At a homestead, a farmer talks to his wife about the hand he had to fire. She seems a little surprised, but listens to the littany of ineptness of the hired man. When the green horn comes back around and is injured, the woman fixes him up.
Elsewhere, Chester and Matt watch the ladies coming and going through town. Mrs Mayfield arrives with a problem that she needs to talk to Matt about. Though the young helper isn’t much for the hard life of the West, she wants help in figuring out who shot the lad. He’s a good man, just not cut out for the pioneer life. Doc lends his skills, and Matt figures out the mystery of the gunshot wound. All that seems to stand in the way of a return to his folks back East is a little swallowing of his pride.
Matt and Kitty walk down the street, and discuss the situation of taking the boy, Tommy, in long enough to earn his train fare back home. Will the clumsy boy survive the hardcases in Dodge long enough? Matt frets over the association of guns and bravery, and the sad end they sometimes bring.