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Cowgirl
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A twist here..... In The Actress, Lucas offers to fetch Jacob Black's wife for him. In return Jacob would give Lucas a piece of land that he had wanted to buy from him.

Although we never knew for sure Lucas got the land. We suppose he did.

What Elizabeth accused Lucas of, she was far worse then that. She got everything, except that piece of land, maybe.

Wouldn't Elizabeth Garrett-Black had been an viscous neighbor for Lucas, especially if she hired a big tough foreman to antagonize Lucas. This would have made for several good episodes.

"So….there was something in it for you after all. A price to be paid. And you with your holier then thou attitude, I should have know you were too good to be true, Mr. almighty, Lucas McCain!”


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Posted : 13/07/2020 1:57 pm
Zanza
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I don't know. Oat Jackford started out having to rebuild Luke's house after his men dragged Luke behind a horse and burned down his house. He made some pretty terrifying threats when Luke confronted him. And then we never see Jackford again. The name comes up from time to time but nothing happened. I just saw the episode The Angry Man and I think that's about how things would go. Life was too harsh in that time and place for an ongoing feud, which is why the Hatfields and the McCoys were so famous. Most people just didn't have the wherewithal to hold a grudge and expend their capital making someone else's life miserable. I'm not trying to get into politics here or the current situtations in the world, but most of the people making trouble are people who have the money and leisure to make trouble. Like in the French revolution, it wasn't the grassroots that got it started, it was the aristocrats who had the luxury of bellyaches in their soul. I just don't think that woman would have cared enough to want to make trouble for Luke even if she did choose to live in North Fork. Needle him whenever she saw him? Yes. Actual trouble? No.

Although it was interesting that Luke admitted he thought of the land when he offered to bring the man's wife to him. I think Luke would have had to be a plaster saint not to have thought of it, and I give him full marks because he never said anything about it. I don't think it would have been possible for Luke not to have thought of it, but he absolutely was not expecting it, nor did he ask for the land, so I feel what that woman said was unjust.

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Posted : 13/07/2020 5:02 pm
Duchess McCain
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What if she had decided to turn his place into something for the customers and men she had from her other life? That sure would have stirred Lucas up!

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Posted : 13/07/2020 8:41 pm
Zanza
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What if she had decided to turn his place into something for the customers and men she had from her other life? That sure would have stirred Lucas up!

It would indeed, and it could have made for a good episode or two.

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Posted : 13/07/2020 9:15 pm
Cowgirl
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What if she had decided to turn his place into something for the customers and men she had from her other life? That sure would have stirred Lucas up!

I think that would have raise a few eyebrows, especially Lucas'. I think she would have wanted revenge on Lucas for rejecting her. I wonder who her ruff n' tuff foreman would have been?


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Posted : 14/07/2020 4:31 am
Dana2020
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I bet Beth would have tired of North Fork pretty quickly. That was one of the advantages of being an actress-not being stuck with people she did not like. If I understand correctly, Lucas received a part of the the property, not all of it. Beth would have been pretty well off. This is pure conjecture on my part, but I think Beth had a prior husband she had not bothered to divorce, so she might (uncharacteristically) not wanted to call to much attention to herself.

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Posted : 31/07/2020 10:26 pm
Zanza
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Luke just wanted a little bitty piece, just two acres so he didn't always have to make a detour around it. He probably got it, and he probably thought that was fair enough, but he didn't ask for it and he wasn't expecting it as the price of fetching that female. It wouldn't surprise me if Beth didn't have a prior husband or three. She was just the type. Very icky scene where she was making up to Luke, all I could think was I hope she doesn't kiss him and get germs on him.

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Posted : 31/07/2020 11:26 pm
Dana2020
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Also, for all we know Jacob could have had kids back East or in the Midwest. They would have probably been included in the will and maynot have been happy about Lucas or Beth being included in the will.

I actually liked Beth. She was not gracious about Lucas rejecting her, but I don't think she was a bad or evil person. I think the episode is not so much about Beth-even though the title is the Actress. It is about what Lucas would do when tempted. We know Lucas would never steal money. When Lucas snarls at Beth that she is Jacob's wife he is reminding himself as much as he is Beth.

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Posted : 01/08/2020 8:13 pm
Zanza
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I actually liked Beth. She was not gracious about Lucas rejecting her, but I don't think she was a bad or evil person. I think the episode is not so much about Beth-even though the title is the Actress. It is about what Lucas would do when tempted. We know Lucas would never steal money. When Lucas snarls at Beth that she is Jacob's wife he is reminding himself as much as he is Beth.

We can agree to disagree about Beth. I thought she was a completely bad person. But I do think you're right about what Luke would do about temptation and that he was reminding himself that she was Jacob's wife.

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Posted : 01/08/2020 9:22 pm
Dana2020
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I have asked this before and I could not get an answer online or elsewhere. What happened to the driver who ran Jacob down? We're there any laws regarding leaving the scene of an accident? Failure to control one's horses? Speeding?

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Posted : 02/08/2020 6:53 pm
Zanza
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I do remember Micah once talking about how he was going to put his foot down about some cowboys who were racing through town but he didn't say what he was going to do. Generally people did listen to Micah about settling down. I doubt there were laws about leaving the scene of an accident, and there wouldn't have been laws about speeding because people could only go so fast on a horse. I think back then it was up to your own common sense to stay out of the road and watch where you were going. The idea that the pedestrian is always blameless came about later, after cars were invented. Remember in Dark Day at North Fork how Luke almost got hit by the wagon because he just walked out in the street? That driver didn't stop and nothing happened with him.

I have also noticed how horses are tied, usually with the reins just looped over a rail. They're not really tied so they can't get away. Well, you wouldn't want to tie a horse so it can't get away, especially standing next to other horses. If a horse gets scared, you would want it to be able to pull loose so it doesn't hurt itself or the other horses, but that horse getting scared and running off could run someone down. And I've never seen Luke or Mark tie the buckboard horses at all, they just throw the reins down. A modern equivalent would be going inside and leaving your car unlocked and running. No one would dream of doing such a thing today, but that was a risk that people took back in the day. I can't see an alternative to leaving the horses and hoping nothing happens, you can't have a watchman at every railing. However, that did create a risk of horses getting spooked and running wild, and if they were pulling a buckboard they could easily kill someone. The world was very different back then, there was a lot more personal responsibility and a lot less thinking that the authorities should legislate to keep people safe. People expected to be responsible for their own safety.

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Posted : 02/08/2020 7:54 pm
Dana2020
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Deleted scene encore

Millie:I hear the Widow Black is very beautiful.

Lucas: Millie , I am surprised and disappointed in you-listening to gossip like that. She's hideous.

Mark: But Pa, she's gorgeous!

Lucas: Mark, how many times do I have to tell you not to interrupt me. Now, go wait outside.

Mark: But Pa..

Lucas: MARK!

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Posted : 03/08/2020 10:26 pm
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