Gunsmoke: Season 8, Episode 21

The Cousin (2 Feb. 1963)

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Chance Hopper is Matt's young foster brother, torn between loyalty to Matt and to his partners in crime, who are counting on Chance to divert Matt from their course and make good their getaway.



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Episode cast overview:
Gloria Talbott ...
Joseph V. Perry ...
Moran (as Joseph Perry)
Lew Brown ...
James Nusser ...
Jackie Blanchard ...
Saloon Girl
Helen Wallace ...
James Drake ...
Glenn Strange ...


Matt meets a newly released inmate, Chance Hopper, who he spent many years with growing up on a ranch in Texas. When he tries to find out if Matt is still as perfect as he always appeared to be, his cohorts are staking out a stage carrying gold and Matt figures prominently in their plans. Written by DrDOS

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2 February 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Matt's foster brother makes a visit to Dodge after two years in prison.
3 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the shows that makes you mad when the episode ends. After being rather interesting the entire time- the ending leaves so much untold. It could have least closed the book on the relationship of cousins but it open more questions that it answered. Not a bad show but one that upset me with the sneaky quick ending.

Chance Hopper has just been released from prison for bank robbery and meets up with his old partners. Before they plan their next heist, Chance wants to go into Dodge. He has heard of Marshal Dillon and wants to see if all the great talk about the Marshal is true. And the reason he is so interested in Dillon is because they grew up together on the same farm. Matt was much larger and older than Chance and he wants to see why everyone is praising the Marshal.

While inside Dodge, Chance breaks up a fight at the Long Branch, gets to see what Matt has to put up with daily and even stops a runaway wagon which results in a broken leg for Chance. While the broken leg is healing, Chance gets to know the folks of Dodge and settles on liking the town. However he cannot forget his old friends that are planning a gold robbery from an approaching stagecoach.

With Matt having to protect the stage, Chance is elected to make sure the Marshal is kept away from the scene of the robbery. When they go riding out Chance knocks out Matt with a blow from one of his crutches. Now with Matt on the ground and his partners in position, Chance has to decide to continue the life of crime or change his life for the better. Either way he will have much explaining to do.

The only real remarkable thing is that we learn a small piece of Marshal Dillon's days as a youth. Other than that small tidbit the episode ended with many more questions than answers. Another entire episode should have been written clearing up the matter of Matt and Chance's relationship.

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