The Young Riders (1989–1992): Season 2, Episode 14 - The Peacemakers - full transcript

Hickok falls in love with a woman who belongs to an unwanted religious group, but must first settle an old score with a gunfighter.

Your time has come,
Alice. But once we taught,
you now know.

But once we question,
you have answered.

We never strive
to be the masters of men,

rather we seek
to work with him as
we have worked with you,

teaching you the regel und
ordnung, the straight and
narrow path.

- You have learned
to follow the church...
- As it will follow me.

- And to remain in the light...
- So that I may see
the way to go.

And if the darkness should
come and take you
without warning?

Then I shall light a candle.

Today, I ask you
this question for the final
and most important time.

Do you promise
to keep the ordnung,

and never to depart from it
as long as you shall live?


Then upon that faith,
I baptize you
in the name of the father,

the son and the holy ghost.

You must kneel now.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

You guys get out of here!

Tyler, you drunk.
Sober up and stay
the hell out of my bar.

No one treats me like that.

Everyone treats you
like that, Tyler.

-Not me.
I'm the fastest gun alive.
-Get lost.

Get out of the way.
Watch where the hell
you're going!

Watch yourself.

-Don't you know who I am?
I am the fastest...
-I know who you used to be.


Rider coming.

- Why don't you let me take
this ride, Lou.
- How come?

Well, the last rider through
said the comanches
were acting up.

Could be dangerous.

Why, kid, it sounds like
you're getting noble on me.

- I mean it, Lou. Let me go.
- I been on this ride
a hundred times.

- But that was before we...
- What's that got to do
with me doing my job?

I don't want anything
to happen to you, that's all.

First you want me to move in
with Rachel, now you want me
to quit my job.

That ain't caring about me.
That's smothering me.

- Lou, let me go.
- Why don't you do me a favor?

Stop being my momma,
and stick with being my man.

Der cowboy ist wach.

- Ich sag' das zu opa.
- Ya.

- Where am I?
- Ime bruderhof.

- Um...
- The bruderhof, where we live.

- Well, who exactly is we?
- The peacemakers.


Thank you.

I'm Alice.

I'm James.
James hickok.

Who were those men at the river?

Sons of men in town,
acting to please
their fathers.

- Oh.
- The town does not
want us here.

- We are different.
- Huh.

Many men are made nervous
by those different
than themselves.

Are you one of those men?

I don't think so.

- Der fremde is Bette, ya.
- Ya.

- Jetzt mur er weg.
- Aber er ist nock
nicht gesund.

This is grossvater.


-Ah, good strong grip.
You're much better.
-Thank you.

That means you will be
able to leave soon.


- Please excuse grossvater.
- I understand.

I guess he just gets nervous
around me cause i'm, uh,
different. Huh?

Uh, I'd like to go into town
if possible.
I want to talk to the marshal

- about what happened
at the river.
- It will do no good.

- Why not?
- I told you, the people in
town have no time for us.

Yeah, but I'm not one of you.


Your clothes were torn
at the river
and covered with blood.

You'll have to wear these.

Got you. Got you. Bang bang.

- Be careful now, boys.
- Get. Get.

- Bang bang.
- Yeah.

- So how many of you are there
back at the...
- Bruderhof.

- Twelve.
- Twelve. Well, that ain't
too many.

- Why's this town
so hot against you?
- Blackbirds.

Because they know
more of us are coming.

Next week we begin
building our church.

A hundred of our people
will join us.

It'll be almost as big
as the town.

You are not the first
to have realized that.

We'll stop here.

Move it along.

- What did you say?
- Get this wagon out of here.

-Now hold on...
-No. We'll move further down.

Well, lookie here, another one.

- No... I ain't one of them.
- You could have fooled me.

I've been reading about you.
You carry a gun.

Yeah, something unusual
about that?

The peacemakers
don't carry weapons.

Leastways not until now.

I just wanted to talk to
you about some, ah,
some fellas

who attacked the peacemakers,
down by the river.

Already looked into it.
Heard you shot first.

I suppose you read that
in the paper, too?

No, my son told me.
Believe you two already met
at the river.

Now hold on.

The way the people
in this town think, I'd say
my boy let you off easy.

Well, I guess
I don't like this town
very much then.

No, well, we like it a lot,

and we aren't prepared
for a lot of people in black
to build a church

so's pretty soon there's
more of them than there is
of us.

If them peacemakers try
to build a church here
next week,

there's going to be hell to pay.

