Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 8

The Still (10 Nov. 1969)

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Merry Florene is back -but this time she has herself a good job as an interim school teacher in Dodge. But when her kinfolks arrive, we are again in for more buffoonery from her family members.


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Merry Florene is back -but this time she has herself a good job as an interim school teacher in Dodge. But when her kinfolks arrive, we are again in for more buffoonery from her family members.

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Merry Florene is back in this comedy script that is not bad
24 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a comedy episode we are again introduced to Merry Florene and her kin as her folks hatch another useless scheme in the city of Dodge. Marshal Dillon gracefully bows out of most of this episode as he let the rest of the cast members engage in an all out comedy.

The show begins as Merry Florene has become the interim school teacher in Dodge when her nephew and uncle arrive to begin a still in the basement of the school building. Seems they have worked out deal with a local saloon owner to delivery whiskey. The problem is that they need money to get the still started so they come up with this plan. They steal a prize bull and then when money is offered for information about the bull they will have the money to start the still. Sounds easy enough? Wrong!

Throughout the show there is written comedy around every turn. Between Festus and the kin folks and Newly and Merry Florene - there is hardly a minute that someone is not in hot-water or wishing someone else was in the water.

When watching this episode it is easy to discount the script for its lack of 'Gunsmoke' tradition. But after many year it is time for the cast to have some fun. Lane Bradbury is wonderful as Merry Florene which makes the entire episode worth a watch. Ken Curtis is at his best from remembering Thomas Jefferson's birthday to explaining to Matt the circumstance of the week.

Take it for what it is-- a long running show showing a funny side. With that attitude, it will not be a bad watch.

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