Jan. 13, 2008
120 min.
CBS TV Network

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Comanche Moon

Comanche Moon, a six-hour mini-series, is based on the novel by Larry McMurtry in the "Lonesome Dove" series. The story follows Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Steven Zahn) and Woorow F. Call (Karl Urban) as they deal with the tensions of adult life.

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Jake Spoon is a fictional Texas Ranger appearing in two books of the Lonesome Dove series.

In Comanche Moon

Jake's first chronological appearance in the books is in Comanche Moon, which was actually the last book published. Though Jake is a member of the Rangers as the book begins, he is not on the mission that begins the book. While his friends Augustus "Gus" McCrae, Woodrow F. Call, Pea Eye Parker and Joshua Deets are with their captain, Inish Scull, Jake is left behind to take care of his wife, Inez Scull. Inez subjects him to her usual treatment for local men while her husband is away, making him a sex slave. After cutting his hair, however, she suddenly finds him less attractive, and loses all interest in him. Sadly, her initial interest ruined any chances Jake has of a relationship with her maid, who had developed an interest in him.

He subsequently signs on, when Gus and Call return, to be part of their mission to find Inish Scull; who had set off with Famous Shoes to find his captured horse, Hector; and bring him back to Austin at the behest of his wife and of Governor Elisha Pease. However, when their quest takes them to the small border town of Lonesome Dove, Gus and Woodrow decide to leave him, Pea Eye Parker and Joshua Deets behind and find Scull themselves.

Jake continues to serve with the Rangers for several more years. Soon after their return to Austin, Maggie Tilton gives birth to Newt, her illegitimate son by Cpt. Woodrow F. Call. His birth puts a severe strain on her relationship with Call, as he refuses to acknowledge the boy as his own. Though he treats the boy well, he does not act like a father to him. Jake ends up taking that role, going so far as to spend most of his nights in Maggie's room. This ends up straining his relationship with Woodrow, who begins to resent him for moving in with Maggie, despite his own unwillingness to take responsibility for her or Newt. This eventually becomes too much for Jake, who quits the Rangers and sets off on his own, shortly before the other Rangers are sent on one last mission to catch Buffalo Hump.

Jake Spoon is played in the film by Ryan Merriman.

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