Recap / The Wild Wild West S 3 E 11 The Night Of The Cutthroats

Citizens are leaving the town of New Athens in droves due to a group of ex-cons who have set up camp outside the city limits. West and Gordon are sent in to investigate after the Secret Service receives a plea for help. It soon becomes apparent that the trouble centers around a convicted murderer named Mike Trayne who has recently returned to the town, revenge on his mind.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Mike Trayne. His first priority is himself, as his accomplices learn the hard way.
  • The Heavy: Mike Trayne is the catalyst for everything that happens and the face of the gang.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Sally pulls a gun on Artie but he quickly states that it's empty. Sure enough, he'd managed - somehow - to secretly unload it beforehand.
    Artie: "Cardinal rule of mine: never travel next to a loaded gun unless you're sure it belongs to a very dear friend."
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Jim and Artie are forced to pull this off once the gang finally attacks the town, albeit with considerably fewer than seven defenders.
  • The Mole: Sally Yarnell and Mayor Cassidy are portrayed as just two more of Trayne's victims at first. Actually they're all in cahoots.
  • The Piano Player: "Joe," a.k.a. Artie. As far as the bar patrons are concerned, he's a perfectly straight example of the trope: an Easterner in white shirtsleeves and slicked hair who tends to go right on playing no matter what excitement is happening around him. He might as well not even be there - which is, no doubt, precisely why Artie picked the disguise in the first place.
  • The So-Called Coward: Sheriff Koster. In the beginning he's extremely reluctant to help, but when the bullets start flying he finally steps up.