Not to mention blood.

Not yet. First you must rest.

Who are you?

- It's who you are
that's important.
- Where am I?

In a place where your dreams
can all come true...

But first you must eat
and drink... and heal.

Am I... am I dead?

No, Mr. Tyler. You were dead.

I offer you a chance
to live again.

- Hey, Cody.
- What's troubling you, kid?

Ah, it's Lou.

- Not that again.
- Aw, I can't help it.

She gets me all
worked up inside.

Look, kid.
She's just on a run.

She's gonna be back
in a couple of days.

If something happens to her,
that won't matter, will it?

You know what you need, kid?

I believe you need some
physical exercise.

Take your mind
off your troubles.

- You, think so?
- Absolutely... now, you come
right over here

and take as many swings
as you need.

Don't worry about anything.
Works like a charm.

Are you anxious
to get on your way?

Yeah, I got a job
to do, I can't deny that.

I ain't much for riding yet.
So, I sent them a message
on the stage.

- What do you do, James hickok?
- I ride for the pony express.

Really? You must have
many fascinating experiences.

Yeah... this is one of 'em.

-You're making fun of me.
-No, I ain't.
I just don't understand you.

Marshal says, uh,
your people don't carry guns.
Is that right?

And you find that strange?

Well, when a whole town's
hell-bent on dragging you
down the river? Yeah, I do.

A peacemaker acts
because of what's
in his heart, not others'.

That's something else.

Why do you call yourselves
the peacemakers, anyway?

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be
the children of god."

It's our creed.
From the sermon on the mount.

You may have heard Jacob
recite it at my baptism,
when you were staring at me.

-I wasn't staring at you.
-That's all right.
I was staring at you.

I rather enjoyed it.

I thought only
little kids got baptized.

The peacemakers baptize
when one is old enough

- to understand the step
he is taking.
- The straight and narrow.

That's right.

My ceremony was incomplete.
We have to do it again,
this Sunday.

By then we will have started
to build our church.

Building a church in the
middle of this much hatred

don't make much sense, does it?

We don't seek to make sense,
James hickok.

We seek to make peace.

- More?
- Oh, yes.

Oh, did I take too much?

She gives too much.

- How is your verletzung?
- Oh, it's... it's very good.

No, no, no, no. I mean, uh,
your wound.

Oh. Uh, it's coming along.

- Wearing guns?
- It's my way.

But it is not our way.

I'm on your side, Jacob.

What makes you think
that we need the help
of a ein fremde?

We have survived
for more than 200 years
without that kind of help.

We have seen worse
than this town,
than this devil, estes.

Who's estes?

The publisher of the newspaper.

He writes stories about us,
filled with lies.

And now that you are here,
what stories will he tell?

Maybe I can talk to him,
change his mind.

Don't belong here.

Pardon me.


Mr. Estes.
Ah, I'm afraid you have me
at a disadvantage.

-Oh, i'm...
I'm James Butler hickok.
-Well, well.

The peacemakers are better
at recruiting than I imagined.

Oh, no, I... I didn't
join the peacemakers.

I'm just trying to help them
out a little bit.

Well, the floor is yours.

Ah, what cause do you have
to write these things
about the peacemakers?

I mean, you're inciting
a whole town against a couple
of defenseless families.

A couple of families?

The peacemakers have plans
to settle here in numbers
that will swamp James creek.

Destroy our way of life.

Yeah, well, the railroad's
supposed to come through here
in a couple of years anyway

and your way of life's
going to change whether
you like it or not.

Well, the railroad is progress.

It opens doors,
creates opportunities.
The peacemakers close doors...

And do god knows what
behind them.

- I know what goes on
behind them.
- Oh, you do?

Well, do ask your friends
about Indiana.

There were peacemakers found
worshipping the devil there.

- Sacrificing animals
for their rituals.
- That's crazy.

And those hex marks
on their barns?

You ask them what they
really mean.

I know what they mean.

How their spirits must
be raised by an outsider
like yourself.

They never consider the fact
that you'll be long gone when
they truly need your help.

Who said I'm going anywhere?

Well, you can be on
the peacemaker's side
if you want to, Mr. Hickok.

But the good people
of James creek are on my side,

and we'll do whatever it takes
to see that that church
does not go up next week.

You know, they say
the pen is mightier
than the sword,

but gee,
there's a lot of citizens
who'd argue the other way.

