Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 5

Hawk (20 Oct. 1969)

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Sgt. Hawk is a half-breed lawman who stops by to visit his mother, who bore him while being held captive by Indians 20 years before. He finds that she has nothing but hate for him.


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Episode cast overview:
Newly O'Brien (credit only)
Louise Latham ...
Phoebe Clifford
Brendon Boone ...
Hilary Thompson ...
Rachel Clifford (as Hilarie Thompson)
Michael-James Wixted ...
Amos Clifford
Robert Brubaker ...
Dave Clifford
X Brands ...
Renegade Indian
Renegade Indian #2
Renegade Indian #3
Glenn Randall Jr. ...
Renegade Indian #4 (as Glen Randall Jr.)


Sgt. Hawk is a half-breed lawman who stops by to visit his mother, who bore him while being held captive by Indians 20 years before. He finds that she has nothing but hate for him.

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Hawk's Trial By Fire!!
24 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening clip of "Hawk" had the character's appearance prevalent in a remote area of the country. Amos Clifford introduced himself to Sergeant Hawk. Rachel Clifford told Amos Clifford to be ready to take his father -- Dave Clifford -- to Dodge City in order to catch the stage to Omaha for his business excursion. Phoebe Clifford was surprised and shocked at Sergeant Hawk's appearance at their house. She had no idea that his presence caused outrage and bitterness.

Phoebe Clifford went to the Dodge House and had a conversation with Sergeant Hawk in his room. She did not want him to ever set foot at the Clifford home again in his lifetime. Sergeant Hawk was doing his best to erase the horrific memories between the Apache Tribe and his early relationship with Phoebe Clifford. He was telling her that forgiveness and resolution were necessary to erase the stigma within his early life. Phoebe Clifford would want no part of his forgiveness ... especially after she spent two years of misery in the Apache Reservation.

Festus Haggen and Sergeant Hawk were starting their trail to find the presence of renegades outside Dodge City. They first stopped at the Clifford home; Rachel and Amos Clifford invited them for breakfast. Phoebe Clifford told Festus Haggen he would have to return on another day for breakfast ... because they did not have enough food to serve company. Her ulterior motive: Phoebe Clifford did not want Sergeant Hawk at their home. Her hatred and her resentment towards Sergeant Hawk indicated that discussion with the person was not to be brought up in the home. Rachel Clifford had tried to convince her mother that the bitter memories between her and Sergeant Hawk were to be forgotten entirely. She could not have cared less as to whether or not she had any emotional reciprocity or any known link to Sergeant Hawk. Case Closed -- Or So It Seemed!!

Sergeant Hawk had then observed the presence of the bow and arrow ... and then the tree limb on the trail. He would eventually be caught into the booby trap and be wounded in an apparent attempt of an ambush. Festus Haggen had to carry Sergeant Hawk to the Clifford home. Rachel Clifford observed Sergeant Hawk being bushwhacked in the battle involving Renegade Indians. Rachel Clifford had to clean his wounds alone -- because Phoebe Clifford was frightened to help him. The presence of Renegade Indians near their home indicated disaster for the Clifford Family. Phoebe Clifford -- with heavy reluctance -- and her two children had to fight off their intruders by using their guns to fend the intruders. Sergeant Hawk's recollection of his early life during the ordeal was his remembrance of Phoebe Clifford's face on the reservation. Sam Clifford would eventually be grabbed from his bedroom ... as a power grab to have Sergeant Hawk surrendering himself in order to free Sam Clifford.

Sergeant Hawk recovered from his wounds well. Dr. Adams told him he was ready to leave for Arizona immediately. Sergeant Hawk said good bye to Rachel and Sam Clifford after he left Dodge City for good. Phoebe Clifford was eventually relieved to see Sergeant Hawk out of their lives. A Useful 10!! This episode dealt with friction and conflict to a large extent between a normal person and a member of the Indian Tribe on "Gunsmoke" from the 1969-1970 Television Season. Highly Recommended!!

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