212-“The Debutante”

Season 6, Episode 19 – Original Airdate: (January 19, 1963)

<= 211 – “Bob Wire == Unforgiving Minute” – 213 =>

Directed by Gary Nelson, Written by Gwen Bagni.

ROBERT EMHARDT as Amos Powers
(Silent Death, Secret Death, 1962) as Sam Hodges / Courtney Burgess
(A Quiet Night in Town: Part 2,1961) as Ray Remy
(A Quiet Night in Town: Part 1, 1961) as Ray Remy
WAYNE ROGERS as Daniel Powers
ELEANOR AUDLEY as Mrs. Randolph Quincy
(The Kid, 1961) as School Teacher
(The Day of the Bad Man, 1960) as Cynthia Palmer
GALE GARNETT as Prudence Powers / Consuela Cassidy
L.Q. JONES as Hector Mackenby
(The Waiting Room, 1962) as Cowboy
(Lazarus, 1962) as Little Fontana
KUNG FU (The Last Raid, 1975) as Major Clarke Bealson
KUNG FU (An Eye for an Eye, 1973) as Sgt. Straight
SANDY DONIGAN as Armenian Girl (as Satenig Donigan)
(The Walking Years, 1963) as Lula (as Satenig Donigan)
Kam Tong Hey Boy
HANS MOEBUS as Assistant
(Lazarus, 1962) as Hotel Clerk

INT. HOTEL CARLTON – DINING ROOM – DAY

[]

ARMENIAN GIRL
Very nice.

PALADIN
It’s very nice indeed. Now, how do I say…“Such beauty is a rare flower”?

ARMENIAN GIRL
Paladin…

PALADIN

Mm-hmm?

ARMENIAN GIRL
“You travel much too quickly.”

PALADIN
Now…how do I say…“Those lips are meant to kiss”?

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PALADIN
“…and also to taste the coolness of wine.”

ARMENIAN GIRL
You knew the language all the time.

PALADIN
Well, I had hoped to learn a little more.

ARMENIAN GIRL
I’m sorry. Let me dance your…your anger away.

PALADIN
Oh, I’m not nearly as angry as I was. But… all right. Dance. Come, dance.

PALADIN
The first word in any lesson in any language should be “patience.” This, I trust, is important?

HEY BOY
Yes. Oh. The lady says, this means you travel. She’s waiting.

INT. HOTEL LOBBY

PALADIN
This is Mrs. Randolph Quincy.

MRS. RANDOLPH QUINCY
And you are Mr. Paladin. Come sit down, young man.

PALADIN
Mrs. Quincy, I have so often admired your beautiful home on Nob Hill.

MRS. RANDOLPH QUINCY
Mr. Paladin, I want my granddaughter.

PALADIN
“Betrothal announced, Jehovah, California. Amos Powers today announced the betrothal of his foster daughter Prudence, now of marrying age, to Hector MacAbee. Mr. Powers has worked the Jehovah mine for the past 12 years, and is well known in local circles.” You think Prudence Powers is your granddaughter?

MRS. RANDOLPH QUINCY
Somehow, I feel she is. Mr. Paladin, I have followed every lead for 18 years. You’re too young to remember the Gold Rush days. Nobody ever really belonged anywhere. People just came and went.

PALADIN
Would you like to start at the beginning?

MRS. RANDOLPH QUINCY
Of course. Forgive me. You see, my husband and I had an only daughter. Oh, she was very beautiful. She could have had any man she wanted. So, of course, she chose a wild Irishman, who took her along to the gold fields. She wrote me when the baby came. And later, our daughter died of a fever. Her husband died in a mine explosion.

PALADIN
And you believe that Prudence Powers is the missing child.

MRS. RANDOLPH QUINCY
Yes. Now, then… …here are files, records, proof of identity… and a check made out to you, Mr. Paladin. My husband wanted very much to see his grandchild. Two weeks ago, he died… with that clipping and your card in his hand.

EXT. ON THE RANGE – DAY

PALADIN
Hello. Anybody in there?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Hey! You get off this property! We don’t like no strangers snooping around here.

PALADIN
Well, now…do you mean to tell me you live in a place called Jehovah and you’d turn a man away without a drink of water?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Just ride on, mister.

PALADIN
Oh, you wouldn’t ask me to face that country out there without water?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
You’re carryin’ a canteen.

PALADIN
That’s empty. I do believe you’re Irish.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
H-How do you know what I am?

PALADIN
I’ll tell you for a dipper of water.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Well…just one dipper.

PALADIN
Hm! Irish and Spanish…the charm of the Emerald Isle, the warmth of sunny Andalusia.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Mr. Paladin…

PALADIN
Hmm?

PR
…you’re touched with the heat. Me? A rich lady? No.

PALADIN
Well…I’ll help you.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Why?

PALADIN
You know, you ought to laugh more often.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
It’s a sin to laugh.

