Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Mayblossom 

Festus's beautiful young cousin, whom he has not seen since she was a little one, arrives in Dodge to keep the pact her father made for her when she was a baby: to marry Festus.

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Matt Dillon
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Doc
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Festus married? At least that's what their fathers imagined it should be when she was born and after she growed up. When Mayblossom comes to Dodge to fulfill that promise, Festus has to figure out what he can do to marry her off as her fitting in appears to be a lot more work than he expected. Written by DrDOS

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15 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Lauri Peters would make a second appearance on the show in the following season. There, she plays a young woman in Dodge looking to get married, only that time it will be to Matt Dillon. See more »

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A distant cousin of Festus comes to Dodge to marry him
3 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

In possibly one of the worst (and most bizarre) teleplays ever written for "Gunsmoke", a distant cousin (May Blossoms) of Festus comes to Dodge to carry out an arranged marriage between Festus and herself. A carpenter (named Lon), whom Festus bested in a poker game, insults May Blossoms and Festus stands up for her and bests Lon again in a street fight. May Blossoms (Laurie Peters) wants her mule to stay at the boarding house with her, but the manager won't allow it; so Festus buys an old shack for her and the mule to stay. The rest of the teleplay involves lust by Lon, cold-blooded murder (which is shrugged off as almost nothing), and a solution (which comes out of the blue) to one character's plight. Laurie Peters (Jon Voight's first wife) gives a fine performance here as May Blossoms, but there is little else to recommend this episode other than Ken Curtis becoming more entrenched as Festus in the long-running "Gunsmoke" series.


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