falls. Anybody else see this? Thanks Pete Villafea!

Pop's bed — During the shots of Matt Simmons dying in bed, when we can see his face in close up, the bed is against the wall. In the wide shots of him in the room, the bed is in the middle of the room!  Thanks Ann Marie!

Wanted Poster — In this episode there is a wanted poster on the Porter Brothers. What other episode do you see this poster in Micah's office? This poster was originally in The Blowout This is interesting because this episode is after Legacy and the Porter Brothers were all killed in The Blowout — Micah, you better take down your old posters! Cowgirl!


The Baby Sitter episode #52 — Leona Pickford Bartell suggests that Lucas could keep Fancy out at his place to hide it from the father. Lucas objects. "I don't know anything about babies!" And what was Mark when he was born? Later the baby is crying and Mark wants to give her a bottle. 'She's already had two' says Lucas. 'Well maybe she wants three,' says Mark. Doubtful, Lucas says, 'All right, but I'm afraid her deck's gonna be awash.' LOL. Guess that's what they call the poop deck. Thanks rooster davis!

(a) We have talked about the geographical location of North Fork, but we get some clues in this episode. Wood says he as followed his wife and give a bit of a travelogue - Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Socorro. If you trace those locations out, Wood is heading into southwestern NM - so I submit that North Fork is somewhere in the SW portion of the state.
(b) During the fight at the end, Mark's face is dirty in long shots (with soot from the smokehouse) but clean in close-ups-and there are different people standing behind him in long shots and in close shots. Thanks Renewed Fan!

There seems to be some confusion as to the events surrounding Mark's birth. In the episode Six Years and a Day, Lucas tells Mark he waited and waited for Mark to be born and Margaret almost died. In The Babysitter, Lucas tells Mark he comes back to the ranch house to find Mark has already been born. Thanks Caryl T!

♫ Hear Mark Sing Cowboy's LullabyDance with a Dolly with a hole in her Stocking sung by Phyllis Avery. ♫ Songs of The Rifleman.

Ladies apparel — What does Eleanor Claremont (Joanna Moore) - Sally Walker (Cheryl Holdridge) & Leona Pickford Bartell (Phyllis Avery) have in common? How about Sheila Delancey (Ruta Lee) in Rawhide & Boni Damon (Virginia Baker) in Gunsmoke - Carla Roberts (Karen Black) in The Big Valley and Zane Grey Theatre - Angie Cartwright (Ginger Rogers) have in common with The Rifleman? Ann Marie / Markisddg / Michelle / Cowgirl!

Lucas questioned Elizabeth, the clerk at the hotel, about Leona Bartell. She said there was a Leona Pickford. She gave Lucas her room number. If you look on the door to Leona's hotel room there is no number. Cowgirl!

It appears that Lucas puts Fancy's diaper on upside down. With a triangle diaper, the long straight edge of the diaper goes behind the baby's back, toward the baby's head. You bring the 3 points of the diaper around the front of the baby & pin them together. Lucas puts the diaper behind the baby's back, with a point toward her head and the long straight edge toward her feet. Thanks Ava!


The Coward episode #53 — Lucas wanted to strike up a bargain with George. If he would help them finish loading the wagon it would be worth Lucas buying him a meal. George agreed. When they finished their meal George thanked Lucas and it seems that George was going his way until Lucas asked him what he was going to do next. Lucas offered George room & board. When George agreed to work off his keep Lucas told him he could start by loading the wagon. I thought the meal was for George loading the wagon was their original deal and that was already in the deal when they first met. Cowgirl!

The picture on the left is from The Retired Gun episode #17. The picture on the right is from The Coward episode #53. But yet in The Martinet episode #83 — In the part where Lucas is confronted by Captain Perry and Lucas gets on his horse and tells Micah, "You better try and talk some sense into him Micah." 

The sign on the building behind him reads "Feed and Grain - Wes Carney - Prop." Cowgirl!

The Angry Man — The footage of the exterior of the MacDonald’s house at night was later reused in The Coward as the exterior of the McCain barn. Thanks Ann Marie!

Here you see inside of The North Fork Saloon in two different episodes. Look at the steps in the pictures. In The Coward you see the stairs and a window to the left. The picture on the right is from The Lonesome Bride. Cowgirl!

The Angry Man — The footage of the exterior of the MacDonald’s house at night was later reused in The Coward as the exterior of the McCain barn. Thanks Ann Marie!

The picture on the left is when George called Lucas out from beneath the wagon. Notice there are two spots on his shirt. (Lucas' left shoulder) The picture on the right is after Lucas was beat up. He has no spots on his left shoulder, only on the right from the blood from his beating. Cowgirl!

We have two different newspaper offices in The Rifleman - The North Fork Weekly & North Fork Eagle. Cowgirl!


The Surveyors episode #54 — One blooper-ish comment on this one: Near the end of the episode, Lucas sees Len and Charley in the bank. He goes to the back door of the bank and tries to open it. The camera shows the door knob turning, then pans upward to show a deadbolt on the door.
Lucas shoots the door open with his rifle. He aims low, at the knob, and then the door swings open - - but the deadbolt, which was located up high, should not have been damaged by Lucas' shots, and the door should still have been latched. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Isn't it a bit a strange having a mirror in the bank? I don't ever remember seeing this in the bank before. Do you? Cowgirl!

Did you see in this episode how little Mark could heave that saddle on his horse? That's gotta be heavy. Good job Mark!  Cowgirl!

File Footage: They show curtains apart and Lucas riding fast to the house. I have seen that same scene before.....Thanks Gloria Fortner!

The Surveyors... Mark overhears the bad guys discussing a potential crime come Sunday morning. When he tells his dad ("Pa") about it, Lucas just chides him that the only thing that's going to be "going on" on Sunday morning is "going to church!" (Leading one to think of them as "regulars" at church every Sunday.) Yet, on Sunday morning Lucas comes into the bedroom telling Mark it's "time to get up" with no apparent intentions of them going to church. Lucas usually wore his string bow tie when he was 'going somewhere' -like church- and in this case he was not dressed for church... nor was he telling Mark to get up so "they wouldn't be late to church". Mark had run away from home because Luke didn't take his possible-crime story seriously enough. Yet when Luke is in town looking around for Mark and stops Micah to talk to him as the marshal is headed to church, there is no initial mention about why Luke & Mark aren't heading to church too? After all they go every Sunday, don't they? Thanks KC!

