Gunsmoke

Season 8 Episode 7

The Ditch

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Aired Unknown Oct 27, 1962 on CBS
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At the Moon Bar Ranch Doc tells Susan Bart her father just died. She says she is going ahead with her Daddy's plan to divert water from the homesteaders. Trent Hawkins tries to rally the homesteaders, but they're willing to sit and wait. Matt is at the ditch talking to Susan. Two shots are fired into the nearby wagon. Matt tracks the horse to Trent's. Matt tells him Susan has hired guns. Susan meets her hired gun, Leif Crider at the Long Branch. Matt tells Crider to get out of Dodge. The homesteaders vote to stand and fight. Trent reports 200 pounds of dynamite is missing. Matt warns Susan. The explosion rocks her house. Crider says they need to a scare in to Trent by shooting his mother. Matt tells Trent it can be settled without blood shed, if the homesteaders file claims. Matt, Chester and trent go out to the Moon Bay. Matt tells Susan if she diverts the creek she will lose ten square miles to the new claims. Crider shoots Susan. Matt shoots Crider. Susan says she is not going to complete the ditch.moreless

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Ted Jordan

Ted Jordan

Foreman

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Christopher Dark

Christopher Dark

Crider

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Jay Lanin

Jay Lanin

Trent Hawkins

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Glenn Strange

Glenn Strange

Sam (uncredited)

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