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The Continuing Saga of The Rifleman
Mark's Memories — You've heard Lucas'
story, now hear Mark's.
A special thanks goes out to Michelle Palmer for her insight on how
Mark would have seen these episodes.
A Bring Back Milly Production
Letters of Love — The year Lucas, Mark, and Milly spent apart was a
hard one; but at least the three had letters to help each other
through the hard times. It was through these letters that the love
the three had for each other grew. One final letter revealed from
Milly and Lucas to the other revealed the true feelings they
discovered they had held inside them for a long time.
“Five minutes till North Fork!” She heard the announcement. Her
heart beat faster as she realized she would be there in only five more
minutes! She wondered what the town looked like after a year of being
gone. Would anyone she knew be at the train to greet it? Oh, she so
hoped Mark and Lucas weren’t there! She so wanted to surprise them.
The Return: Milly Scott returns to North Fork and pays a
surprise visit on the McCain's.
Chapter 2: The Proposal: Lucas McCain pops the question to Milly
Chapter 3: Wedding Plans: Lucas, Milly, and Lou discuss wedding
plans and Milly starts her new job as a school teacher.
Chapter 4: Tensions: Milly begins to feel the pressure of planning
her wedding. Lou hopes Lucas can talk some good sense into her
before she explodes.
Chapter 5: Apple Pie: Mark and Lucas have complained immensely about
Lou Mallory's apple pie, but Milly discovers the solution is simple.
Payback to her favorite men is SWEET...or is it?
Chapter 6: Sunday at the McCain Ranch: Lou, Micah, Milly, Lucas and
Mark spend the afternoon at the McCain's. Milly is pleased to see
what her Sunday's will be like after the wedding.
Chapter 7: Sunset at Miller's Pond: Lucas is working on preparations
for his new bride, but Mark cannot stand much more of his stressful
attitude; meanwhile, Milly is learning some cold, hard facts about
teaching children in the West. She and Lucas need some time to
Chapter 8: Trials and Tribulations: While Micah and Mark travel to
Kansas City to fetch Jenny Scott, Milly's mother, Lucas and Milly
are pleased they will have time alone...or will they?
Chapter 9: Adventure: The train carrying Jenny Scott arrives back in
North Fork. Mark wastes no time telling his father all about his
trip to the big city, but Lucas makes some discovers that may be
hard for a father to swallow.
Chapter 10: Explosion: Uh-oh! Lucas discovers something Milly and
Lou did without consulting him and he goes into town half-cocked not
heeding Mark's warning not to explode. The results are NOT pretty;
meanwhile, back at the ranch Mark and Freddie decide to do a job
themselves as a wedding present to Lucas. The results are not what
Chapter 11: The Last Days: It's a week before the wedding and things
go from crazy to crazier. Is there any way for everything to get
done before the wedding?
Chapter 12: Lucas's Surprise: It's three days before the wedding and
Milly throws Lucas a surprise party with some very special guests
who have arrived for the wedding.
Chapter 13: Final Preparations: Decorations, wedding dress, the
McCain Ranch...so many last minute things to do as even more
surprise visitors arrive!
T'was the Night Before the Wedding: Milly and Lucas have
their Rehearsal dinner. Yep, it's the Eastern traditions come West!
Later that night, a bride and groom find that sleep won't come to
them as their mind is on tomorrow.
Chapter 15: The Groom is Missing: Uh-oh...It's 1:00 in the afternoon
and the groom is nowhere in sight! What has become of him? Milly
believes her worst fear is becoming a reality.
Chapter 16: The Wedding: It has finally arrived. The happy couple
are joined together as husband and wife.
Chapter 17: The Wedding Night: Warning: this is a sweet romantic
story intended to show their love for each other. Lucas and Milly
consummate their marriage.
Chapter 18: The Morning After: Milly wakes up as a McCain and
wonders what her life will be like. Mark arrives home in time for
breakfast and the McCain family share their first meal together.
