Gunsmoke (1955–1975): Season 7, Episode 8 - Chesterland - full transcript

A new girl in town is staying at Ma Smalley's. In the joy of "sparking" with the girl in a borrowed buggy, Chester inadvertently proposes. The girl admits openly that she came to Dodge to find a husband and whom should she find, right away, but Chester. If there's a hint of hesitation there, Chester overlooks it. He takes his responsibilities as a future husband seriously, staking his claim to an abandoned homestead and leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to whipping the substandard land into shape. He builds a dugout single-handedly, wakes to find it flooded, and realizes that he has water in abundance to sell to parched settlers. He does a brisk business, filling many barrels, and what could be more logical than to hand his earnings to his betrothed for deposit in the bank in town.

Starring James
Arness as Matt Dillon.

Gettin' late.

I sure wish he'd get back
with my horse and buggy.

Well, if you're gonna stay
here all night waiting for him,

- we might as well have a beer.
- Say, now, there's an idea.


Whoa... whoa, boy.

Heh. Miss Daisy?

- Miss Daisy?
- Hmm?

- We're home.
- Mmm.



Guess I'll just...
have to carry her.


This, uh, is Miss Daisy Fair.

Miss Daisy?

- We're home.
- Hmm?

Wake up, Miss Daisy.

Mmm, we'd best be headin'
back now, Chester honey.

- Yeah, well... we-we done that.
- Mm-hmm?

We headed back and
we're home, Miss Daisy.

Oh. Oh! Why, so we are.

Oh, now, Chester,
couldn't you put me down?

I'm an awful weight!

Just like two gnats
and a mosquito.

I declare, you say the
most humorous things.

Now, you put me
down, Chester Goode.

Put me dow... There.


- Well, how's that now?
- Mmm.

- Miss Daisy, I...
- Mm-hmm?

Sure would admire to
see you again sometime.



Oh! Chester!

Have you any idea
the time of night?

Sh-Sh-She just about
asleep on her feet.

Well, she's paid for a bed,

and it's past
time she was in it.

- Yeah, well, Daisy...
- Oh, Chester...

You haven't given her a drop
or two of whiskey, have you?

For heaven's sakes, no,
Ma. I mean, Daisy's a lady.

Uh, D-Daisy.

Daisy? Daisy.

Oh! Why, I declare,
I dozed off again.

Good evening, Mrs. Smalley.

A good mornin' to you, and
good night to you, Chester.

- Ma.
- Good night, Chester honey.

PI-Pleasant dreams
to you, Daisy.

Say, Chester, don't you think
the mail ought to be in by now?

Oh, yeah, huh.

I'll go down and get
it in just a minute.

Mr. Dillon, did you...
take note of that...

Miss Daisy that I
was with last night?

You know, the-the young
lady that I was... with?

Well, I couldn't hardly
help but take notice of her.

Golly, she sure is a
pretty little thing, ain't she?

'Course I guess you
could see that for yourself.

- Well, not too well, no.
- You know, she's new in town.

She's stayin' over
at Ma Smalley's.

Yeah, when did
she get into Dodge?

- We had supper together last night.
- What's she doing here?

We had the catfish, too, over
at Delmonico's, the both of us.



Just take a smell of that.

Doesn't smell like catfish.

Oh, right there,

that's wild
honeysuckle, Mr. Dillon.

Oh, that, uh, that comes
with the catfish now, does it?

N-No, no, that...

that there comes from-from
sparkin' on the riverbank.

I just thought I'd kind of
keep it as a remembrance.

We was all alone,
just settin' and talkin'...

sparkin' a little bit and
then we'd talk some more.

She just kind of
drifted off to sleep.

Kind of fell asleep
while I was talkin' to her.


What's the matter?


I got to see Doc.


It's me.

I, uh, just wanted to
ask you a little question.

The answer is no, Chester.


I ain't hardly come
to the question yet.

Well, the answer is still no.

You can't have my
horse and buggy anymore.