The shot of the moonlit sky from The Surveyors, right before Mark gets up out of bed, planning to sneak out was later reused twice in season 5. In The Guest, we see it before Mark notices Mario on the porch, follows Mario outside, and inadvertently scares him. Mario grabs the ax to defend himself. The other time was in Which Way’d They Go, right before we see Lucas asleep by the campfire. Thanks Ann Marie!

At the end of this episode when Lucas tells Mark "I love you more than anything else in the whole world", Lucas's hair has a part on the left side and his hair is straight.  After the camera cuts to Mark smiling and taking a bite out of his sandwich, Lucas is then shown with no part and wavy hair. Thanks Sally!

Look how fake the background is. This is the part where Lucas goes to the back door of the bank and tries to open it.
More stock footage! The picture on the left is stock footage from The SurveyorsJourney Back and later in Mescalero Curse. Thanks Ann Marie!

Old Tony / The Surveyors — When Lucas rides into town waiting for Mark and Lorrie to meet him, they used stock footage from The Surveyors. (Only this time we don’t hear the church bell tolling.) And it’s really obvious it’s recycled, for two reasons. First, if you really look at his sideburns, you’ll see how much longer they appear in this footage. He kept them much shorter in the later seasons of the series—the footage that was specifically shot for any given episode. Also, when this was used in The Surveyors, while Lucas was riding in, the town was gathered in the church. So no one is on the street. But in the scene after this, Lucas walks into Micah’s, and many townspeople can be seen through Micah’s Marshall’s Office windows. So it’s like the people appeared out of nowhere. Thanks Ann Marie!

John Hamilton ―In the scene where Len and Charley were in town collecting their pay from John Hamilton at the bank. You can see Hamilton handing the check to them. Notice Hamilton's right arm/shoulder. It looks like he might have his arm in a cast/sling and is covering it up with his jacket. Cowgirl!

The shot of the moonlit sky from The Surveyors, is right before Mark gets up out of bed, planning to sneak out was later reused twice in season 5. In The Mescalero Curse, we see the same moon lie sky when Mogollan and Lobo are doing the burial ceremony for his son. In The Guest, we see it before Mark notices Mario on the porch, follows Mario outside, and inadvertently scares him. Mario grabs the ax to defend himself. The other time was in Which Way’d They Go?, right before we see Lucas asleep by the campfire. Cowgirl & Ann Marie!
Thanks Ann Marie!


Day of the Hunter episode #55 — The Indian Challenge ― Cass: Callicott: “Man give his arrow with a bit of medicine string tied to it; means a challenge. One you got to take.” Do they look like the same bullet to you? They look different to me. Maybe it's just the difference in the settings. What say you? Cowgirl!

After Mark leaves with Cass to see the bears, you see Lucas arrived at the ranch house with smoke coming out of the chimney. Thanks Chipster!

You decide for yourself..... "How many shots did Lucas McCain fire in the opening scene of The Rifleman? Cass shouts out to Lucas "You got 8 shots I only got one." In the opening sequence where Lucas is walking down the street and shooting at someone or something I count 12 or 13 shots. How is it that the Cass says he has only 8 yet I count 12 or 13? Thanks Brian C. Parnell! 

Towards the end of the show when Cass was stocking Lucas, Cass says : You have a 8 shot repeating rifle. Would this just be bad judgment on his part or a blooper? Being he was a hunter and seem pretty knowledgeable in this show. Thanks Larry!

You can see that Lucas has a regular shirt on, not his corduroy one. Notice how high he has it button & as you watch him ride into the ranch his collar is flapping. Cowgirl!

In Strange Town when Lucas rides into the area with all the pines, tracking Bletch Droshek, it is stock footage from Day of the Hunter. Thanks Ann Marie!

Towards the end of the show when Cass was stocking Lucas, Cass says : You have a 8 shot repeating rifle. Would this just be bad judgment on his part or a blooper? Being he was a hunter and seem pretty knowledgeable in this show. Thanks Larry!

Apples to Apples — When Mark first gets off the wagon, the bag of apples looks fuller then when he walks in the door. Maybe the bag of apples had to be a bit less for Mark when he got into the house to help control the fall of the apples. It’s funny, when Mark jumps off the wagon not one apple falls out of the bag. We see Chuck eating on an apple in different episodes. Could they have eaten some on the way home? Cowgirl!


Mail Order Groom episode #56 — Lucas and Mark are in their buckboard facing toward Mr. Juniper. He is walking towards them in his new suit headed to Isabel's house and walks behind them. John has gotten messed up by the Profits and is tied up in the road...Mark and Lucas happen by and are now headed in the other direction so they must have had to turn around in town. They take John to Isabel's outside of town. The next scene we see Lucas and Mark riding back into town and the Profits jump in front of their horses. Why would they be riding back into town if they were on their way home? Thanks markisddg!

When John Jupiter throws Jim Profit up onto the roof he winds up with his head in the wrong direction from how he was thrown. His feet would have been hanging off the roof/sign not his head. Thanks markisddg!

Why is John building another house for him and Isabel when she has a perfectly fine home right outside of town. Thanks markisddg!

When Lucas asks if he saw Isabel's house he says it's a nice little house not big enough for....then stops was he gonna say for children? Thanks markisddg!

In Mail Order Groom the woman, Isabel, mentioned Judge Hanavan. She said how he sold his land to her and not the Profits. He was never seen again after The Photographer. Cowgirl!

What is a.....Woolly bugger? Lucas told John his suit was a woolly bugger and John used the phrase later in the show. I never heard that expression before. do you think it was made up or is it actually an old term? Any ideas? Wellllll.....I've heard it before being use to describe something that is ugly, big, outdated. Down here in the South, I've heard it used like that....which really does describe the suit he was wearing. Anyone else?

