Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 2

Hot Spell (17 Sep. 1955)

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Temperatures are high, tempers are short, and Matt is unenviably duty-bound to protect despicable gunman Cope Borden from being lynched by a group of normally law-abiding and hard-working ranchers and cowhands.

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Temperatures are high, tempers are short, and Matt is unenviably duty-bound to protect despicable gunman Cope Borden from being lynched by a group of normally law-abiding and hard-working ranchers and cowhands.

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Hot day for a lynching
26 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though this show is poorly acted I am again going to give it a pass since each person is trying to define his or her character in the show. Episode 2 still has the actors green and seemed to be reading their lines instead of acting their part. But we all know that they will come into character soon and make for twenty good years of watching.

Marshal Dillon, being an upright law man, come up on a lynching of a man named Cope Bordon. He was accused of steal a horse belonging to Rance Bradley since the horse had the Bradley's brand mark. Marshal stops the hanging and takes Bordon back to Dodge to check on his story about buying the horse in the Arizona Territory.

Sure enough Bordon's story checks out and Matt releases him. Matt tells him to leave town but is not going to force him. (in later years he would have made sure trouble left his town) And what does Bordon do? He goes over to the Long Branch and gets into a gun fight with the nephew of Bradley for cheating in cards. Matt again lets Bordon free since it was self defense.

When the citizens of Dodge believe that Matt is protecting a criminal instead of the law abiding people another lynching may take place. And Matt may have to kill the citizens to protect a criminal.

Not really a bad episode but one that was so out of character for Marshal Dillon. And as the episode ends Matt is hoping it will be a little cooler. The viewer is hoping that show becomes a little cooler.


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