PALADIN
Even for the Irish?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
You keep saying that, but you don’t know anything at all, really. Besides, i-it doesn’t matter who a person is. It…

PALADIN
These people that you stay with…did they ever say where they got you?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
In the mining country. Well, they’re miners, ain’t they?

PALADIN
And you’re a child.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
I am old enough to get married.

PALADIN
To someone who loves you.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
To… who loves me? Well… well, I… I guess so.

PALADIN
Will you open the top button on that blouse?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
You… you get out of here! You! Stop!

PALADIN
Now, you listen to me. Listen to me.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Oh… ah!

PALADIN
Mrs. Quincy’s granddaughter was burned when she was six years old. She has a small scar on her neck, right under where that neckband would be. – Now…

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
– Oh!

PALADIN
…you have such a scar? You’re Consuela Cassidy.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
I’m Prudence! Prudence Powers! I-I’m not who you say I am. I’m not!

AMOS POWERS
I’m Amos Powers. What have you been telling this young woman about belonging to some rich woman in San Francisco.

PALADIN
Mr. Powers, I’m sure she told you everything I said.

AMOS POWERS
Just having a scar don’t make something true, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Neither does believing a lie, Mr. Powers.

DANIEL POWERS
You better talk more careful.

PALADIN
Well, now…who are you?

AMOS POWERS
My son, Daniel.

DANIEL POWERS
I speak for myself.

AMOS POWERS
You shut up! And you ride out of here.

PALADIN
Well, I hardly think that would be fair to the girl’s grandmother.

AMOS POWERS
Water your horse and get.

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PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Excuse me.

AMOS POWERS
Prudence…”Eat thou honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. And a stranger shalt thou not oppress…for ye knew the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers.” Prudence, invite him in…but just to eat, mind you.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Paladin!

AMOS POWERS
When you’re finished, you can go.

PALADIN
Mmm…Mr. Powers…in San Francisco, a rather remarkable old woman has for 18 years
been looking for her granddaughter.

AMOS POWERS
Well, Prudence ain’t her.

PALADIN
Her granddaughter would be the same age as Prudence. Has a scar in the same place that Prudence has a scar.

AMOS POWERS
What’d you come here making trouble for?

PALADIN
You would have been six years old at the time of that fire. You could remember.

AMOS POWERS
Leave her be!

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
No, please. Let me think.

DANIEL POWERS
Mr. Paladin…supposing she was this girl?

PALADIN
Well, that would mean some wonderful things for her.

AMOS POWERS
Daniel! I’m a God-fearing man who don’t use violence unless I’m forced to. I would appreciate your getting out of here.

PALADIN
Mr. Powers, that woman in San Francisco has a right to know if this is her granddaughter, and Prudence has a right to know, too.

AMOS POWERS
And I say she’s mine! I raised her!

PALADIN
She must have had a name when you got her…what was it?

AMOS POWERS
I don’t remember her saying.

PALADIN
Powers, as a God-fearing man, just what is it you’re afraid Prudence’ll find out?

AMOS POWERS
Get out.

PALADIN
Daniel…Daniel, what was she called?

DANIEL POWERS
Elly. Her name was Elly.

AMOS POWERS
Daniel, I’m the father, and no milky-skinned girl better make you forget it.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Elly? Ella.

PALADIN
That’s right. You were six years old and you were burned in a fire. You remember where it happened? It was in the house. Remember the room?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Yes. Big room.

PALADIN
In a room; what color was the room?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Green.

PALADIN
Was there a rug in it?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Little one.

PALADIN
What color was it?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
All different colors.

PALADIN
And a fire in the fireplace. What color was the fireplace?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Red… bricks.

PALADIN
Red brick fireplace. Not like this one…not gray stone…a red brick fireplace with a fire in it, and you were playing, hm? What were you playing?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Counting game.

PALADIN
With what were you playing? Cards?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
No.

PALADIN
With a wagon?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
No.

PALADIN
What was it? What were you playing with?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
My doll! My doll!

PALADIN
All right… all right…Here, here, he-here, here…

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
– It’s on the fire!

PALADIN
…here…You’re all right. All right? That’s right, your doll fell on the fire and you tried to get it. Ella…diminutive for Consuela…or in baby talk… Elly. A scar can be just as deep as the truth.

AMOS POWERS
I always treated her good, like my own.

PALADIN
Like your own what? Workhorse?

AMOS POWERS
I had the legal right.

PALADIN
Powers, is that what you’re standing on? The “legal right” because you bought her?

AMOS POWERS
Nothing wrong with that.

PALADIN
Animals are bought, not people. Now, what did you pay for this one? $20? $30?

AMOS POWERS
Never mind his talk, girl.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
You bought me?

DANIEL POWERS
Prudence? I never thought of you that way.

AMOS POWERS
Now, you shut up! I had to do something, you understand. After his Ma died, I had to find somebody who could learn to fix and care for us.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
You bought me?

