Gunsmoke: Season 6, Episode 13

The Wake (10 Dec. 1960)

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A man brings his dead friend into Dodge to give him a proper wake.



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Episode cast overview:
Gus Mather / Orson Boggs
Mrs. Orson Boggs
Michael Hinn ...
Joe Brant


Gus Mather arrives in Dodge in a wagon, carrying the coffin of his best friend, Orson Boggs. Boggs died of a sickness, Gus wants to give him a proper wake, and invites anyone to join in free liquor at the Longbranch. Matt asks Gus who Boggs was, Gus says they're from Redbank Country. The morning after the wake, Matt is too curious, decides to ride to Redbank Country to find out about Boggs. Matt and Chester finally find Mrs. Boggs, who says her husband didn't have any friends. The story continues to unfold as Mrs Boggs later shows up in Dodge. A couple of classic lines by these characters. Matt to prairie man traveling to Dodge: "Pay your bills and don't kill anyone, and you won't have any trouble" (words to live by). Matt says about Mrs. Boggs: "I think she's hiding something". Chester: "Too bad is ain't her face, if you ask me". Written by Jim Hall, Longwood, FL

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10 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Chester Goode: That's about the cold-bloodiest woman that I ever seen.
Matt Dillon: Well, I think she is hiding something Chester.
Chester Goode: Too bad it ain't her face, if you ask me.
Matt Dillon: Let's go.
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Someone would have been better off dead.
23 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode the writer goes off the regular script for a western and introduces us to a rather humorous tale about life. The story begins when a man, Gus Mather, comes riding into Dodge with his friend, Orson Boggs, body in a box ready for burial. Gus tells us that Boggs dies from a fever and his last few words was that he wanted to be buried proper and have a wake. So Gus is going to fulfill his request with nearly the entire town invited to the wake with free liquor and other drinks.

Matt is suspicious about the story and when Gus makes a slip-of-the-tongue, Chester and him will ride out to the prairie to check on the story. They finally comes across the Boggs' farm where they meet Ms Boogs, a self righteous woman that has no time for sinners, she tells the Marshal that her husband is not dead. Ms Boggs rides into Dodge and what she finds will make her even more harden than she has ever been before.

Anne Seymour is great as the cold blooded woman on the prairie that left city life to live in the wilderness away from what she believes is sinners and thieves. With her acting, along with Denver Pyle, this episode shined as the story was entertaining and interesting. Good mystery that produced a great show.

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