Well, Doc, I never said nothing
about your horse and buggy.

No, you sure didn't.
Not even thanks.

What? You mean for
the use of it last night?

Well, I didn't want to come up
here to ask you about it at all.

What I come up
here to ask you about

w-was something else
altogether about last night.

- A-All right, well, what was it?
- Well,

you remember th-that young
lady that I was with last night, Doc.

Yeah, I noticed you
had something there.

Yeah, her name is Miss
Daisy Fair, and she was asleep.

You know, I had to pick
her up out of the buggy.


Well, uh, what I
was wonderin' is,

when somebody
is-is asleep like that

and somebody just
goes right on talkin',

do they hear what they say?

Does who hear what who says?

The one that's asleep.

- He's asleep and he goes right on...
- No, no, now...

No, she's asleep and
he goes right on talkin'.

Oh, my gosh.

Chester, if you want any
kind of an answer out of me,

you got to be a little
clearer with what...

Well, when I said
what I said, you see,

Miss Daisy was already
asleep at the time,

only I-I just didn't
know it, and...

and I... well, I-I-I...

I think I asked her
to marry me, maybe.

You think, maybe?

Well, no, I did. I mean, I
asked her to marry me. It just...


She was just so sweet and
so lovely a-and so purty and...

Oh, Doc, I just got the
awfullest urge just to...

to protect her for
the rest of my life.

Now, what I want
to know is, is...

she gonna remember
that or ain't she?

Well, I...

I just don't think that I'm
gonna be able to give you

a clear-cut yes or
no on that, medically.

- No?
- No, but I do think you're gonna find out.

But if you don't tell me,
Doc, how am I gonna know?

Well, I think Miss
Daisy's gonna tell you.

Well, I...

I was kind of hopin' that
you'd know the answer.


Well, you got all these
books here and everything.

Oh, no. No, I...

I just think that's about
all I can do for you.

Thanks a lot anyway, Doc. It
was just so important to me and...

Oh, listen, th-there
is one other thing.


For heaven's sakes,
don't go tellin' this around

- all over town.
- Oh, no.

You know, what I told
you here this morning.

Well, there would
just be a lot of people

that just wouldn't
understand and talk.

Well, I should say not.

It can, uh, just be our secret.

- All right?
- Just us.

Oh, well, good.

Well, I-I... I don't
know, Chester.

I never thought about it before.

Well, could-could you just
kind of think about it now?

I mean, you know,
take your time.


well, I-I don't know
how to think about it.

I don't even know
where to begin.

Well, maybe I could help you.

Now, supposin' that-that...

Now, this just come to
me right out of the air...

Now-now supposin' that-that
somebody proposed to you

and you was asleep.

Now, could you hear it?


well, what am I doin'
asleep if he's proposin'?

Golly, that is a
stickler, ain't it? Heh.

Uh, look, Chester, let
me... let me just say this,

if it-it'll put your
mind at ease. Um...

well, I-I'd say that a woman
is apt to talk in her sleep,

but, um, listen in her
sleep, I don't think so.

- You don't, right?
- Mm-mm.

No, you know, um, women
aren't much for listenin'

even when they're awake.


Well, hey, doggone...

Well, thanks anyway for-for
your trouble, Miss Kitty.

I'm much obliged to you.

And-and, uh...

I-I'd appreciate it if you
just wouldn't say anything

to anybody about this.

Chester, I wouldn't even know
how to begin to tell anybody.

It can just be our secret.


- Say, Chester...
- Oh, Mr. Dillon, you know that thing

that I was talkin' to
you about this mornin',

I-I'd appreciate it if you
could keep it under your hat.

All right, fine.

Hey, Miss Daisy's
waitin' over there for you.

- Better get over there.
- Wait... where?

- Over at the office.
- Ooh!

Well... Mornin', Miss Daisy.

Good mornin', Chester.

How are you this mornin'?

Fine, thank you.

Chester, I'll... would thank you

just not to take any
liberties with me.

Not just yet, anyway.

