The opening part of "Jubilee" started with Festus Haggen stopping by the Frye home. He had asked Bess Frye if he could stop by the home for dinner. He did so willingly. Tuck Frye was preoccupied with his horse -- Jubilee -- at the introduction of the show. Miss Kitty, Dr. Adams, Festus Haggen, and Matt Dillon were discussing about Tuck Frye's self-serving attitude in winning a ton of money for his horse. The reality: the Frye farm was in a sorry state of affairs. Tuck Frye was preoccupied with winning one horse race after another horse race ... and not supplying the essential items like shoes and clothes for the Frye children. Tuck Frye had won a horse race in Dodge City. Everyone in town would celebrate Tuck Frye's victory at Miss Kitty's Saloon. Ed Wells made a proposition to Tuck Frye: a payment of $500 for selling Jubilee.
Tuck Frye balked at the notion; furthermore, he would want to raise stallions in reference to Jubilee. Burke and Newly had a talk with Bess Frye. She was disappointed in Tuck Frye's decision in declining a payoff of $500 from Ed Wells; and that was the end of the discussion. Newly said "Good Afternoon" in a sad tone to Bess Frye after she left the General Store. Tuck Frye would leave the Saloon when Bess Frye came to see him that day. Tuck Frye did not appreciate Bess Frye's interference at the Saloon. He told her to head home directly. She defied Tuck Frye's orders to return directly to the farm three additional times before he actually slapped her in the face. She knew that Tuck Frye's self-serving attitude to Jubilee was catching up to the rest of the family. Tuck Frye was so self-absorbed with Jubilee that he cared more about the horse than working the farm. He also wanted people looking at him -- not through him -- on a consistent basis. He would eventually win $20 dollars in another horse race in Dodge City. Tuck Frye's infatuation with gambling was spreading like wildfire. But for how much longer? Ed Wells would come to the Frye farm and offer $800 to Tuck Frye. Festus would have some type of surprise for Tuck Frye. His ulterior motive: he would place a bet with Tuck Frye; and the wager was that Festus haggen would do 6 months of work at the Frye farm if Ruth lost to Jubilee in a horse race. Tuck Frye -- by the same token -- would lose his deed and Jubilee if he lost to Ruth in a horse race.
The horse race would be 10 miles in length -- with the horse race ending in Dodge City. Festus had a trick up his sleeve; the race would include the trek of the horses journeying through the gourges. Tuck Frye was not happy about the race layout. Festus Haggen beg to differ about the race layout. In the end, Ruth defeated Jubilee fair and square. Tuck Frye was livid about his loss to Festus Haggen after traveling 10 miles in the trying trek. Ed Wells demanded to obtain Jubilee and the deed from the Frye farm. He got his $800 from Ed Wells ... and Jubilee became Ed Wells's domain. Tuck Frye was being drunk at Miss Kitty's Saloon. He was upset about losing Jubilee in a bet against Festus Haggen. He demanded more beer until Sam The Bartender told him he had enough for the day.
The reality: he was piling verbal abuse to everyone in town. His gambling addiction caused him to lose his self-respect in town and in his family. Dave Chaney came to the Dodge House for a visit. His horse -- Gold Rush -- was a favorite to beat Jubilee. Billy Banner was the jockey in the upcoming race against Jubilee. Tuck Frye was desperate to wager all $800 on Jubilee. Dave Chaney told him that he would not take more than $400 in the wager. The end result: Gold Rush defeated Jubilee in the horse race. Ed Wells gave him some useful advice: he needed to place the remaining $400 in the bank. Tuck Frye would learn a hard lesson at the end of the episode. Moral: a person's gambling addiction could cause someone to lose everything in real life ... even their self-respect or even their home. A Brilliant 10 From The 1972-1973 Television Season!!