A woman and her adult, attractive niece stop in Dodge to earn some money to complete their journey to San Francisco. When an offer of marriage to her aunt threatens to derail those plans, the niece takes action.





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Episode cast overview:
Hattie Silks
Charlie Hodgkiss
James Nusser ...
Sam Hare
Ray Pate
Jud Briar
Liz Beaumont


A 'Down on their luck' aunt (Eileen Heckart) and niece (Katharine Ross) are on their way to San Francisco. When Aunt Hattie and her niece, Liz stop in Dodge City, Hattie is forced to support Liz's dreams of a wealthy lifestyle by taking a job at the Longbranch Saloon. There, she meets a farmer, who soon falls in love with her and asks her to marry him and stay in Dodge. He also says Liz can live with them. However, when Liz finds out that Hattie plans to forgo the wealthy San Francisco lifestyle she envisioned for the hard life as a farmers wife, and has no money to support herself without Hattie's help, she takes matters into her own hands in a most deadly plan. Written by Eva1-1

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27 March 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jud Briar: [after punching Sam and knocking him down Matt breaks the fight up] He's got it coming to him.
Matt Dillon: But we don't want to kill him. That's enough.
Sam Hare: Marshal, Marshal That man, That man hit me.
Matt Dillon: That's only because he got to you first. Now get out of here while you can still walk.
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This has everything you want in a show A+
9 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anytime there is an episode that features Eileen Heckart you know that you are in for a fine performance. And with this script, the fine performance turns into a entertaining show. This episode has everything you need to make in one of the better shows in the series.

Hattie Silk (Heckart) and her niece Liz Beaumont (Katharine Ross) are on their way to San Francisco and have ran out of money in Dodge. Hattie gets a job at the Lone Branch being nice to the older clients. She tells Liz that when enough money is raised they will began their trek out west.

While on the trip into Dodge there was this man on the stage named Sam Hare that was being nice to Liz. However, Liz did not want anything to do with him. But when Hattie gets sweet on a widower rancher named Jud Brair (R.G. Armstrong) they decided to marry. This comes as a shock to Liz since she does not want to live in a hick town of Dodge. She turns into a big brat and wants her way. She turns sweet on Sam Hare and asks him to hire a gunman to kill Jud Brair. In return Sam wants Liz to marry him.

After getting the gunman who's name is Ray Pate, he goes and rough ups Hattie in order to make Jud come looking for him. Jud finds Pate but things do not go as planned. Also the niece gets her just deserts that is a thrill for viewers.

This is an excellent episode. It had everything you want in a 'Gunsmoke' series. Fine acting, interesting dialog, blackmail and a fine well-rounded plot. One of the better shows of the entire series.

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