A group of citizens want Matt to hire their men as deputies because of "The Round Up", Matt refuses because he believes at least of the men have an ulterior motive. Kitty tells Matt that the word on the street is that one of them "drew the short straw" to kill Matt. An old friend of Matt's (Zel) comes to town and wants to help Matt partly because they're friends but also because Matt saved Zel's life once a long time ago. Kitty and Zel convince Matt to give him a badge. Zel gets killed & Matt decides to close Front Street.