Production number: 92103-4
Original US airdate:
5th October, 1992
Written by: Dan Gordon
Directed by: Jorge Montesi
Guest Cast: Amanda Wyss (Randi McFarland); Vincent Schiavelli (Leo Atkins), John Novack (Sheriff Howard Crowley); Wendell Wright (Sergeant Powell), Victor Young (Lucas Desiree), Todd Duckworth (Deputy Struthers), Gary Chalk (Lemoyne), Colleen Winton (Gwenn), Jason Michas (Confederate Guard)

An Immortal friend of MacLeod's (Lucas Desiree) is beheaded in his isolated mountain retreat where he had hoped - like MacLeod - to retire from the fight for a while. A brain-damaged, homeless veteran is charged with the grisly crime, and an attempt is made to link him to the killing of Slan Quince. MacLeod must try and clear the innocent man and unravel the mystery of who killed his friend.


c1861-3, Union/Confederate border, USA: Duncan is hanged for being a spy by Confederates for helping slaves escape to the North. He is later dug up by Lucas.

Other Immortals

Lucas Desiree
Howard Crowley

Interesting facts

+ Lucas Desiree is the first Immortal in the series to be killed by an Immortal other than Duncan MacLeod.
+ Amanda Wyss makes her first appearance as probing journalist Randi McFarland in this episode. She also appears in episodes A6
, A8, A11, A12 and A13.
+ This was actually the second episode shown in the show's initial run, presumably because of the link to Slan Quince from 'The Gathering'.


It's understandable why this episode was promoted ahead of the awful 'Family Tree'. It's also interesting to see what survived - and what didn't - from these early episodes (in this case, the idea of Immortals being pursued by the law for beheading). B

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