We call those wooly caterpillars "wooly boogers" here. I looked it up in this slang dictionary, and it had either bugger or booger, and it listed the worms and the fishing reference. It also said in Arkansas and Oklahoma, it meant a provision in a legislative act that would just be overlooked anyway. And last, in the Southwest it was a term for anything out of the ordinary or interesting. Here I thought he was talking about his itchy long handles.

My own thought is "Wooly Bugger" is a another word for wooly worm which is a caterpillar. Here in Michigan Wooly Worms are said to predict the severity of the oncoming winter by the thickness of their "coat". They are usually a fuzzy black with a little brown in them. I offer below back-up to support my claim. Ol' Lucasboy The woolly worm is a very old fly that can be found in Izaak Walton's 1653 book 'The Complete Angler'. Russell's original Woolly Bugger had a black marabou tail, and a black hackled olive chenille body, (just like our Viva Woolly Bugger). He had designed it to fish the small mouth bass in the streams near his home. Thanks Lucas!

The Profit brothers rope & tie Mr. Juniper to a hitching post. The picture on the left is when the brothers finished their nasty deed and left. Before they left we see Jess rip the flower off of Jupiter's jacket and pour what I would say was whiskey all over him. Mark & Lucas happen along and find Jupiter tied to the hitching post on the ground and help him up. We know Jupiter struggles to break the hitching post from the ground, but how did his shirt & vest become unbuttoned, even his tie is loosen & his jacket is torn. Jess didn't do all this, I find it hard to believe that from Jupiter's struggle to get loose that he did the rest of the damage to his jacket. Maybe some, but not the buttons on his vest or shirt unbuttoned. You would think if that was the case he would have ripped the buttons off in the struggle. Cowgirl!

If you look at the picture above on the left, on the right side of the window we see two holes in the building. Was there something there that they removed for this scene? I think it was a light/lamp that was removed. This is in front of Doc. Burrage's Office. Cowgirl!

Take not of the sign above the door in this picture. It reads Surveyor. The picture for Two Ounces of Tin the sign reads Doc Burrage M. D. Cowgirl!

The Clarence Bibs Story episode #104 — If you compare the background in this picture to Mail Order Groom there is no hitching post in that area, it looks like fixed light. Cowgirl!

In Two Ounces of Tin episode #131 — The light is different and the doctor's office is not next to the bank as they show in Mail Order Groom. Cowgirl!


A Case of Identity episode #57—Lucas gave Wingate his bible to prove to him that Mark is not his son. When Wingate slams the bible closed it is almost touching him. The next time that the bible is shown, it is at the far end of the table. Thanks Pete!

Take a look at the two Bibles. In both of these episodes you hear that Lucas records everything in his Bible. Cowgirl!

In A Case of Identity one of the detective's name is Lon Perry  He was shot and killed at the end of this episode. In The Martinet, Lon Perry was the son of Captain Perry who was shot and killed by Lucas a year ago (July) when he was trying to extort money. I didn't know there was a connection...Though, Lon Perry does seem a bit old to be the Captain's son... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

In A Case of Identity there is a time blooper. Aaron Wingate was looking for his son, he tells Lucas his boy was 2 years old in 1871 when the river boat exploded and his son would now be 12 years old, the same age as Mark. If Mark was 2 years old in 1871, he would have been 12 when they moved to North Fork in 1881, not 10. According to the date on the plaque in front of the house, it was built in 1881. In Home Ranch, Mark says he is 10 years old, so he wasn't even born until 1871 so he couldn't have been a 2 year old kid on a river boat in 1871. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

A birthmark was noticed on Mark's right forearm. Any other episode before or after shows a birthmark? Thanks Bob!

Bedroom Walls — Check out the scene when Lucas and Mark are discussing whose son Mark really is. In the shots of Mark’s face in close up, there’s a wall behind him and the bed. But when the shot switches to a close up of Lucas, the angle is right where the wall would be. If the wall had been behind Mark, in reality we couldn’t see him or Lucas from that angle! Thanks Ann Marie!


The Visitor episode #58 — Did anyone notice that he almost knocked her hat off with his? I noticed those little things of course when you keep running it back three or four times. Did you notice that when Lucas and Mark were getting ready to meet the stage Mark says: "You said that we were going fishing" and was upset they were going into town. Then after he meets Ann Dodd, he suddenly has to go to school? Thought that was odd. Thanks Christine!

When they leave town of course we didn't see the horses BUT when they were heading home the buckboard had ONE HORSE pulling it. When he was talking to her he said he had to unhitch the TEAM. Well maybe he was so infatuated by her he forgot he had just one horse... Ha Ha. Thanks for the insight on this episode that shall now be my favorite. Did anyone else notice when Ann arrived on the stage, she told Lucas, "You're taller than I expected". If she's known him for years, and was Margaret's close friend, his height shouldn't surprise her. Maybe she meant, "taller that I remembered". Also, Mark wants to stay up later, since there is "no school tomorrow", yet he tells Lucas as he runs up after missing the stage, that he 'got the teacher to let him out early'. Bloopers? Or am I watching too closely??!! Thanks Mary!

Okay now let me see.....first Lucas & Mark got slicked up to meet the stage. Mark goes off to school after meeting the stage. After Ann cooked her goose.....and she & Mark were just finishing up the dishes is when Lucas told Mark he better get to bed. Mark said there was no school tomorrow. Lucas said they had a big day ahead of them. Ann chimed in with "for both of us." With that Mark said "Then you'll stay?" Ann said she wouldn't miss it for the world. So assuming Ann stayed a day like they had talked about and Mark missed saying goodbye to Ann, there could have been a day in between her leaving. BUT she was only staying one day extra, so did they have a 6 day school week or did Mark just have a day off of school during the week? I guess we'll never know! So now is this a blooper or not????? I think I figured this blooper out though.  In the visitor, they were going to have some sort of Founder's Day or something. It's very likely that school was dismissed for the day to celebrate this event - that wouldn't have been uncommon back them.  When a community plans something, the whole community comes out...so school would have been canceled, hence the entire episode took place during the week! Thanks Michelle Palmer!