It's a happy ending to a happy story!
The Continuing Saga of The Rifleman
The Years Before...
The Rifleman Information — Lucas McCain’s Family
The Rifleman Information — The Gibbs Family
The Rifleman Characters
Chapter 1. April 1826 —
The Announcement: Lucas has an important
announcement to make to his family. But Lucas fears his family won't
understand the decision he had made. His announcement leaves pain
and bitterness among his family and friends.
Chapter 2. April/May 1862 —
The Letter: Margaret waits fearfully to
hear something from Lucas. But when news finally arrives, it wasn't
the news she had been hoping for. The family faces a great tragedy.
Can they overcome this?
Chapter 3. June 1862 — A Distraction: Margaret can't seem to
concentrate with her sweetheart away at war, but she soon finds
herself in the middle of a distraction. Abraham struggles with all
the responsibility he has suddenly required and must come to terms
with some hard truths. But he has to hurt someone before he comes to
terms with it.
Chapter 4. July/August 1862 —
Faith: On July 16, 1862, Laura McCain
and Margaret Gibbs suddenly feel like something is very wrong with
Lucas. Their "feeling" may be truer than they think. Then when a
telegram arrives, someone finds his or herself in mourning.
Chapter 5. August/September 1862 —
School Days: After a rough
summer, Laura begins a new school year. But nobody seems to
understand her. After a rough day at school, Laura declares she's
never going back and finds herself in grave danger.
Chapter 6. October 1962 —
Mischief Night: Some of the McCain's are
getting themselves into trouble this Halloween's Eve."
Chapter 7. November 1862 —
The Telegram (Andy's Death): Tragedy
strikes when the McCain/Gibbs family receives the first telegram
from the United States army...on Thanksgiving Day. Things will NEVER
be the same again.
Chapter 8. December 1862 —
The Necessary Christmas: Margaret
becomes upset when her brother and mother announce they don't want
Christmas, but she is determined to make the Holiday special and
goes behind their back to make plans. But when Christmas Eve
arrives, how will her family react?
Chapter 9. February 1863 — The Search: A sudden blizzard catches
everyone off guard. Some of the citizens of Enid, Oklahoma are lost.
Can the searchers find them before it's too late?
Chapter 10. Spring 1863 —
A Spring of Surprises: Laura celebrates
her eighth birthday, Peter and Tiffany admit their love for each
other, and a couple surprises are waiting for the McCain family this
The Wedding That Almost Wasn't: It all starts when Julie
and Abe show up late to Scott's wedding. Then a chain of events,
including a rather interesting tackle in the church, cake in the
bride's lap, an interruption on their wedding night, and other
things almost ruins the special day. Will Scott and Amanda finally
find the peace they need on their wedding night?
Chapter 12. Loss: A troubled pregnancy, destroyed crops, and bad
news on the Civil War descend on one family. How much more can they
endure? One family member learns just how strong the women folk are
as they experience loss.
Chapter 13. Leaving Gettysburg Behind: "Lucas McCain kills his first
man and isn't sure if he can live through the memories that haunt
him. At home, the McCain family receive tragic news about the
terminal illness of a family member, which sends Tiffany into an
Chapter 14. The Fight: Laura's moving in with Abe's family causes a
big fight. Can Julie and Abe's marriage survive?
Chapter 15. Broken: A Civil War soldier comes home on leave in order
to deal with haunting memories of his first killing. While home, he
must say goodbye to a close family member. There's only one person
who can reach Lucas now, but can even Margaret help Lucas face his
pain so he can return to war?
Chapter 16. Falling in Love: Lucas and Margaret have two weeks to
spend together before Lucas must return to the war.
Chapter 17. On Being A Soldier: Promoted to
lieutenant, Lucas has his work cut out for him when training a new
Chapter 18. The Story of Johnny Gibbs: What Johnny wants for his
life and what his family wants are two different things.
