Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 10

My Brother's Keeper (15 Nov. 1971)

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During a thunderstorm, Festus seeks refuge in a cave, finding an Old Indian waiting to die. Festus decides to be his "brother's keeper". He takes the Old Indian to Dodge and tries to civilize him. His efforts don't work.

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Sarah Mather
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Cob
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During a thunderstorm, Festus seeks refuge in a cave, finding an Old Indian waiting to die. Festus decides to be his "brother's keeper". He takes the Old Indian to Dodge and tries to civilize him. His efforts don't work.

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Festus tries to help an aging dying Indian
7 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not too much remarkable about this episode when Festus, trying to escape a thunderstorm, finds an old Indian alone inside a cave. Festus did not know that the Indian ritual was when a old Indian is dying they place him in a cave so the spirits will not invade the reservation. So Festus tries to help the old Indian by taking him back to Dodge to see Doctor Chapman.

Well as you might guess the rest of the show deals with Festus trying so hard to help the Indian in spite of everyone telling him that he is harming rather than helping. Even when the Indian refuses to drink or eat, Festus still feels the need to try to prevent the death of the old man.

There really is nothing else about the show worth noting. Not to say it was a bad story or poor acting-- it just seemed like a long time to finally get around to the ending. There was some moments when the writing showed promise, as when Festus took the Indian back to the reservation and when the Indian placed the child in the water - but nothing else that really stands out. Just an average show at best.


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