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Waste: Part 1 

On the trail of thief and killer Ben Rodman in the spectacular Utah wilderness, Matt meets Rodman's latest victim, an old prospector who was shot by Rodman over the water hole the old man ... See full summary »


Vincent McEveety


Jim Byrnes




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Jeremy Slate ... Ben Rodman
Ellen Burstyn ... Amy Waters
Johnny Whitaker ... Willie Hubbard (as Johnnie Whitaker)
David Sheiner ... Preacher Jones
Rex Holman ... Oakley
Ken Swofford ... Speer
Don Megowan ... Lucas
Shug Fisher ... Jed Rascoe
Ruth Roman ... Maggie Blaisedell
George Chandler ... Silas Hubbard


On the trail of thief and killer Ben Rodman in the spectacular Utah wilderness, Matt meets Rodman's latest victim, an old prospector who was shot by Rodman over the water hole the old man had staked a claim to. The dying man entrusts his grandson to Matt's care. Quickly thereafter, a wagon drives up with Maggie Blaisdell and Jed Rascoe at the reins, looking for the same water. Maggie is a madam, gimpy Rascoe her handyman, and the four women inside are her prostitutes. Despite Maggie's profession, she and Matt are old friends, complicated by the fact that she was also once Rodman's girlfriend. It's further complicated that one of the "girls" is, unknown to anyone, the mother of the young boy (she ran off and left him with his grandfather years ago). Matt chats with Maggie and learns that she is taking nearly $48,000 in gold dust to the East to invest in a mining consortium where she's a partner. One of the "girls", treacherous Lisa, overhears the conversation and sneaks out, first ... Written by Peter Harris

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We get the 'set-up' for part two
11 September 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this part one of a two part story, we get the 'set-up' that hopefully will make the second part much more interesting offering. There is much in this part that seems almost bizarre but with the writers stretching for more stories we are bound to have to accept things that are often difficult to understand for viewing sake.

To quickly sum this first part involves Marshal Dillon, by himself, tracking a bandit, Ben Rodman, across the lonely desert where Rodman and his gang have a hideout. But along the way Matt runs into a boy, Willie Hubbard (Johnny Whitaker), his grandfather has been killed and Matt will take him to find his mother that lives in a nearby town.

When Matt gets to the mining town it has been hit by hard times and people are leaving. The last women, or saloon girls, have just pulled out and that is the only hope for finding the boys mother.

Matt just so happens comes up on the wagon that is lead by a tough woman named Maggie. She and her girls are on their way east and away from the closing ghost town. Matt finds out that Maggie is carrying some gold which is overheard by one of the ladies, Lucy, that just so happens to be a good friend of the bandit Rodman. So one night she pours out all their wagons's water out and heads out to find Rodman. Matt will have his hands full with a boy, some loose woman, gold and a gang of bandit set on getting to the gold.

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27 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Kanab, Utah, USA

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1.33 : 1
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