Chapter 19. Worry: Something is bothering Julie, and Abe must find
out what's made her so upset.
Chapter 20. The Measles: Measles hits Abe McCain's household.
Chapter 21. Return to Gettysburg: Lucas is apprehensive about
returning to the place where he killed his first man.
Chapter 22. Bible: The war is taking it's toll on Lucas and he must
seek God for help.
Chapter 23. A Time To Live: The Gibbs get a caller in the middle of
the night who has some bad news about Samuel Gibbs. Margaret must
help Ann plan her wedding while facing the tragedy in her family.
Chapter 24. 1864 – Taken: Emily is kidnapped, and it's a race
against time for her brothers to find her and make sure the man who
took her pays.
Chapter 25. Learning to Live Again: Emily
leans on the new doctor, Jason Livingston, to help her through her
memories of the events that happened during her recent kidnapping.
Chapter 26. Death of a Lieutenant: Abraham
McCain receives a telegram from the United States Army.
The Continuing Saga of The Rifleman
The Margaret Years
This series begins when Lucas returns from his year of wandering.
Margaret and Lucas are finally together.
We watch their courtship, engagement, wedding, and living as man and
wife. Little Mark is born, and unfortunately Mark and Lucas McCain
must grieve for the death of their precious Margaret.
Lucas and Margaret have always been best friends. Their parents
settled the town together as young married couple. The children were
raised together. Yet as they grew older, Margaret and Lucas
discovered that what they have may go much deeper than friendship.
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and with Lucas off
fighting the war, Lucas and Margaret discover that it's true. They
do love each other. After the war, Lucas comes back, settles down,
and eventually marries Margaret Gibbs.
But it doesn't stop there! the McCain's lives are full of
heart-ache, promises, and love. Join me on this journey as we look
back at the lives of Lucas, Margaret, and Mark.
See how it all began!
Chapter 1: The Home Coming — After a year of wondering, Lucas
returns home to marry Margaret, but he finds nobody is ready for him
to pick up where he left off.
Chapter 2: The Dance — Finally, Lucas gains permission to take
Margaret to the Dodd's dance.
Chapter 3: The Land — Lucas makes plans to purchase the land for his
Chapter 4: The Rifle — After the death of a friend, Lucas believes
the only way to protect the future of his loved one's is to make a
rifle that will allow him to shoot fast.
Chapter 5: Illness — Lucas contracts Malaria and Margaret fights the
disease with everything she has.
Chapter 6: The Final Proposal — Lucas "pops the question!" Now, what
will Margaret's answer be?
Chapter 7: Aunt Gertrude and Grandma Bertha — Family comes to visit
Margaret and her family, and Lucas must endure the wrath of Aunt
Chapter 8: Reclaiming — Margaret learns the real reason her aunt
invited her to Oklahoma City.
Chapter 9: A Promise Kept — After making a promise to Margaret, it
appears Lucas may not be able to keep it.
Chapter 10: The Honeymoon — After their marriage, Lucas and Margaret
go on a honeymoon.
Chapter 11: Settling In — Mr. and Mrs. Lucas McCain settle into
their new home and their new life together.
Chapter 12: Range War — Lucas and Margaret must fight for their
land when men come and threaten to kill them if they don't sell it.
But there's a bigger war among the newly married McCain's that is
being fought. Can the love Margaret and Lucas have for each other
endure the range war?
Chapter 13: Aftermath — When the range war is over, Lucas and
Margaret must pick up the pieces of their marriage and rekindle the
love they have for each other. Will their love endure this painful
Chapter 14: The Rodeo — Johnny Gibbs comes home for a visit and
brings the rodeo with him. Lucas is automatically skeptical about
his reasons for returning and must be stern with Margaret on what
she can and cannot do to help her baby brother. Meanwhile, Lucas and
his brother, Peter, gets into some very hot water when they decide
to get in on the rodeo action.
