Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Festus is severely dehydrated and seeing blurred images, when he kills a man in in a ghost town, and it's not a clear case of self defense.





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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Kitty (voice)
Lemuel Cleary
Tom Cleary
Mary Rings ...
Elsie Cleary
Hotel Clerk
Harry Raybould ...
Eli Maddox
Kevin Burchett ...
Adam Cleary


Festus fatally wounds an outlaw deep in the desert, then finds himself without water when the outlaw dies. Making his way back to Dodge City, Festus hallucinates and may have killed the innocent young Adam Cleary before reaching Dodge. Adam's father, Lemuel comes to seek revenge, and Festus cannot remember what happened. Written by richardann

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11 January 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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If your still watching- the second half of the show becomes interesting
12 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Festus is on the trail of an outlaw in the desert outside Dodge City. After a shoot out Festus finally kills the outlaw but in the fighting lost all his water. Soon he enters a ghost town and becomes delirious with thirst. He begins seeing mirages of animals and hearing voice of people not present. Then near the end of hope someone starts shooting a Festus. Festus returns fire and kills a man. He also finds the man's water and horse and is able to bury the body and make it back to civilization where he is found and brought back to Dodge. The saddle on the horse advises it belongs to Adam Cleary.

With little facts about the shooting, Matt rides out to the Cleary farm and advises that Adam was killed by his deputy. The father, Lemuel Cleary does not understand since his son never carried a gun nor hurt anybody. There was so many unanswered questions that Matt will investigate by riding to the town Adam was suppose to travel to buy a milk cow.

But before Matt can get any facts, Cleary comes in town and kidnaps Festus taking him back to the Ghost Town. When Festus cannot recall exactly where the body was buried or find the weapon that was used, Mr Cleary is going to take an eye for an eye.

Matt has uncovered some information that the dead man is not Adam Cleary. Will Matt be able to get back to the Ghost Town and save Festus from the Cleary family and the revenge they want so dearly.

The first part of this episode is rather slow. There is much put into the script that was nothing more than fluff to kill time. But after the half, the story picked up interest and became a nice story. If a person can survive the first half then it was a nice watch- the problem is that most people will become dissatisfied and lose all interest nor care about the outcome. This is one show that is average at best.

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