Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 19

One for the Road (24 Jan. 1972)

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"Dirty Sally" Fergus makes a memorable return, this time on her own (her series wouldn't reach the air for another two years). This time she takes in an old drunken drifter with a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lucius Prince
Melissa Murphy ...
Miss Elsie
Victor Holchak ...
Tom Rickaby
Herb Vigran ...
Judge Brooker
Ted Jordan ...
Dorothy Neumann ...
Old Woman
Jack Perkins ...


"Dirty Sally" Fergus makes a memorable return, this time on her own (her series wouldn't reach the air for another two years). This time she takes in an old drunken drifter with a surprisingly cultured wardrobe and manners. The old fellow is on the run, as it turns out. He once was an extremely wealthy Eastern businessman, but Demon Rum ruined him. Sally gets him sobered up and to show some self-respect. But into the picture comes the man's disapproving daughter, who wants him committed to an asylum because of his past drunken antics. She's not all bad -- but her boyfriend, who is traveling with her, is. Unbeknownst to her, the boyfriend has his eye on what's left of the old man's fortune, which is still considerable. He went along with her plans to commit him because she would control his estate (and then he would marry her and take over her property rights), but that's taking too long. Now he just wants to assassinate the old man outright. Matt temporarily frustrates the killer's ... Written by Peter Harris

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The title is from a song made famous by Perry Como, "Make it one for ma baby an' one more for the road." Bette Midler sang the same song to Johnny Carson on his next to last Tonight Show. See more »


Near the end of the show, Sally Fergus and Tom Ruckaby have a long chat while sitting on the edge of a wheelbarrow, only to be interrupted by Victor Kulchak blazing away at them with a rifle and Matt Dillon riding up to shoot Kulchak down just in the nick of time. Even a casual viewer can tell that the three points of view were shot in different locations at different times (it's quite possible Matt's two scenes were clipped from stock footage, especially the first one where he hears the gunfire from a riverbank at least a half mile away from Sally's wheelbarrow). See more »

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This episode was disappointing in more ways than one.
31 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this show on TV Land and I feel sure some important parts of the show were edited out. Because from what I saw the ending really did not make sense. There had to be some important parts of the show either missing or left on the editing room floor because if this was the correct ending then this show was a terrible in more ways than one.

The plot involved an older man named Prince, played by Jack Albertson, who has been accused by his daughter of being incompetent and needing help from a mental hospital. The main reason for this is that he use to be a Philadelphia high society member but since his wife died he started drinking. Now he is a constant drunk that has people laughing not only at him but also at his daughter. The daughter is engaged to be married to a man named Tom who is more after the old man's money that love of his daughter.

Prince finds a friend in a person named Dirty Sally (on the verge of having her own short run series) played by Jeanette Nolan, that befriends him and accompany Prince to a court hearing in front of Judge Brooker. But it will not be too long until Tom feels like he cannot wait much longer for the old man to die or be committed so he takes manner into his own hands.

The best thing in this entire episode was the performance of Jeanette Nolan as Dirty Sally. Other than that performance- not much is remarkable about this show. Albertson did not look believable as the drunk and even uncomfortable while sweet talking Sally. And at the ending of the show one question is answered- what ever became of his daughter is still a mystery. I hope something was edited out of the ending to this show for the entire episode's sake.

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