Gunsmoke: Season 20, Episode 24

The Sharecroppers (31 Mar. 1975)

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When Festus accidentally shoots a man in the leg, he takes the man back to his farm only to be used by members of the family.



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Episode cast overview:
Susanne Benton ...
Av Marie
Dibble Pugh
Terry Williams ...
Linder Hogue
Toby Hogue
Graham Jarvis ...
Ted Jordan ...
Robert Brubaker ...
Danil Torppe ...
Chanin Hale ...


When Festus accidentally shoots a man in the leg, he takes the man back to his farm only to be used by members of the family.

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This episode was a chore to watch
16 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the last show of the entire series this show was bizarre, not only in the story department but the way the characters acted on screen. In fact we were more than halfway through the episode and I did not understand where the story was going or which plot the program was taking. It was like someone put the action and dialog together after each scene with all the odd circumstance that is rarely seen in a 'Gunsmoke' episode.

The show was so quirky it's going to hard to describe the action. It centers around a family called the Pugh's. The father of the family Dibble- is as lazy as they come. He is suppose to be working the land as a sharecropper for the man that owns the house named Linger Hogue. The rest of the family involves a son called Abel that goes around playing ballads on his guitar, and also two daughter Lailee and Ava Marie with the latter having a crush on the owner of the house son named Toby Hogue.

When Abel goes into Dodge to buy a mule, a swindler sells him Festus's mule. Festus accidentally shoots Abel in the leg and volunteers to take Abel home. When he gets to the Pugh's place, the father, Dibble, talks Festus into helping plow the ground. Of course Festus is the only one working. In the mean time, Ava Marie Pugh is mad at her sweetheart Toby and tries to make him jealous by being sweet on Festus.

There is nothing in this episode that makes good sense. From the weird boy playing guitar to the suppose relationship between aging Festus and the twenty year old Ava Marie- it was just unorthodox. I never really could get past the fact the a Deputy Marshal willfully spend many days plowing a field for a man that never helped out. For the last show of the series, this was weak.

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