Gunsmoke (1955–1975): Season 20, Episode 9 - The Tarnished Badge - full transcript

Matt captures a small-time fugitive and returns him to the town where he escaped. There, Matt meets the sheriff, an old acquaintance of his who used to play draw-and-shoot games with him. But the town seems profoundly uneasy even at a casual glance. Matt stays around to inquire, and learns that the sheriff has become a power-mad tyrant, viciously abusing even the slightest lawbreakers (including an old lady and a young boy, just for openers) and gunning down any serious challengers. Matt convinces the town council to depose the sheriff, but when Matt leaves the sheriff comes back, worse than ever (he stares down his own deputy and kills him). Matt is frantically summoned back and starts a cat-and-mouse game with the sheriff in a High Noon showdown that everyone is convinced Matt will lose.

(theme music)

(announcer)

With Milburn Stone as Doc...

Ken Curtis as Festus...

Buck Taylor as Newly...

And starring James
Arness as Matt Dillon.

(gentle music)

Come on, there you go.

All right.

Sheriff?

Well, he must be out somewhere.



Well, he can't have gone far.

He knew we were
coming this afternoon.

I guess we might as well
wait in the office for him.

If it's all the same to you
I'd just as soon wait outside.

I've been in jail a long time.

If you tell your
story to that judge

the way you told it to me,

things might go
easier than you think.

Freeze, Dillon.

Not so much as a
twitch, you understand?

Right, now turn
around, real slow.

I'm counting to three.

One,

two,



three.

(gun fires)

It has been a long time, Matt.

- Bo, good to see ya.
- Too long. How are ya?

Fine.

Boys, this here's none
other than Matt Dillon.

Finest lawman ever
to put on a badge.

When we deputied
together a few years back,

used to play this little
gun drawing contest

- to keep ourselves in trim, right Matt?
- Sure did.

Hey, you're a little
out of shape, Matt.

I mean I always beat ya,
but never by quite so much.

Yeah, guess I'm gettin' older.

Well, I wanna thank you

for nailing Lonnie
and bringing him in.

(Matt) Yeah, your wanted poster

got there an hour before he did.

He give you any trouble?

No, no he's just a boy.

I got the two that
were with him.

He got away during the shootin'.

Mr. Harker, I swear to you I
never seen them two before.

Now, they gave me a
dollar to hold their horses.

How'd I know they was
fixin' to rob the bank?

Save your breath, boy.

I've heard all the
stories there is to hear.

Come on inside.

Come on, Matt, I'll put
this innocent victim in a cell.

You and I can have a talk.

I reckon I won't be
seeing you again, marshal.

I'm not thanking you for
bringing me back here,

but I do thank you
for treating me decent.

All right, let's go.

Now Matt, you won't find
another one like that anywhere.

That's custom made.

I wouldn't take $1,000 for that.

And, of course, I wouldn't
want anybody to tempt me

with that kind of offer either.

Here you go. Feel
the balance of that.

It's a real beauty.

Never saw better.

Yeah, the good folks
of this town gave it to me

three years ago when
I was able to make this

a decent place to live.

I tell you, this was a
hellhole when I got here.

Three months before I
arrived there was four sheriffs,

three deputies gunned
down in the street.

Yeah, there wasn't no
law, wasn't nothing safe.

I heard what you did, Bo.

You deserve a lot
of credit for that.

Well it's a job, ain't it?

You'd know that
better than anybody.

But let me tell you
something, Matt?

There's one thing
different about this town.

You know most place, folks,

they don't appreciate
what the law does for 'em.

They do here.

They surely do.

That there is the living proof.

Afternoon, Mr. Harker.

Barney, Jenny.

Matt, I'd like you to meet
my deputy, Barney Austin.

And that pretty little girl

that's glued to him
there, that's Jenny Blair.

This here's Matt Dillon,
friend from so many years back

I don't care to talk about it.

Well, I sure heard
a lot about you, sir.

It's a real pleasure
to meet you.

Same here, Barney, Miss Blair.

Gonna be best man at their
wedding next week, Matt.

That's the reason I
gave Barney the day off,

so he could take care of things.

