A well-to-do young woman is determined to join her betrothed at an Army outpost. He was literally the boy next door. She's stubborn, and the trek is a dangerous one, so Matt decides to take her himself. Before they reach the end of their journey, the young lady, so devoted to her betrothed at the outset of her trip, may be losing her heart to the marshal.
Did You Know?
Matt calls the meal he and Sarah are eating "son-of-a-gun" stew. That's the polite term. It was commonly called "son-of-a-bitch" stew. It was basically "chopped calf", including the calf's marrow gut. See more
Although not specifically stated in this episode, the main means of transportation to and from Dodge City in the period in which Gunsmoke was set was the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (which reached Dodge in 1872. Sarah Drew arrives in Dodge and wants to travel cross-country to Fort Wallace, Kansas, which was served by the Kansas Pacific Railroad even earlier (1869). She could have taken the train to her destination and not gone through Dodge. See more