“The Trial”


Season:              2 episode 10
Series Episode 19
Air Date:           May 10, 2000





“The Edomites were an arrogant people.  They thought they were better than everybody else.” –  Josiah Sanchez



Protect a man’s right to his day in court.



A dollar a day and found



Euphemisms / Quotes / Literary References


“He was deader than a hammer.” – Witness 2


“To cross a mountain you first walk up to it.” – Josiah Sanchez


“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child” – Maude Standish


King Lear Act 1, Scene 4, 281-289 (pub; 1606)

by William Shakespeare


If she must teem,

Create her child of spleen, that it may live

And be a thwart disnatur’d torment to her!


Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth,

With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks,

Turn all her mother’s pains and benefits

To laughter and contempt, that she may feel

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is

To have a thankless child!

“I am cruel only that I may be kind…” – Ezra Standish

Hamlet Act 3 Scene 4 (pub. 1603)

by William Shakespeare

For use almost can change the stamp of nature,

And either rein the devil or throw him out

With wondrous potency. Once more, good night,

And when you are desirous to be blessed,

I’ll blessing beg of you. (points to POLONIUS)

For this same lord

I do repent, But heaven hath pleased it so,

To punish me with this and this with me,

That I must be their scourge and minister. 

I will bestow him and will answer well

The death I gave him. So, again, good night.

I must be cruel only to be kind.


Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.

One word more, good lady-

God wanted to punish me with this murder, and this man with me,

so I’m both Heaven’s executioner and its minister of justice.

This is bad, but it’ll get worse soon.  Oh, and one other thing, madam.



What shall I do?



Not this, by no means, that I bid you do-

Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed,

Pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse,

And let him, for a pair of reechy kisses

Or paddling in your neck with his damned fingers,

Make you to ravel all this matter out:

That I essentially am not in madness

But mad in craft. ‘Twere good you let him know,

For who that’s but a queen, fair, sober, wise,

Would from a paddock, from a bat, a gib,

Such dear concernings hide? Who would do so?

No, in despite of sense and secrecy,

Unpeg the basket on the house’s top.

Late the birds fly, and like the famous ape,

To try conclusions, in the basket creep

And break your own neck down.



Be thou assured, if words be made of breath

And breath of life, I have no life to breathe

What thou hast said to me.


“Sleep tight, don’t let the…Well, you know the rest.” – Ezra Standish

“Good night, sleep tight. And don’t let the buggers bite.” (1881)
Bascobel” A Novel by Emma Mersereau Newton

“…may sleep tight, where the bugs don’t bite.” (1884)
Boating Trips on the New England River by Henry Parker Fellows

“Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.”
What they Say in New England” A Book of Signs, Sayings, and Superstitions (1897) by Clifton Johnson



“Whenas in silk my Maudie goes,

Oh, then, methinks how sweetly flows

The liquefaction of her clothes.

Then when I cast my eyes and see

That brave vibration each way free,

Oh, how that glittering taketh me!” – Preston Wingo


“Upon Julia’s Clothes” (1648)

by Robert Herrick

Whenas in silks my Julia goes,

Then , then (methinks) how sweetly flows

That liquefaction of her clothes.

Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see

That brave vibration each way free,

O how that glittering taketh me!



“La belle dame sans merci.” – Preston Wingo

“La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad” (1819)

by John Keats


O what can ail thee,


Alone and palely loitering?

The sedge has withered from the lake,

And no birds sing.

O what can ail thee,


So haggard and so woe-begone?

The squirrel’s granary is full,

And the harvest’s done.

I see a lily on thy brow,

With anguish moist and fever-dew,

And on thy cheeks a fading rose

Fast withereth too.

I met a lady in the meads,

Full beautiful – a faery’s child,

Her hair was long, her foot was light,

And her eyes were wild. 

I made a garland for her head,

And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;

She looked at me as she did love,

And made sweet moan

I set her on my pacing steed,

And nothing else saw all day long, 

For sidelong would she bend and sing

A faery’s song.

She found me roots of relish sweet,

And honey wild, and manna-dew

And sure in language strange she said –

‘I love thee true’ –

She took me to her Elfin grot,

And there she wept and sighed full sore,

And there I shut her wild wild eyes

With kisses four. 

And there she lulled me asleep,

And there I dreamed – Ah! woe betide! – 

The latest dream I ever dreamt

On the cold hill side.

I saw pale kings and princes too,

Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;

They cried – ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci

Thee hath in thrall!’

I saw their starved lips in the gloam,

With horrid warning gaped wide,

And I awake and found me here,

On the cold hill’s side.

And this is why I sojourn here,

Alone and palely loitering, 

Though the sedge is withered from the lake,

And no birds sing.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Old Time is still a-flying

And this same flower that smiles today

Will never have to set eyes on you again;

You bloated wood tick.

P.S. Thank you for the lovely carriage” – Ezra Standish reading a note from Maude Standish (with apologies to Robert Herrick)


“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” (pub. 1648)
by Robert Herrick

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old Time is still a flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,

The higher he’s a-getting,

The sooner will his race be run,

And nearer he’s to setting.

