Bad Seed Full Episode – Gunsmoke, Season #06, Episode #21
Gunsmoke has captivated audiences of all ages and is considered one of the greatest Westerns. The series revolves around Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness), who works to maintain law and order in Dodge City. Directed by Harry Harris, Jr. and written by John Meston (teleplay) and Norman MacDonnell (story), Gunsmoke season 6’s twenty-first episode, Bad Seed, aired on February 4, 1961.
Marshal Matt Dillon saves Trudy Trent, a teenage girl, from her incestuous and drunken father. Later in the episode, Dillon discovers more of Trudy’s personality, especially when he rejects her affection.
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Gunsmoke Bad Seed Cast
Here are the actors that appeared in the Gunsmoke episode, Bad Seed:
- James Arness as Matt Dillon
- Milburn Stone as Doc
- Amanda Blake as Kitty
- Anne Helm as Trudy
- Roy Barcroft as Asa
- Burt Douglas as Gar
- Mathew McCue as Joe the Waiter (uncredited)
- Chick Sheridan as Diner (uncredited)
Full Story Line for Bad Seed
A teenage girl named Trudy Trent walks into Marshal Matt Dillon’s camp to steal a slice of meat to feed her hunger. Trudy states she hasn’t eaten since she ran away from her drunkard father to head to Dodge. Dillon insists on taking Trudy back to her father, letting her sleep at his camp while he takes care of her horse.
Once back on the Trent farm, Dillon discovers the isolated poverty life Trudy’s been living in, along with his alcoholic father, Asa Trent. While there, Dillon finds indications of the incestuous relationship between Asa and Trudy. Believing the situation isn’t good for Trudy, Dillon agrees to take her to Dodge.
Asa shoots Dillon in the middle of the night but misses. Asa threatens to kill Dillon after hearing his plan to take Trudy to Dodge. Refusing to drop his rifle, Dillon shoots Asa in self-defense, causing his death.
While in Dodge, Trudy got herself Gar Klein as a company. However, it appears that Trudy is still smitten with the marshal, making him feel responsible for her while she’s in Dodge.
Trudy visits Dillon at his office that evening, bringing up marriage. Dillon thought she’d marry Gar, but not until Trudy brought up marrying the marshal. Dillon rejected her advances, stating that she was just a little girl to him. Dejected, Trudy threatens to tell everyone in Dodge that Dillon brought her into town after killing her father.
Gar confronts Dillon about Trudy. Despite Dillon’s efforts to make him understand that everything Trudy told him was a lie, Gar aims at Dillon, who immediately shoots back. Fortunately, Doc was around to come to his aid.
Meanwhile, Dillon runs after Trudy, who sees everything that happened. Dillon tells her that letting someone die to settle a score with him is improper. He also helps her realize her misguided romantic overtures and that she should apologize to Gar. Trudy apologizes to Dillon and hesitates to meet Gar, thinking he wouldn’t talk to her. However, Dillon encourages her to see for herself.
Full Script and Dialogue of Bad Seed
♪♪ Hold it right there. All right, now turn around. Oh, oh, don't shoot me, mister. What are you doing? Well, I was hungry. I didn't see nobody around, and I-I saw that meat hanging there. You alone out here? You got a horse? Yeah, yeah, I tied him out there. All right. Well, if you're so hungry, maybe you better go ahead and eat, huh? Mmm. My, that's good, mister. When's the last time you ate? This morning, just before I ran away. - Ran away? - From home. It's about 40 miles north of here. And I ain't never going back. Not ever. I see. What's your name? Trudy. Trudy Trent. What's yours? Matt Dillon. Are you Sheriff or something? Trudy, I'm the marshal over in Dodge City. Yeah, Dodge? That's right where I'm headed. Well, Trudy, Dodge is a long way from here. I don't care. Well, what about your folks? Aren't they worried about you? No, it's just me and my Pa, Marshal. And I ain't never going back to him. Well, he's probably out looking all over for you right now. He gets drunk most every night. I don't expect he's looking for me. He's the most terrible man that ever lived. Now, a lot of kids don't get along with their folks. I'm not a kid, Marshal. Well, maybe you're not, Trudy. But I'll tell you one thing: you're going back home in the morning and I'm going along with you to see that you get there. You don't like me. Well, sure I like you. That's got nothing to do with it. Well, I'll go. I'll go right now. No, you won't. You'll go in the morning, and I'll go with you. Marshal, I'll go anywhere with you except back to Pa. You can bed down there for the night. Where you gonna sleep? Don't worry about me. You get some sleep. I'll take care of your horse. Trudy? Trudy! Trudy? Trudy! I'm over here, Marshal. I just had a swim. That water felt so good. Hurry up, will ya? I'll be right there, Marshal. Well, 'bout ready, are ya? You're mad at me. Trudy, look. You had a good night's sleep, you had something to eat and you had yourself a swim. - Now you're going home. - But wait, Marshal. I think you owe me a good reason for not taking me to Dodge. Well, all right, if you got to have a reason, it's because Dodge is no place for a young girl like you to be running around alone. Well, like me like I am now, but just you wait till I get dressed up. I won't look so young no more. That's not what I'm talking about. Look, you belong at home with your Pa. When you think Dodge is