From the second episode of The Rifleman television series entitled Home Ranch, first broadcast on October 7, 1958. Lucas McCain and his son are taking possession of their ranch outside of North Fork that McCain purchased in the first episode. Agents of a local cattle baron, who has been using the range of the abandoned ranch, burn down the house on the property in order to force McCain to sell the land to the cattle baron. His ten year old son Mark, in despair, says it looks to him as if the Lord is dead set against them ever owning a ranch. McCain responds by telling his son the story of Job. Director Sam Peckinpah loved the Book of Job, and would often recite verses from it when he encountered bumps in the road during his life.