After Midori Koto (Tamlyn Tomita) sees her husband, rich industrialist Michael Kent (Stephen McHattie), murder her lover, she kills Kent and runs to MacLeod for protection. She reminds MacLeod of a vow of protection his "ancestor" made to her family over 200 years before.
Flashbacks tell the story of MacLeod coming to the aid of the samurai Hideo Koto after MacLeod is shipwrecked in Japan. Hideo befriends MacLeod - even though the penalty for helping a "barbarian" in isolationist Japan is death. When Hideo is forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) by his feudal overlord for that crime, MacLeod serves as his second. He vows to Hideo he will always protect the Koto family and is bequeathed the dragon head katana sword he uses to this day.
Back in the present, MacLeod discovers that Kent is an Immortal and he's still alive. In order not to further dishonor her family's name, Midori returns to Kent. Kent challenges MacLeod, who fulfills his vow to the Koto family and frees Midori from her loveless marriage.
DVD & Other ReleasesEdit
- Original air date: 26 September 1994
- Written by: Naomi Janzen
- Directed by: Dennis Berry
- Credited cast: Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod), Philip Akin (Charlie DeSalvo)
- Guest cast: Tamlyn Tomita (Midori Koto), Stephen McHattie (Michael Kent), Robert Ito (Hideo Koto), Hiro Kanagawa (Akira Yoshida), Terry Arrowsmith (Haley)