Congratulations.

Thank you, marshal.

You're the reason we stopped by.

Barney wanted to meet you.

Well, it's just
that Mr. Harker's

talked so much about you, sir.

You two must have had
some good times together.

One or two.

Hey Lonnie, when'd
they get you... Barney!

Well, I guess you can't

teach these young bucks
everything overnight.

Matt'll tell you the same, don't
ever get friendly with a prisoner.

He's liable to carve you
up sideways. Got that?

Right, sir, right.

(Bo) I'm groomin' Barney here

to take my place
one of these days.

Well it'll be a
cold day in August

before anyone takes
Mr. Harker's place.

We'd best get along, Barney.

Judge Turner said he'd have

our marriage license
waiting after 2:00.

Right, honey.

Nice meeting you, sir.

Same here.

- Good day.
- See y'all later.

That young fella's
a rare one, Matt.

Gotten real fond of him.

Well, still early but I
imagine after your long ride

you could use something to eat.

That I could.

(gentle music)

Hate to disturb
your rest, mister.

I'd like a room if
you're not filled up.

Filled?

You gotta be joshin' friend.

Even the bedbugs
is movin' outta here.

Room six, best in the house.

Oh, there won't be any charge.

What makes you think
I don't pay my way?

Why, you're a pal of
Sheriff Harker's ain't ya?

Ain't a pal of Sheriff
Harker's a friend of the town?

(coin rattles)

Goodnight Ms.
Newton, Mrs. Collins.

Evening, ladies.

I'm glad you're still
open, I need a few things.

I hope we have 'em.

Well, just some coffee and
beans, maybe a little bacon.

- One more thing.
- Yes, sir?

The answer to a question.

What's the matter
with this town?

Buildings boarded
up, others for sale,

people runnin' around like
they're guarding against something.

(woman laughs)

Expectin' folks to cozy
up to ya, Marshal Dillon?

You know me, ma'am?

Be quiet, Grandma.

Everybody in the town
knows that you and Bo Harker

are chummier than a couple
of polecats in a hen house.

You know, there's an old saying

about a man is known
by the company he keeps,

and the company you're
keeping is the devil's own.

Shut up Grandma, shut up.

Won't!

Besides, wouldn't
be polite for me

not to answer the
lawman's question.

The strange thing is, marshal,

Bo Harker don't
notice it at all.

Not at all.

He don't see the
boarded up houses.

He don't smell
the fear that's in

every nook and
corner of this dyin' town.

(ominous music)

Evening Jenny, Barney.

Wish you could stay over

a couple of days for
our wedding, marshal.

Well, so do I.

I gotta head back to
Dodge in the morning.

Boy, I'd sure like to go to a
town like Dodge sometime.

I ain't never been
to a town that big.

But it won't be long before
this town grows some.

Well, hope so.

You don't seem to be
gaining ground too fast here.

Well, it's just gonna
take a little time, marshal,

but it's like Mr. Harker says,

you start by cleaning
up the bad apples,

and then you build yourselves

a community you
can really believe in.

You think a lot of Bo, don't ya?

Oh yes sir, I sure do.

He's the finest
lawman I ever met.

Marshal, you weren't
here, but well Jenny and me,

we remember how
this town used to be

before Mr. Harker come
in and cleaned it up.

It was real bad, marshal.

Of course, Barney and me,

we had a couple of words

about some of
Sheriff Harker's rules.

Least you can walk
down the streets now.

What kind of rules?

Well, maybe a little strict,

but you gotta have strict rules

to keep a town under control.

- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.

Grandma, you was
tellin' stories outta school.

And that wasn't nice
of you, wasn't nice at all.

I mean, I always thought that
the people of this town liked me.

I still believe most of 'em do,

but the way you were
talking to Matt Dillon,

you're gonna have him
believin' I don't do my job right.

Please, Sheriff Harker.

She's an old lady.

She says things she don't mean.

And I know that,
and you know that,

and it pains me to have to
remind Grandma of the same thing.

Listen, Grandma.

You seem to
forget that it was me

that made this a decent
place for decent folks,

but you're not gonna
forget it again, are ya?