I know that we've talked about (or I've read about) the fact that Lucas only had one horse attached to the wagon when he went into town that morning, but when he and Ann locked eyes inside his house later that morning, he said, "I guess I should go unhitch the team."
Excuse me for using my imagination here, but I was thinking of the director and maybe the conversation that was said.
Director:  Okay, let's get those horses hitched up so we can get this scene done!
Whoever:  Well, the vet's checking out the horses right now! We only have one horse to use.
Director:  Well, how long will it be?
Whoever:  Could be a couple hours. Go ahead and do another scene.
Director:  No. They'll be too interested in watching Lucas and Ann to notice. Let's just do the one horse!
(Okay, so I'm having a weird day)! Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When Lucas and Mark walk away at the end of Sins of the Father. It is the same ending as The Visitor. More stock footage. Mark has on a different jacket when they are walking away in Sins of the Father than he had on while they were having their father/son talk. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

I am so use to seeing the hat rack in the McCain's house by the door as you see here in The Visitor. In End of the Hunt you see the hat rack outside of the bedroom door. Not sure I have seen that hat rack any where else except by the door. How about you? Cowgirl!

I found it odd that Ann's uncle's last name was Dodd - probably a blooper. Dodd was Ann's married name (I'm assuming), so her uncle's last name should not have been Dodd! Thanks Michelle Palmer!

In The Jealous Man Lucas tells Mark that Margaret always knew her own mind. Sounded as if she was no shrinking violet, so I'm a bit surprised that Lucas seemed to have never considered whether she should have been allowed to vote. Also, in The Visitor Micah asks Ann Dodd how long she'll be in town. Lucas tells Micah that she won't be around long enough to vote. Is this a blooper? Ann would have had to stay in town decades to be able to vote. Thanks Ava!

In the USA, women earned the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. Wyoming was the first state in the union to allow women to vote.

After eating dinner, Mark and Ann are doing the dishes. When Mark accidentally pokes his elbow into the pie, there is a significant empty portion—about 1/3 of it is gone! As Mark tastes the pie stuck to his sleeve, he reacts like he hasn’t eaten any of it previously. But we know Mrs. Dodd baked it, and she’s only been in North Fork half a day. With the way Mark likes pie, are we supposed to believe that Lucas and Ann each ate a big piece right in front of him? Was it some kind of punishment? Thanks Ann Marie!

Gloria noted that the endings used the same footage, and Mark had a different jacket at the end of footage originally used in Sins Of The Father. But she didn’t say that Lucas had a different shirt on at the end of Sins Of The Father, making the stock footage from The Visitor really stick out. The button down shirt is a much lighter shade than the corduroy shirt. Thanks Ann Marie!

The Visitor / Lariat: Lucas (and Micah in The Visitor) drank beer out of goblets instead of steins. Doesn’t that seem a little weird? In Lariat, since business was booming, maybe they ran out of steins! For some reason, just in these two Season 2 episodes, they drank beer out of goblets. I had never seen this before. I had always seen on screen and in real life—people drink beer out of mugs/steins or tankards. Not goblets. Thanks Ann Marie!


The Hero episode#59 — Lucas and Micah are playing chess in Micah's office...and Lucas is even winning! 

Found a continuity error in episode #117 season 4 - Knight Errant — Lucas plainly states to Don and Colonel Black that he doesn't know anything about the game of chess. However...in an episode that aired in season two, Lucas pulls into town in his wagon and stops across from a building that has a large window facing the street: two film hands can be seen via the reflection in the window as they duck down between the wagon and the building. Thanks Rob & Chawin' Charlie!

Mark went off to school when he was caught teasing Colly. Yet, Lucas took him home in the buckboard. Where was Blueboy?

When Lucas climbs into the wagon you can see the rifle is standing up in the middle, barrel up. As he leaves town, it's gone completely. When he arrives at the ranch it's butt is up and angled. Thanks Bob!

This file footage originated in The Apprentice Sheriff and used again in The Hero. Cowgirl!

In The Hero you see Lucas hurry to town. You can see fencing and trees. In Dark Day at North Fork episode #100 the scenery is quite different. Here we also see a well and the barn is different. Cowgirl!


The Horse Traders episode #60 — Lucas and Mark are riding into town. Lucas is to the right of Mark wearing a vest, Mark a jacket. The next scene is Lucas (no vest) is to the left of Mark. Mark now has a shirt on instead if his jacket. Thanks Pete!

When old man "Kansas" and his wife pull into Lucas' ranch at the start of the show, watch how the buggy slides sideways as they stop. Never would happen if it was a real gravel road. Thanks Rob!

Near the end of the scene in The Horse Traders where the Colonel and Kansas are negotiating the price of the horse (who turns out to be the Steel Dust), Kansas takes out his wallet to pay. The horse, starts nuzzling the wallet, Kansas and then the Colonel, thinking one of them has a sugar cube for him. The men move slightly and the Colonel even grabs the horse's halter, trying to keep the him still. It's funny to watch them carry on with the scene while horse keeps looking for a treat. Thanks PJH!

Horse Trouble ― When Lucas and Mark ride into town, they pull up to Kansas. Blue Boy does okay, but Razor stumbles around and doesn't want to do as told. The whole time, Lucas keeps his cool and stays in character (good job, Chuck!) Thanks Michelle Palmer!


The Spoiler episode #61 — File Footage: They show curtains apart and Lucas riding fast to the house. I have seen that same scene before..... Thanks markisddg!

"Home Sweet Home" — The Avery's Home changes from scene to scene. Cowgirl!

When Mark is riding to the ranch with the inheritance check, he just has on his shirt and pants. (Looks like the same footage in The Spoiler when he is racing home to tell Lucas that he had seen the killer.) When he gets to the porch with the check, he has on his little jacket he wore that season. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

Hall stand rack with storage bench, but where is the mirror? Usually with benches like this there is a mirror in them. I wonder if it got broken & they just filled it in with a paper of some sort. Cowgirl!

