After a bloody shootout in which three members of an outlaw gang are killed, Marshall Matt Dillon (James Arness) brings in the sole surviving outlaw, Jack Brand (Lawrence Dobkin), who claims that Matt never gave the others a chance. When he is forced to shoot Brand as well, Matt is confronted by the dead man's friend Stanger (Russell Johnson), who accuses the marshal of being a sadist who enjoys killing. Worried that there is some truth in this, Matt turns in his badge, vowing to spend the rest of his life fishing. No one is happier about Matt's "retirement" than Kitty (Amanda Blake). . .until circumstances tragically alter the situation. This episode is based on a classic Gunsmoke radio broadcast, originally heard April 2, 1955.
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