Lawman (1958)

Season 4 Episode 6

The Substitute

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Oct 22, 1961 on ABC
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The Substitute
In another rather light-hearted episode, the school teacher leaves to get married in a fit of what is deemed 'spring fever'. A search for a substitute teacher until the new one can arrive turns up a man who is very educated, but is now a drunk. Lily volunteers over Dan's objections - he's worried about what the women in town will do to her. His suspicions are proved right, but Lily once again wins over hearts by her kindness.moreless

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  • When the local schoolmarm leaves town to get married, Dan is entrusted with the task of finding a new teacher. They want a guy named Skinner, but he has developed a drinking problem, so Lily volunteers. The townswomen aren't happy about it at all.moreless

    This was absolutely hilarious! I was practically rolling on the floor from laughter. They need episodes like this to lighten things up, and what a talented group of actors that they can do both drama and comedy so well. The scene with Lily trying to trip Dan and Johnny up seeing if they can spell seismography was priceless. I liked Johnny standing up and putting his hands behind his back like he was in an actual spelling bee. Then you've got the women of the town getting all uptight about Lily being the teacher, because they didn't want their kids learning anything from lady saloonkeeper. Dan, not wanting Lily to be embarrassed talks to the only guy in town with a college education, Mr. Skinner. They said his first name, but I forgot what it was. He only wanted to drink. I can't believe kept count of how many bottles the guy drank in three years as a customer. Since he won't do it, Dan has Johnny lock him up for vagrancy. Skinner threatened to call the, but I was thinking Dan and Johnny are the law. The closing scene with Skinner asking Dan, Johnny, and Lily to leave was funny as well.moreless
Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell

Al Skinner

Guest Star

Kathleen Freeman

Kathleen Freeman

Mavis Martingale

Guest Star

Jan Arvan

Jan Arvan

Homer Martingale

Guest Star

Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan

Jake, Bartender

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Homer: Marshal, you got to get a teacher. To protect the children from their mothers.

    • Mavis: The woman has no qualifications.
      Dan: Mrs. Martingale. Can you spell "seismography"?
      Mavis: Huh? Oh! I declare! I do declare! Well I never thought I would live to see the day when a word like that was used in front of ladies in broad daylight on the streets of Laramie.

    • Dan: Mr. Skinner, uh, you've been with us a long time.
      Al Skinner: Yes, going on for years, as I remember correctly.
      Jake: A thousand ninety-five bottles of 90-proof whiskey, to be exact. One every day for the last three years.

    • Lily: I never could get that right. I had mumps during U.S. History.
      Dan: And measles during Geography?
      Lily: History and Geography were riddled with childhood diseases.

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