The three-part story begins with Doc Adams returning to Dodge City after an absence, which lifts the spirits of the town. Later, Matt is shot by a criminal. The bullet is lodged near his spine. Doc says he's incapable of the intricate surgery necessary to remove the bullet. As a result, Doc transports Matt by train to Denver, where a specialist awaits. Kitty, Festus and Newly also decide to make the trip. The U.S. Army is also using the train to transport gold, which is the target of a gang led by Jack Sinclair -- who lost a hand because of Dillon. Matt, laying face down and virtually unable to move, would be a sitting duck if Sinclair discovers he's on the train.
Did You Know?
When Matt rides into Dodge at the beginning of the show, he asks Festus to put his horse into a livery stall. Festus addresses the horse as "Buck". This line probably wasn't in the script, because "Gunsmoke" had a rule that horses didn't have names (based on real life). See more
When "Doc Adams" is sending the telegram to Denver, he has it signed off as "J. Adams", but it should be 'G. Adams'. See more