See, I been thinking what I
would say to you and that...

hand-holding can just
be very distrackin' to a girl.

Yeah, well, to a man, too.


Chester, would you mind, uh,

just steppin' away
a pace or two?

Well... all right.

Uh, I do not customarily go
sparkin' along the riverbank

with a gentleman I just met.

I just want you to
know that, first of all.

Well, listen, I don't, either.

I mean, you know, with
a woman that I just met.

That is, generally
speakin' I-I don't.

Not-not for the
first time, that is.

You don't?

Well, of course
not, I got my code.

And you got the brownest eyes.

Well... I-I do?

I declare you do.

Well, you know,
speaking of eyes, you...

Oh, Chester, you mind
your distance, now.

I didn't... I didn't finish
what I come here to say.

I just wish you'd bear with me

whilst I gather
my wits about me.

Well, I... I'm... I'm bearing.

All right.

Chester, I just never dream.

I mean, I can't even...

I can't even remember
when I most ever have.

But this morning, I woke up

with a sure notion that
I'd dreamed me something.

Uh, well, uh...

gosh, I-I just hope it
wasn't nothing bad.

Well, I'd dreamed...

that you asked me
to become your wife.


do you remember
what it was that you...

you dreamed that
you answered me?

Yeah, I've been
dreaming nothing else.


Chester, did I just
dream that you asked me?

Oh, no, no, no, I-I did.

I asked you. I just
asked you right out.

Then I'll answer you right out.

I'll marry you, Chester.

- Oh?
- On condition.

What do you mean?
What condition?

Well, on... on condition
that... that we wait

a proper time so as we
get to know each other...

Well, that-that-that there
seems only fair to me.

I mean, a proper time.

Oh, Chester!


Oh, Chester, now,
don't you be so forward!

Oh... if you'll like
me to take supper

with you again
tonight, I'd be delighted.


Well... I...

I guess you're all
wondering if it's true.

If what's true, Chester?

It is. It's true.

Miss Daisy can
hear in her sleep.

Well, what does that mean?

Well, it... it just means
that-that-that we're betrothed.


Yeah, we're...

we're going to get
married, Doc, just...

just as soon as... as we get to
know each other good enough.

I guess I'm just about the
happiest man in the world.

Yeah, well, you
need a stiff drink.

Oh, no, no, no, Doc.

I just don't have time for it.

Thanks a lot anyway.

I got so much stuff
to do and everything.

Just wanted to come
by and let you know.

Oh. Uh, uh, Mr. Dillon,

could you loan me two
dollars until Saturday?

Just enough for supper tonight?

Thanks a lot.

You know, one... one thing...

making a good stab

at getting to know each other.

You can lay that onto your
big brown eyes, Chester, honey.

Oh, Chester.

I declare, the slightest
little bit of encouragement,

you turn into a regular tiger.

Well, you can't
hardly blame a man.

Now, Chester, I got
to tell you something.

I think that... you'll think I'm

the most brazen
woman you ever met.

- Oh, I will not.
- Yeah, you...

Wh-Wh-What is it?

Well, I think you ought to know

that I came out West
apurpose to marry.

See, I had in mind to look
around a good long time

and find me the
best man there was,

but, well, I found you first.

You mean you acted too hasty?

Well, I couldn't help myself.

I mean, you might say I was
just powerless to resist you.


But, Chester, as breathtaking
and romantic as this all is,

we cannot live our lives
out on this lovely cloud.

I mean, a girl... any girl...

She wants the
good things in life.

She wants a home

and the comforts that
a man can give her.

Well, I know
that life ain't all...

honeysuckle and catfish.

I know that.

You don't think
it's asking too much

for a home and the comforts?

No, no, no, but...

you know, as long
as we're kind of

slipping off of
that there cloud,

you know, that's...
that's going to take

a little while...
Home and comforts.

Chester, you think
I'm pushing you?

No, no, it's just that...

well, it's just going
to take a little while.

Oh, Chester.

Well, what do you
think of it, Mr. Dillon?