Chapter 15: A Stranger in the Storm — A wounded man in the McCain
barn begins a chain of events that will leave tragedy before the day
Chapter 16: The Truth/The Wait — A beloved friend is dead, and a
very close relative is wounded. Can the McCain/Gibbs family endure
the tragedy they must face while picking up the pieces of their
Chapter 17: Margaret's Wrath — Margaret has had enough! She can no
longer watch her sister-in-law's family crumble in the wake of their
recent tragedy. For the sake of the children, Abe's wife, and Lucas,
Margaret lays down the law.
Chapter 18: A Delayed Thanksgiving — Regardless of the fact that
Thanksgiving passed without notice, Margaret and her family is
determined to have it late. The family has been through so much
tragedy lately that they simply cannot miss counting their
Our First Christmas Tree — Lucas and Margaret pick out
their tree together, and have a romantic interlude along the way.
Chapter 20: A Special Delivery — While the men are out hunting,
Margaret finds herself in the middle of a double delivery when Julie
and Emily both go into labor at the same time! But Julie's labor
doesn't go well and it's a race against time to save both the mother
Chapter 21: A Traditional Christmas — The family prepares for
Christmas, intending to celebrate it the way their parents did.
Chapter 22: A Soft Heart — New year preparations are under away when
Lucas upsets Margaret by working in the cold rain, but Lucas soon
discovers Margaret is struggling with something deeper than that.
When she cries that she needs to talk to her mother, Lucas hitches
the team and they are on their way. Margaret wonders if maybe...just
maybe...she'll have some special news to share with her husband as
the New Year comes in.
Chapter 23: Wanted Dead, Not Alive! — Tom King, the new town
Marshal, discovers a man who is wanted. Margaret soon learns that
King always brings his men in dead! With her husband out of town,
it's up to Margaret to protect the wanted man from being killed by
Chapter 24: The Horse — On a cold and stormy night, Margaret must
say goodbye to a childhood friend and welcome a new life into the
Gibbs barn that just may change her life...and her heart...forever.
Chapter 25: A Sick Heart — Tragedy once again strikes the McCain
family. This time, it just may shake Jeremiah's family to it's
breaking point. Can they come to terms with their grief?
Chapter 26: The
Family Feud —
It was Sammy McCain who glanced at his Pa before slowly removing the
living thing from his pocket. He saw that his father was engrossed
in the sermon and slowly leaned forward. His cousin, Abby, sat
quietly beside her father (her mother hadn’t returned to church
since the death of their son). She was the most well-behaved of the
cousins, and they resented her for it. Suddenly, Abby let out a loud
scream. The boys burst into laughter. At that moment, the snake
David McCain had retrieved from the ground slid from his pocket and
down the bench. A girl across the way saw it first, her eyes growing
wide as she let out a cry and climbed on top of the pew.
Chapter 27: The Sound of Children — Jeremiah put his hands on her shoulders and turned
her to face him. “I’m not upset with you. I’m worried.” He searched
her eyes and saw the sadness there. “I see you smile, but not as
often…or sincere…as you did before. I watch you watching the other
children. You put on a good front, but I’m not fooled. Neither is
The Mosquito’s Ugly Return — The next morning was Wednesday, April 3.
Margaret studied Lucas as he came in from doing his morning chores.
She saw his flushed cheeks and dropped the spoon as she hurried
across the room. Grabbing his arm, she could already feel the heat
radiating from his body. Then when she put a hand to his cheek, she
shuddered. “Luke, you’re burning up with fever!”
Home is Where the Love Is — Jeremiah McCain stopped his
wagon in front of the house and paused in the seat. He looked around
the rundown farm and felt something eerie come over him. He still
remembered when the farm had animals, vegetables in the garden, and
a nice scent of cookies baking. Those days had long past now. The
only smell that entered his senses today was a scent of manure in
the yard. A lonesome, pitiful looking cow, stood on the edge chewing
Chapter 30: The Rifleman is Born —The Rifleman is Born by Michelle
Palmer - Lucas remembered back to that time in his life. He had
discovered what Hezekiah Fiske had been trying to do. Instead of
going to his boss and telling him of his discovery, Lucas snuck up
on the man and held his rifle on the man. The man turned and drew,
and Lucas fired.