(Grandma whimpers)

Are ya?

Are ya!

(ominous music)

You take your grandson here.

He likes me, and he likes
the way I run this town.

Ain't that right, Charlie?

I sure do, Mr. Harker.

You run a safe town.

Everyone appreciates
it, don't they Grandma?

You're lyin' to me.

You are.

You're one of the ones
that gave me that rifle.

Now you've changed
all of a sudden.

No, you've got it
all wrong, sheriff!

(groans)

I got it wrong?

I got it right!

You and your grandma.

Cozying up to
me, and all the time

runnin' me down behind my back.

How many others
are there like you?

How many others?

I don't know, sheriff.

Don't like to lose
my temper like that.

Don't like it at all.

Don't you never run
down the law again.

It's the law that
stands between you

and the way this town
was before I come.

I didn't order that.

That's all right, marshal.

It's on the house.

Thanks, but if it's all the
same to you, I'll pay for it.

She was a good woman,

and here I am, all alone.

Everything is bad.

I didn't realize he was
gettin' that drunk, marshal.

I mean, he's not used to it.

He lost his wife yesterday.

Well, he doesn't seem
to be bothering anybody.

No need to explain it to me.

I thought you being a
crony of Harker's I mean...

What's that got to do with it?

Well, he don't
allow no drunks, sir,

or them that serves
the liquor to get drunk.

Well, I'd say the man
that's just lost his wife

has got a right to get drunk.

Especially if he's not
bothering anybody.

Where's my bottle I paid for?

Marshal, I best
get him out of here.

Everything's under control.

Bo, how about a beer?

Well, maybe one,
seeing it's you.

I'm a modern man, Matt.

Where's my whiskey?

I want my whiskey back!

You've got a
drunk in here, Toby.

He, he ain't had hardly
any, Sheriff Harker.

I mean, it must've just hit him,

what with him
losing his wife and all.

No excuse for
breaking the rules.

(Toby) It wasn't
on purpose, Sheriff.

We'll talk about it later.

Sober up, mister.
You're going to jail.

Bo!

Hold on.

You don't need to rough
him up, he's an old man.

Look Matt, maybe you
can play it loose in Dodge

since you had that town
under control for a long time,

but I can't afford
to let up here,

so don't push our friendship
by telling me how to run things.

Friendship's got
nothin' to do with it.

You mean you'd pull rank on me?

I'm not pullin' rank on ya.

I'm just tellin' ya
to ease off on him.

Now Matt, let's not make a
mountain out of a molehill.

Not after all we've
been through together.

I'll put Claude here in a
cell, let him sleep it off.

That won't hurt him.

Like you say, he's an old man.

Thanks, marshal.

I never thought I'd see Sheriff
Harker back down to any man.

Me neither, and I've seen
him bust people's skulls

for just looking
at him crossways.

He was always tough,

but I never saw him
rough up an old man

or have people
runnin' scared from him.

Well, it's the sad
truth, marshal.

He's got us all spooked.

Marshal, I don't like
to think we're cowards,

but we can't stand up to him.

We're just ordinary folks.

How'd he get like this?

Well marshal, four years ago

this town was a real snake pit.

I mean, nobody was safe
to walk down the street,

and then we hired Harker

and he womped things
into shape in a hurry.

I mean, I gotta tell ya,

we all thought he
was really something.

He saved our town and
we made a hero out of him.

That was a bad mistake.

He just naturally took
over being the boss man.

Marshal, he runs herd on us

like we were a bunch
of runny-nosed kids.

His deputy sure seems
to think highly of him.

Barney?

Yes, he's a good boy,

but Harker's got him
hog tied in the head.

Now hold it.

Now marshal, I'm not so sure

we should be opening
up to you like this.

'Cause I'm a friend of
Harker's, you mean?

Yes, if word ever
got back to him

that we'd been complaining.

If what you say
about him is true,

how come the town
council hasn't fired him?

'Cause we're the town council.

Firin' Bo Harker's a
beautiful thought, marshal,

and it's one we've all savored,

but Harker won't
take it lyin' down,

and who around here
is gonna face up to him?

