Festus, out on patrol meets an aging traveling preacher who wants to build a church for Indians on their small reserve. The whites in the nearby town are furious and torches the building (Festus fires two shots from a revolver at the escaping arsonists). The preacher vows to try again and again - despite a heart condition that is about to kill him. Written by
Did You Know?
The day this episode aired, Broadcasting Magazine came out with a list of series likely to be canceled - with "Gunsmoke" heading the list even though its highest-rated episode of the year had aired the previous week. The reason? Poor demographics - too many rural and overage viewers, with the younger urban viewers going over to "The Rookies" (which would last only one more season after being moved out of the time slot). See more