Well, I don't know, Chester.

Well, it is kind of
hard to put into words.

Course, when I look at it,

all I can think
of is it's all mine.


Well, tell me, has Miss
Daisy seen this yet?

Uh, no, no.

Uh, she sure is
straining to, though.

Of course, I-I told
her all about it.

You know, the one thing I
can't quite figure out, though,

is why the feller that
started this homestead quit it.

Yeah. Yeah, that's kind
of hard to figure, isn't it?


at least you didn't pay out
good money for the place.

Oh, I... I'll say I
didn't, Mr. Dillon.

You know I checked
with the land office

and this place is still
up for homestead?

I just can't understand it.

I guess I'm just real lucky.

Yeah, that is pretty hard
to understand all right.

You know, it'll take a while
to get a stand of grass here.

I... I'm not going to
be able to run cattle

on it right away,
that's for sure.

Well, you're not planning
to farm this place, are you?

Oh, sure, well, yeah.

Well, it's... it's just a
little bit hard there on top.

Underneath that,
Mr. Dillon, that's...

that's good, rich loam.

Well, I don't know, Chester.

The rich loam may be
quite a way down in there.

Well, that there will turn
with a plow real easy.

Tell me, when do
you plan to do all this?

In my spare time.

Well, it's your place.

I sure hope you
can make it work.

Oh, I'll make it work.

I'll tell you, Mr. Dillon,

a man that digs in his
own dirt is just a king.

Well, that's awful dry dirt.

Well, all it takes is
just a little bit of water,

and that'll grow anything.


Speaking of water,
maybe we better

water the horses before
we start back, huh?

Oh, Mr. Dillon, you
know, I ain't located

any water around here yet.

You haven't?


Well, whoever built this shack

must have had a well, didn't he?

Oh, yeah, yeah, it's just
a question of finding it.

Oh, that... that there is, uh...

that's going to have to
be worked on a little bit.

Yeah, just a question
of proving up here

and shoring up there...
It's going to be all right.

Well, a little rain
wouldn't do it any harm.



By golly, you just...

you just better make
up your mind to it

'cause you and me are
going to turn over the earth.

♪ Big eyes, they're brown ♪

♪ She's got them big eyes,
she's got them big eyes ♪

♪ She's got, she's got ♪

♪ She's got the big
eyes, they're brown ♪

♪ She's got, she's got ♪

♪ She's got the big
eyes, they're brown... ♪

Oh! Oh!

Oh! Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Whoa, boy.

Gosh durn.



Mr. Dillon, you
give me a fright.

Here, here, I'll... I'll do it.

Oh, don't bother
with that, Chester.

How you feeling?

By golly.

I just was redding up
the place there, and I...

uh, well, by golly, you know

I'm telling you the
truth, Mr. Dillon.

I just sat down there
just for a minute,

and by golly, I was
asleep just like that.

Well, seems to me you're kind of

burning the candle
at both ends there.

Yeah, well, I-I just don't
know what's got into me lately.

Just the least little
old thing, and I...

I'm just gone, and I...

I just don't know
that I'm asleep

until I wake up, and
then I already been.

I'm just bone tired.

Well, I know you are, Chester.

I think maybe you're
doing too much.

You do?

Trying to make a farm out
of that piece of land out there,

coming in here and working.

Maybe you ought
to ease off a little bit.


well, something's got to
give, that's... that's for sure.

Something's got to give.


Miss Kitty, I don't
think you've, uh,

met, uh, Miss Daisy Fair.

Miss Kitty Russell.

Hello, Daisy.

And, uh, Doc Adams.

Oh, yes, you're the one
with that lovely buggy.

I do.

Of course, uh, you...
you remember Mr. Dillon.

Evening, Marshal.

Daisy. Wouldn't you
like to sit down and...?

Oh, no, no, no, we... we
really don't have time for that.

Uh, just, uh, come
by for a minute.

I... I, uh... wanted to
ask you something.

Well, actually, I wanted to...