AMOS POWERS
Oh, it wasn’t just that cold-like. These people found you someplace. They didn’t want to have any more mouths to feed. If I hadn’t bought her, somebody else would’ve.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY

I don’t want it!

AMOS POWERS
Where you going?

DANIEL POWERS
After her.

AMOS POWERS
Boy, you don’t know anything about her. Who her folks were, what kind…Oh, before you got here, he never acted that way.

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PALADIN
Gentlemen!

HECTOR MACKENBY
Did I see Prudence run in there?

DANIEL POWERS
You did.

HECTOR MACKENBY
What’s she doing?

DANIEL POWERS
Crying.

PALADIN
Gentlemen, I suggest that we let Consuela have her cry out.

HECTOR MACKENBY
Who are you anyway? Who’s Consuela? What’s going on here, anyway?

DANIEL POWERS
Ain’t none of your business what’s going on here, Hector MacAbee.

HECTOR MACKENBY
You stand aside, Daniel Powers.

PALADIN
Gentlemen!

DANIEL POWERS
You stay out of it. And you, get off of this property.

HECTOR MACKENBY
She is my property!

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Hey! Hey, you two, stop it! Stop it, both of you! Mr. Paladin, will you kindly inform Mr. Hector MacAbee that I am nobody’s property, and that, as soon as I can pack, I’m going to San Francisco with you?

PALADIN
With pleasure.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Thank you.

HECTOR MACKENBY
I was gonna marry you before you had anything. Why, it seems you’d think of that.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
You wanted a servant, not a wife.

HECTOR MACKENBY
– Now, Prudence…

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
– Aw, go away.

HECTOR MACKENBY
You better do something, Amos!

PALADIN
Now, don’t tell me that you bought her from him? “Those who seek my gifts, instead of me, shall of them both, the losers be.”

DANIEL POWERS
Prudence? I gave you this on your birthday, Prudence. Remember?
Don’t you… don’t you want to take it with you? Huh?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Thank you.

HECTOR MACKENBY
Just a minute, Paladin! Prudence?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
What’ll be like in San Francisco, Mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Well, you’ll live in a very fine house, high on a very tall hill. From your verandah…
your front porch…

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Oh.

PALADIN
You will be able to see the ships from China come sailing in the bay. Instead of walking, you’ll ride in a very fine coach…a very fine carriage indeed.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Well, what’ll I look like?

PALADIN
You’ll be beautiful. You’ll have lovely gowns. A new one, maybe two, every day. And you’ll wear your hair… mm… up!

DANIEL POWERS
You take your hands off her!

HECTOR MACKENBY
You got no right to speak up for her!

DANIEL POWERS
I say I do!

AMOS POWERS
Hey, now, boy…

DANIEL POWERS
Shut up! You get!

HECTOR MACKENBY
No, I’m not… I got a vested interest here!

DANIEL POWERS
I say get! Take your hands off of her, Mr. Paladin!

DANIEL POWERS
Shh! Well, we don’t fight that way, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Well, I didn’t think you’d bother fighting over a servant girl.

DANIEL POWERS
She’s no servant girl.

PALADIN
Do you love her?

DANIEL POWERS
I don’t know. I guess so.

PALADIN
Well, why don’t you tell her?

DANIEL POWERS
Well, how can I, with you busting my neck?

PALADIN
Maybe there’s some hope for you after all.

DANIEL POWERS
I can’t do it. I ain’t never told a girl that before.

PALADIN
Well, she’s a lady, and ladies like to be told.

DANIEL POWERS
All right, all right!

DANIEL POWERS
Well, do…do you want to be told?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Well, do you want to tell me?

DANIEL POWERS
Do you want to get married?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Yes. But I just never…

DANIEL POWERS
Pr-Prudence…Doggone it. I love you and you just been taking me for granted.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Oh, Dan! Mr. Paladin? No matter what name they call me, inside I’m just me. And I’ve lived here all my life. This is my home.

PALADIN
I know.

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Is it gonna upset her? My grandmother?

PALADIN
Consuela, your grandmother is a very valiant woman. I’m sure she’d want you to make your own mind, and whatever word I take back to her, she’ll be satisfied with. But I’m also sure that she’d like very much to see you. Both of you. Would you consider a wedding trip to San Francisco?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Oh. We don’t have money for that.

PALADIN
Well…this is your grandmother’s money, and I know that she’d approve of my spending it this way.

DANIEL POWERS
I can’t take that from you.

PALADIN
Daniel, would you like to go back in the wrestling ring with me?

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Dan, we’ll take the money. And use it for a wedding in San Francisco.

PALADIN
Well, in that case, Daniel, if you’re shopping for a best man…

PRUDENCE POWERS/CONSUELA CASSIDY
Oh, Mr. Paladin, you are the best man.

PALADIN
Oh, and you two. This will be a novel experience for you. This time, you’ll both be giving Prudence away.

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