While Matt's out of town, his friends play along with a drifter's innocent impersonation of the marshal, but a man comes to town determined to get revenge on the marshal, and he's not playing.

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Doc
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Malachi Harper
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Shobin
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While Matt's out of town, his friends play along with a drifter's innocent impersonation of the marshal, but a man comes to town determined to get revenge on the marshal, and he's not playing.

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13 November 1965 (USA)  »

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At the 50:59 mark when Festus is standing behind Doc talking to him you can clearly see the shadow of the boom microphone to the left of Festus' shoulder. See more »

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Very little material that was interesting
1 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very simple predictable story that was more of a comedy than a western drama. So the writer(s) threw in a little drama and a small gunfight to prove to the faithful that it was indeed a 'Gunsmoke' episode. If you like comedy with little action then this episode may be you liking. Otherwise it seemed more like a sitcom than a western.

Matt is going out of town for a day and tells Festus to watch the town. It just so happened that a buffalo-bone hunter and heavy drinker named Malachi Harper has come to Dodge to sell the bones for fertilizer. He receives a letter in the mail that his brother, Ethan a rich business man, is coming to Dodge for a short visit. The rub here is that Malachi has told his brother than he is the Marshal in Dodge.

Since it will only be for a few hours, Festus, Doc and Kitty agree to play along with Malachi and pretend that he is the Marshal to impress his brother. For a while all goes quite well. But little does anyone know that Del Ordman (Jack Elam) is coming to Dodge and looking to kill the Marshal for his brother's death. So when Del comes to town his mind is on killing Malachi.

Festus has some funny lines in this show but it seemed to be filler for a program lacking material. Most people will guess the ending well before half-way in the show so it really is not an anticipating conclusion. This show appeared to be lacking in content and interest which is never a good combination.


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