I mean, there ain't nobody
faster than he is with a gun,

or fists, or more
ready to use 'em.

And whatever
else he is, marshal,

he ain't a coward.

You're a US marshal.

Isn't it your duty to take
care of situations like this?

I don't know, I've
known Bo a long time.

We'll make it a formal
request in writing if that'll help.

I know it's not easy
for you, marshal.

But maybe we can show you
something that'll make it easier.

Can we come in, Charlie?

(Charlie) I was just
getting ready to go to bed.

(Toby) This early?

(Charlie) I did a lot of
work today. I got tired.

Oh stop lying
Charlie, and let 'em in.

Hello, Grandma.

Tell Marshal Dillon what
happened to your hand.

Nothin' it was just an accident.

I'll tell him different!

It was him that prowls
around, seein' everything,

hearin' everything, skulking
around like the devil himself.

Then it was Sheriff
Harker who did this to ya?

- Grandma...
- It's all right, Charlie.

It was him that
done it, all right.

On account of
what I said to you.

But I ain't even
sure he meant it.

It's just that he
can't stand to think

that someone might not
think he was the king of the hill,

and I quit thinkin' of him
that way quite some spell ago.

Ma'am, I'm sure sorry
to be the cause of this.

Oh, well now don't go
blamin' yourself, marshal.

It was my own fault.

My mouth been gettin'
me into more trouble

than I care to think
about for years.

I'll tell ya someone else

you can go and
talk to if you want to.

This is William, marshal.

Willie?

You wanna tell us what happened?

I was playing down
at the old quarry

and fell down some rocks.

Willie.

Now, the marshal
is here to help us.

You can tell him the truth.

Nothin' to be afraid of,
Willie. Nobody's gonna hurt ya.

I was peggin' stones
at a tin can, marshal...

and broke the sheriff's window.

I tried to run before
he spotted me,

but he caught me anyways.

I was scared, so I lied

and said it wasn't me.

He just got kinda
crazy, and said I needed

to be taught a lesson,
and started hittin' me.

Thanks for tellin' us, Willie.

There's more, marshal.

More folks to talk to,

if they ain't too scared
to open their mouths.

No need, Toby.

I don't need any more.

(somber music)

Well, I didn't know
you all knew each other.

You better sit down, Bo.

Well, by the looks
on your faces,

I get the feeling I'd be
better off standing up.

What's this all about?

Town council set a meeting.

Without notifying me?

You know my rules
better than that.

Well, that's just it, Bo.

There's not gonna be
anymore of your rules.

They've decided to
ask for your resignation.

Like hell.

You can't fire me.

Let's just say you've
done your job too well.

They don't need a
town tamer anymore.

Now, wait.

I wanna hear them say it.

Go on, say it!

Yes.

How about you?

Yes.

You?

Yes.

That's it, Bo.

Look, you can't come in here

and ask me to quit
without giving reasons.

All right, what about
Grandma Boggs and Willie?

What about roughin'
up that old man

just 'cause he was drunk?

How about makin' up a lot
of rules people can't live by?

Terrorizing the people
you're supposed to protect?

You want more?

I don't know what
you've seen or heard

since you've been here, Matt.

But all I've done
here is my job.

Sure, sure, I've lost
my temper a time or two.

That ain't no reason for this.

I didn't come to you, you know.

You came to me.

To me!

Come whinin' and
crawlin', beggin' me for help!

And I gave it to ya.

I saved this town.

I made this a
decent place to live.

Now that it's over, you
wanna shut me out?

And to do that,

you come here pretending
to be an old friend.

You think what you want to, Bo.

It won't change anything.

I want your badge.

No.

No, sir.

Nobody touches my badge.

Most of all you.

You can try to take
it if you want to,

but you ain't never
gonna touch my badge

'cause I'm faster than
you, and you know it.

(suspenseful music)

Let me tell you
something, Dillon.

The fact that that
gun is where it is

and not in my holster

makes you luckier than
you've ever been in your life.

You better start packing.

I don't need to pack.

I ain't got nothing here
that ain't got stink on it.

Including that.