Chapter 31: The Rifleman on Trial — The Rifleman on Trial by
Michelle Palmer - “Stop it! Both of you!” Jeremiah’s voice rose in
anger. It was his order that shut both brothers up. Peter and Abe’s
tempers got the best of them many times, but Jeremiah was usually
pretty calm. “Now then…instead of laying blame and reminding Luke of
the trouble he’s in, why don’t we see about getting him out of this
Here is a variety of
stories about The Rifleman
The Trial — Have you ever been pushed around by the class bully, or
threatened? What do you think Mark would do in this situation?
The Orphan — This boy had a mean streak in him, how would Lucas
handle this? Is taking on this boy too much for him to handle?
Blue Boy — He was still holding onto the fact that his father
didn’t HAVE to kill his horse. Mark could have made him better. He
didn’t understand why his father continued to treat him like a child
instead of like the man he wanted to be.
The Rattlesnake — It wasn’t long before he realized that was an
impossible task. He had waded in a brook for awhile, and his tracks
were already washed away. He had no idea where he had come from at
that point. How could he had let himself get into a situation like
Be sure & check out the prequel to this episode -
Before the Debt by
Saving Vernon —“Just what are you afraid of, Vernon? Are you afraid
of failing? Or are you afraid that you might actually find you are
better at something then sharp shooting? Or maybe-“ Lucas looked at
Vernon straight in the eye. “Maybe you are afraid that no one will
feel sorry for you. Is that what you are afraid of, Vernon?
Because if you are, then let me set it strait for you. Mark and I
don’t feel sorry for you. You made the bed your sleeping in. It’s
time you get off that high horse you’re on and admit to yourself
that you aren’t as bad off as you think you are.”
This story is taken from
The Sharpshooter episode #1.
Milly's Story — This is a very touching story about Milly and how
she happen to come to North Fork. You also will read her last letter
from her brother Ted before heading off to Bull Run.
Eight Hours to Die (an alternate ending) — There are a lot of
questions left unanswered at the end of this episode. We saw Mark so
lovingly care for this wicked judge when he fell off his horse,
having no idea that there was anything evil about him. Then we see
Lucas try to choke this man to death. Then Mark is confused,
wondering what happened. We can leave this just the way it is, with
Lucas saying “I don’t know rather to kill you, or thank you.” But
did you ever wonder how much of a part Lucas’s rough treatment
played in contributing to this man’s death? What if there was
dialogue between Lucas’s question and the man’s death. Only a slight
variation would have to occur in this ending.
This story is taken from
Eight Hours to Die episode #6.
Struggling — Now that Margaret was gone what are Lucas & Mark going
to do. Now Mark was getting sick, Lucas had no idea what to do.
Margaret, I don’t know how to care for him! You always took care of
this. What do I do?
The Haunted House —The cobwebs were so thick, Mark could hardly see
what was in front of them. He saw an old broom on the porch and
dusted some of the cobwebs away. He started inside. He stopped after
each step to dust away more cobwebs. He felt Billy grab his arm as
he stepped forward
Finding the Truth —“I found him, Micah. Open the cell.” Micah did as
Lucas said. Lucas walked in and sat him down on the cot. Then he
sat in a chair across from him. “Lock it, Micah.” Lucas said. Micah
locked it, then he brought in a lantern. His eyes grew wide and his
mouth widened as he stared at the boy. “He could be Mark’s twin!”
Her Family — A Mother's Day Story —She watched him stand up and
slowly walk out of the room. He sat down at the table with her
picture in his hand. A tear slipped from his eye. “It’s been exactly
five years, my Sweet Margaret, and this day has gotten no easier.”
