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The Samurai
Series Highlander: The Series
Season Three
Episode 1
Protagonist Duncan MacLeod
Friends Hideo Koto
Midori Koto
Enemies Michael Kent
Set In Seacounver, Washington
Japan
Flashbacks 1778 in Japan
Previous Story Counterfeit: Part Two
Following Story Line Of Fire
Credits
Written by Naomi Janzen
Directed by Dennis Berry
Produced by Ken Gord
Broadcast On September 26, 1994
Running Time 60 min.
Production Code 94301-45

Plot SynopsisEdit

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.

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