When we hear Lucas’ horse approach the Avery's’ house, we hear it neigh and then the hooves striking the ground. Shouldn’t it be the other way around, since surely the noise the hooves make is louder than the neighing. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Micah goes to the ranch and enters there was no fire in the fireplace ― When Mark rides to the ranch and Micah is there….there is smoke coming from the chimney ― When Mark enters the house there is no fire in the fireplace. Thanks wildwest!

Also putting the cinnamon rolls in the saddlebag? There was no cover on them and putting them in sideways wouldn’t they have been a mess?
Thanks wildwest!

Honestly wildwest I thought that pan looked to big to even fit in Mark's saddlebags. Cowgirl!

Mrs. Avery promised Mark some cinnamon rolls. When she & Mr. Avery arrive back at the ranch, she tells Mr. Avery....."Now.....I've got to get those rolls a bakin'.....that
Mike ain't one for being late!" Cowgirl!

Within the first few minutes a Brud Evans stabs Joey Merrick in the back and kills him just to get his horse and gun. By appearance and references made in the story he would have probably been no more than mid or late teens in age. I don't recall anyone that young being killed in Rifleman before and it was just an outright killing. I have no doubt such things happened in the old West. Still though it was unusual for Rifleman. Thanks rooster davis!

At the end of the story the Avery's, said that he was their son and 'No pa on Earth could change that'. I think it should have been 'No power on Earth...' Details, details. Thanks rooster davis!


Heller episode #62—As Heller and her brother go into their barn(?) with the stolen pistol, it looks like they are crossing wet ground outside, with some puddles of standing water. It is a neat detail of authenticity to include, even if it is only visible for a second or two. Question that come to my mind: How many times in the five years of the Rifleman was it actually shown as raining? Thanks Renewed Fan!

Mark told Lucas that he had seen Mr. Heller at the Last Chance Saloon. When Lucas was in town the Saloon across the street was named North Fork Saloon. Sweeney & The Last Chance Saloon came to North Fork in episode #4 The MarshalHeller is episode #62.
The Last Chance Saloon aka The North Fork Saloon — When the show originally aired it was call The Last Chance Saloon.....I would say it was a slip of the tongue, which makes that a blooper! Cowgirl!

I just got through watching the Heller episode and noticed a short shot of a wagon in the garden at Heller's house. It has "Budd" wheels on it, the "Budd Wheel Co." was formed in 1912. The "Budd" wheel is a stamped steel disc wheel, common on cars and trucks up till the present. Thanks Boneyard!

Lucas is hauling around a couple crates in the back of his wagon. You see the crates first when Lucas stomps out of the store angry and tells Hattie he'll be back later. There are two large crates in the wagon. Then when they get back to the ranch, the crates are gone. Then when they go back to town and talk to Heller, the crates are back. Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When they are having their weekly father/son talk in the barn, Lucas is polishing his saddle and carrying it out the barn to go to town. But when they go to town, they take the wagon... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

This is the scene in Hattie's store when David & Heller Chase come back for the gun that David hid in the apple barrel.
Notice the sign..... Dresses direct from Boston
When Heller and David first enter the store the sign on the dresses is straight, the scene when Andrew Bechtol walks in the store, the sign is crooked. wildwest and Cowgirl!


The Grasshopper episode #63 — Have you noticed the spot on Johnny Denver's jacket? The photo on the left you see no spot on Johnny's jacket. Seconds late you see this spot. Cowgirl!

When the train has been stopped and Walt and his brother take over, Walt shoots through the door at Lucas. You can see the wood chip fly out as it leaves a "bullet hole" on the outside of the door. But when the scene cuts to the inside of the car, looking toward that door, there is no bullet hole - just an intact door! Thanks NewFANatic!

Who really is Ryerson's brother? — Lucas kept looking at the two men behind him, trying to figure out who they were. The conductor came to turn the lantern off. Lucas asked him about the two men, hoping he could give him some clue as to who they are. The conductor told Lucas they were going all the way to Kearney, same as he was. He asked Lucas if anything was wrong. “I guess not. I just thought I knew them,” Lucas answered.
Lucas went to talk to the conductor. He told him that one of those two men he had asked him about was Ryerson’s brother. And that he should have recognized him. So, who really is Ryerson's brother? Cowgirl!


A Time for Singing episode #64 — At the end of the episode, Spence is outside the church arguing with Dan and Laurie. He told them that Bro had died. Bro was in the barn with Mark and Spence had gone to the jail, so how did he know that Bro was dead, or even that anything was different in the barn - all they heard was a gunshot in the night... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When Mark shows Lucas his fish, they are hanging on a stringer to his saddle. When Mark gives them to the preacher's wife, he has them in a satchel-like bag. Thanks Gloria!

When Lucas and Hattie were taking supplies to the preachers house, why didn’t they use the buckboard instead of two horses instead of walking and carrying more supplies. Thanks wildwest!

We see Hattie & the McCain's walking over to Reverend Gathers new home. Hattie leaves with her apron on & no shawl. We later see Hattie with no apron and now she is wearing a shawl. Cowgirl!
 
How did Mark know the names of the outlaws, Spence & Walt, he never heard of them before and was never introduced to them..... “The preacher’s in it too, he’s a fake!” Mark turned to Micah. “And there’s two men names Spence and Walt!” Cowgirl!


The Deserter episode #65 — Does anyone have any idea what regiment Lucas was really in during the war? Just what Indiana Regiment was Lucas in? What a great job Renewed Fan did on this page!
(a) There was no 16th Cavalry in 1883 - they numbered the regular army cavalry regiments 1 to 10 in that era. (b) I heard Lucas refer to a "command post". What would it have been called in 1883? A command post would have been called "headquarters". (c) I didn't know that anyone could read a telegram that you were sending. No privacy laws in those days? As for privacy laws, they did not (strictly speaking) have them, but they did have the Bill of Rights (i.e. search warrants) which was ignored several times in this episode. Basically, the captain had no authority to arrest Lucas, to declare martial law, etc. But I think the point of the episode was to show that he was totally out of control. By the way, in the 1870's and 1880's, the US army had a staggering desertion rate (10% or more per year!) and no one was ever executed for desertion (absolutely zero executions for desertion from 1865 to early 1945, when Eddie Slovak was shot. Thanks Renewed Fan!

