Gunsmoke

Daddy Went Away

Season 8, Ep 35, Aired 5/11/63
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  • Episode Description
  • Mrs. Lucy Damon , a dressmaker, is looking for a place for herself, her daughter and horse, Rainy. Chester finds a building for them, but it is in rough shape. Chester offers to fix it up. Lucy makes a shirt for Chester. Chester dances with Lucy. Jonas wants to know if they are ready to announce their engagement. Chester walks Lucy home. Chester isn't ready for an engagement, but they have an understanding. Chester never had much family except his brother Magnus and Uncle Sunday. Jessica misses her Daddy. Lucy starts trying to run Chester's life. Jessica suggests Chester go fishin' like her Daddy used to do up on the Snake River. Chester finds a drunk fisherman. It's Jess Damon. He says to tell Jessica hello and Lucy good-bye. Chester tells Lucy you lied by saying Jess was dead. Jess and Chester are fishin'. Jess is drunk, Chester's pouring his out on the ground. Chester tells Jess, Jessica is getting like Lucy. Jess says he's going to save that little girl. Jess tells Lucy he got homesick. They embrace. Chester walks down the street feeling good about himself.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dennis Weaver

    Chester

  • James Arness

    Matt Dillon

  • Milburn Stone

    Doc

  • Amanda Blake

    Kitty

  • John Rosser

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • "Sometimes he talks when he should be dippin' snuff. Go take a pill."- Chester

    Notes (2)

    • Suzanne Cupito is Morgan Brittany's real name.

    • According to the cast list above, the character Jessica was played by Morgan Brittany. However, the credits at the end of the episode indicate Jessica was played by Suzanne Cupito.

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