A cowboy is unaware that Doc has given him less than a week to live after being kicked in the head by a horse and his partner tries to give him whatever he wants.





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Episode cast overview:
Harve Daley
Mitch Hansen
Zoe (as Lynn Benesch)
Simeon Reed
Hub Miller


Harve tries to ride a wild horse until it settles down but instead it throws him and kicks him in the head. He seems to be okay and he and his partner go to Dodge to seek help in getting paid for the attempt. But Harve starts having dizzy spells, and the partner takes him to Doc Adams for evaluation. Doc tells the partner that he has a "subdural hemotoma," - uncontrollable bleeding into the brain and will die soon. The partner keeps this a secret and invites Harve to go celebrate them finally getting their wages, after which they will get on a train to Montana. Complications arise when both men fall for a saloon girl, and Harve also has a surprise return meeting with the horse that kicked him. Written by Peter Harris

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10 March 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gary Busey's character Harve Daley in this episode was the last man killed in the series. See more »

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Well-Done Episode
5 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Beck performed brilliantly as Mitch Hansen in the last original episode of Gunsmoke. He and his partner were involved with cattle rustling. His partner rode a bull that became too volatile for his own good; he suffers a horrible gash in his head. Upon reaching Dodge City, Dr. Adams told Mitch Hansen his partner endured a subdural hematoma -- without any hope of living. Even with all the medicine in the world would not help him at all. His partner only had days to live; therefore, he spent whatever time left to enjoy the finer things in Dodge City. Both of them signed up for a $150 contest to determine how long they could withstand the challenge of riding a horse. The only problem: they would be leaving for Montana. The worst part? Hansen's partner was nearing death; his last activity would be to ride the horse before enduring the eternal rest from that type of terminal injury. I would have rated the episode a 14 .... all because of the special circumstances involving the final scene leading up to Hansen's partner dying much too soon in Dodge City .... particularly in 1975.

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