Writer: Calvin J. Clements
Director: Lamont Johnson
Original Air Date 01/17/1961
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
Lonny Chapman was an American character actor of film who appeared in more than 150 movies and television shows, as well as some stage productions, in a career spanning 50 years. He appeared in some of the great film classics, including Elia Kazan's "East of Eden" (1955), starring James Dean and Julie Harris; Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963), starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery; and Martin Ritt's award-winning, "Norma Rae" (1979), starring Sally Field. Although he performed in a wide range of genres, Chapman is identified with playing parts in mysteries, courtroom and crime dramas in nearly every decade of his career, including "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), "The Defenders" (1961–1965), "Judd for the Defense" (1967–1969), "Police Story" (1973–1977), "Murder, She Wrote" (1984–1996) and "NYPD Blue" (1993–2005). he also played the role of the convict Jake in Woody Allen's comedic crime caper "Take the Money and Run" (1969). Chapman made guest appearances in other popular series, including "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973) and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1954–1990). He guest-starred in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Stanley in "Long Trek" (episode 93) and Scully Potter in "And the Devil Makes Five" (episode 161). He also appeared in several other classic TV westerns, including "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975) and "The Virginian" (1962–1971). In 1972, Chapman received a Bronze Wrangler award for his role in the Mark Rydell western, "The Cowboys" (1972), which was adapted from a novel by William Dale Jennings.
Lucas and Marshal Torrance are beset by difficulties while transporting a captured killer back to North Fork for trial. While crossing the desert, Micah is injured in an accident, then their horses are lost. The killer taunts Lucas, sure that only he is strong enough to survive without water, but his reckoning underestimates Lucas' amazing determination and endurance.