You know, the more i'm
around people with guns,
the less I want to carry 'em.

That's very impassioned.
Can I quote you on that?

Ah, today we are going to
talk about something
that's very important.

- It's a long journey.
- Are we taking a trip?

Yes, but you are
already on this trip.

Something wrong
with the schools in town?

We are a separate people,
James hickok.
In schools, in clothing.

It's been that way for
over 200 years.

For two hundred years, I know.

You know, times are changing,

Not for us.

The path
of a peacemaker
is long and difficult.

You are only at the beginning,
but believe me,

there are mountains to climb
and deserts to cross.

And sometimes you come
to fences,

and at the gates
of these fences,
there are gatekeepers.

And sometimes,
these gatekeepers
will not let you pass.

- Now, if you ask
the gatekeeper...
- Why are you helping us?

Because you need it.

I talked with estes today.

Is he still offering to buy
our land?

What do you mean?

Several months ago
when we first came,
he tried to buy our land.

He had no problem
with our religion then,

when he thought he could
make a profit from it.

It was after we said no
that the newspaper stories

Well, he claims
that you're all
devil worshippers.

Yeah, the simplest way
to get the ignorant behind you

is to say that
you're battling the devil.

- Opa?
- Yeah.

How do we get through
the gate if the gatekeeper
does not want us to go past?

Good. First you must
ask yourself if you truly want
to get through the gate.

- If we do, can we ask others
on the path for help?
- Nein, kinder.

Der fremde never help.
Der fremde
only bring trouble.

There is one other reason
I'm staying.


That would be unwise.


The regel und ordnung.
It would never work.

Why not?

What if I took them off?

- Water.
- You're stronger now,
Mr. Tyler.

Past weaknesses
no longer affect you.

- I liked whiskey.
- I can offer you something
you will enjoy even more.

- Salvation.
- Who said I need savin'?

You have no secrets,
Mr. Tyler.

Your actions speak louder
than your words.

You were once the most feared
gunfighter in the west.
More than twenty kills.

The fastest gun alive.

Who ended up as a filthy drunk,

crawling from bottle
to bottle,
from alley to alley.

- I just couldn't handle drink,
that's all.
- No.

You couldn't handle
your life. Your conscience.

Those men you killed,
they never went away.
They haunted you.

Is that who you are?
Someone I killed?

No. I'm someone
who can make those shadows,

those echoes, disappear.


There's a man.
A gunfighter.

A murderer. They say he's
the fastest gun,

and people, good people,
are afraid to go against him.

- What do you want me to do?
- Kill him.

You're the only one who can.

And in so doing, you'll rid
the world of a killer
worse than you ever were.

What do I do?


Drink a toast to the man
whose death can be
your redemption.

- A toast.
- To Wild Bill Hickok...

May he rest in peace.

Kid, even your blisters
got blisters.

I never worried my way
clean through to the bone

I guess I should have
known better.
Thank you, Rachel.

What are you talking about?

I was getting all worked
up over Lou,

and Cody, being the generous
person that he is,
let me do all his chores

so's I'd feel better.

Guess I was a little
more worried than I thought.

- Cody? Cody?
- What?

Turning one man's misfortune
into your good fortune
is just downright cruel.

Well, you won't be saying that
it's so cruel when there's
six feet of snow outside

and you're sitting inside here
in front of a nice warm fire.

No, that is not the point.
And, I don't want to hear
any more out of...

- What's going on?
- Just having
a little argument, that's all.

- Oh, well,
I'll stay out of it.
- You're in the middle of it.

- What do you mean?
- Ah, it's all my fault I...

I was worried about you,
and I didn't know what to do
about it

- so I talked to
Cody here and...
- Outside. Outside.

Excuse us.

Lou, why are you getting
all mad?

Kid, it's bad enough
having you get all worked up
every time I ride outta here,

but you worrying
everyone else too
is going too far.

- I know.
- Why is it so hard for you
to understand

that I am the same person
I was before you and I
started... riding double?

Because you're not
the same person to me, Lou.

That's an awful sweet
thought, kid.

But I got a job to do
around here, and I can't
have you getting in my way.

Well, I can't help
the way I feel.

No, I guess not.

Well, maybe knowing how I feel
will help you keep some things
to yourself.

- Can you do that?
- I'll try.

That's all I can ask.

Who chopped all this wood?

Feels, uh, kind of unnatural
to be courting you,
under the circumstances.

What circumstances?

You know, things ain't exactly
settled around here.

