A speculator in land is already unpopular in Dodge, but when he is acquitted of the murder of a man he killed, he finds himself "sent to Coventry": no one in town, not even Kitty, will buy, sell, or even speak to him.
Land-grabbing Dean Beard is wrongly acquitted after he murders popular feed store owner Jessie Ott to prevent Ott from exposing his land swindles. Beard is eventually forced to leave Dodge when no one will do business with him or even acknowledge his presence, but an ironic fate awaits him. Written by
In this episode, Dean Beard is a guy that is only looking out for himself. While coming across two people in need, he refuse to offer aid. He cheats people into selling him land far below market value. He even kills a person but gets away with it when there are no witnesses to confirm the obvious. He is just an all around bad guy.
After being found 'not guilty' of the murder word spread through town not to speak to Dean. It is like he is not even alive as he moves from one scene in Dodge to another part of town.
Pressure gets so heavy on Dean that he decides to leave town. But now he is in need of aid-- will the other people give him aid that he refused others? It will be an odd ending to an odd episode.
First part of the show was interesting but then it went bizarre as it fell into a science-fiction area that is odd for 'Gunsmoke'. An bizarre episode for sure.
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