The title of this post begs the question: What do Ayn Rand’s characters and the Rifleman’s characters have in common. Answer: Both sets of cast and characters are ideal. Howard Roark and John Galt are certainly exponents of laissez faire capitalism in its purest form. Lucas and Mark McCain along with Micah the sheriff gush philosophical much more than one would expect of an old west cowboy. Even the town drunk is somewhat articulate and self-examining at times.
In the episode, 6 years and a day where the theme was revenge both Lucas and Mark were rather sympathetic to a disbarred doctor. This doctor returned to North Fork 6 years and 1 day after he had his medical license revoked partially due to the testimony of a doctor in North Fork. They vengeful doctor brought a hired gun back to kill the doctor who was instrumental in the revocation of the aggrieved’s right to practice medicine.
The testimony showed that the suspended physician was an unreliable alcoholic with unsteady hands that would obviously make any surgery risky and potentially life-threatening. At the episode’s climax the inebriated doctor delivered the baby of a woman being held hostage gaining the respect of all involved. It was Lucas who implored the derelict doctor to snap out of his drunken lethargy and help the ailing woman give birth.