You see, I just don't
feel that-that I could...

hold down two jobs
at-at-at once, Mr. Dillon,

you know, and do
justice to them, and...

and, uh, so I kind
of thought that...

well, we thought
that... that, uh...

well, I'm-I'm going
to be a farmer.

Well, Chester, I
think that's fine.

Hope you'll have a
lot of luck, both of you.

Look, don't worry
about your job,

'cause that'll be there
any time you want it.

Oh, well, that's, uh...

Thanks a lot, Mr. Dillon.

I... I, uh... uh... You... Uh...

Well... I feel like
he's going to war.

♪ You'll not find another
pair like her eyes of brown. ♪

Well, I got a lot
of work to do here.

Well, get a good night's rest.

Ready to start in the morning.



You got coffee on?

Uh, yeah, there's
some in the house.

I'll get it for you.

All right. All
right, I'll get it.

Yeah, thank you.
Just, uh, help yourself.

It's in there on the stove.

Yeah, all right.

Hey? Hey, I don't
see no biscuits around.

Well, I ain't got
no biscuits yet.

I-I just moved in. Ain't
had a chance to stock up.

Son, you let this
coffee boil too long.


I say, you boiled it too long.

Why golly, you're-you're
sure not obliged to drink it.

I'm gonna use that, uh,

that log there that
you're sitting on.

Well, there's one for you.


Say, I, uh... I come
by to help you.

Oh, that's right
neighborly of you.

Hey, call me Tubby.

Well, my name's Chester Goode.



Yeah, Tubby Clyde.

I was a real lard
when I was a kid.

Uh, my stomach gone
back on me, though.

Well, it's nice to know
you, anyway, Tubby.

Yeah. Yeah, thanks.

See, what I'm
gonna do here is, uh,

uh, I want to get
this side here, uh,

to match that one over there.

- Yeah.
- Yeah.

Oh, yeah, I can see
that it's a little, uh...


Gee, now, wait a minute.

I-I wouldn't do that alone
if I was you, Chester.

Oh, well, thanks a lot, Tubby.

- I sure appreciate your help.
- Yeah.

Man, could sprain himself,
you know, awful bad.

Yeah, well, maybe
you could... could put...

See this rock
here... This big 'un...

If you could put that
underneath this side of the house

when I get it raised
up, I'd sure appreciate it.


Yes, sir, just ruin
his self for life.


I ain't done no lifting
this long time since.

- Now!
- Now, what? Uh...

Well, at least, could you...?

- Maybe you could just kind of...
- Well, now, wait a minute.

To-to sit there and
push it in with your feet.

Hey, now, wait a minute,
Chester. That ain't gonna work.


Well, gosh, that-that
rock ain't gonna set.

Roll around too much.

Say, I got the solution for you.

What? What?

Why don't you build
yourself a abode?

Oh, that's the best
kind of a house.

Well, I got myself a house.

All I need to do is to fix it.

Yeah. Won't work.

Gosh, this is sure
awful poor land, ain't it?

Well... Worst I ever seen.

Well, it's mine. It
oughtn't bother you none.

Yeah, you'd have
to pay me to take it.

I'd want a good price, too.

Now, listen, Tubby,
you just got to quit.

You come over here, and
you say you want to be friendly,

and you want to help
out, and all you do is,

you just sat there and carped.

Now, a man can just
take so much of it!

Now, that's enough!

My gosh, this land
ain't even fit to walk on.

If you can't say nothing nice,
why don't you just shut up?!

Well, there you are.

I told you it wouldn't work.

You get out of here.

Oh, what's the matter?

Don't you want me
to help you no more?

I don't need your help!

Just go on and get out of here!

There ain't a man alive
that don't need help, Chester.


Hey, is this what you've
been doing here, Chester,

building this?

Yeah, yeah. I-I think it's
gonna be kind of good, Doc,

once I get the walls up.

You know, I'm surprised.

I thought Matt told me

that there was a house
already out on this place.

Oh, there was. Yeah,
there was a house here.

