Gunsmoke: Season 8, Episode 1

The Search (15 Sep. 1962)

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When stable hand Cale is found with paralyzed legs after his horse threw him, Matt goes for help on foot, unarmed, on the dangerous prairie.



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Episode cast overview:
Ford Rainey ...
Ess Cutler
Carl Reindel ...
Raymond Guth ...
Sam Cutler
Mike Ragan ...
Fred Coby ...
Mickey Morton ...


Tate Gifford, in town to pick up his dead son's horse, finds Cale has taken him for a ride. Matt searches for him when he doesn't return and finds the horse with no rider. When he does find Cale after returning the horse, he is too hurt to move and after losing his horse, Matt must work to keep them both alive and get help. Written by DrDOS

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15 September 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Otherwise good show ruined by poor casting.
22 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has references back to the 7th season episode 31. It picks up as Cale is riding Tate Gifford's horse that had been left at the Dodge stable. Mr Tate came for his horse awaiting Cale's return but after some time it appears that Cale is not returning.

Matt sets off looking for Cale after Chester saw him heading west. Matt comes up on his horse but Cale is missing. A storm is coming so Matt takes the horse back to Tate and goes out looking for Cale.

When Matt does find Cale the fall from the horse has left his legs paralyzed. As Matt is getting Cale to shelter, Matt's horse gets spooked and runs off. After the storm Matt sets out walking to find help.

During the walk Matt comes up on a house occupied by a strange woman. Then walks up on three riders who has nothing but disrespect for Matt or his need for assistance. Until finally finding his horse, that will require a fist fight, before returning to take Cale back to Tate's house.

As Matt goes get Doc Adams were begin to learn the history of Tate Gifford. His son died not long ago and he still is not over the hurt. Another dead boy on the farm may be too much for Tate to handle.

As with the show from season 7, the actor that plays Cale, Carl Reindel, is neither entertaining or interesting. He is like watch the half-wit next door neighbor recite Shakespeare. And an otherwise nice show is again ruined by one unbelievable actor. Why they invited him to return for a second episode is beyond comprehension.

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