|The notorious bandido El Tigre is ambushed and shot
from his horse in the opening scene, presumably shot to death. A little
later on, however, Blue Cannon stumbles across him and finds him to be
alive. Joe Butler tells him who El Tigre is and strongly lobbies to
leave him where he is, but Blue insists on bringing him back to the
ranch and caring for his wounds. A crisis ensues when the rest of the
men see El Tigre; his reputation is one of theft and murder, and the
hands want no part of him. Joe even suggests to Vaquero, who is removing
a bullet from El Tigre's shoulder, that he "let his knife slip and do us
all a favor."
Joe and Blue argue over what to do
the wounded El Tigre.
By the time that John returns to the ranch,
an angry group of hands from the Travor's ranch demands that El Tigre
be turned over to them to hang.
Victoria refuses to let Travers
El Tigre in his current condition.
| Both Travor's' anti-Mexican language and his
disregard for due process is so offensive to Victoria that she settles the
matter for good; they will keep El Tigre until he is well enough to ride, and
then turn him over to the federal authorities in Tucson. John stands behind her
Travers demands that El Tigre be
over to him and his men.
In the meantime, El Tigre has begun a
psychological campaign against as many people within the household as
he can influence, particularly Victoria and Vaquero. He accuses
Victoria's father of squeezing the lifeblood from the peons, which she
protests, but his way with words starts to sway her.
Vaquero and Victoria listen to
El Tigre's rantings.
tells her: "I am rich with the knowledge that I am loved by my people,
because they know that what I do, I do for the love of them." He is a
self-appointed messiah to the poor peons. Vaquero, being a man of humble means,
is especially a target of El Tigre's manipulations.
El Tigre tries to manipulate
and Vaquero with his ideology.
John talks to the men about
rule of law.
|Soon El Tigre's brother, Rafael, comes to the Cannon ranch, first to ask, then
to demand, the release of his brother. He threatens to kill them all and burn the
house down if they do not comply. Now Big John is faced with having his men
fight so they can keep a hated outlaw on the premises. John wants to deal with
El Tigre, but the bandido is so sure of his advantage that he treats John as if
he has already won. He tells John that he, El Tigre, is in charge at the ranch
now. John leaves him to his delusions and rallies his men with a speech about
the rule of law and the law of the jungle, and it is settled--they will fight.
|When the shooting begins,
Victoria and Vaquero are busy helping the wounded. Victoria passes El
Tigre's door and he calls to her, reasoning with her to end the
killing by setting him free. She doesn't listen at first, but after
Blue is brought in with a graze to his head, she takes the key to El
Tigre's room and lets him out. He immediately forces her into Blue's
room where he sees the safe.
His true self is exposed when he becomes wild at the sight of the safe and the
promise of money. John opens the safe for him, but he finds only a small amount
of cash, which enrages him further.
Victoria discovers she has been
taken in by El Tigre.
Victoria tries to protect wounded
the desperate escape attempt of El Tigre.
|The question resounding throughout the
episode of who El Tigre really is, murderer or savior, is partially answered at
this point. John accuses El Tigre of robbing and killing, but never giving
anything back to those he calls "his people", and for once, El Tigre
is at a loss for words. His only thought is to escape, and as he is attempting
to leave the room with John, he spies a man with a gun at the window. The man
and El Tigre fire at one another, El Tigre is mortally wounded, and Rafael sees
in horror that he has shot his brother. As Rafael mourns his brother, John tells
him to take El Tigre home to his people, the peons who loved him.
(Synopsis by Lisa