In The Deserter, when the Lieutenant comes to arrest Lucas at the Blacksmith's, a man is rolling a wheel between a man and the Lieutenant and it hits the lieutenant. Since it's so obvious, could it have possibly been on purpose though? Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When Lucas first got to town, Micah invited him over to his office to have some lemonade that Hattie had made for him. They must have gotten lost along the way because they ended up at the saloon for a beer. They originally met in front of the saloon and ended up back at the saloon. Cowgirl!


The Vision episode #66 — Mark and Luke are arguing about how Mark doesn't remember much about his mom, Luke gets the picture and says something about how could he forget her because he has talked about her since he was six. Are we regressing here?!!!! Waste part 2 - Micah was talking to Mark about his mother. Mark says he doesn't remember much because he was only 3 at the time.
Mark tells his "mother" that his father still wears his wedding ring. Cowgirl!

(My favorite) Notice that in each scene there is a different picture on the wall next to Mark's bed. I wonder if they did that on purpose? Thanks Jana!

I noticed, near the beginning, when Mark is listening to the woman singing, and Lucas walks up, the woman refers to Lucas as "Daddy" and then as "Pop". Both these terms would be out of place in the 1880's, and are basically 20th century use. Thanks Renewed Fan!

When Lucas carries Mark to bed, he takes off Mark's boots but quickly covers him up with the blankets when Mark starts to shiver. Mark is still wearing his clothes. Lucas and Nels then go out to the other room to send for the doctor. When Mark calls out for Lucas and he runs in, Mark is in his nightshirt!  

Mark and Luke are arguing about how Mark doesn't remember much about his mom, Luke gets the picture and says something about how could he forget her because he has talked about her since he was six. Are we regressing here?!! Waste part 2 — Micah was talking to Mark about his mother. Mark says he doesn't remember much because he was only 3 at the time. 

The Vision —I have noticed that Mark's age when his mother died changes all the time. He's 6, then 3, I just "heard" the discrepancies from The Vision / Waste. Basically, throughout season 1, Lucas told everyone that Mark was 10 years old and several times commented that his wife died four years ago. When Tom Birch came to visit. One went to Denver episode #25—Lucas said it's been 4 years since Margaret passed. In The Vision — "Here (as Lucas showed Mark his Mother's picture), the year you died, you were six. How can you forget?" In The Prodigal — Billy St. John/William Havecourt about Mark's age. Waste part 2 — "No I.....no I don't really remember her at all. Sometimes I think I do, but what I think I'm remembering is just the photographs Pa has. I was only three." In Old Man Running  — Samuel Gibb tells Mark it was 11 years ago when he let his daughter to die. I don't think this works mathematically either, but I'm not sure. It must have been hard to keep track of all the facts from all the stories over the years!

The first time that Lucas caries Mark into the bedroom, there is a lamp sitting on the side table next to Mark’s bed. Also hanging on the wall to the left of Mark’s bed is a drum with an Indian head on it. Then Lucas goes into the dining room, when he comes back into the bedroom just a half minute later, we see that Mark has managed to change from his clothes into his night shirt all by himself. Also there is a washbowl with a towel draped over it sitting on the side table that was not there just before. And if you look on the wall, the drum has been replaced by a picture in a square frame. When the doctor comes into the bedroom, the washbowl and the towel are now gone and only the lamp is on the table; also the picture on the wall has been changed to a portrait in an oval frame. However in the second scene with the doctor, the washbowl is on the table again. Later when Lucas comes back into the bedroom and says: “Please don’t die son, please don’t die.” The washbowl is now gone. Then in the final scene with Mark and Lucas, the washbowl and towel are now back on the table along with the lamp, and on the wall the oval framed picture has now been replace with the original square framed picture.

Did you notice that instead of carrying a doctor’s bag the doctor is carrying an umbrella? Also, yes it’s true that they are not in Canada; However, In One Went to Denver, what exactly was that big hard cold block of something that Lucas was chipping away on to make vanilla ice-cream? And in The Sheridan Story, Lucas tells the General and his men that they can get ice at the hotel in town. But in the Vision, Micah has to send men up into the mountains to get ice, and all they get for their troubles is slush. Also in the Vision, the first scene that we see of a lone rider coming down from the snowcapped mountains was the same opening scene that was used in Outlaw’s Inheritance. Thanks Dominique for this whole page of bloopers!

The Retired Gun episode #17 ― when the newly married couple first arrive at Lucas' ranch, we see them drive past the rear door of the McCain house, as if the road from North Fork winds past the side of the house. Never seen before or after. Thanks Rob!

Although we do not see this door used a lot, I have also seen Micah ride up to the ranch from the side where the rear door is in the Vision & I have also seen Lou ride up to the ranch from the side where the rear door is in the Squeeze Play. Cowgirl!

I can't help but notice how important WATER is in The Vision. First it almost kills Mark, then it saves him.. and the different forms of water: Mark dumps the soapy water on the Marigolds
The canteens are empty - no water
The poisoned water (by the way, what is the water FOR?) Do the people on the wagon train KNOW it's poisoned? If not they're all potentially dead ducks. If they know it, what's it for? Does stock get Typhoid?
Mark dumps the bucket of water he is carrying
The compresses are soaked in water
They get the slush and pack Mark in it
Mark's splashing in the "brook" (although it looks like a pond to me, don't brooks flow?) when he's with his mother
Mark hugs his mother and cries
When Mark's fever breaks he starts sweating, which could be a form of water, I guess. Thanks Rhiannon! 

When Dr. Hennekin goes in to see Mark, he's already taken off his hat and duster, but when he's at the edge of the canyon looking down at Mark talking about the rope not being long enough he has his hat and duster on. Thanks Rhiannon!

I love when Dr. Henneken says "Blessed sweat, it falleth like the gentle rain from heaven." Thanks markisddg!

The mountains in this episode was the same scene that was used in the opening scene of Outlaw’s Inheritance. Cowgirl!

You can also see a blurred picture of Margaret McCain.

In The Vision you can see Micah ride up to the ranch from the side where the rear door is. In The Retired Gun when the newly married couple first arrive at Lucas' ranch, we see them drive past the rear door of the McCain house, as if the road from North Fork winds past the side of the house. Never seen before or after, right? Thanks Rob!

