Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 24

The Disciple (1 Apr. 1974)

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The final episode to feature Kitty is also the last one where Matt gets shot in the shoulder -- he takes down a shotgun-wielding bank robber but takes a load of buckshot in his gun arm. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Marth ...
The New Marshal
Robert Phillips ...
Bill Jim
R.L. Armstrong ...
Claire Brennen ...
Ted Jordan ...
Robert Brubaker ...


The final episode to feature Kitty is also the last one where Matt gets shot in the shoulder -- he takes down a shotgun-wielding bank robber but takes a load of buckshot in his gun arm. When Matt wakes, he says: "This arm just doesn't feel right." Matt soon discovers that rehabilitating the arm will be a long, slow process and (ironically) after a quarrel with Kitty, he decides to turn in his badge and leave town to be a drifter. Good idea, because the remaining bank robbers soon come back looking for Matt's scalp. When Kitty convinces them he's left, the robbers leave too, but determine that Matt has to live off the land by fishing and "this part of Kansas ain't exactly awash with rivers and cricks." Meanwhile, Matt comes upon a young Army deserter, who ran out after his unit massacred a group of unarmed Indians (My Lai, anyone?). A bounty hunter menaces the deserter, but Matt distracts him long enough for the deserter to whip out his revolver and fire a warning shot. The deserter, ... Written by Peter Harris

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1 April 1974 (USA)  »

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This episode included Amanda Blake's final appearance as Kitty, after 19 years on the series. See more »

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An entertaining episode to end the series for Amanda Blake.
15 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the end of the 19th season, we get a story that would have made a nice closure of the entire series. Marshal Dillon is injured and believes that he is no use for the town of Dodge but then meets a person that is nearly in the same situation, but in a different way, that Matt feels placed. A wonderful story for a closure but the series is picked up again next year for another year to continue the saga of Dodge City.

In this entertaining episode, Matt is shot in the arm during a bank robbery and the injury will cause him to lose use of his 'gun hand' for a long period of time. Matt believes that he will only harm the town because every criminal, when they learn that Dillon is winged, will take their luck in killing the Marshal. Matt decides to resign and leave town.

Not telling anyone where he is going, Matt ends up of the prairie and happens up on, Lem Rawlings, that has deserted the Cavalry after an Indian massacre. Lem believes that he is no use to the fighting men because he refuses to kill just as Matt believes he is not use to the folks of Dodge. The two will stand together when the bank robbers find Matt and want to finish what they had started.

A very entertaining episode. The writing in this show looked fresh and may have been a part of giving the series one more year. With so many of the late episodes focusing on guest characters instead of the regular cast, this show was one that brought all the glory of the series back to the screen.

And with that said, a fond farewell to Amanda Blake that has been apart of the TV show since the beginning in 1955. Thanks for the memories, Ms Blake.

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