Gunsmoke: Season 16, Episode 4

Sam McTavish, M.D. (5 Oct. 1970)

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The arrival of the first woman doctor in Dodge City, Dr. Sam McTavish, riles Doc Adams. However, she soon wins his confidence and that of his patients, and the two physicians make a startling medical discovery.

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Newly O'Brien (credit only)
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Barn Bascomb
Lisa Gerritsen ...
Christina Bascomb
Dee Carroll ...
Ellen Bascomb
Amzie Strickland ...
Minnie Carver
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Kathleen O'Malley ...
Bridget O'Reilly
Glenn Strange ...
Harry Harvey ...
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Read Morgan ...
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The arrival of the first woman doctor in Dodge City, Dr. Sam McTavish, riles Doc Adams. However, she soon wins his confidence and that of his patients, and the two physicians make a startling medical discovery.

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A great story involving Doc Adams ands a female doctor named Sam
23 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Doc Adams is going out-of-town for a dedication of a respected doctor. He sends to St Louis in order to get a doctor to fill in for him while he is away from Dodge. After contracts are signed they send Doctor Sam McTavish. The problem Doc Adams has is that Dr McTavish is a female doctor something that is unseen in the west. Needless to say Doc Adams is not a happy camper.

Not only does Doc Adams have disdain for McTavish, the people around Dodge are at first taken back by a woman doctor. But slowly Doc Adams sees that McTavish can handle his most difficult patients with ease. His disdain turns into respect and then to love.

But there is trouble brewing in the area of Dodge. Dr. McTavish is first to believe that something is in the air when she sees many dead animals along the road. Later large animals start to die and it is not long till a child is burning up with fever.

An epidemic is possible if the fever is not controlled. Dr McTavish risk her on life to save people. Then it is not long until McTavish comes down with the dreaded fever.

The ending is one of the most powerful ending we have seen in a few seasons. Milburn Stone is at his best in this episode as he projects his warmth and concern that comes across well on the screen. Vera Miles also is excellent as the female doctor breaking into a man's world around Dodge. A very good watch.


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