Gunsmoke: Season 18, Episode 9

Milligan (6 Nov. 1972)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
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When a family man lawfully kills a murderous outlaw by shooting him the back, some people in town start to physically abuse him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Milligan
Lynn Carlin ...
Janet Milligan
Gerald Pandy
Patti Cohoon-Friedman ...
Wendy Milligan (as Patti Cohoon)
Scott Walker ...
Joseph Campanella ...
Jack Norcross
John Pickard ...
Bob Power
Lew Brown ...
Read Morgan ...
Gene Tyburn ...


When a family man lawfully kills a murderous outlaw by shooting him the back, some people in town start to physically abuse him.

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6 November 1972 (USA)  »

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TomGirl: [Tom and Girl, along with other school children, follow Wendy Milligan taunting her] Jack, Jack, never coming back! Milligan, killin' again, shot him in the back!
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A nice story but lacked involvement of regular cast.
10 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like sweet stories then you might like this episode. But to me this is a perfect example of the downfall of the series. Not because it was a bad script or the acting was not performed well- it was that the regulars only do a cameo appearance in this show. Of course Matt was out-of-town and just came in near the end possibly on the screen less than three minutes while the guest actors had to hold this show together.

The story involves a mild and meek man named John Milligan (Henry Morgan) that fails to qualify for a loan to save his farm after a poor harvest. When the local bank is robbed, John rides with the posses to get the bandits.

One of the bandits was a likable person, Jack Norcross, that some citizens seemed to rally around as a folk hero. When John finds Norcross he has to shoot him. But the way he was shot looked as if John shot the bandit in the back. Even with him being a robber some of the townsfolk thought it was a cowards move to shoot someone in the back.

When he gets back to his farm people start harassing his family. They go as far as killing on of his daughter's favorite pets and hanging the carcass in a tree. With what seemed like the entire town against the humble man, John Milligan has to do something. But will it be turn and run or fight back.

The script was nice and the acting first class. Just got a bad taste about having the guest actors hold the show while the main characters make a peep-a-boo appearance. With that said, Harry Morgan does all he can to make this show entertaining.

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