El Lobo in "The Glory Soldiers"
Mano and Buck
Sandy, Mercy, and Ellie
2.47 The Glory
Mano, Buck, El Lobo
Manolito leaves the routine of the
Cannon Ranch searching excitement and becomes involved with three uniformed
Written by Warren Douglas Directed by
Story Line: Mano
contemplated joining El Lobo, his old bandit friend, until he learns El Lobo has
robbed Capt. Ellie Strong and her two followers. He steals money from the bandit
to finance Capt. Strong's trip to Tombstone to escape El Lobo and the Mexican
authorities, who seek Manolito's capture for petty crimes. Buck takes an
interest in Capt. Strong and joins the group. The success of the trip appears
questionable when El Lobo, Apaches and Mexican authorities appear.
as El Lobo
as Ellie Strong
as Ramon, the Mexican bartender
as the Tucson bartender
The role of
Carla has been cut in recent broadcasts of this episode so she no
The role of
Francisco has been cut in recent broadcasts of this episode so he no
Another excellent episode with Caruso
in his third and final appearance
as El Lobo. He has many of the best lines. His interactions with Mano are excellent parrying. "I see the
one who does not kiss pigs has no feelings where dogs are concerned", says
El Lobo referring to a bar girl who is kissing Mano. This is a "Mano,
behaving badly" episode where he storms off to find his freedom. Has some
excellent scenes between Mano and Don Sebastian, although recent airings have
edited much of them away along with all of Martin Garralaga's appearance and
some of the interactions between Mano and Mercy. Includes a reference to Buck being
with the 5th Virginia. Ends up being a Buck-in-charge episode when
Buck gently and no-so-gently guides Mano back on track. Blue has a very
minor role here but is seen actually playing the guitar and seems to be quite
good at it.
Complete Episode Synopsis
|Something snaps inside Manolito when he witnesses a herd of wild horses
racing across the desert, a magnificent stallion at the lead. He sees in
the stallion the one thing that he wants in life that he can't seem to
find: freedom. In a fit of temper, he storms back to the Chaparral ranch
determined to pursue that freedom that he wants so badly, arguing loudly
with every Cannon he meets on the way. A few supplies thrown in his bag,
and he is off.
sets off to escape the bonds of responsibility at Chaparral.
El Lobo discovers Mano
has him covered
from under the table.
|While stopping in Nogales to sample the libations and ladies, his old
friend/enemy El Lobo finds him, set on exacting some revenge from the last
time the two had met. As always, they meet like long-lost buddies, but
Manolito quickly discovers that Lobo's visit is not a friendly one.
Unfortunately for Lobo, Manolito keeps a gun trained on him from beneath
the table they share, and he is forced to give up his ideas of vengeance.
He invites Manolito to ride with him against the rurales to rob them of
the tax money that they had recently collected, and Mano promises to meet
Mercy and Ellie
|Other visitors in
town soon present themselves noisily, a band of Salvation
Army-like missionaries bound for Tombstone. Their
ill-practiced music wakes Manolito and he empties his
pockets in hopes of giving them enough to leave him and the
town in peace.
|Now in need of more funds,
Manolito heads to his father's rancho. Don Sebastian, however, lectures
his son on his dissolute ways. He tells him that "the decent girls of
Sonora, at the mention of your name, are frightened." He urges Mano to
come back to live with him and walk the straight and narrow, but his son
rejects the offer out of hand, and presents his own need. Don Sebastian
refuses him money and tells him to "go to the devil." Mano
wishes his father "vaya con Dios" and heads back to Nogales.
Don Sebastian regales
Mano for his irresponsibility.
Mano practices a slight
of hand to relieve Lobo of his ill-gotten gains.
|Lobo finds Manolito there and again has cause to be angry with him, for
Mano did not meet him at the appointed place. Lobo flashes a wad of money
that was stolen by the rurales, which Mano skillfully divests him of
shortly. The rurales swarm into town looking for Lobo, who has discovered
that Manolito has robbed him. They all scatter with the rurales in
pursuit. Manolito, also wanted by the authorities, seeks shelter from the
missionaries, who are more than happy to help their onetime benefactor. He
then proceeds to Tucson, leaving the missionaries still in need of a guide to
|Buck, in the meantime, is
commissioned to find Mano and bring him back to the Cannon
ranch, and he also proceeds to Tucson. The missionaries,
convinced that Manolito will ultimately bring them to their
destination, follow to Tucson, and soon the beleaguered Mano
hears their horns blaring. After coming to their rescue yet
again and being praised for his goodness, he announces in
frustration to the locals in the saloon, "I am not a good
man. I am a very bad man!"
Victoria hears from her
father of Mano's problems and enlists Buck to rescue him.
Mercy ministers to Mano's needs.
|Buck finally finds the missionaries
and Manolito in a room upstairs and offers to assist them in
getting to Tombstone, but Mano decides to have none of it.
He heads off on his own way until Buck has to persuade him
"one way or other" to join them on the way to Tucson. Mano
awakens with a headache, being ministered to by Mercy in the
back of the wagon.
the small party, but they play their gospel music until the
Indians ride away in bewilderment. When El Lobo's gang
threatens them next, the Apaches reappear, Lobo's gang
Tombstone is at last reached. When the group is
disheartened with the state of mission headquarters, Buck preaches
to Sister Ellie her own admonitions, and after he offers
them the money Mano has taken from El Lobo, they regain their
optimism. They launch into one last hymn while Buck and Mano
happily take up one more collection for the cause.
Buck points out the
approaching behind El Lobo.
(Synopsis by Lisa
Much of this
material, including the Story Line descriptions, comes from The High
Chaparral Press Kit released in 1971.
Highlights were written by Charlotte Lehan. The Episode Synopses were
written by members of the HC Discussion Group and are attributed at the
end of each one.
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