Today, on INSP, there was an unusual episode of "The Virginian".
It centered on a saloon girl, who was desperate for a new way of life.
She was played - quite well - by Joan Staley.
Without parents, she went to work in a saloon when she was only fifteen.
Much later, an outlaw - played compellingly by Michael Dante - claimed her for his own.
Since he was gone a lot of the time - outlawing - he'd stationed her temporarily at various places.
At one of these places, while she was waiting for him, she came upon Trampas (Doug McClure) and The Virginian (James Drury).
They were on a horse-buying mission in Mexico.
But The Virginian became ill and was left behind.
He was staying at a sort of hotel that was run by character actor, Thomas Gomez.
He ran into Joan Staley, who was attracted to him and saw a way out of her life.
I liked the way in which "the love story" was played.
For her, it was a way out - but with mixed feelings, because she was still attracted to Michael Dante.
For him, well, James Drury played it with mixed feelings, too - as if it might happen, but probably would not.
In the end, Joan Staley decided that she would stay behind, because she wanted to be needed and, at this point in his life, Michael Dante needed her.
The Virginian returned home with Trampas - and the horses that Trampas had bought.
I loved the scenes between The Virginian and Trampas - they are the kind of friends who can say anything to each other - and, of course, do.
They have such intimate knowledge of each other that they could almost qualify as "lovers" - but, of course, not quite.
I wonder how many of these close, close relationships veered off into the "sexual".
In terms of "lost gay history", I would guess that it was quite common for these relationships to become - well, what can I say? - more than just friends.