It just, uh...

Well, it wasn't too practical.

- Wasn't practical?
- No.

Yeah, well, can I go in now?

Sure. Well, of course.

I mean, that's
what I built it for.

Well, by golly, lookee there.

You got your coffee, Chester.

Well, a man can't do too
much work without coffee.

No, sir.

Sure a high ceiling.

Yeah. Uh, well, just about
as high as the sky right now.

Chester, you haven't got
any cupboard or anything.

Uh, well, no, no, I, uh...

Actually, to tell
you the truth, Doc,

don't have too
much to put into it,

and I figured wasn't
no use getting anything

if you didn't use it.

Well, it's kind of too bad,
because I was counting

on you helping me out a little.

What, uh... what do you mean?

Oh, well, old Mrs. Chapin
brought in a whole lot of food

and palmed it off on me,
and, uh, you know how she is.

She just...

She don't like to pay her
doctor bills with money.

- Food, Doc?
- Oh, yeah.

Some bacon and,
uh, eggs and beans

and apple pie and a
whole big pot of stew.

I don't know what to do with it.

- Pot of stew, too, huh?
- Oh, yeah.

- My goodness.
- Well, I, uh...

I was kind of thinking

maybe you could
take it off of my hands,

but I can see you haven't
got any place to keep here.

Well, now, wait a minute, Doc.

I mean...

You know, if-if it'd really
oblige you any, why...

Oh, well, it would. Golly.

Say, you know, I'm just as
hungry as I can be right now.

We could heat that stew
up on the stove, and we...

I'll get it, by golly.

Well, here, let me
help you carry it.

All right.

Just take a look at that.

Look at them eggs.

Well, for heaven sakes.

Here. Now just wait till
you see what's in here.



Don't you want some more pie?

Oh, golly, Doc, I got
to loosen my belt now.

Sure good, though, wasn't it?

Oh, I'd tell you
if it wasn't good.

So was that stew, the
way we cleaned it up.

- Is that all gone?
- Yeah.

You know, that's
just disgraceful.

As a doctor, I can tell you

that that is the surest
way to an early grave.

Overeating like that.

Yeah, well, I can't think of
a nicer way to go, myself.

By golly, you sure do get
a good view of it from here.

- View of what?
- My land and all.

Yeah, well, there sure
ain't nothing to obstruct it.

Now right there
is the cornfield.

Where is that?

And beyond it is the pasture.

Then you have the
hayfield over here

and the barn and
the corrals and all.

Where are you seeing all that?

Well, I'm looking a
little bit into the future.

Well, I think you ought
to think about the present.

When are you gonna
get this place completed?

Well, I'm just a little
bit hung up here.

Tell, you the truth I've...
I've just run out of cash.

I... I need some new boards.

This is all could save
from the old house.

You know what I ought to do?

What's that?

By golly, I think I will.

Do what?

Then I wouldn't have to
wait on-on nothing or nobody.

What are you talking about?

A dugout.

Oh, for heaven's sakes.

Well, now, wait a minute, Doc.

There's a lot to be
said for a dugout.

There certainly is,
and none of it's good.

Well, now, a dugout is nice
and warm in the wintertime.

It's nice and cool
in the summertime.

And wetter than the
very devil when it rains.



By golly, Doc, I...
I just don't think

that it's ever gonna
rain again in Kansas.

- Well, 'morning.
- Hello, Kitty.

Hi, Kitty.

I, uh, went down
to pick up my mail,

and I thought I'd
save you a trip.

Well, thank you.

Matt, this place is a mess.

Oh, no, not you, too.

Yeah, be careful. He's
pretty touchy about that.

Oh, here, sit down.

That's the only clean
chair in the place.

I just cleaned it off.

Well, you're the
local health officer.

Can't you do something about it?

Well, listen, I'm the one that's
got to live here, you know.

Yeah. Guess that's true.

Well, how's Chester? Has
anybody seen him lately?

Yes, I-I saw him the other day.

