Gunsmoke: Season 8, Episode 35

Daddy Went Away (11 May 1963)

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Chester is sweet on a widow dressmaker. When the widow is not only intent on marriage but eager to make changes in Chester as well, he has second thoughts--especially after a talk with her child suggests that the widow may still be a wife.



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Episode cast overview:
Mary Carver ...
Jessica (as Suzanne Cupito)


Looking to start a dressmaking trade, Lucy Damon and her daughter want to locate in Dodge. When Chester finds out that her daddy went away, he does whatever he can to smooth their transition. As the relationship progresses he starts to resent the changes he's now expected to make and discovers what really happened to daddy. Written by DrDOS

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11 May 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The series is set in Dodge City, Kansas during the 1870s. At the end, a large-wheel bicycle known as a "penny farthing" is shown being ridden through town. This bicycle was not produced in America until 1878 and it was initially only owned by the wealthy. They were not widely used until the 1880s. See more »

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Chester, the 40 Year Old Virgin
26 November 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

The episode starts when Chester (Dennis Weaver) nearly burns down the Sheriff's Office because he was frying a couple of eggs in coal oil. The Marshall talks to Chester about it, and Chester takes off to wander the streets looking for someone to make friends with.

Chester finds some new people in town. A lady who claims to be a widow, and her daughter. Chester sets out to make friends with the lady. As he talks to this woman, Chester sounds like he is a nine year old boy who has no idea what a woman is about. Where Barney Fife (Don Knotts) could pull it off and make it funny, Chester makes it sound a bit creepy.

Chester decides to help the woman, and he finds her a broken down store that she can rent for cheap. Then Chester dedicates himself to helping her by fixing up the dilapidated store. People are soon talking, that maybe Chester and the widow are engaged. For a brief time, it looks like Chester won't strike out again.

In his spare time, Chester is hanging around the widow's nine year old daughter, and talking to her. Apparently Gunsmoke could not afford to hire other kids, so that the girl could have friends her own age. The little girl tells Chester all about her real father, and how much she misses him, and that he is not really dead.

Chester, being the self-sabotaging character that he is, goes off and befriends the sleazy, drunken bum, who is the father of the girl, and convinces him that his wife and child need him back. After all, a drunken, unemployed father is better than nothing at all. So ends another romantic venture by the bizarre character of Chester.

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