Gunsmoke: Season 12, Episode 13

The Moonstone (17 Dec. 1966)

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Chad Timpson is taking care of his mentally challenged brother, Orv. But when a rider comes into Dodge we learn that Chad has a checkered past. A past that may break up the two brothers.

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Roger Ewing ...
Thad
Mike Kellin ...
Chad Timpson
Glenn Strange ...
Sam
Ted Jordan ...
Nathan
Fred Coby ...
Rankin
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Todd (as Jeff Palmer)
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Orv Timpson
Gail Kobe ...
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Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Del Philips (as Warren Kemmerling)
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Chad Timpson is taking care of his mentally challenged brother, Orv. But when a rider comes into Dodge we learn that Chad has a checkered past. A past that may break up the two brothers.

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Possible the saddest episode of the entire series
6 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a heart-breaking episode where no winner emerge as we get to see inside a family with a mentally challenged member that is just as relevant today as it was in the late 1800's. A strong episode that is brilliantly done.

The story surrounds two brother. Chad Timpson and his slow, but kind-hearted brother, Orv. Chad has been taking care of his brother while both farm in an area outside Dodge. Chad also has a girlfriend named Madge, that works at the Long Branch, who also has a special relationship with Orv. But unknown to people around Dodge, Chad has a checkered past and is wanted for crimes that happened years ago.

It is not long before a man rides into Dodge named Del Phillips. Del use to be Chad's crime partner but something has turned the two against each other. When Del leaves a wanted poster on Chad's barn, Orv finds the poster and hides it in his safe area of the barn's loft. It is not long before Chad has to gun down Del and hopefully put an end to his past forever.

When Orv get the wrong idea about Madge's feelings toward him, he set off to find money to marry Madge. And with his slow mental sense, the way he thinks about getting the money is to show the Marshal the wanted poster with his brother's name. This not only leads to the Marshal taking Chad away but also leads to a very heartbreaking ending. One the viewer does not want to accept.

An excellent story about mental illness that is as strong as any witnessed. A very well preformed show and a lesson that will not make you fell any better about the topic. A very strong episode.


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