The second season premiere in this action-adventure Western series, based on the 1960 film of the same name, which was a remake of the 1954 film "Seven Samurai." In this episode, the Seven help to rescue a town from a group of bandits, but when Judge Travis returns, he is accompanied by a new federal marshal, Walter Bryce, who announces that he is enacting a strict no-guns policy and demands their weapons. The Seven point out that they cannot sufficiently defend the town without firearms, and Travis regretfully tells them that they are "relieved of their duties" for the time being. Frustrated, the men begin to split up and head out of town for other pursuits, though J.D. firmly states that they are not permanently "breaking up." Elsewhere, Guy Royal appeals to rancher Stuart James and introduces his new "hire," the sinister Earl, and requests his help in getting rid of the settlers and creating a "ghost town," though Royal reminds him that the town is protected by the Seven.

Back in town, Nathan is offended when Bryce ousts him for practicing medicine without a license, and Buck is arrested for "indecent exposure" while out on the town with Millie. Sanchez and the few of the others leave town, though J.D. remains and eventually gives up his guns to Bryce. Mary hires him as a reporter, and she attempts to appeal to Bryce about his unfair policies. In "Purgatory," Chris talks to a prostitute, Maria, and requests her help in identifying the person who hired Cletus Fowler, the man who killed Chris' wife and son. Earl, who has experience destroying towns for financial gain, notes that he will at least attempt to clear the women and children out first, and when Mary sits down with Bryce, she is offended to learn that he does not believe in women's right to vote, work or even drink. As Earl's hired guns ride into town, Buck pleads with Bryce to release him from his cell so that he can help defend the people, though Bryce refuses to arm a "criminal." When he confronts the outlaws and demands their weapons, he is shot several times for his trouble, and Earl announces that he will burn the town to the ground at sunrise.

Maria returns Chris' money, apologetically explaining that she found no leads for him, and Mary soon arrives and begs Chris to return to town, explaining about the hired guns. Bryce dies from his wounds as J.D. tracks down Nathan, Josiah, Ezra and the others and helps to free Buck, though they quickly realize that they are outgunned by Earl's men. They decide to disguise themselves as soldiers, and Earl, spotting the approach of the "Army," decides to burn down the town on the spot. Many of his hired men flee in fright, however, and by the time Earl realizes that they are not truly soldiers, the Seven are able to overtake the remaining men with the help of the townsfolk, including Mary and Millie. Later, Millie bids farewell to Buck as she and her family head for Kansas, and Chris wonders about the identity of Earl's employer. Travis notes Bryce's death with regret and suggests that the Seven serve as his "unofficial" replacement, and the men head off to the saloon to "ponder" the offer. Commercials deleted.


  • DATE: 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:45:08
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 125249
  • GENRE: Drama, western
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, action/adventure
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1998-1999; TNN - 2000


  • Walter Mirisch … Executive Producer
  • Richard Barton Lewis … Executive Producer
  • Mark Stern … Executive Producer
  • John Watson … Executive Producer, Developed by
  • Pen Densham … Executive Producer, Developed by
  • Melissa Rosenberg … Supervising Producer, Writer
  • Lynne Symons … Producer
  • Steve Beers … Producer
  • Dennis C. Duckwall … Associate Producer
  • Mark Haskell Smith … Consulting Producer
  • Christopher Cain … Director
  • Don Harper … Music by
  • David Metzger … Music by
  • Elmer Bernstein … Theme Music by
  • Michael Biehn … Cast, Chris Larabee
  • Eric Close … Cast, Vin Tanner
  • Andrew Kavovit … Cast, John "J.D." Dunne
  • Dale Midkiff … Cast, Buck Wilmington
  • Ron Perlman … Cast, Josiah Sanchez
  • Anthony Starke … Cast, Ezra Standish
  • Rick Worthy … Cast, Nathan Jackson
  • Laurie Holden … Cast, Mary Travis
  • Peter Firth … Cast, Federal Marshal Walter Bryce
  • Gemini Barnett … Cast, Billy Travis
  • Dana Barron … Cast, Casey Wells
  • Lisa Brenner … Cast, Miss Millie
  • M.C. Gainey … Cast, Earl
  • Robert Vaughn … Cast, Judge Oren Travis
  • Samuel Thompson … Cast, Army Sergeant
  • Brent Kirkland … Cast, Cabinet Maker
  • Karen Hensel … Cast, Mrs. Potter
  • Lola Glaudini … Cast, Prostitute
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