(somber music)

You were a good lawman once, Bo.

Could be again,
there's other towns.

We'll meet again, Dillon.

And when we do, we'll
play our little game again.

Next time for keeps.

(dramatic music)

Dillon, I got one question,
I got one question!

Now I wanna know why.

Look around you, Barney.

Ask anybody, they'll tell ya.

Now wait a minute, now
Mr. Harker has told me,

he has told me that every
town's got a few people

that are gonna speak
out against the law.

Not a few people,
Barney, everybody.

Just pick somebody
you respect and ask 'em.

Now, I had never heard anybody,

not anybody in this town

ever speak out against
Mr. Harker, now never!

They're afraid of him.

Afraid?

Why, why, just because
Mr. Harker's a strict man?

Well you know and I know

that a good sheriff
has to be strict.

Barney, Bo was a
good sheriff once.

He just went sour.

No, I'm just not gonna ever
believe anything like that.

You know Barney, they
put blinders on a horse

so they can lead him around.

But you look to me like the kind of
man that would like to know the truth.

You won't have to look far here.

I just don't understand

how something like
this could happen.

It wouldn't be the first time

a good man has
broken under pressure.

Wait a minute, are you
saying that Mr. Harker's crazy?

I'm just saying that
when he saw people

starting to break his rules,

when he say cracks
starting to appear

in his neat, tidy little town,

he started coming apart.

Now Barney, this town
has to have a sheriff.

I'm temporarily
gonna appoint you now

and I've got a hunch
the people in this town

will wanna make it permanent.

Uh. No, marshal, I, I, I can't
wear Mr. Harker's badge.

This isn't Mr. Harker's
badge, Barney.

It belongs to this
town, it always did.

That's something he forgot.

Now, I gotta head back to Dodge.

I don't think
you're gonna go off

and leave this town unprotected.

(emotional music)

I'll do my best.

But, I'm not ever gonna be
the sheriff that Mr. Harker was.

Let's hope not.

I guess I'm just gonna
have to accept the fact

that Mr. Harker's gone,

'cause I asked all over
town, nobody's seen him.

You know, I remember the
night they give him that rifle.

They had a big
banquet and everything.

Almost everybody in
town gave a speech.

Funny how things change.

Barney, believe me,

this is one change
that's for the good.

(emotional music)

(people chattering)

Watch out, don't spill it!

That's right!

Here we are, gents!

These are on me, it's a
night for celebrating, huh?

I still can't believe it.

Yeah, you know it's like
waking up from a nightmare.

Things are gonna
be good for all of us.

- All of us!
- (all cheering)

Business is bound to get better.

We haven't had such a
warm night in a long time.

My Sheriff, Barney Austin.

Everything seems so new
and fresh and goin' our way.

Don't you feel it too, Barney?

Ah Jenny, I guess I should.

Honey, I'm trying, but...

I'm afraid it's just
gonna take me a spell.

Barney, you're
gonna have to stop

feeling guilty about
Sheriff Bo Harker.

Oh now Jenny, that
man treated me good.

And after what he
did for this town,

I just don't think it was right

for them to just throw him out.

Well, I'm glad he's gone.

All right, I said it.

Oh Barney, you're gonna make

a much better sheriff
than he ever was.

Well now Jenny,
callin' me a sheriff

doesn't mean that
I'm gonna be one.

(hooves clopping)

'Cause calling is one thing,

and proving's another.

Well, I don't know
about you Barney,

but I'm tired of talking
about Sheriff Bo Harker.

Here we are in the moonlight.

You haven't even kissed me yet.

- (chuckles)
- (dog barking)

Well, come here
Jenny, come here.

That's enough.

No, now I'm not
gonna stop now, Jenny.

Stop it right now, what
if somebody came by?

Well, we'll just let 'em watch.

All right, hold your horses!

- (people clamoring)
- (jaunty piano music)

Well, well, well.

All my old friends
enjoying themselves.

Satisfying sight,
gentlemen, it surely is.

Toby, looks like
you got yourself

a special occasion
going on here.

So I'll just have a
beer, and join in the fun.

Here ya are, sheriff.