Do you know what
he's doing out there?

He's building himself a dugout.

A dugout?

You mean, to-to
live in with Daisy?

Well, with Daisy

and assorted prairie
dogs and gophers.

Oh. Well, howdy.

You come home to roost?

Whatever made you think that?

Well, I just thought maybe
you might have give up.

No. No, I just come in

to get me some coffee
and a few potatoes.

I understand you're, um,
building yourself a dugout.

Yeah, yeah. There's a
little fixing to do on it yet,

but I got all the digging done.


Well, is there, uh...

Is there anything
we can get for you?

Anything you-you need out there?

No. No, not a thing.

As a matter of fact,
I'm just about ready

to show it to Miss
Daisy tomorrow.

That-that's the reason
why I come in, Mr. Dillon.

I thought maybe you might
be able to do me a favor.

What's that?

Well, I was just wondering if
maybe you could bring her out

tomorrow so's
that I could, uh...

I could show it to
her for the first time.

Well, sure, if that's
what you want me to do.

Well, I-I sure do. Thank you.

Well, I guess I'd better
get on back out there.

Only got a few more
hours of sunlight left.

Oh, uh, Mr. Dillon,

maybe you could bring
her out tomorrow afternoon,

late afternoon, so's
I can get a chance

to kind of get the
place spic and span.

All right, I'll bring her
out tomorrow afternoon.

All right.


Well... that's it, Daisy.

Where? Marshal, this
just can't be the place.

Well, I'm afraid it is, Daisy.

That's what I was
trying to tell you...

That, well, Chester just
exaggerates things, and...

Oh, but Marshall, the lane and
the corn, and the alfalfa field.

Well, there's just
nothing here at all.

Oh, there's something here.

I expect we'll
find Chester here.


Well, Marshal, there's
just nothing in the world

out over yonder except something
that looks like a stovepipe.

That is a stovepipe.


Anybody home?

Oh, Mr. Dillon. Hi, Daisy.

Chester, what are you
doing down in that hole?

Oh, well, it-it's,
uh, it's a surprise.

Come on in, come on in.

I-I, uh... uh, just
be careful there

with the... the steps.

They're still kind of loose.

Watch your step.

Mr. Dillon, you might have
to duck a little bit there.

You might hit
your head on the...

Well, what do you think?

- Well, it's not bad, Chester.
- Yeah.

Chester Goode,
you been fooling me.

You didn't think that I could
make one all by myself, did you?

Well, anything that
lives underground

could build a hole for himself.

I mean, a-a mole and a gopher,

they can build
holes for themselves.

Well, Daisy, ain't you
ever seen a dugout before?

No, I have not.

Why, heck, they're tucked in
the ground all over the prairie.

- Ain't they, Mr. Dillon?
- They sure are.

Well, we can get one thing
cleared up right here now...

I am not gonna be
tucked down into one.

Well, golly, Daisy, I...

well, I thought I'd
done a good job on it.

You have, Chester.

Well, they're not
easy, I can tell you that.

They're-they're hard.

They're just backbreaking,
is what they are.

Oh, Chester, I can just
hardly believe my eyes.

I mean, all those
stories that you told me.

You just plain took me right in.

Well, I did not, Daisy.

Well, Chester, where's
all those tall cornfields?

Where is that sweet-smellin'
alfalfa? Where?

Well, it-it-it's right
where it always was.

It's in the future a
little bit, but it's there.

I mean, all you got to have

is just a little bit
of imagination.

A little imagination?!

Well, that's all that I had.

Chester, there's not
a growing thing here.

The only thing that's coming
out of the ground is that stovepipe!

Well... well, Daisy...

No! Take me home, Marshal.

Well, you... And to think...

that I been making
these for our home!

Well, I kind of thought
I'd done a good job.

Well, Chester, you have. I...

Look, I wouldn't worry
too much about her.

She'll... she'll probably
change her mind

- after she's thought it over...
- Well, I hope so.

My goodness,
it's only temporary.

