Gunsmoke: Season 18, Episode 14

Jubilee (18 Dec. 1972)

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Episode cast overview:
Tuck Frye
Bess Frye (as Collin Wilcox-Horne)
Dave Chaney
Scott Brady ...
Ed Wells
Glenn Strange ...
Ted Jordan ...
Woody Chambliss ...
Lori Rutherford ...
Annie Frye
Todd Cameron ...
Caleb Frye
Whitey Hughes ...
Billy Banner


This synopsis contains spoilers. Tuck Frye, a poor farmer, is so enamored with his race horse Jubilee... See full synopsis »

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18 December 1972 (USA)  »

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About 12 minutes into the show when Tuck and Anne leave the bar after Tuck has turned down $550.00. Annes shawl changes position on her shoulders' from shot to shot. See more »

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A Lesson About Gambling!!
9 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening part of "Jubilee" began with the Frye family fulfilling their normal chores on the farm. Caleb, Bess, and Anne were welcoming Festus Haggen to the farm for a bite. Tuck Frye was riding his horse -- Jubilee -- instead of taking care of the farm. Tuck's only concern was to win a few races at the start of the show.

Tuck Frye won his race against another horse in town. Ed Wells was interested in purchasing Jubilee for $500 from Tuck Frye at Sam's Bar. Tuck balked at the notion; and by the same token, wanted to obtain more money to raise studs in relation to Jubilee. Bess entered Dodge City with her children at the general store. Burke and Newly said "Hello!" to Bess Frye about Tuck's proposition from Ed Wells. Burke told her that Tuck turned down Ed Wells's offer; she ended her conversation with Burke and Newly. Tuck Frye did not appreciate Bess Frye interfering in his business discussions at Sam's Bar. He told her to head back to the farm. Bess defied his orders ostensibly. Tuck slapped her in the face ... and that was the end of the matter.

Tuck's self-indulgence with Jubilee caused tension and friction on the farm. He wanted to win more races in order to obtain his self-serving attitude ... instead of working on the farm and having their children having essential items like shoes, pants, shirts, and books. His attempt of winning his wife's affection -- albeit in a disgusting way -- would allow him to grant his wife happiness and warmth. His self-serving attitude in reference to his gambling would eventually catch up with him.

Ed Wells would meet Dave Chaney at the Dodge House. The former would do everything possible to obtain possession of Jubilee. The latter would have a horse called Gold Rush in order to beat Jubilee in Saturday's race. Ed Wells arrived at the farm to raise the offer of buying Jubilee for $800. Festus Haggen arrived later at the farm. Tuck Frye was acting sarcastically in reference to Ruth the mule. Festus Haggen had an ulterior motive: he would bet on doing six months' worth of chores at the Frye Farm if Ruth lost to Jubilee in a wager involving tasks versus Tuck Frye's deed. Little did Tuck Frye knew that Festus Haggen would have Ruth race against Jubilee by going around the gorges for about ten miles. Ruth eventually beat Jubilee fair and square in the race into Dodge City. Tuck Frye lost the deed and Jubilee to Ed Wells. He acted resentful and hostile to his loss.

Tuck Frye became drunk and incoherent at Sam's. Miss Kitty eventually told Tuck Frye that he piled on abuse to his friends because of his affliction to gambling. Tuck Frye made a desperate attempt to win back his horse ... even if he wagered all $800 on Jubilee. Dave Chaney did not take more than $400 of Tuck Frye's money. Gold Rush eventually defeated Jubilee in the race. Tuck Frye would eventually realize that he needed to place the remaining $400 in the bank. An Educational 10.5!! Food For Thought: This episode dealt with the lesson about losing everything to gambling from the 1972-1973 Television Season. Some people could lose everything without warning!!

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