He sighed as he looked at her picture. “I
miss you so much!
Saving Buddy Link — What happen to Buddy Link after
The Coward? —
Buddy Link goes to work for the man that he had badly beaten, where
he finds undeserved love and respect. But the love and respect he
receives opens the door to his past, forcing him to remember the
reasons he had turned hard in the first place. Then when the one
person he thinks he despises shows up, will he return to violence,
or will he be able to find the salvation he so desperately longs
The Gift — A Father's Day Story — Mark loves his father so much
that when an opportunity to give him something special arises, he
does everything in his power to give him a special gift. Tragedy
soon occurs, however, and an ultimate gift is discovered through the
hope that occurs through this tragedy. This is a Father’s Day gift
that any father should be happy to receive.
Loss — She's experienced lots of loss in her life, but she finally
gets a chance at true love. Will Lucas McCain approve of the
marriage? Will other obstacles get in her way? Or will Hattie Denton
finally find an end to all her loss?
Thirteen — Mark is about to step into manhood as he faces his
thirteenth birthday. But when tragedy strikes, the step may be more
of a "giant" then he's ready to face.
An Invitation — After leaving North Fork, she travels to Santa Fe
and finds true love. But will their love be cut short when tragedy
Pa's Treasure — When Mark and his friend come up on a treasure
chest, they dream of giving their Pa everything they wanted, but
Mark learns that his Pa already has the "real" treasure.
The Stranger — Eleven year old Mark meets a stranger on the way home
from school. After hearing his story, he agrees to hide him and keep
his secret. But Lucas grows suspicious when the school teacher
expresses concern in his odd behavior.
Home — Mark's grown son helps him come to terms with his father's
death as he learns the meaning of "home."
The Escape: Prequel to Waste — A Mark’s Memory Production — It's a
fight for Mark's life after he witnesses a murder at the young age
of eleven. The murder is caught, and Mark believes the nightmares
are over, but the nightmares return when he's thirteen. His
nightmare of that day so long ago will not end until he see's
justice carried out.
This story is taken from
Waste episode #143.
B A R N — Six year old Mark learns to spell a new word that has a
special meaning to him. It turns out that the event is a lasting
memory that carries on to North Fork.
Note: This minisode is based on a scene from
The Surveyors episode #54.
Michelle's Holiday Stories
St. Patrick's Day ―
Believing in Luck — A Lesson from The Leprechaun by Michelle Palmer
Mark looked & looked for a four leaf clover. What is it so important
for Mark to find one?
Halloween — The Ghost in the Graveyard by Michelle Palmer & Assisted
by Deanne Bertram
A ghost in the graveyard at midnight got Mark in trouble. But even
after all the trouble, he and his five friends were determined to
solve the mystery of the story behind the ghost and why she was
One Fine Day - My Thanksgiving Story by Michelle Palmer
The McCain Family plans on a big Thanksgiving Celebration one year,
but there is a surprise guest who wasn't invited!
A McCain-Style Thanksgiving by Michelle Palmer - Mark’s Memory
"An unexpected storm strands Lucas, Mark, and a guest at the McCain
Ranch Thanksgiving week."
The Christmas He Never Forgot by Michelle Palmer
The memory of Margaret is especially trying at Christmas. Lucas
becomes a different person, and their first Christmas in North Fork
is no exception. Ten year old Mark takes drastic measures to keep
Margaret’s memory of Christmas alive.
New Year's in North Fork by Michelle Palmer
When the McCain’s are separated by a blizzard, father and son worry
about the other and if he is safe. As they anxiously wait for the
blizzard to pass, they spend time reflecting on past events in their
life together. When the storm passes, with father and son be
reunited, or will they have to survive the rest of their lives with
The Star by Michelle Palmer
Three days before Christmas, the McCain's meet a family that will
change the hearts and lives of everyone in North Fork and help them
discover once again what the true meaning of Christmas is.
These stories are based on the TV series
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