Getting ready to raise
a church. Town's getting ready
to stop you.

Jacob's getting ready to
stop me.

Is there a place we could go
that would be
a bit more private?


Oh... oh, no, no. I...
I didn't mean that...

Oh, I didn't lay a hand on her.

And you're not going to, either.

That's what this board is for.

It's called bundling.
A tradition.

We can talk all night.

Ain't like any tradition
I ever heard about.

No? Um... tell me about
your traditions.

Um, well...

A fella might take a girl
for a ride on a wagon.

Well, we've already done that.

Yeah, we have.
He might take her to a dance

or go outside and look
at the stars.

- Do you wish to go outside?
- No.

I don't know.

Oh, you must!
Surely you've known
many ladies.

Women, yeah.
Ladies, a few.

But ladies like you...

Not one.


I guess this board
has discouraged
many a suitor, huh?

You're the first.

Come on,
a pretty girl like you...
No, I... I didn't say

you were the first man
I've known.

I said you were the first
who's courted me.


I was married.

Tell me about it.

I married the first man I knew.

- Where is he now?
- Dead.

- I'm sorry.
- He owned a small store.

Some men came in, wearing masks.

They had guns.

And that's when you met
the peacemakers?

I needed someone to go to.
Something different.

A people and a place
that was separate
from everything I knew.

Well, have you found it?

In a town where you end up
fighting anyway,
just to build a church?

- The town is fighting, not us.
- Whatever.

Can it really
be that different
from what you left?

I hope so.


Go on, get out of here.

Come on, leave them be.

You see?
You see what trouble
you bring?

You can't blame this on me.

Oh, yeah, fremde always
bring trouble.
You and all of you.

My guns. Where? Where'd
you find them?

No matter. Go.

You did a fine job.

You must have quite a grudge
against hickok.

He killed my brother.

I tell you, marshal,
you better be
doing something about this.

I've got a small outfit.
I can't afford losses
like this.

I don't know what to tell you,

Seems like that's all you
ever say, "I don't know
what to tell you."

- Hey, what's wrong?
- "What's wrong?"

Three of my best steers
were slaughtered this morning,
that's all.

- Slaughtered? Where?
- Up on the north side
of my ranch.

It was cut every which way.
Wasn't no meat taken, either,
as far as I could tell.

They was just cut.
I don't want to talk about it
no more.

Those peacemakers. Hm.

Well, your north line's up
against peacemaker land,
isn't it?

- Yeah, it is.
- Well, don't you get it?

It's just like Indiana.
Animal sacrifice.

- I don't know about that.
- Oh, come on, marshal.

It's exactly why I wanted
to buy their land
to begin with.

Three animals dead,
and there's only
ten peacemakers.

Now, imagine what it's gonna
be like with a hundred
of them here.

It's like what you've been
saying all along
in your newspaper coming true.

Only it hasn't come true yet,

and it's up to us
to make sure it never does.

I'm with you.

Tomorrow we begin
to raise our church.

But those in the town will try
and stop us, ja?

It's possible.
They are the gatekeepers
on this journey.

But, opa, we will need help.

And the cowboy has guns...

Der cowboy ist ein fremde.
And as for the guns?

Once blood has been shed
on a journey,
the wound never heals.

- So go to work, go.
- Your shirt.

Thank you.

- Why don't you just go,
James hickok?
- Because you need this...

The church, the peacemakers,
more than I've ever known
anybody to need anything.

And because you need my help.

if there is violence,
the ground will be spoiled.

The church will not house god.

I know.

That's good coffee.

'Bout as good as anything
can be,

fifteen miles
out of Sweetwater
just after sun-up.

Barnett, you don't get
the point.

You get up early,
you ride out, point yourself
to the territory

and the people in it.
Maybe even sniff out
a little trouble.

Only works if trouble's
coming at you from up

Well, you're sure right
about that.

- You want some coffee?
- Information.

- Where can I find
James hickok?
- Who's asking?

Name's Tyler.

Tyler, huh?

What's the likes of you
want with hickok?

I'm going to send him to hell.

Ho. Drop it.

Toss the guns.

Now, I don't want to kill him,
but I will.

- Unless you tell me
what I want to know.
- Barnett, don't tell him.

Thank you, I wasn't even sure
you knew.

- Barnett!
- Tell me.

James creek.

-Scatter the horses.
-Better fight with jimmie.
You're a dead man, Tyler.

Yeah? No.

