The recovering Ranger has put on his mask and vowed to capture the criminals who ambushed him. But Collins the "half-breed" scout has survived the attack also. He shoots at the Lone Ranger and Tonto from a position high on a hillside.
RANGER: That’s Collins. The man who led us into ambush.
TONTO: Why him shoot?
RANGER: Undoubtedly he’s after your horse. Collins must’ve been deserted by the outlaws. He’s probably been making his way to that vantage point for some time now.
TONTO: Why him go there, kemo sabe?
RANGER: He knows the only way to get Scout is to kill us.
RANGER: He is well protected up there.
TONTO: What we do now?
RANGER: I’m going to keep him back under cover while you make a run for Scout.
RANGER: Take Scout into the cave. Collins won’t be able to see you from there.
TONTO: Me do.
RANGER: I’ll follow, Tonto, as soon as you’re safe.
RANGER: All right, run!
Nor can Tonto figure out what to do about it. But the Ranger can. Assume Tonto is as helpless as a child who can only run away. Proceed accordingly.
Taking down Collins
The Lone Ranger and Tonto make it to safety beneath Collins's position. The Ranger says they'll climb the cliff face on either side of Collins and surround him. Tonto gets above Collins and starts to climb down. Collins sees Tonto and aims his rifle, but the Ranger shoots the gun from Collins's hands.
Tonto doesn't have much in the way of stealth and stalking abilities. But now that Collins is weaponless, Tonto will jump him and subdue him, right? Wrong.
Instead, the Ranger slips, drops his gun, and almost falls. Ignoring the Indian above him, Collins lifts a rock to bash the Ranger.
COLLINS: I’ll get you now, Ranger!
I'd say let's review Tonto's actions, but he hasn't done nothing. He hasn't helped one bit to capture Collins except to act as a target. He seems to be worthless as a crimefighter.
Unless he's stating the obvious to make the Ranger look smart, he's not even a good sidekick. He's more like the children in a Spielberg movie: victims who exist so the adults can save them and look heroic.
Will Tonto ever do anything worth mentioning? Or is he just going to stand around saying things like, "You a real man, kemo sabe. Me wish me could be like you"?
Tonto likes 'em dead
The Lone Ranger and Tonto stand over Collins:
RANGER: No, Tonto. No one should have his life end like this.
TONTO: Better him dead. Like white parson say, this act of providence. Now no one know you still live.
RANGER: Yes, that is true. A strange act of providence has protected my secret.
Tonto's final comment hints that he may have been raised as a Christian or by Christians. Which wouldn't be surprising since he doesn't seem to have any Native beliefs or values. Perhaps Tonto was a mindless creature until white people educated and uplifted him.
Anyway, you're getting an idea of how bad a character Tonto is. Not an equal partner, not even a subordinate sidekick. More like a servant to his master.
For more on the subject, see The Lone Ranger.
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