Sheriff?

No, no, no, no, I'm
not sheriff anymore.

Don't you remember?

I was put out to pasture by you

and the rest of the
good folks of this town.

I'll tell you something, Toby,

I'm kinda glad I don't have

the responsibility
that badge carried.

I mean all the
time I was sheriff,

wasn't I always
around to protect ya?

Didn't I always bust up fights

before they got outta hand?

Did any two bit gunslinger
ever get a chance

to come in here
and use his gun, hm?

But then I'm not
sheriff anymore, am I?

It's gonna happen,
Toby, it surely is.

I'm gonna be
real sorry about it.

Any day now, some
two bit gunslinger's

gonna walk through
that door, come in here,

and maybe shoot up that
real pretty mirror of yours.

Where'd that come from?

Just like that,
the other corner.

(gun fires)

Please, sir, please!

I think that's the saloon.

All right Jenny, you go home.

Barney!

And them light fixtures
will surely dazzle his eyes.

(gun fires)

Please, Mr. Harker!

He'd never stand for them
bottles standing up there.

That wasn't nice, Charlie.

Tryin' to walk outta here
when I was givin' a little speech.

(bullets rattle)

(glasses clatter)

If I was still sheriff, none
of this would happen right?

I mean, I never allowed gunplay.

That just goes to show you,

lettin' me go was a big mistake.

Well, not that any of
you wanted me to go.

Why I bet there ain't
a man among ya,

doesn't wish I was
wearin' my badge right now.

Is that right?

'Cause without me
around to protect ya,

he'd just go on.

And on.

- And on.
- (gun fires)

And on.

And on.

(Barney) Mr. Harker.

Well Barney, come
to join the fun?

Mr. Harker?

What are you doing, sir?

Wasn't me.

No, it was some
drunken cowboy done it.

I was just showing
my old friends

what it's gonna be like
now I ain't sheriff no more.

Well, Mr. Harker, I understand
you being mad at this town.

Mad?

I ain't mad, Barney.

I ain't mad at all.

Sir, I don't think I
quite understand.

Object lessons cost, Barney.

Mr. Harker, you're gonna
have to pay for all these repairs.

I don't believe it, the
puppy dog's snapping back.

Mr. Harker, we'll
live by your rules.

You'll have to
pay for the repairs.

Come on, let's go
outside and talk.

Talk?

Talk about what,
my badge? My job?

How you and a few
other liars in this town

went behind my back?

I've done more for you
Barney than I would've for a son.

Mr. Harker, I appreciate
everything you taught me,

but sir I learned one lesson,

and that's nobody
must break the law.

Now Mr. Harker,
that includes you.

Sir, let's go.

Let's go.

That's funny.

They taught me
something, Barney.

Taught me always
face your friends.

That way you can watch 'em.

(gun cocks)

(dramatic music)

I guess that sorta makes
me sheriff again, don't it?

I mean I surely do believe
that's what all of you want.

Of course if there's those
among you who think different,

you just speak right up.

Barney.

Barney?

Barney.

(Jenny sobbing)

It's unanimous, just
like I thought it would be.

Well, guess I'd better
get my town back in order.

And to begin with, you
clean this place up Toby.

You know how I feel
about untidy saloons.

- (Jenny sobbing)
- (dramatic music)

- (gun fires)
- (glass shatters)

Hello, Davy.

Seems odd you'd
be workin' this late.

Now, it's not good
for a man to overdo.

Especially not good for him

if he's plannin' to
send a wire to, say,

Dodge City for Dillon to read
when he gets there tomorrow.

But you wouldn't do nothin'
like that, would you Davy?

No sir, I surely wouldn't.

Then, on the other
hand, there's no use

puttin' temptation
in your way, is there?

Night, Davy.

- Mornin' marshal.
- Mornin' Pete.

Easy Lonnie, what
are you doing here?

Barney let me out last night.

With Harker gone, there
was no one to press charges.

There's trouble, real trouble.

Now just take it easy
and catch your breath.

(Lonnie panting)

Sheriff Harker's come back.

He's come back,
shootin' up the whole town.

(somber music)

Good morning, ladies.

