I love the scene between Jess and Mose after Jess gets beat up and doesn't want anyone to know. I love the I'm-mad-as-hell-and-I'm-not-gonna-take-it-anymore-Jess charging through town, ready to open a can of whoop-ass on the bad guys.
Then of course there's the beautiful scene with Jess sitting in the rocker with the rifle across his lap during the wind storm, waiting for the bad guys to show up. Lovely visuals there.
Since I'm on a domestic roll here, I might as well mention this one. Jess and Slim are trying desperately to get out of painting the house and barn for Daisy. There is one priceless scene where they escape to the range and settle down for a mid-day nap. Their conversation runs to a man's priviledge to not be bossed around, a man's need to work to stay in shape and man's right to say when he needs to paint and when he don't. All the while, they ease back in the grass, pull their hats over their eyes and prepare to take an hour or so off.
They, of course, end up doing exactly as Daisy asked them to do, trouble comes to the ranch once again, everyone's in danger, but they whoop the bad guys' asses in the end. The end. Oh, see  Our Favorite Moments  for some screen caps from this episode.
"What are we doin' up here?" "We're paintin'!"
Jess and Slim must hire help around the house if they are to be allowed to keep Mike. On the day the judge is to arrive to check out the new home for the boy, it seems that everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. In the midst of the chaos arrives Daisy Cooper from the east. Needless to say, as she will do again so often, she saves the day. A charmer from start to finish.
The new family, from Ladies' Day
Jess has to defend himself against a bunch of baddies, but unfortunately, he broke his hand in a fight and is somewhat less than his usual lightening draw at the moment. A wonderful Jess episode where he's being browbeaten by an unsavory element, and accused of being a back-shooter. We have Honorable!Jess (trying to help the dead guy's girlfriend even though she's a little harpy). We have Naive!Jess ("She wouldn't have asked me for money if she didn't really need it"). We have BigBrother!Jess ("Aren't you gonna lift me in? You know, like a sack of potatoes?"). And we have Tough-as-nails!Jess, taking on five guys in the livery stable and being the only one standing at the end.
Mort is a good presence in this one, even if he is a bit myopic. Jess is walking around, favoring his hand like crazy, and Mort doesn't even notice. Oh well, they pay him for his sheriffin' abilities, not his acute eyesight.
No favorites list would be complete without this one. It's the first Laramie, and still one of the best pilots for a series ever. It introduces the four main characters and gives a handle on their personalities right away, all the while providing an absorbing story. It sets the "family" tone for the rest of the series, and balances action and drama with a little bit of soft humor. This episode accomplishes what every pilot sets out to accomplish. It leaves us wanting to see more of these people.
A good solid "town" episode. Jess and Slim are roped into being sheriff and deputy in a time of town crisis. They work so well together, at times it seems, against the whole town. They are each other's backup and support as good partners should be. See  Our Favorite Moments  for a great one from this episode.
Even though I'm admittedly partial to Jess, this one has some wonderful Slim moments in it. The whole episode is full to the brim with fun stuff. Guest star Anita Sands is perfect as the prickly, get it? *prickly*, fiery and tomboyish Troy McCanless.
Troy, Slim and Jess in Cactus Lady
This one is on my list simply because it's one that I seem to watch over and over an awful lot. For a season three episode, it's a rarity, Jess and Slim together for the entire episode. They're partnership is strong, their friendship is evident. I have to admit, this one is just a tad squeeky because our guys seem to be entirely too gullible, but what the heck, it's a good ride. Jess takes a walloping in this one and Slim plays both mother hen and avenging angel. Overall, a good showcase for both.
Slim and the Doctor fret over a beat up and drugged Jess. Damn that Matt!
Okay, I'm really surprising myself with this one. This is a sweet, gentle, funny episode featuring Hoagy Carmichael as Jonesy. If you never thought too much about Jonesy before, you will after this one. He grows on you. Jonesy goes to great lengths and puts himself in some personal danger to stop an old friend/nemesis from doing harm to Slim and Andy. All four stars are in this, but the spotlight is on that thorn in the side of horses everywhere, Jonesy.
What can I say about this one? It's a marathon of bad guys using, abusing and generally misusing our Jess. It's a well-done location shoot; desert, hot, no water. You get the idea. Jess does a superb horse and rider fall. I don't know if RF actually did it himself, but whoever did it deserves a hearty handshake for making us gasp and scoot to the edge of our Barca-lounger. The last scene with Jess and Edgar Buchanan's character is a keeper.
An ahead-of-its-time episode that has Jess befriending, and treating as equal, a former slave, Jamie. This is a multilayered, Jess-on-a-mission episode. Mike has been shot in a bank hold up in Laramie, and Jess pursues the perp to a town called Chloride. In Chloride, the perp is a slimball friend of the local slimeball sheriff,and both of these slimballs are keeping company with the same blonde floozy. Enter Pissed-Off! Tired! and Supremely Impatient!Jess. Before Jess even knows he's in the right place, he picks a fight with the local bullies and whumps them all. Of course, this serves to make him some enemies and that comes back to bite him in the butt a little bit later. At the same time, he's made a friend in Jamie, the hand at the local livery stable. That comes in handy a little while later. Jess gets in trouble with the sheriff, Jamie rescues him, and together they whump butt. A very good episode. Oh, and then there's that dark blue shirt. :)
Slim and Jess accidently "kill" a wanted outlaw and collect reward money only to have it stolen by the man they supposedly killed. Okay, it's a little confusing, but I love this episode because of its delightful twists and it's wonderful guest star, John McIntyre as the mischievous Kuba. Most of all, I love it for Jess' giddy delight at suddenly becoming "rich" and Slim's fraternal indulgence of him. Jess wants to spend all of the money on the ranch and it's not even his ranch. Their close and trusting relationship is showcased and both characters are, independently of each other, shown to be just really good guys.