Future TV mogul Aaron Spelling appears in this episode as Weed Pindle, a sweet-tempered, soft-spoken guitar player. Upon learning that Weed fought on the Union side during the Civil War, two brutish Southern sympathizers named Tyler (Charles Gray) and Augie (Jacques Aubuchon) mercilessly torment the man, roughing him up, smashing his guitar and driving him out of town. When the two bullies announce their intention to track Weed down and lynch him, Matt (James Arness) chases after them. When all is said and done, Tyler and Augie get to attend a lynching after all--but not quite in the way that they imagined. This episode is based on the Gunsmoke radio broadcast of December 26, 1953.
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