Gunsmoke: Season 6, Episode 23

About Chester (25 Feb. 1961)

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While Chester is out searching for Doc, his horse is injured. Chester goes to a house for help and is instead taken prisoner.



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While Chester is out searching for Doc, his horse is injured. Chester goes to a house for help and is instead taken prisoner.

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It felt like a repeat when viewing for the first time.
25 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For whatever reason, this story just did not spark the interest that others in the season have possessed. The story had high hopes but just could not get past being a rehashed plot with nearly the same tale as previous episodes.

It begins when Matt and Chester become worried about Doc not arriving at a house where he said he was going. It had been three days so Matt and Chester will ride out to see if they can find him along his plan destination.

On the trail it cuts into two paths. Matt takes one and Chester the other. Chester's horse becomes lame and he has to walk. Near a cabin Chester is captured and held by a horse thief, Dack, and his woman, Lily Mae. It becomes apparent that Dack is an abusive man and that Lily Mae is staying just hoping that he will change.

With Chester tied up and talk about him being left for dead, the only way he is going to stay alive is to talk with Lily Mae. The viewer can tell that Lily Mae wants more out of life than living with an abusive man.

There is nothing wrong with the acting nor the story. It just felt like we had seen this episode many times and it has become routine. The writer tried to change characters, having Chester as the prisoner, but it really never helped the story. The episode feels like a repeat when viewing for the first time.

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