Gunsmoke: Season 9, Episode 1

Kate Heller (28 Sep. 1963)

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A teen-aged boy who robbed and killed to impress a saloon gal is pursued by Matt. The boy waylays Matt and leaves him for dead, then goes home to his grandmother's house to find her nursing Matt back to health.



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Episode cast overview:
Mabel Albertson ...
Kate Heller
Tom Lowell ...
Andy Heller
Betsy Jones-Moreland ...
Harry Bartell ...
Gus Riley
Robert Knapp ...
Ted Jordan ...
Duane Grey ...
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Kate runs a stagecoach line spur. She sends her teen-aged grandson, Andy, to Gus Riley to pay off a debt. Instead, Andy robs and kills Gus, then heads for Dodge with the money, hoping to marry a saloon girl there who considers him just a boy. Matt gets on Andy's trail; the boy spots and shoots him, takes his badge, and leaves him for dead. But the stagecoach riders find Matt and bring him to his grandmother Kate's house for mending. Written by DrDOS

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Season Nine starts with a bang!
13 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Four time widow woman Kate Heller, that owns a relay station for stagecoaches, sends her 17 year old grandson Andy over to Gus Riley's house to pay a $30 debt. When Andy arrives there is a stack of money on Gus's table and Andy does not think it is right for the old man to have all that money. He shoots Gus and takes the money off the table and travels on into Dodge to see a saloon girl named Tess.

When at the Long Branch, Andy asks Tess to marry him. When she laughs at him Andy shows him a stack of money he had in his shirt. Tess still rejects Andy saying that he is not a man. Tess's boyfriend comes over to rescue her from the awkward encounter when Andy wants to pick a fight. Quint happens to be in the saloon and throws Andy out into the street.

Upon finding Gus, Matt believes the same person that shot Gus was the young person that caused problems at the Long Branch. So he sets out to look for the young boy named Andy. Matt stops by a creek for water and gets shot. Andy has shot Matt and takes his gun and badge and leaves him for dead. A stage driver finds Matt and takes him to Kate Heller's place for recovery.

As Matt recovers from his wounds Andy tries to do everything to make sure that Matt never gets back to Dodge. But when Matt reveals that a young boy was the one that shot Gus and the fact that Ma Keller found the badge hidden in the hay - it becomes suspicious even to Kate that Andy is involved. When Kate confronts her grandson it will be the hardest thing both have ever done. Andy just wanted to grow up too fast.

A nice story that was entertaining to the end. The script was well rounded, the acting great and loaded with action. For the first episode of season 9 this show makes you excited for the rest of the upcoming programs.

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