Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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On the run, coming home again proves difficult for two brothers who just want to visit their sick ma. With a desperate and wanted friend along, they feel forced to make some choices they may soon come to regret.




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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Rick Wilson
Robert Pratt ...
Raymond Wilson
Prudence (as Lynn Marta)
Anna Wilson
Mrs. Bronson
Ted Jordan ...
Martha Beal


Doc tends to a dying woman with the help of a neighbor and the woman's daughter. Doc has sent word to the woman's two sons to come and see her for the last time, and they arrive - but they are escorting a death-row escapee who is a total psycho and takes the entire group hostage. Newly tries to bluff his way in by applying a plaster cast to his right arm (he's left-handed) and concealing a revolver inside, but the convict shatters the cast and nearly kills the whole bunch. It's up to the whole group to depend on whether Matt will understand a cryptic summons sent to him while he was away. Written by Peter Harris

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8 January 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode has the same name as season nine's episode 34. See more »

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An old plot that was rehashed to make a show
15 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is not to be confused with an episode called 'Homecoming' from the 9th season.

In this episode two outlaw brothers, Rick and Raymond Wilson, on run from the law return to their families farm outside Dodge. They also bring a partner, John Mophet, who is on the run after being sentenced to hang for the crimes he has committed.

When they get to the family house they find out that their father had died and their mother is very sick. With what is believed to be only a few days to live, the brothers want to stay with their mother. When Doc Adams rides out to check on her they kidnap him making him stay at the house.

With their mother's last breath, the brothers realize that their life will always be on the run. The brothers want to let everyone leave -- but their partner, Mophet, will not be taken alive no matter what.

This is more of a routine episode that has been played out many times on 'Gunsmoke' series. Not to say it was a bad show just one that did not spark much interest in the routine script. But this episode is one of only a handful that has snow falling in the episode. Nice touch to this show.

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