First To Thine Own Self (Episode 2.20)
Executive Producer Frank Price
Producer Don Ingalls
Written by Les Crutchfield
Directed by Earl Bellamy
No, Betsy, you have to remember it right.
(This episode introduces Randy Boone as Randy Benton to the cast.) Betsy has discovered the hiding
place of a drifter named Randy, who is suspected of killing a man and stealing his gold. She believes Randy is
innocent and wants to help him, but is not sure whether she should follow
her heart or her head. Because her father is away, she consults the Virginian, and tells him she needs to talk to him
about something her father believes in, first to thine own self be true. But the Virginian corrects her
and quotes Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet This above all, - to thine ownself be true; And it must follow, as
the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Quotations from the book:
Molly and her Virginian sat at a certain spring where he had often ridden with her. On this day he was
bidding her farewell before undertaking the most important trust which Judge Henry had as yet given him. For this journey she had
provided him with Sir Walter Scotts Kenilworth. Shakespeare he had returned to her. He had bought Shakespeare for himself.
The Archbishop...is apt to be a big man in them Shakespeare plays. Kings take talk from him theyd not stand from
anybody else; and he talks fine, frequently. About the bees, for instance, when Henry is going to fight France. He tells him a beehive
is similar to a kingdon. I learned that piece...
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home ...
Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
Made loot upon the summers velvet buds;
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor:
He, busied in his majesty, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold.
- James Drury projects sensitivity and warmth as the Virginian tries to guide Betsy
through a difficult decision. He patiently listens, counsels, and consoles her, giving her the space
she needs to be true to herself. He is the epitome of Owen Wisters trustworthy
man taking on the responsibility of his employers teenage daughter, as well as his ranch.
- In It Tolls For
Thee we learn from Molly that the Virginian has taken a fancy to John Donne.
- In The Small Parade the
Virginian is familiar Charles Dickens.
- In A Love To Remember
the Virginian mentions that Sitting Bull was an artist-reporter (Note: I was not able to confirm this
on the internet.) Mrs. Grainger tells her guest that the Virginian keeps well up on his reading,
to which he retorts We get some long winters out here.
(Compilation © 2002 by Alice Munzo. All rights reserved.)