In order to collect a reward of $500, Harry Speener kills Joe Harpe even though Harpe had recently saved his life on the prairie. Matt grudgingly pays the reward, but unwittingly sends Speener to an ironic fate when he orders the opportunistic ex-bartender out of Dodge.Written by
Marshal Matt Dillon:
Speener, I'm afraid I've done about all I can for you. Now that it's out, you're sure to get killed. Joe Harpe was pretty well-liked around here, you know. From now on, around Dodge you're as good as dead, Mister! And I don't want the bother of it. Now, suppose you get out of here, huh? Go on, get out of here!
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Even Horses Don't Like Him
Above average episode with an inventive twist. While crossing the prairie, cowboy Harpe saves injured man Speener whose horse has thrown him. Trouble is the older man complains the entire time Harpe helps him, and once in Dodge, continues picking on Harpe and even the helpful Doc Adams. What an ungrateful cuss. Meanwhile, the amiable cowboy makes himself popular around town and even with Matt. So, are things the way they seem—one nice guy and one ornery so-and-so.
We can't be sure where the plot is going given the two central characters. I'd have preferred that actor Hayworth (Speener) not spread his bile on quite so thickly, but that's minor. Check out the final scene on the prairie. I wish I knew the filming location because it certainly looks like the middle of nowhere. Nonetheless, it's ironically appropriate, and unless I'm missed something, Matt and Chester ride off leaving things as they found them, a rather surprising turn for 50's TV.
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