The Return of Butch Cavendish

(20th Anniversary Broadcast)


Written by

Fran Striker

Directed by

Charles D. Livingston

Episode No.


Original Airdate

January 30, 1953

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

On the anniversary of the ambush at Bryant's Gap, the Lone Ranger is bringing his nephew, Dan Reid Jr., to visit the grave of his father. Meanwhile, Thunder Martin, a good friend of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, receives a visit from a strange man desparately searching for the Ranger. When Tonto visits Thunder a short time later, they receive word that Butch Cavendish has broken out of prison. Tonto deduces that the strange man who called on Thunder was actually Cavendish, and now he's on his way to Bryant's Gap for a showdown with the Lone Ranger.

Cavendish manages to surprise the Ranger and Dan at the Gap. The Lone Ranger is wounded in the ensuing gunfight, but still manages to face off with Cavendish face-to-face at the top of a cliff. The Lone Ranger, in a desparate move, manages to throw Cavendish over the side. As Butch Cavendish lay at the bottom of the canyon, the Lone Ranger gets in close and removes his mask, wanting Cavendish to know the true identity of the man who defeated him. Cavendish, recognizing the face of the Ranger from all those years before, laments with his dying breath "I wish I could've died not knowing."

Notes[edit | edit source]

The other four Rangers who died in the ambush are named in this episode as:

  • Jim Bates
  • Sam Cooper
  • Jack Stacy
  • Joe Brandt

Misfits Audio Version[edit | edit source]

Misfits Audio Episode 5: The Return of Cavendish

Written by

Fran Striker

Release Date

February 14, 2011

Previous Episode

Trouble at the Rafter H

Next Episode

Footlights on the Frontier

In February 2011, online audio drama company Misfits Audio produced "The Return of Cavendish" as the fifth episode of their Lone Ranger series, using the original script.

Misfits Audio Cast & Crew[edit | edit source]

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