no place for a girl. A lot you know. Look, I've already told you: I'm going back to your place with you. I'm gonna meet your Pa. But I'm afraid you're just going to have to get used to the idea of living at home till you're old enough. Stop talking about how I'm not old enough all the time. Come on. Let's go. ♪♪ Well, Marshal, this is my home. He doesn't make much of a living around here, does he? He couldn't make a living nowhere. He talks about a farm once he had on the Ohio River, but I know why he left it. Why's that? Stealing chickens. Neighbors drove him off. He told me that once when he was drunk. You think bad things only happen in Dodge, don't ya? Well, you just come on. He's probably loafing around inside. Where you been? This here's Marshal Dillon. How do? What for you bringing the law out here? I didn't. He brought me. Huh? I ran away yesterday, Pa. I know, and I'm gonna give you a good hiding, too. Why don't you do that, Pa? By grabs, I will. The marshal'd like to see that. Oh, just look at you. You're drunk already. It ain't even sundown and you're drunk. Just look at this place! You can't even keep it clean, can ya? You get in there and get me something to eat. I'm hungry! Too lazy to feed yourself, but you're not too lazy to go out there and make corn liquor and drink it, are ya? I'll tell you something, Pa: you're gonna have to find yourself another woman. 'Cause I ain't sweating or slaving for you no more. Don't you talk like that! And don't you pay her no mind, Marshal. She gets like that sometimes. And you watch your mouth. You watch your mouth because the marshal's spending the whole night here. The night? Yeah, I asked him to. What for? We don't need him around here. Now you get out of here. We like it here alone, and we don't cotton to no strangers. You shut up, Pa. He's spending the night. - And I'll tell you something... - Trudy! Let's talk about this later, shall we? Why don't you go in and make some supper? Marshal. You eat like a hog, Pa. She got a sharp tongue, ain't she, Marshal? Yeah, she can talk, all right. She can do everything, all right. Yeah, I can cook, keep house, do the wash, feed the pigs... everything. I taught her all them things. A woman ought to know how to do 'em, I figure. Yeah, figures. Cheaper than getting married. Then you'd have two mouths to feed, wouldn't you? We don't need anybody else around here. We get along all right as is. Well, you do maybe, but I'd rather be dead. Oh, now, don't talk like that. I wouldn't know what to do without you around here. That's sure true, Pa. We have good times together, you and me. - Mm? - Sure! It's a palace of joy, this place, ain't it, Marshal? You know how we spent last Christmas? He got drunk and set fire to me. Honest, if I hadn't run out in that snow, I would have burned up. And then he wouldn't let me back in and I near froze to death. Taught you to be a good little girl, didn't I? Oh, yeah, Pa. It was the best Christmas I ever spent. I won't never forget it. I'm gonna go out to the barn, get me a fresh jug. There's one under your bed. Hmm? Oh. Well, Marshal? I got to get some fresh air. Now you believe me? Now you see what it's really like? He always like that, Trudy? No, not always. He's kind of on good behavior because of you being here. Good behavior? Now, Dodge couldn't be no worse than this, could it? Hmm, no, I guess it couldn't. Then you'll take me? You'll take me to Dodge? Yeah, Trudy. I'll take you to Dodge. Oh, honest? Your pa's not going to like the idea. You're not afraid of him, are you, Marshal? No, Trudy, I'm not afraid of him. I just don't want to get him into a fight if I can help it. Well, I can't promise you that, but ain't I worth fighting for? Now you listen to me, young lady. I'm going to tell you something. I'm taking you to Dodge for one reason: 'cause I just can't see you staying out here any longer. But that's the only reason, you understand? Now, let's get back inside. You gonna tell him now? No, I'm going to tell him in the morning when he's sober. Where's your pa? I don't know. He was here when I left. You don't think he heard us, do you? I don't know. I done fetched you in some cooking wood. We don't need wood, Pa. You will in the morn. In the morning I always get it. You gonna sleep in the barn, Marshal. Why, I got some coffee going. I don't want no coffee. Well, how about you, Marshal? No, no, thanks, Trudy. I think I'll get some sleep. Good night. I'm gonna kill you, Marshal. I heard what you said to her outside. You ain't taking my gal now or ever. Trent, don't be a fool. Throw your gun down there. I'm not. I'm gonna kill ya! Trudy... Trudy. What happened? Your pa's dead, Trudy. He just didn't give me any choice, Trudy. I'm sorry. Oh, you don't have to be sorry, Marshal. I knowed what Pa was like. I lived my whole life with him. Come on. Why don't you go in the house, Trudy? I'll take care of your pa. All right, Marshal. You know, from the looks of the crowd around here, the cook must be drunk again. Either that or else the special today is catfish stew. Well, looks like Trudy's got herself a boyfriend. Mm, yeah, his name's Gar Klein. Why, are you jealous? Now don't you start that. Oh, from what I hear, she's got quite a case on you. Well, she's bound to get over it. Somebody else'll come along one of these days. Hey, maybe this fella's my way out, huh? Mm, he might be. He hasn't let her out of his sight for three days. Mm, here they come. I saw you come in, Marshal. Hello, Trudy. This