When Dr. Hennekin arrives he goes into the house and tells Lucas his son has contracted typhoid fever then he says to Hattie where is the boy. When he is examining him he calls him Mark. But no one has referred to him by his name unless the guy who went to bring Hennekin told him his name. Thanks markisddg!

While researching these bloopers I came across a scene where Mark has a flower in his lapel & the next scene no flower. Then the scene where Lucas & Mark when they got back to their campsite, Mark has a flower on again! Cowgirl!

The first time that Lucas carries Mark into the bedroom, there is a lamp sitting on the side table next to Mark’s bed. Also hanging on the wall to the left of Mark’s bed is a drum with an Indian head on it. Then Lucas goes into the dining room, when he comes back into the bedroom just a half minute later, we see that Mark has managed to change from his clothes into his night shirt all by himself. Also there is a washbowl with a towel draped over it sitting on the side table that was not there just before. And if you look on the wall, the drum has been replaced by a picture in a square frame. Then in the final scene with Mark and Lucas, the washbowl and towel are now back on the table along with the lamp, and on the wall the oval framed picture has now been replace with the original square framed picture. Thanks Dominique!

When Dr. Hennekin arrives he goes into the house and tells Lucas his son has contracted typhoid fever then he says to Hattie where is the boy. When he is examining him he calls him Mark. But no one has referred to him by his name unless the guy who went to bring Hennekin told him his name. Thanks markisddg!

It seems like someone did not know the difference between a Marigold and Daisy. they look completely different. When Mark dumps the soapy water - "look what you've done to your mother's flowers" they at least look kind of like Marigolds (if there's really such a thing as a long-stem kind)..
When Mark wants to stay with his mother and she tells him he can't and has to go back to Lucas, when she says "give him this, until we can all be together again" it sure looks like she's holding a daisy. It would have been nice if she was holding a Marigold. The flower that Hazel puts in Mark's lapel looked like a Marigold, too. So that's 3 flowers throughout The Vision

Aldebaran — Lucas states the new bull's name is Aldebaran. Its actually a great name for a bull since it is the red star that marks the right eye of Taurus the Bull in the night sky. The writer's attention to details like that is just one of the reasons I enjoy this show so much. Thanks Doug from Framingham!

Marigolds can indeed grow tall: Tall marigolds are sometimes labeled African marigolds, and the dwarf kinds are often called French Marigolds. Neither is African nor French. Rather, they both originated from the southwest part of North America – in Arizona and New Mexico – and down through Mexico to Argentina and Guatemala. Tall marigolds grow anywhere from 15 inches to 4 feet tall with blooms that can reach up to 5 inches across. Thanks Doug from Framingham!

The flower that Hazel puts in Mark's lapel looked like a Marigold, too. So that's 3 flowers throughout The Vision. Thanks Rhiannon!

Mark tells his mother that he sometimes sees Lucas smoking a pipe. We never see him smoke a pipe on the whole series! Thanks Ann Marie!

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See Ann Marie's Chart of changes on the set to this episode..... I noticed there are other things that appear and disappear or move between bedroom scenes. So I took what they came up with and added my own observations to make this chart. After the initial setup, I only note when there is a change in the set. Some things did stay the same for a few bedroom scenes. And sometimes you can’t tell, so I’m going to assume the prop’s placement stayed the same. Thanks Ann Marie!

What does The SharpshooterA Friend in NeedPanicSkullThe Vision all have in common? In all of these episodes we hear Lucas referred to as 'Dad' or 'Daddy'. Cowgirl!


Lariat episode #67 — The Visitor and Lariat: Lucas (and Micah in The Visitor) drank beer out of goblets instead of steins. Doesn’t that seem a little weird? In Lariat, since business was booming, maybe they ran out of steins! For some reason, just in these two Season 2 episodes, they drank beer out of goblets. I had never seen this before. I had always seen on screen and in real life—people drink beer out of mugs/steins or tankards. Not goblets. Thanks Ann Marie!

At the very end, when Lucas does the card trick, if you watch in slow-motion, he has the card attached to the back of his hand (with a rubber band?) and rapidly closes his fist - the motion causes the card to whip around into his hand, making it appear that the card materialized. Thanks Renewed Fan!


Smokescreen episode #68 — Lucas goes out behind the stable to get Nels' anvil. He finds the anvil, but that's not all. He sees a pair of boots sticking out of some tall grass which belongs to Marge Crandall. Look at the position of the boots. These are back to back shots. Cowgirl!

Mark: “Well, I know what’s the matter,” “Well, it-it…I was smoking.” “Not corn silk. A cigar.” How's does Mark know what it's like smoking corn silk?  Cowgirl!

How come if Mark and his buddy were right in that area they never heard Marge scream...how come no one heard her scream in broad daylight. She wasn't the type to let some guy manhandle her without a fight. Thanks markisddg!

Since Lucas was such a wonderful tracker, how did he miss Mark's smaller boot prints where he had stood smoking the cigar? He looked to be standing in the dirt. Lucas wasn't very observant on that one. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

When Marge Crandall’s harness broke Lucas had an extra one in the buckboard. Does he always carry extra gear?  He could have just thrown a rope around her horses head and tied to the wagon. Thanks wildwest!

Paradise sure looks a lot like North Fork....."What say you?" There was so many look a likes that I couldn't cover them all! Cowgirl!


Shotgun Man episode #69 — Lucas didn't have his rifle with him when he came in to talk to Micah and met Mr. Beaumont. Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When Lucas is in the hotel dining room, he has the dark jeans on. When he exits to go outside to talk to Beaumont, they are considerably lighter. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Johnny Beaumont shoots Gus you can see at the end of the bar his whiskey glass and his cards. In the second picture when Sweeney goes to the end of the bar to check on Gus, the whiskey glass & the cards are in a different position. The next scene we see Sweeney still at the end of the bar but the whiskey glass & the cards are back the way they were originally. Cowgirl!


