Technically, he can take the law into his own hands…

because he is the law…  in these parts.  Another great great movie scene comes to mind- from the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit– When Rooster Cogburn (played by Jeff Bridges) is defending his use of force in the apprehension of some evil-doers…

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But seriously Sheriff Don…  You would only have to use that carbine if you are picking them off from a distance, right?  At which point you might have a little trouble explaining yourself…

Reminds me of…

…the scene in The Princess Bride when evil Prince Humperdink promises to send his “four fastest ships” in search of Princes Buttercup’s true love Westley who has been taken hostage by the Dread Pirate Roberts, until, that is, later on when Prince H was caught in a lie when he then stated that his “entire armada” would escort them on their honeymoon…  “All but your four fastest ships, right?” she asks…

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Again, Jimmy, you were relieved of four horses when Mark and his “friends” came and went, and you still have enough mounts left in the barn to offer up “fast” vs. “strong?”  And why the hell didn’t the sheriff come with his own horse, Like Tommy Lee Jones in “No Country for Old Men?”  Real men bring their own, right??

Exactly how big is your herd, Jimmy?

As Tennessee Ernie Ford (thanks for that reference!) moves in more closely, under the shelter of the porch, he announces that he, too, will need horses… not a horse, but a couple of horses.  He is, after all, Reigning Lawman of the Year, and he would naturally need more than one horse.  One for himself, the other for his ego that he carts around with him…

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And why the Ghost Town?  What is leading you there, Sheriff?  Heck, what is leading anyone there?  And I remind all of us that Baldy and his would-be captive are going places that make no earthly sense if “getting away” is the objective… And is all the loot with them?  Did the supposed pilot of the (to this point unseen) plane go to the airport?  is he still sitting there?  Whatever…

Man, Dig those Ca-razy Sideburns!!

I wanted to comment yesterday, but glad I waited until today.  You gotta pace yourself when days lasts months in the Trailverse…  Sheriff Don sure has an interesting approach to facial hair!  A pencil-thin mustache to go along with pencil-thin sideburns that flare out at the bottom.  And the bottom is waaaay down his face… his loooong face…

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Still trying to figure out why/how it is that Sheriff Don stands out in the rain getting soaked while Jimmy & Cherry (oops, I mean Sarita) are but a few feet away and not getting a drop on them?

And of course the cell tower is out… because that happens ALL THE TIME… right??

Sheriff Strober? Ready for your close-up?

Sarita seems to have the mistaken notion that one usually greets a sheriff when there is nothing wrong… I don’t know, like maybe when he’s running for re-election?  It’s always struck me funny that Sheriff is generally an elected position- like politics ought to even play a role..

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Ah yes, the dark and sultry Sarita…  we can barely see her emanating from the shadows of the porch overhang…

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The “people with Johnny?”  What about Mark Trail?  He’s the reason for all of you getting your 15 minutes of fame here…  And come in out of the rain for crying out loud…  I know you have your policeman’s Macintosh on, but really?  If we are going to have a discussion, why not do it in a dry spot?

Atoning for the sins of the (Grand)Father

So as the storm rages and the FBI is grounded, we learn that the “local Sheriff”  is a character and descended from villainy…

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A fact that the FBI chief finds amusing, apparently.  And by the way, he has a name, remember? Sheriff Stober

I promised I was done with the hairline… but a little montage reveals that he has bad hair days and Really Bad Hair Days…

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C’mon James. A little consistency, please??

 

I guess the FBI doesn’t like to play in the rain?

…or they don’t know how to drive?  Thanks for the comment yesterday… I agree.  What?  a little rain and they have to stay in the office waiting for the storm to pass?  That’s a good thing to know if you are a criminal…

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And what is with the wagging finger gesture??  Seems as though that is the go-to artistic effect (I f we can really call it that) in the Trailverse… and it always emerges from the bottom of the frame- like a disembodied hand that may or may not belong to the person talking…

Right you are, Agent John Paul!  What DO we know about THAT local sheriff??  Can he be trusted to respect the Feds?  Does he know that once FBI is on the scene, they are in charge?

For the record, I am done talking about that stupid hairline…  but I can’t take my eyes off it… like a train wreck…

 

Scene? What Scene??

Man… I really feel for the leader of the FBI field office.  Whereas Agent John Paul doesn’t have a bad side, his boss doesn’t have a good one… no matter what the angle, his hair is just goofy!  I’m generally not a fan of comb-over hair styles, (I used to count bad ones on the train rides to NYC every morning,) he needs to try something.  The putting-green-surrounded-by-sand look just isn’t working!

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Again I ask… what scene?  The bank that got robbed?  The airport?  I don’t think they know where Mark is… and I am too lazy to go back through days upon weeks upon months of daily installments to figure this one out…  OK, James Allen you wore me down.  I’ll just go with it… KRAKARUMBLE to you, too!

Well, I had that one wrong!

And arguably overthought the whole thing… So no, “Billy” was not a woman… as it turns out…

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…and now we are on to the fact that it’s no longer 3-1, but rather it’s all tied up at 2-2.  Mark and Lone Elk vs. Baldy (with gun) and Blondie (supposedly armed.)  But it suddenly occurs to me- why wouldn’t Lone Elk have grabbed a rifle, a side-arm, something?  I mean they headed out into the wilderness, complete with Bear and Puma and all manner of Alpha Predator- what about personal protection?  Hell, they might even run across a Minneapolis Police Officer!  A guy’s got to be ready, you know?  Instead they are relying on “trick riding skills” to get them out of the pickle they are in?  Thinking they can count on “the girl” to help?  Heaven help them…