Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Ward gang is on the run after a bank robbery. The gang loses one of the Ward brothers, shot in the stomach, while Abelia and another gang member go to Dodge for a painkiller. While in ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Judd Ward
Tom Cole
Mike Durkin ...
Marianne Johnson
Jack Chaplain ...
Deeter Ward


The Ward gang is on the run after a bank robbery. The gang loses one of the Ward brothers, shot in the stomach, while Abelia and another gang member go to Dodge for a painkiller. While in town Festus and Newly have a run-in with the pair. Festus has a tracking job which leads him to Abelia's home where the gang has already taken off south bound. One of Abelia's children is bitten by a snake and Festus stays on to help heal the girl. Written by moparblock

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18 November 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Festus: [changing clothes and hears a knock at the door] What do you want?
Abelia: [opens door and enters room] I forgot my night gown.
Festus: [jumps in bed and pulls cover up] Well, you could have at least gave me a chance to get decent!
Abelia: Oh hush. I've seen a man standing in his Long Johns before.
Festus: I don't give a hoot if you saw a naked Jay-bird. A she-male ain't got no business a busting into a room that's done occupied by the fellow of the opposite sex.
Abelia: I knocked!
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Ken Curtis and Jacqueline Scott make a good team in this episode
15 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Never in the entire series did we ever get one of the main characters to settle down with a nice woman and have a family life. For the writers and producers of the series this is as close as Festus will ever get to actually having a relationship with a woman. Thus, the story is interesting yet at the end it still leaves a void that the viewer wished could have been filled.

The episode begins with a group of bandits that has just robbed a bank in Garden City. They have made their way to a house in a remote area well outside of Dodge. The house is occupied by Abelia, who is a widow, and two small children. One of the bandits is injured and they make Abelia ride into Dodge with one of the bandits to get some pain medicine. However when in Dodge the bandit has to steal the medicine and Newly gets shot before the two flee back to the farm house.

Festus tracks the wagon they were driving to the farm house. But by this time the bandits have gone. Festus is set to arrest Abelia when one of the children is bitten by a rattlesnake. This is when the story picks up as Festus helps the child and then finds a soft spot for Abelia.

But before anything gets serious the bandits return. And if the bandits find out that Festus is a lawman they have already said that the children will be harmed. They have to find a way to not alert the bandits to Festus' true identity.

The most interesting thing about the show was the relationship Festus was sparking with Abelia (Jacqueline Scott). This may seem hard to believe but both did a nice job of making that relationship seem real for the viewers. Jack Lambert was seen in a bit part as one of the villains which he always plays to perfection with those small squint eyes. Plus Susan Olsen (Cindy in the Brady Bunch) plays one of the children. The only problem with the program is why Festus chose to return to Dodge instead of staying to see how far this relationship would expand. But that is 'Gunsmoke' for you.

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