Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Busters 

A cowboy is unaware that Doc has given him less than a week to live after being kicked in the head by a horse and his partner tries to give him whatever he wants.





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Episode cast overview:
... Doc
... Festus
... Newly
... Matt Dillon
... Harve Daley
... Mitch Hansen
... Zoe (as Lynn Benesch)
... Simeon Reed
... Hub Miller
... Hannah


Harve tries to ride a wild horse until it settles down but instead it throws him and kicks him in the head. He seems to be okay and he and his partner go to Dodge to seek help in getting paid for the attempt. But Harve starts having dizzy spells, and the partner takes him to Doc Adams for evaluation. Doc tells the partner that he has a "subdural hemotoma," - uncontrollable bleeding into the brain and will die soon. The partner keeps this a secret and invites Harve to go celebrate them finally getting their wages, after which they will get on a train to Montana. Complications arise when both men fall for a saloon girl, and Harve also has a surprise return meeting with the horse that kicked him. Written by Peter Harris

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10 March 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gary Busey's character Harve Daley in this episode was the last man killed in the series. See more »

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One of the better shows from the last season- good watch
12 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

In a surprising good and heartfelt episode we are introduced to two horse busters by the name of Harve Daley (Gary Busey) and Mitch Hansen (John Beck). While they are breaking in horses for a local rancher, Harve gets bucked off and the horse steps on his head. This is the only horse that Harve has not busted in years and is injured doing the task.

The two men go to Dodge to get their full pay for bucking the horses when Harve begins having fainting spells. Mitch takes him to see Doc Adams where he finds there is bleeding in the brain tissue from the horse stomp. Doc advises Mitch that Harve has only a short time to live and Mitch wants this kept from Harve. Doc agrees but tells Mitch to make sure he does not ride a horse nor have any heavy activities.

Mitch pays a bar-maid named Zoe to show Harve a good time. Only problem is that Harve, not being wise with women, begins falling in love with the Longbranch bar-maid. His dream has always been to see Montana and Mitch and him make plans to leave. Harve tells Zoe his dreams and ask her to join them as his wife.

Zoe wants to change her ways and agrees to go with them. But when Mitch tells Zoe the truth about Harve's medical condition, she plans to stay in Dodge and lets him down slowly.

Heave is upset and starts asking questions about how he has been treated. When Harve sees the horse that caused the injury, Mitch knows that Harve must ride. But at what cost will the ride take on the health of Harve.

John Beck and Gary Busey are excellent in this episode. Viewers know they are friends and would do anything for the other. And the way that Gary Busey plays Harve could not have been a better cast.

This one is worth the watch.

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