Phoebe nurses a wounded man with amnesia back to health. But with his memory returning it could lead to even more danger for the confused man and heartache for the lonely Phoebe.



(as Ronald Honthaner)


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Episode cast overview:
Phoebe Preston
Jed Frazer
Charlie Clavin
Charles Kuenstle ...
Hank McCall
Woody Chambliss ...


Phoebe is a lonely widow living in the hills alone -- until one day she finds a well-dressed man staggering toward her cabin. The man has been shot in the head, the victim of an apparent robbery attempt (the thieves stole his fine horse). Phoebe, unaware of this, takes in the man, nurses him back to health, and gives him a new name -- Jed Frazier. Meanwhile, back in Dodge, Matt arrests one of the thieves on an unrelated charge. When Phoebe, at Jed's urging, comes into Dodge to tell Matt about the shooting, the imprisoned thief hears about it and calls from his cell window to his partner about how their victim survived his injury and might testify. The gunman asks Phoebe about "Jed Frazier," who meantime has left the cabin in search of his true identity, and gets the information that he's on the way to the train station. Phoebe, realizing she's unwittingly tipped off a killer, rushes to tell Matt... Written by Peter Harris

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21 February 1972 (USA)  »

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The only suspense is the ending the rest is rehashed material
30 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we have a plot that has been written about since the beginning of type. From comedy to drama, amnesia (memory loss) has been connected with story telling when language was first developed. And this 'Gunsmoke' episode proves that it is a plot that is overused, uninteresting and rehashed when the writers have no other direction for a show. Newly lost his memory just a season ago and two season later Matt will get the dreaded amnesia so this plot is far from over.

The good thing about this episode is that Victor French puts all he has into the story making it as interesting as can be when he is shot by two cowboys during a robbery. Later he staggers to the house that is occupied by a woman named Phoebe Frazer. The wounded man has a head injury and has lost all memory so Phoebe tells him that his name is Jed Frazer her husband.

When Jim sees one of the cowboys that robbed him on the road, he takes after the guy and a fight breaks out. But then he cannot tell Marshal Dillon why he was after the man. The two cowboys know if his memory returns then he could identify them and they could be looking a jail time.

But as we all know from watching this plot, Jed's memory begins to return. So really the only thing that we as the viewer can anticipate is if the writers are going to make this a happy or sad ending. it is the only suspense in the entire program.

NOTE- this could be considered a SPOILER ALERT so read at your own risk. > I have seen this episode many times but recently just watched it again on TV Land where they cut the episode to bits. Right near the end when Jed is at the train station all of the sudden Matt shows up. Why did he just happen to be at the train depot at night? Well TV Land cut the scene where Phoebe runs into the Marshal's office and confesses about the man being her husband and that he may be in danger at the depot. That info was very critical to the story but TV Land felt obligated to cut it out and add more commercials.

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