Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 4

Waste: Part 2 (4 Oct. 1971)

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Matt, Maggie Blaisdell, her "stable" of call girls and a young boy who's the son of one of the women take refuge from Ben Rodman's gang in an old fort. Unfortunately, the fort has crumbled ... See full summary »

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Jeremy Slate ...
Ben Rodman
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Amy Waters
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Willie Hubbard (as Johnnie Whitaker)
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Rex Holman ...
Oakley
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Speer
Don Megowan ...
Lucas
Shug Fisher ...
Jed Rascoe
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George Chandler ...
Silas Hubbard
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Matt, Maggie Blaisdell, her "stable" of call girls and a young boy who's the son of one of the women take refuge from Ben Rodman's gang in an old fort. Unfortunately, the fort has crumbled with age and Rodman and his gang are able to get inside and demand a fortune in gold dust Maggie is carrying for friends. Maggie also has a trunk full of fine hunting rifles and ammo, which she distributes among the group, and though the girls can't hit the broad side of a barn they can scare off any frontal assault. What they don't have is water - one of Maggie's girls turned traitor had drained their barrel before running off to join the gang. With time running desperately short, Matt (and the weather) contrive a scheme to force the outlaws to come headlong after the gold dust, hail of bullets or no. Written by Peter Harris

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Sparked only minor interest
11 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From part one conclusion, Matt is pinned down at an old fort by Ben Rodman and his gang. To make matter worse Matt is in the company of a boy that is looking for his mother, four saloon girls, bars of gold and the bandits right across the yard.

With the cast pinned down most of this part two show will consist of mainly conversations between the characters which usually does not lead to an entertaining show. There are a few nuggets like when the boy finds his mother and when the leader of the saloon girls, Maggie, tells us about her past with Rodman- but little else that sparks interest.

There was some nice action near the end of the episode but otherwise it seemed like a long unpleasant task watching this show. This did have some nice actors playing well written roles but with the 'Matt-Only' regular cast, it played more like a movie than an episode.


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