Matt Dillon and Kitty Russell are escorting a notorious outlaw back to Dodge City to stand trial. A member of another outlaw gang sees them traveling by stagecoach and switches out cotter pins on the yoke that keeps the stage tied to the horses. The pin obligingly breaks on a mountain road, causing a spectacular crash. Kitty crawls out unscathed and checks on Matt, who's unconscious but will be okay, and the outlaw -- who's comatose and dying. When she hears the outlaw gang approach, she takes Matt's Marshal's badge off his shirt and puts it on the outlaw, then spins ...
A notorious outlaw was shot in the back, fatally, before Matt could arrest him. The large bounty on the man's head was never collected. Now a "crusading" newspaper reporter (Lamont Johnson) is trying to goad the dead man's two young sons into a showdown with Matt Dillon, who would have been legally enjoined from getting the bounty money because of his lawman status and thus is the main suspect in the shooting. Lamont Johnson's final acting role is directed by Vincent NcEveety, who also directed Robert Totten in five shows.
Clint Sorils, a notorious gunman, is minding his own business when a stray bullet ruins his hat. In trying to obtain payment, Clint runs afoul of Red Conniston, a powerful rancher. The ensuing clash leaves men dead and gravely wounded, all because of a hat.
Hard-Luck Henry Haggens comes to Dodge City to persuade his cousin Festus to return home on an important mission. Festus, as the wisest of the Haggenses, is to act as Solomon and divide a chest of Confederate gold pieces among the Haggens clan. Henry's constant mishaps thwart Festus's efforts in one of the funniest episodes of the series.
When some soldiers come to Dodge, the sergeant who earlier caught two soldiers deserting, is now using this information as potential blackmail against them. When they come into town, the sergeant has a run in with Festus. Later the soldiers stab the sergeant. The commanding officer upon hearing of the sergeant's run in with Festus tells Matt to turn him over or he'll tear up the town to look for him. Festus then turns himself to the Major.
Two fur trappers find their furs are worthless and their plan for moving westward are crushed. In a desperate move the two scheme a robbery with intentions of leaving for California. But things do not go as planned.
Harvey Cagle, a resident of Dodge, owes money to someone in another town. He tries to convince the man he owes to give him time to pay him back, but the man gives him only a few weeks. While there he sees a gunfighter, named Dave Reeves, kills someone and decides to hire him to kill his partner Carl Anderson so that he could get control of the business they share. When Reeves arrives he finds out that the woman Anderson is seeing is his wife, who left him a few years ago, and this makes him want to kill Anderson more.
Newly rescues an ignorant hill girl, Merry Florene from her uncivilized half-brothers, Roland and Elbert. He brings her to Dodge City and arranges for a job at Jonas' general store. The two ruffians find her and try to force her to help them rob the store.
Jubal Gray (Jim Davis) and his gang of renegade ex-soldiers steal a cache of rifles and gunpowder to sell to a band of marauding Indians. In a chance encounter they seriously injure Tahrohon (Dan Ferrone), an Indian friend of buffalo-man Noah Meek (Michael Constantine). Noah vows revenge for his friend's wounds.
Matt goes to Texas to attend the retirement party of his old friend, Sheriff Mark Handlin. After witnessing his friend's assassination by five desperadoes whom Mark had previously sent to prison, Matt chases them into Mexico.
With a drought around Dodge, a city slicker named Norm Trainer plans on profiting off the local farmers. The only hope the farmer have is a 'water-witch' named Sam'l. But everyone is not happy with Sam's presents in Dodge.