here's Gar. He says he doesn't know you. Howdy do. How do, Marshal? This is Miss Russell here. Hello. You know, Gar, he hasn't been in Dodge much longer than I have. That so? But he's staying on, ain't you, Gar? You bet I am. Well, that's fine. Trudy, how's your job? Mm, it's all right, I suppose, but I don't know, I just... I don't like clerking in a general store. Waiting on a bunch of gossipy old women. I got a job coming up, down at the loading pens. And I'm gonna get Trudy out of this town. Dodge isn't a place for a young girl like Trudy, not when she's all alone. She never should have come here in the first place. Don't talk like that, Gar. The marshal knew what he was doing. He wanted to bring me to Dodge. Now you're responsible for me, ain't you, Marshal? No, he ain't! We got to get going. You know, I'm beginning to think I should have left that girl out in the prairie where I found her. Nah, you couldn't have done that and you know it. Well, I don't know. Well, we come in here for something to eat or not? Yeah. Waiter? Waiter? Say, what's on the menu today? Catfish stew. Evening, Marshal. Hello, Trudy. Uh, are you busy? Well, what can I do for you? Aren't you glad to see me? Sure, sure, I'm glad to see you. - Well, I have something to tell you. - Oh? I want to get married. Married? Yeah, you like the idea? Well, sure. Sure, it's fine. But, uh, you know, that's a pretty big step to take. After all, you've only known this Gar a few days, haven't you? Gar? I wouldn't marry a man like that, Marshal. I'm talking about you. Well? Now, Trudy, look. Now we just got to get this thing settled once and for all. You see, I like you. I like you fine. You're a very nice little girl, but... Little girl? Yes, little girl. Now just exactly what you're acting like is a foolish little girl! And foolish, too! Well, I'll teach you how to talk to a woman. Look, you better just calm down. Let go of me! You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna tell everybody in Dodge that you killed my pa and made me run off with ya. And how he tried to stop you, and you shot him dead and forced me to go with ya. Yeah, you think you're so smart, so high and mighty. Well, I'll fix ya. I'll fix ya good! Marshal! I've been waiting for you. Hello, Gar. Something wrong? Don't try to get friendly with me. I know what you done. She told me. She told me everything. - You been drinking? - I've had a few. That's got nothing to do with what you done. Uh-huh. So she probably told you that I killed her pa just so I could run off with her, is that it? Hold it! She told me, all right. Then you get her here and you don't want her no more. Well, that's a lie, Gar. And you're a fool if you believe it. I'm not gonna stand by and see her made sport of. Now, look, you know, she told you those things just to make you jealous. To make you do exactly what you're doing. You ain't no gentleman, Marshal, talking like that, treating a gal like that way. You don't deserve to live. Now let me tell you something. You pull that gun, you're gonna get hurt. I don't want to kill you, but I don't make any guarantees. We'll see, Marshal. Should've finished it, Marshal. Let me take a look at that. Oh, Matt. He's in here, Doc. What happened here? Ah, I had to wing him. You better take a look at him. Well, I don't think it's too bad. Take your hands off me! I've got something to say to you and you're gonna listen to me until I'm finished. You don't scare me. Don't you know that you almost got that boy killed out there with the lies you told him? Well, he's a fool! He ain't nothing to me! I guess maybe he isn't. He just happens to be in love with you, that's all. And willing to die for you, but I guess that doesn't mean much to you, huh? Well, what do you care what I think? You never pay no attention to me. You never listen to what I said. Always treat me like I was a little kid or something. I see. So you're willing to let somebody die just to settle a score with me. No, I didn't want nobody to die. Well, what'd think was gonna happen out there?! I... I just... I wanted somebody. Somebody nice like you, Marshal. Well, don't you know that there's a right way and a wrong way to get the things you want? But how do you know what's right and wrong when you ain't been taught the difference? All right, maybe you had a pretty tough life. Maybe your pa never taught you the things you ought to know. But that's over with. It's passed! You better start thinking about what you're gonna do from now on. You hate me, don't you, Marshal? No, Trudy, I don't hate you. Are you gonna send me away? That wouldn't solve anything. What am I gonna do? Well, I'll tell you one thing you can do: you can start by going up to the doctor's office and apologizing to that boy. Yeah. I've been terrible to him, haven't I? I've been terrible to you, too, ever since I met you. And I am sorry for that. You think Gar'll talk to me? Why don't you go find out? Yeah, I will. I will, Marshal. Trudy...
Behind the Scenes of Bad Seed
In one scene, Marshal Matt Dillon calls Trudy “a foolish little girl.” However, the actress who portrayed Trudy, Anne Helm, was 22 years old when the episode aired.
Near the end of the episode, right after the confrontation scene between Matt and Gar, Trudy has her hair up as she runs down the street. However, moments later, her scene with Matt showed Trudy with her hair down with the sides pulled back.
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