Sins of the Father episode #70 — In the recent episode, The Vision, ice could not be obtained when Mark was sick with a fever, except by riding to the mountains. In Sins of the Father, Mark is going to a friend's birthday party - and ice cream is being served. Also in One Went to Denver, when Tom Birch arrives at The McCain Ranch, Lucas & Mark are making ice cream. Not too consistent. Thanks Renewed Fan!

When Lucas and Mark walk away at the end of Sins of the Father, it is the same ending as The Visitor. More stock footage. Mark has on a different jacket when they are walking away in Sins of the Father than he had on while they were having their father/son talk. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

Andy Moon shoots Shep Coleman in the saloon in Quisquose City. Nobody comes to see what all the shooting was about. You can see cowboys riding past the doors of the saloon, but not body check to see what is going on. Cowgirl!

Gloria noted that the endings used the same footage, and Mark had a different jacket at the end of footage originally used in Sins Of The Father. But she didn’t say that Lucas had a different shirt on at the end of Sins Of The Father making the stock footage from The Visitor really stick out. The button down shirt is a much lighter shade than the corduroy shirt. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the beginning of this episode you see Andy Moon get shot in the chest. About 9 minutes into this episode we hear Lucas say..... “You’re not gonna get any stronger! Not until you get that shoulder fixed!” Cowgirl!


The Prodigal episode #71 — When Billy's mother gets off the stage, she embraces Billy - and momentarily grabs the muzzle of the revolver that Lucas is holding to Billy's back. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Lucas is told that he would only have to play this farce  for 1 day because she would be leaving the next day. So, here goes:
1. Supper is fixed - it looks to be dark outside while they are eating supper.
2. Breakfast is ready
3. It's night time and she brings Mark in a snack
But maybe they just got scene 3 and 2 backwards when they put this episode together...
Also, when Lucas lays her down on the bed, she has her hat and veil on. The next second, it's off! Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When Billy's mother is at the McCain Ranch, they have a meal of chicken & dumplings and whatever. A few minutes later, Billy's helper is outside with Mark and his gun goes off. Everyone rushes outside. The mother tells them BREAKFAST is ready and the next scene is Mark in bed for the night. Why would she say breakfast was ready when they had just eaten and it was night? Thanks Gloria!

When Lucas & Billy St. John/William Havecourt pull up to the ranch you see a rocking chair on the porch to the left, close to the house. When William helps Christine Havecourt down from the buckboard you can see that the rocking chair is farther to the left then before, closer to the edge of the porch. Cowgirl!

Did you notice in some of the episodes you see some of the cowboys make it a point to grab the week on a buggy or grab a hold of the harness to the horses.

In The Illustrator you can see the cowboys grab a hold of the harness while Jeremiah sketched the picture of the killer. In The Prodigal when Lucas, William Havecourt & Mrs. Havecourt arrive back at the ranch I noticed Luis stepped down off the porch. I thought he was going to help Mrs. Havecourt down from the buckboard, but he didn't. He grabbed a hold of the harness to steady the horses. I know that someone has to steady the horses/buggies in scenes like this, it is just so obvious in these scenes. Cowgirl!

In the opening scene we see Billy St. John & Luis rob a gang of outlaws. If you watch closely you see Porque go for his gun. He then drops it. He then picks up the gun & fires. Cowgirl!


The Fourflusher episode #72 — Gabe Fenway is about the same height as Micah - Isn't it strange that the stirrups were already set for Mark?
Mr. Fenway's children are in school but Mark isn't.  Is this a blooper, or did Mark get off for good behavior? Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Did anybody notice the flag flying in town? This isn't the right flag and guess what... This flag was used June 14, 1777 – May 1, 1795! Thanks Michelle Palmer!

It says "Quinto Annual Grass Rent Day Celebration" Anyone have any idea what that is from? Thanks TVFan!

Lucas took Gabe's horse back home with them. He was working him until Gabe got better. Lucas rode Razor to town. He should have brought razor back with him, how come he didn't? Cowgirl!

The Jailbird / The Hawk check out the difference in the Hardware Stores & the Hardware signs Cowgirl!

Horse Head Hitch ornament — You can see a Horse Head Hitch Ornament ―In The MarshalThe JailbirdThe Silent KnifeThe Young Englishman. But I haven't see this ornament in any other episodes or even in the same area. Have you? Cowgirl!


The Jailbird episode 73 ― You can see a Horse Head Hitch Ornament ―In The MarshalThe JailbirdThe Silent KnifeThe Young Englishman. But I haven't see this ornament in any other episodes or even in the same area. Have you? Cowgirl!


Meeting at Midnight episode #74 — I knew I saw this picture some in another episode. Thanks Renewed Fan for helping find it!

When Lucas and Claude Akins are walking out of the jail, watch the window in the upper right, there is a reflection of a man wearing a white shirt and tie, it appears as if they are walking towards him. Thanks Charlene F.!

The Jail — In most of the episodes there was a door to the jail. End of the Hunt episode #162 — In this episode there was no door.
In this episode, Mark mentions he might be a writer. Do you remember what Lucas said to him? "I thought you wanted to be a stagecoach driver?" In what other episode did Mark mention he wanted to be a writer? Cowgirl!

Besides this episode, what episode do we see Lucas tied up and is left to free himself by burning the ropes around his hands to get free? Do you know? Cowgirl!


The Hangman episode #76 — Volney is in jail, Ellie brings him breakfast in a basket, Micah unlocks the cell gate to give Volney the basket, he locks the cell gate then leaves so Volney and Ellie can talk. When Ellie leaves she meets Micah outside the sheriff's office. She has the basket that Micah gave to Volney. How did she get the basket if the cell gate is locked and Micah is gone? Thanks LL!

I wonder why Micah never checked her basket? Cowgirl!

Lucas pointed out to Harold Tenner that it was awful hot for him to be working in a wool shirt. Lucas had his corduroy shirt on, which can’t be much cooler! Thanks Ann Marie!

The picture about where you see Lucas & Mark riding into North Fork you also see Colonel Jebediah Sims Elixir of Life Wagon. This file footage is from The Hangman The Hangman episode #76 aired before Sheer Terror episode #113. Cowgirl!


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