The age is best which is the first,

When youth and blood are warmer;

But being spent, the worse, and worst

Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,

And while ye may, go marry;

For having lost but once your prime,

You may forever tarry.

Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
Chris Larabee

Michael Biehn
Vin Tanner
GunfighterEric Close
John “J.D." Dunne
GunfighterAndrew Kavovit
Bucklin "Buck" Wilmington
GunfighterDale Midkiff
Josiah Sanchez
Gunfighter/ TheologianRon Perlman
Ezra Standish
Gambler/ Conman/ Gunfighter
Anthony Starke
Nathan Jackson
Gunfighter / HealerRick Worthy
Mary Travis
Owner and editor of The Clarion News
Laurie Holden
Judge Oren Travis
United States Territorial Circuit Court Judge/Mary's father-in-law
Robert Vaughn
Obediah Jackson
Nathan Jackson's father / Freeman
Carl Lumbly
James Litefoot (Lightfoot)
Prosecutor from Eagle Bend
Brad Greenquist
Maude Standish
Ezra's mother / Con Artist / Gambler
Michelle Phillips
Stanes (Stains)
Eagle Bend Sheriff
Rick Dean
Preston Wingo
Owner of the Cattle Baron Hotel in Snellville
Patrick Cronin
Witness 1
Gary Gingold
Witness 2
Sonny King
Witness 3
David Stifel
Mr. Brown

Buyer of The Standish Tavern

Mr. Brown's partner in the purchase of the Standish Tavern
Johnny Luckett
David S. Winn III
Jonah Catchings
Former overseer




DirectorWilliam Wages
First Assistant DirectorBruce Carter
Second Assistant Director
Susan Price

Developed by
John Watson / Pen Desham
Original Screenplay
William Roberts / Walter Bernstein (uncredited) / Walter Newman (uncredited)

Written byMichael Norell
Script Supervisor
Kathy (Kathleen) Mulligan

Script CoordinatorChristina Weir
Executive Producers

Pen Densham
/ Richard Barton Lewis
/ Walter Mirisch
/ Mark Stern
/ John Watson
Steve Beers / Lynne Symons

Associate ProducerDennis C. Duckwall
Supervising ProducerMelissa Rosenberg
Consulting ProducerRichard Kletter / Mark Haskell Smith
Composer: Original ThemeElmer Bernstein
MusicDon Harper
Composer: Additional musicCrain Marks (uncredited) / Dave Metzger (uncredited)
Director of Photography
Gordon C. Lonsdale
Camera Operator(s)

Gregory Paul Collier / Brian Sullivan (uncredited)
Key Grip
Jason (D.) Hodges
Best Boy GripBob Snowdon (uncredited)
Chief Lighting Technician
Jack Todd
Best Boy Electric
J. B. Richner (uncredited)
Film Editor
David Post
Assistant Editor

Gregory D. Gontz
Supervising Sound Editor(s)
Victor Iorillo, M.P.S.E. /Doug Kent

Sound Editor(s)Miles O'Fun
Production Sound Mixer
Richard Schexnayder
Re-recording Mixer(s)
Pete Elia / Larry Stensvold
ADR MixerMark DeSimone (uncredited)
Art Director
John Bucklin
Set Decorator
John (F.) Brown

Construction Coordinator
Dean (R.) Brown
Property Master
Curtis Akin
Assistant Property MasterJames L. Eddy (uncredited)
Propmaker Foreman
Steven Fidler (uncredited)
Location Manager
Patrick Mignano
Location Liaison
Daniel Veluzatd (uncredited)
Transportation Coordinator
Rockey (Rocky) Reed
Production Designer
Jerry Wanek
Unit Production Manager
Bob (Robert M.) Rolsky

Production Coordinator
Bill (William) Sell
Post-Production Executive
Hudson Hickman (uncredited)
Post-Production Supervisor
Shana Fischer Huber
Post-Production AssistantMichelle Sabrina Wong (uncredited)
Production Accountant
Jeff Gafin
Original casting
Janet Hirshenson, C.S.A. / Jane Jenkins, C.S.A.
Mary Jo Slater, C.S.A.

Casting AssociateTim (Timothy) Michals
Costume Design
Dan Moore
Susan Saldutti (uncredited)

Makeup Artist/ Makeup Department Head

Phyllis Temple
Makeup ArtistDavid Abbott (uncredited)
Hair Stylist(s)

Gary Walker
Special Effect Coordinator
Dan (Danny) Lester
Stunt Coordinator
Walter Scott
Assistant Stunt Coordinator
Tony Lee Boggs (uncredited)
Stunt DoubleBret Kiene (for Eric Close) / Todd Bryant (for Ron Perlman)
StuntmenJohn Casino (uncredited)
Boss Wrangler
Clay M. Lilley (uncredited)
Main Title
Frankfurt Balkind
Film Laboratory Services
FotoKem (Film lab)
Audio Post Production
Westwind Media
Post Production Services
The Post Group (Production Suites)
Production Companies
Trilogy Entertainment Group / The Mirisch Corporation / Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) (Television)

Distribution Company
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)




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