A favorite old character in town is an old man named Job. He’s loved by everyone, and the latest news is that his son Tad has returned home.
We soon learn that Tad is everything that Job is not. He is resentful of everyone and everything, he causes trouble in the Long Branch, and wants nothing to do with his revered old dad. Tad seems only there because there’s no other place to go at the moment.
Matt is called away on urgent business to see Job at his homestead. What’s the big news? Is there a new crisis with Tad? Job proves that he isn’t unaware of his son, but is a decent enough man that he didn’t want Matt to be the man who had to gun down his boy. The confession comes on the heals of Chester rushing up to announce the failed bank robbery, and Tad being shot.
PS: It occurs to me that there could be some unsaid hapenings at old Job’s homestead to cause the hateful nature of his son. Maybe some overbearing disciplinary techniques from dear old dad to drive a wedge? It really is irrelevant. Let’s let Job have his sterling reputation both in, and out of the home. Sometimes, despite a parents best efforts, a child is just plain determined to make their own bad choices.