Gunsmoke: Season 10, Episode 10

Big Man, Big Target (28 Nov. 1964)

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Ellie Merchant, the wife of farmer Joe Merchant, is having a passionate affair with outlaw Pike Beechum. Beechum intends to remove Joe and any other obstacle between him and Ellie.



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Episode cast overview:
Harry Lauter ...
John McLiam ...
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Joe Merchant


Ellie Merchant, the wife of farmer Joe Merchant, is having a passionate affair with outlaw Pike Beechum. Beechum intends to remove Joe and any other obstacle between him and Ellie.

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Festus: [looking at wanted poster] What does it say our old friends did?
Matt Dillon: Robbery and murder.
Festus: There you go Matthew. It's men like him that give jails a bad name.
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A love triangle that goes horribly wrong
30 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins as Marshal Dillon has taken away a farmer named Joe Merchant for the theft of horses. Seems that someone had stolen horses from a neighbor and they were found inside Joe's barn. As Matt and Joe leave the area in comes riding Pike Beachum. The reason Pike rides up because he is the one that set Joe up on the theft charge. Not only that but Pike is seeing Joe's wife, Ellie, without anyone suspecting anything.

With Joe claiming his innocents and the fact that the evidence did not add up, Matt sets out to try to clear Joe's name. When he goes to see Ellie, Pike comes riding up. Ellie tells him that he is a friend but Matt recognizes him from a wanted poster. As Pike is led to jail he claims that this will be the biggest mistake Matt ever made.

With Matt being able to prevent warrants issued and also that Pike no longer wanted, Matt released both of them. Pike goes out to Ellie and they plan to leave together. But first Pike has to take care of some business. He plans on kill Marshal Dillon.

When Pike mistakes Joe for Matt, he ends up killing Ellie's husband. Matt is now in hot pursuit of Pike that will lead him far from Dodge. But Pike still swears that he will take care of Matt and run off with Ellie.

A nice watch that was well acted. J.D. Cannon was excellent as the villain in this show. He brought the character to life and made him really believable. The ending may not be what we had hoped but it was a nice watch.

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