Denver Pyle as

Episodes 14

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Poor Pearl

2x13
December 22, 1956

Willie Calhoun's in town for a bath and a haircut, in preparation to court Pearl Bender. Willie meets Pearl in the Long Branch. He asks her to marry him. She says Webb Thorne won't let me marry you. Willie gets a rifle and goes after Webb. Matt stops him. Matt gets Pearl, Webb and Willie together. Willie says he and Pearl are to wed. Webb says I'll stop them. Matt tells Pearl to choose. Pearl tells Willie I can't marry you. In her room Pearl tells Webb you are not going to touch me. You left here and never said nothing. Webb says he's come back to marry her. Chester brings Willie's rifle back to him. Willie shoots Pearl. A simple man let feeling for a woman get the best of him. Matt tells Willie he shot Pearl not Webb.

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June 22, 1957

A drunken man tries to beat Shinn to the draw (with his gun) but the drunken man dies trying. Hank Shinn tells Matt he doesn't want to kill people, Matt & Chester doesn't believe Shinn until He tries to tell Al James he is unarmed.

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The Bear

4x25
February 28, 1959

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The Wake

6x13
December 10, 1960

Gus Mather comes into Dodge and throws a big wake for a man named Orson Boggs

Doc and Chester are suspicious of this whole wake situation, but Chester and Doc attend the wake nonetheless and partake of the free drinks.

When Matt comes back to Dodge from his business trip, Chester informs Matt on what has been going on . Matt also thinks something strange is going on as well.

Matt and Chester are so suspicious of Gus Mather's story about Orson Boggs, they decide to do an investigation on all of this.

While Matt and Chester are doing an investigation, they run into a man on the prairie. He tells them that he knows of a Orson Boggs, but has never heard of Gus Mather. He tells Matt that Orson Boggs lived in the Red Bank area of the prairie.

Matt and Chester find Orson Bogg's farm. They discover Bogg's wife at the farm. Mrs. Boggs tells Matt that her husband is certainly not dead and that this story that Gus Mather is telling in Dodge about Orson being dead is false.

Mrs Boggs come to Dodge

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Us Haggens

8x13
December 8, 1962

When a boy witnesses his grandfather's murder, it sends Matt looking for a new found companion's uncle. Festus Haggen is tracking his uncle for killing his twin brother Fergus. Matt is wary but learns to trust Festus when he's shot and in bad shape.

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May 18, 1963

Aaron Locker proposes to Leah Brunson. Coley Fletcher, a buffalo hunter, who was bothering Leah at the Long Branch, busts Aaron's skull. Moss tells Matt, Coley left an hour ago. Coley's horse pulls up lame. He meets Jubal Tanner. He shoots him and takes his horse. Matt finds Jubal and takes him to Doc. Aaron died two hours after Matt left. Hobie, Aaron's brother, blames Leah for his death. Hobie tells Leah there is something at the farm Aaron got her. Hobie invites Leah in. Leah asks what did Aaron have for me. She says there isn't anything is there. Leah tries to leave she slaps him. Jubal was a guard at Andersonville. Hobie tells Leah he's gonna shoot her. Jubal comes up behind him and tells him to put the gun down. He doesn't, Jubal kills him. Jubal and Leah walk off together. Matt got Fletcher. Matt tells Tanner he's in the clear. Jubal's leaving to look at some homestead land. He tells Leah if you are still around when I get back I'd like to tell you about it

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No Hands

9x19
February 8, 1964

The Ginnis family causes trouble for Doc Adams, because they hate waiting. Will Timble gets hurt at The Long Branch. Doc has to remove Will's hand, which causes Will to leave Dodge because he can't carve wood anymore.

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The Violators

10x4
October 17, 1964

Willy Scroggs is stabbed to death. It looks like indians did it, but Matt doesn't think so. Harve Foster thinks it was Quint. Quint says he saw old Caleb Nash in town. Matt tells Caleb, Willy was scalped. George tells Mrs. Bell it had to be an indian. Festus beats Talbot up to keep him from Old Charlie Roan Horse. The colonel tells Matt to settle this quickly. He says a white man was killed in the Indian Nations. George tells Harv Buffalo Calf saw us. George says you did the killing. The Wilcox's dog is into George's chickens. He goes out to check. Caleb kills him. Mrs. Hewitt says Harv, George and Willy went hunting last month for four days. Matt asks Foster what happened in the Indian Nations. They had a run in with Buffalo Calf. Matt goes to talk to Buffalo Calf, and takes Caleb with him. Caleb says we cross that line he'll find us. They make camp. Buffalo Calf comes with four others. Buffalo Calf says the third one will die. Willy, George and Harv killed an i

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Deputy Festus

10x17
January 16, 1965

Three trappers are partying down at the Long Branch when one of them decides to drink an entire bottle of whiskey without drawing a breath. The celebrating gets out of hand when a fight ensues between a trapper and local Dave Carson. Matt breaks the fight up and jails the trappers for busting up the saloon. Needing to go to Hayes City, Matt asks Festus to watch the jail and let the trappers out in the morning. As it turns out, one of the trappers is Festus' cousin Claudius Haggen. Claudius convinces Festus to let them out of jail with the promise to get their horses and immediately leave Dodge. While Festus is releasing the trappers Dave Carson, while working for Moss Grimmick, gets into an argument with local resident Halligan over a broken bridal. Halligan pushes Dave and he falls and hits his head on a wagonwheel. As the trappers approach to get their horses they find Dave and decide to run, for fear of being accused because of the earlier fight Claudius had with Dave. Mr. Halligan

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By Line

11x28
April 9, 1966

Festus is nearly rundown by a speeding wagon on the trail between Hays City and Dodge. He soon finds the wagon further up the trail with a broken wheel. Here he meets Angus McTabboot and his 'unofficial' nephew Jock. It turns out that Angus is on his way to Dodge to open a newspaper and winds up hiring Festus as a reporter, with Jock as his aide to read and write for him. After digging three bullets out of the back of Angus' wagon, Matt speaks to Angus and discovers he was run out of Hays City for printing ""the truth about people,"" regardless of the consequences. The first thing Festus writes about

is how local rancher Merl Benlan got his start by rustling cattle down in Texas. Merl gets pretty upset and goes after Festus and Angus. Then, when Angus explains the concept of advertising to Festus, he creates a price war between Mr. Jonas' and Clab Chummer's general stores, which gets seriously out of hand. Things eventually deteriorate and Festus runs a front page

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The Goldtakers

12x2
September 24, 1966

A gang of thieves commandeers the Dodge City blacksmith shop to divide a gigantic bar of gold.

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Mad Dog

12x17
January 14, 1967

Festus Haggen is mistaken for a hired gunman and offered $300 to fight, and run out of town, the 3 sons of a man his cousin is accused of killing.

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Baker's Dozen

13x15
December 25, 1967

Three baby boys are born on a stagecoach that arrives in Dodge just after being robbed. Their mother dies and Doc fights to keep the boys together instead of going to an orphange.

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Shadler

18x17
January 15, 1973

Boone Shadler kills a guard and comes to a stricken town as a priest to keep from been caught by the law. Newly rides into town to try an help take care of sick people. Newly helps take care of Cyrus Himes who is dying. Newly thinks people may have gotten sick because of drinking bad water.

Newly test the water to find out what is in it, Matt gets a wire (letter) saying a sheriff released a prisoner 5 days ago. Matt wonders why Newly didn't return to Dodge with the prisoner. Newly wonders if the priest is who he says after seeing Sadler look for a Bible.

Sadler tells Dallas Fair he is a convict and that Dallas should go with him.

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