Episode: 156 | Aired: September 11, 1972
A gang of outlaws trying to recover some lost loot runs into Marshal Dillon. Dillon is trapped in a shootout with the gang and dives off a cliff into a rushing river to get away. He is pulled onto a raft by two runaway children.
Episode: 157 | Aired: September 18, 1972
As the gang closes in on Dillon, a new threat develops from a Frenchman the Marshal once saved--he sees the man making signals to an unseen band of accomplices.
Episode: 158 | Aired: September 25, 1972
Bohannan is a faith healer who travels the West ministering to a stream of supplicants.
Episode: 159 | Aired: October 02, 1972
A former convict arrives in Dodge seeking revenge against the man who caused his capture.
Episode: 160 | Aired: October 09, 1972
A young Indian boy helps redeem an ex-cavalry soldier who was responsible for crippling him during an attack on the boy's village.
Episode: 161 | Aired: October 16, 1972
Matt Dillon runs into an old flame when he rides into an outlaw hideout. He is passed off as her husband in order to protect him from the lawless band. Anne Francis guest-stars.
Episode: 162 | Aired: October 23, 1972
An outlaw's young brother is seriously injured in an accident, and Doc is held captive to treat him.
Episode: 163 | Aired: October 30, 1972
A spinster seeking a new life rides off to Abilene. Festus, riding after the girl to deliver some money due her, is bushwhacked by a pair of down-and-out hide hunters. Susan Oliver guest-stars.
Episode: 164 | Aired: November 06, 1972
A local farmer joins a posse and is criticized and punished for shooting an outlaw in the back. Harry Morgan and Joseph Campanella guest-star.
Episode: 165 | Aired: November 13, 1972
An elderly ex-gunfighter demands to be buried in a cemetery next to his wife. But after his death, the bitter townspeople oppose Matt and the law and try to prevent it.
Episode: 166 | Aired: November 20, 1972
Marshal Dillon appears on the scene as a group of cattlemen are trying to gun down a farmer in a fight over water rights. Leif Garrett and Harrison Ford guest-star.
Episode: 167 | Aired: November 27, 1972
After being duped into helping to shoot and kill an outlaw, Kitty finds herself pursued by the outlaw's brother.
Episode: 168 | Aired: December 11, 1972
A gang of marauders, "The Dog Soldiers," swears vengeance against Dillon by shooting down Kitty. As Kitty lies critically wounded, Matt starts tracking the outlaw who shot her.
Episode: 169 | Aired: December 18, 1972
Ed Wells, a Kansas farmer, dreams of striking it rich with his quarter horse. Seeing the futility of the dream of riches, Festus wins a bet, and the farmer is forced to see Jubilee beat another horse in a match race. Alan Hale and Scott Brady guest-star.
Episode: 170 | Aired: January 01, 1973
A little cowboy astride a giant horse claims that the horse turns into an elephant when the moon is full. Dodge City residents are stunned when they see an elephant, wearing the cowboy's hat, appear in the street.
Episode: 171 | Aired: January 08, 1973
Two outlaw brothers return to Dodge City to visit their dying mother and threaten to take Kitty and Doc as hostages to ensure their safe escape across the border to Mexico. Festus goes to the rescue.
Episode: 172 | Aired: January 15, 1973
Newly marries a young woman whom he had courted while both were tending the injured from a Kansas tornado. However, Doc confirms that the woman is suffering from a life-threatening blood disease.
Episode: 173 | Aired: January 22, 1973
After masquerading as a priest, convict Boone Shadler escapes from prison. Newly is forced into an uneasy alliance with Shadler to save a small town from outlaws. Earl Holliman, Denver Pyle, and Diana Hyland guest-star.
Episode: 174 | Aired: January 29, 1973
Not having slept for two days, Marshal Dillon has a tough time when he returns to Dodge City with a dangerous prisoner. Margaret Hamilton guest-stars.
Episode: 175 | Aired: February 05, 1973
An outlaw gang terrorizes Dodge City during Marshal Dillon's absence. Miss Kitty boldly challenges the leader to a poker game, with Dillon's life as the stake. Harrison Ford and Gerald McRaney guest-star.
Episode: 176 | Aired: February 12, 1973
Matt Dillon learns that the man who taught him everything he knows is now an itinerant drunk reduced to sweeping out stables for whiskey money.
Episode: 177 | Aired: February 19, 1973
Brock Peters plays an old friend of Festus's, now a fugitive from the law.
Episode: 178 | Aired: February 26, 1973
An outlaw named Talbot falls in love with the widow of a man he was forced to kill in self-defense.
Episode: 179 | Aired: March 05, 1973
Moshe Gorofsky, the son of a Russian immigrant, is killed in a brutal hazing accident by a hooligan named Ruxton. Richard Dreyfuss guest-stars.