I've never been more alive.


Easy, barnett,
I'll be all right.
It's only a scratch.

The beginning of a fine day,
eh, fremde?

Why do you always
call me that? Fremde?

Fremde means outsider.
One who, uh, makes trouble
and then leaves.

I'm going to have to write
all this stuff down
to remember it.

- You are not coming?
- No, I'll be there.

I just got to go
visit somebody first.

Hold him. Okay, easy.

All right, let him go.

I hurt you once.
What makes you think
I won't do it again?

Because even someone who wants
to believe estes
as much as you do

still can't be willing
to do his dirty work.

Not now.

I saw it in your eyes
when estes was telling that
rancher about the peacemakers

slaughtering his steers.
You don't trust him anymore.

Yeah, you trusted him
since he told you
to kill those animals.

Come on, Marcus,
help me out here.

Me, why should I help you out?

Look, Marcus, you know
something is wrong,
you know estes is behind it.

You open that gate,
maybe together
we could figure it out.

What are we going to do
about this, Mr. Estes?

You know as well as I do
that we can't allow
this church to go up.

Jacob. Jacob stolztfus!

You listen to reason!
This town is not going to
stand by and allow you

and another hundred of
your kind to trample us.

They ain't interested in
what we have to say!

Please. My offer to purchase
your land still stands.

I'll not look for solutions
in the devil's pocketbook,
Mr. Estes.

You raise this wall
and your whole world
will come tumbling down.

You listen to me.

I listen to my god.

Men who cannot see reason
are not men I want in my town!

- I say let's get 'em!
- Wait!

Before you let Mr. Estes
tell you what to do,

- you ought to know why
he wants you to do it.
- Don't you listen to him.

I agree, Mr. Estes.

Listen to him.

It was the railroad.

Mr. Estes found out
the railroad's coming through
James creek.

Right through the
peacemaker's land.

He don't care about religion.
He just cares about money.

-That's nonsense.
That's utter fabrication...
-Wait a minute.

You convinced me to sell
a stretch of my land.

You said once
the peacemakers moved in,
it would all be worthless.

Railroad going
through my land, too?

Runs through a lot of
your land, at least the acres
you sold to Mr. Estes.

- And when the railroad comes
to buy it back...
- Estes will be rich.

Mister hickok here,
he figured it all out.

Everything Mr. Estes
said about the peacemakers
is a lie.

I killed your steers.

You ain't got the right to...

- Let me be!
- There's no reason to hit
him, marshal.

What goes on between me
and my boy is
my business.

You're right... what goes on
between estes and this town
is a lot more dangerous.

Your son told the truth,
marshal. It's a lot more
than you can say for estes.

Thief. You had us
believing you, estes.

I guess that makes us
as guilty as you.

But, you're going to have
to pay the price for it.

I sold you some of my land, too.

The peacemakers just
want to build a church
and be left alone.

I say let them be.

I say we do more than that.

I say we help them.

It goes up!

Bins, twei, trei...

It's some sight to see,
ain't it?


Name's Tyler. You heard of me?

I heard about what you do.

- What do you want with me?
- A minute of your time.

We've got some business
to attend to.

Wear your gun.

- Back at the house.
- No!

You stay here.
Build your church.

- Your kind doesn't
belong here.
- And he does?

- Let's go.
- Please.

No... no!

Somebody's going to die here,
Mr. Hickok.


I'd just as soon it be
either you or me...
But I can be accommodating.

Put your gun down.

I don't want blood drawn
on this ground.

Let's go.


- No. No.
- You made a vow!

Get out of here. Get out.

Why you doing this, Tyler?

To save myself.

And, to save you.

Well, I appreciate that,
but I think I'll keep my fate
in my own hands.


I wanted Tyler to kill you.
Why not let an animal
kill an animal.

I guess I'll just have to
kill you myself.


Our kind deserves better,
than to die by his hands.

Goodbye, thank you. Thank you.

- You don't have to go.
- But, I can't live your way.

- You can try.
- I did try.

And I'll never forget it.
Or you.

- Will you come back?
- I don't think so,
I just bring too much trouble.

- I'm an outsider, remember.
- No, you are family.

Thank you.

And if the darkness
should come and take you
without warning...

Then I shall light a candle.

Do you swear to follow
the ordnung?

And never to stray from
it as long as you shall live?


Then upon that faith,
I baptize you

in the name of the
father, the son
and the holy ghost. Amen.

You are family.