After ten seasons of shows, I know that it was difficult to come up
with newer and newer plots to an episode. In this show, they sink to
the bottom of the source pile and come up with a horse race between two
stables that think they have the best horses. And we the viewer get a
horse race that goes from Dodge to Cheyenne with all the regular
pitfalls that you would expect from a race where big bucks have been
Fitch Tallman and Wohaw Simmons have two competing stables inside Dodge
that are competing for a big sell to Big Jim Ponder from Cheyenne. Big
Jim is looking at Tallman's Morgan horses when Festus tells him he
should come look at Wohaw's Quarter Horses. Carrie Ponder, Big Jim's
daughter, falls in love with one of the Quarter Horses and Tallman gets
angry. He goes to Wohaw's stable and bets him that his horses are
better. Thus we now get a horse race in Dodge between Tallman's Morgan
Horses and Wohaw's Quarter horses.
Festus will be riding for Wohaw with Carrie, that has already bought
the horse Festus is riding, along with a driver in a wagon for support.
When large money is place on the six day race the viewer can expect
everything will not go as planned. Someone is for winning at all cost
and it will prove dangerous for Festus and Carrie.
There was just so much the writer could do with the concept and it was
stretched to the limit. When Marshal Dillon shows up on the race course
you know it was writer magic. That little appearance seemed to strange
for even me to believe. There was some good things- Ken Curtis was
excellent in his show as we get his wide range of character acting.
Overall a nice watch but was so predictable it just seemed weak.
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