I want a room,
facing the street.

Yes, sir.

I want you coming along.

I don't want you blabbin'
to Dillon, understand?

Now, move.

Come on!

(somber music)

Somebody got a word to him.

Well, he was bound to
show up sooner or later.

Maybe it's better this way.

(man) You gonna
ambush the marshal?

I never bushwhacked
a man in my life.

When I have it out with Dillon,

it'll be face to face,
you understand?

I wanna watch
him stew for a while.

Wanna watch him
try to track me down.

Watch him start
jumpin' at shadows,

with the fear start
eatin' at his insides.

We'll play a little game again.

One more time, we'll play it.

Dillon will lose,
like he always did.

He'll lose.

(Jenny) That's Barney's coffin,
marshal. Did you know that?

Jenny, I don't know how
to tell you how sorry I am.

Then you also know it
was cold-blooded murder.

It won't be much
consolation to you now,

but we're gonna get him.

He'll gun you down, marshal.

Just like he did with Barney,

and same as he did with
Barney, he'll pretend it was legal.

You gotta hide somewhere
and shoot him from cover.

I can't do it that way.

You know that.

I know.

I also know as good as you are,

you haven't got a
chance against him.

Come nightfall,
there'll be two coffins.

One for Barney...

and one for you.

If you let me go, I promise
not to say anything,

I really do promise, sheriff.

It's starting.

Easy to guess
what Jenny told him.

Easy.

Easy to guess she's putting

the first wedges of
worries in Dillon's head.

It'll grow like a
festering sore.

Too bad about Jenny, though.

She'll thank me in time.

Barney Austin was
no good, he proved it.

(suspenseful music)

It's starting.

He started the hunt.

Why ain't he shown yet?

Well, it's like gambling,
when you corner a man.

You make him sit and wait,

figured it gave him an edge.

Well do you reckon you'll
have to smoke him out then?

No, he'd like nothin'
better than that.

See me runnin' around,
tryin' to pin him down.

Oh, and then when
he saw he had you

all worn to a
frazzle, he'd show.

That's the way he likes to work.

So if you don't mind, Toby,
I'm gonna stay right here.

Do a little waiting of my own.

(suspenseful music)

Two hours.

Two hours he's been in there.

What's he up to?

Answer me!

Maybe he's scared.

Maybe it's like you said,
maybe he's gettin' liquored up.

No.

No, Dillon's too smart for that.

Come on, Dillon.

Come on out.

I wanna see the worry
start gnawing at ya.

Come on.

They're all on
your side, marshal.

Every one of 'em.

Only there ain't one of
'em willing to bet on ya.

(suspenseful music)

Ms. Jenny?

We're right sorry about Barney.

Needn't have happened, you know.

Weren't our fault, Miss Jenny.

Wasn't it?

Bo Harker couldn't have
stood up against all of you.

We ain't so sure about that.

Harker ain't human,
and Barney was foolish,

trying what he did.

Is that the way you
get rid of your guilt,

by blaming Barney?

I suppose you'll
blame Marshal Dillon

when Bo Harker guns him down.

She don't understand.

She just don't
understand at all.

(ominous music)

Dillon!

Dillon, you hear me?

I'm waitin' Dillon, come on.

There's a back door, marshal.

There ain't anybody in
the world would fault ya.

(Bo) Dillon?

(Bo) Why didn't you
come lookin' for me?

What kind of a lawman are you?

In some ways, same
kind you are, Bo.

I knew you'd come
sooner or later.

All I had to do was wait.

I give you credit for that.

Gotta take you in, Bo.

I'm a lawman.

I go with the law.

The law is against you on this.

Not the way I see it.

You tried to make
this a lawless town.

Tried to turn good
folks against me.

I warned ya.

Now I'm gonna have to kill ya.

You sure you can do it?

You know better than that.

I always beat you.

That was in a game, Bo.

There's something
you never knew.

What's that?

I always let ya win.

Sure you did.

I don't lie, Bo.

All right, let's get to it.

Let's find out.

One.

Two.

Three.

(dramatic music)

(somber music)

(Jenny sobbing)

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