Gunsmoke: Season 8, Episode 23

Ash (16 Feb. 1963)

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Ben and Ash are business partners and the best of friends, until a blow on the head changes Ben's personality and leads to a confrontation over a woman that may part the friends for good.



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Episode cast overview:
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Sheldon Allman ...
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Michael T. Mikler ...
Frank (as Michael Mikler)
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When Galt and Ash first meet, they fight over a saloon girl. Once over, they become fast friends and partners in a freight business. Galt suffers a concussion and reverting back to his old ways becoming nothing but trouble for the whole town of Dodge. Written by DrDOS

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Ben Galt: You're a game little fella, Ash Farior. I always did say you got to fight a man to get to know him good. I'd be proud to buy you a drink, Ash. You're a fine fella, Ash. I'm pleased to run into ya. Farior and Galt Freight. That sign looks real good up there, don't it Ash? Ash... We're still partners ain't we?
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Two men become friends- friends to the end
4 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ben Gault (John Dehner) and Ash Farior (Anthony Caruso) are two country traders that become friends while in Dodge. They are such good friends that they decide to give up their roaming life and become partners in a freight business inside the town of Dodge.

Both mean are becoming well respected members of the community as they do everything to help the farmers out even to the point of billing some for later payment.

One day Ben is unloading a wagon when a 55 gallon barrel hit him in the head. He is rushed to Doc Adam's place where he finally regains consciousness. But something is not correct, Ben is not the same.

Instead of bring his pleasant self he seems to turn on everyone. Including his former best friend, Ash, and customers to the office. The blow on the head has left him with another personally so strong that he goes to the Long Branch confronts a young saloon woman named Tilly, hits Ash and then goes after Ms Kitty. Matt intervenes and places Ben in jail.

For some reason Ben has it in his head that Tilly is going to marry him. When she tells him that she is engaged to Emmett Hall, he become enraged and goes gets a rifle. Ash knows that with the sickness Ben is either on his way to kill Emmett or even Tilly- something must be done.

This is one of those episode that when the credits roll you know you have seen a great show. It was a bonanza for this show to have two fine actors in Dehner and Caruso playing characters that appeal to all viewers. The story was easy to understand- two good friends. Another fine episode from season 8.

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