Sure. Well, I, uh...

guess I'd better
get her back to town.

Thanks a lot for bringing her.

I thought it was kind of cozy.

For heaven's sakes!

By golly, it's rained!

It's rained!

It rained! It rained!

Well, what in the world?

The rain... By golly, bone-dry

up here and standing
water down there.

I must've hit water.

I got me an underground well.

I hit a well! I got me a well!

I got a well!

By golly, I hit me
an underground well!

I'll whup you yet, you
old dry, burned out...

I'll make you grow!
I'll make you grow!



Three barrels.

That's 50 cents change.
Thank you very much.

How we doing there, Arny?

Oh, that'll do it, Chester.

Much obliged to you, Chester.

Boy, if it hadn't been
for the well here,

I'd have had to drive all the
way to Dodge for my water.

Well, all we can do is just kind
of help one another out, Arny.

It sure has been
a long dry spell.

- Boy, ain't that the truth.
- You know, if I'd known

there was water on this
place, I'd have got here first.

Well, I just kind of sensed

that it was here somewheres.


Uh, how-how we doing, Daisy?

We're doing fine.

Just fine, Chester honey.

Yeah, well, uh, that ought to
get us a few comforts, huh?

Better not forget our
customers, Chester honey.

Uh, all right, just, uh,
pull her up two more feet...

Whoa, there! There,
hold it right there, Jake.

Just put the trough
up there, sonny.

Hey, that... that sure
is some rig, ain't it?


You know, I, uh, I taught
Chester how to rig that up.


Gee, you know, that...

that Chester sure is
a handyman, ain't he?


Yeah, I taught him
everything he knows.

Is that right?

Put it in the big barrel!

My goodness, you don't
want to waste the water!

Well, what do you think, Doc?

- You sure you primed it?
- Oh, yeah.

I used every speck
of water that I had left.

Well, do it again; let
me listen to it here.

Oh, no, no, jiggle it.

Oh, Chester, that
sounds dry to me.

Well, it can't be dry, Doc.

I mean, my well just
ain't gonna dry up on me.

- Well, it sure sounds like it.
- Well, I might have to go down

a little bit deeper, but my
well just ain't all of a sudden

gonna dry up on me.

I sure don't know
what to tell you.

Well, I-I don't know, I just...

Suppose I need a new pump?

Maybe the pump's just bad.

By golly, I got
money in the bank.

Uh, would you mind
taking me into Dodge

so's I could get it?

Well, no, I'll-I'll take
you into Dodge, Chester,

but if the well..

Come on, let's-let's go.


Whoa. Whoa.

I'll just be a minute, Doc.

- Whoa.
- Hold him.

I'll just be a minute.

Well, good morning, William.

Chester, what can I do for you?

Well, I think I'm gonna need
a new pump this morning.

- What's that?
- Yeah, yeah, I'm gonna have

to draw out a little money.

- Money?
- Yeah.

But you've already
got it all, Chester.

I what?

Miss Daisy come in
yesterday and drew it all out.

Miss-Miss Daisy drew it out?

Yeah, that's right,
every last penny.

Well, she had every
right to, you know.

She was the one that put it in.

Uh, excuse me.


Well, did you get
your money, Chester?

Have you seen Miss Daisy lately?

Yes, I did, last night, and I...

Well... golly, I didn't know
whether to say anything to you

about it or not, Chester, but...

she was getting on the stage.



Well, Chester, can... can I
take you back out to the place?

- Hi, Mr. Dillon. I...
- Chester.

Golly, you kind of let the
place run down a little bit here.

It's just a terrible fright.

Yeah, it's pretty bad, isn't it?

These plates ought to
go back to Delmonico's.

Chester, look, I, uh...
well, I-I heard about...

If you let the-the
thing pile up on you,

you just never are
gonna get caught up to it.

Yeah, I guess you're right.

By golly, I think
that you left the...

the eggshells out
of it, Mr. Dillon.

Well, I'll-I'll...

I'll fix you some
fresh in the morning.

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