1966 - 1967
#34 - "Coup de Grace"
Erik makes contact with a Juarez sympathizer in a cantina who turns out to be an old girl friend. She is kind enough to offer him a bath while the others wait in the sun outside. Just after the others interrupt the festivities, the French captain comes in looking for them. The four hide behind a screen while Carmella undresses in order to distract the officer.
Three Rangers sneak into the barracks and put blanks in the rifles of the firing squad. Erik puts blanks in the pistol that the captain will use for the coup de grace, the final shot to the head. Erik is fired upon while leaving, meaning the pistol will be loaded with live ammunition for the firing squad. The Rangers then steal uniforms from three of Maxmillian's soldiers. Erik poses as a major sent by Maxmillian to report on the execution while Chad and Joe play soldier. Reese is forced to disguise himself as Morales' wife in order to let him know of the plan. The plan goes smoothly until LeBec shows up and recognizes the Rangers, forcing a blazing shoot-out and escape, aided by the local Juarez supporters.
NiteOwl Review: A pretty good episode for the second season. Used all the Rangers and their interactions to good advantage.
Our Favorite Scene: This stunt became our favorite scene after Peter Brown told one of our group that he had done it himself on his own horse. (The black horse Peter rode was his own horse Amigo.) In the scene Chad is trapped on one side of a bridge that's blocked off with a wagon of burning hay. Apparently they had trouble getting the stunt horse to do the jump. So Peter did it himself on Amigo. Very impressive.
A hero the Rangers were guarding faces a firing squad
The Rangers are charged with safekeeping Mexican rebel Juan Morales while he's in Laredo to buy guns in support of Juarez' war against Emperor Maxmillian. However, while Reese is busy with a street brawl, Joe with an arm wrestling competition and Erik with his tailor, Chad is overcome by the LeBec gang. Morales is taken across the border to a French prison for execution. The Ranger are sent to rescue him. 
Original air date Oct 7, 1966
Directed by R.G. Springsteen
Written by William Raynor
    & Myles Wilder

Regular Cast
Neville Brand as Reese Bennett
Peter Brown as Chad Cooper
William Smith as Joe Riley
Robert Wolders as Erik Hunter
Phil Carey as Capt. Parmalee

Guest Cast
arbara Luna as Carmella Alveras
Arnold Moss as Capt. DeClair
John Hoyt as Juan Morales
Fabian Dean as Jean LeBec
Louise Lawson as Betsy
Harry Varteresian as wrestler
Lenny Kahn as Norton
Steve Conte as bartender
Roger Etienne as Lieutenant
Will J. White as 2nd sentry
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