Gunsmoke

Season 15 Episode 5

Hawk

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Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1969 on CBS
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  • Great drama that tears at your heart.

    10
    This eposide is great. It shows vividly a woman's struggle to accept her half-breed son she had as a result of rape (it is only stated "I don't know who was your father) by a Indian. Hawk is a good citizen trying to get rid of any Indians causing trouble and is respectable to white people except his own mother. When he comes unexpectedly with Festus who accepted her daughter's invitation for breakfast he is turned away but he returns back wounded. Her daughter accepts to help him and play the moral character with great lines (He is a human being not a dog) reflecting 1969's demand for compassion and justice for all and putting her with a few others aheads of the 1800s. She finally breaks down and hugs Hawk saying she cannot have him go out to sacrfice himself for her other son Amos who was kidnapped by the same Indians who want Hawk. She then says "I am sorry" implying she is sorry for leaving Hawk when she was freed. This show alludes to a lot by little said and is written greatly to make you think.
  • A white woman refuses to accept her half-breed son, who Festus brings to her home wounded and needing help.

    9.1
    This episode is an incredible tale of mother/child
    abandonment and reunification urgings. A white settler woman (actress: Hilarie Thompson) is captured as a teen by a Native Americans. In this life of captivity she is \"married\" and gives birth to a son. She is somehow \"freed\" from this tribe; and starts her life over without her son.

    Her son is left to his own devices (father killed and abandoned by his mother) until he is apprenticed as a lawman. Years later, Hawk (convincingly portrayed by Brandon Boone) meets up with his mother and discovers her other family. Blissfully married with a teenage daughter and young son, the mother is horrified that Hawk and re-entered her life. She tells her older son
    that she is not his mother, wants nothing to do with him, and forbides further contact.

    In Dodge City on official law business, Festus
    volunteers to aide Hawk is in pursuit of a trio of
    renegede Native Americans.

    Festus is aware that something is amiss with this nice respectable woman who is acting bizarre while her husband is away on business. Yet, when he tries to communicate to Matt and Doc, he is quickly shunned asa gossip-monger.

    When Hawk is shot by these bandits; his mother
    reluctantly tends to his injuries - with the urging of her daughter - while Festus leaves for reinforcement.


    It has a weird ending- with no resolve for the
    mother/son relationship. As newly-recovered Hawk
    leaves Dodge City, the same day her husband arrives back in town from business. there is no reunification.
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