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This episode is different in so many ways from all the others. It took
some real imagination to write this up and make it all come together.
It had some good lessons dealing with hardship and family interactions.
Sometimes folks really don't communicate as they should and
misunderstandings can arise. The two guest costarring male characters
don't live in the same house but they are a bit like the men from the
"odd couple". One a hard scrabble farmer down on luck and the other a
prim and proper man of discipline and starch, devoid of compassion.
Believe it or not this was an excellent episode and not one shot was
fired! Nobody died, nobody fell off a horse and was crippled. No one
was snake bit. Why it was almost like doc got a vacation! There was
however, a rather humorous fist fight right in front of the Marshall's
office that Matt refused to break up. How's that for a twist?
In thoroughly enjoyed this one. So much so that I saved it in my favorites so I can easily find it again in a couple weeks.
This episode centers around Ray Jarvis and his two children Annie and
Mike. They have had a tough time recently and money is tight for Ray.
But he does have a brother in-law, Ezra Thrope, that works at the bank
and goes in for a small loan but his brother in-law turns him down.
Later the two small children go into the bank and want to talk to their Uncle. Their dog causes a ruckus inside the bank and the boy takes a envelope that has money inside. That evening Ezra retraces his tracks and believes that Ray took the money after not giving him a loan.
While out at the Jarvis's house, the dog brings up the envelope with the money inside. All this happens in front of Festus and Ezra and it is not long before Ray is placed in jail for the theft.
When the kids tell their father that they are the ones that took the money he tells them not to say anything. He calls Festus and advises that he will plea guilty to the theft charge. The two children feel so bad that they decide to run away. On the path they run into Marshal Dillon that knows something is amiss.
There is also a sub-plot that involves Ezra and his wife Louise concerning their relationship. It seems that Louise is not happy living with a man that is so organized and scripted. And it will take an incident near the end of the episode to awaken the man inside Ezra.
A nice story with a fine cast. The two kids were terrific and really make for a more entertaining show. Good watch.
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