The Restless Gun: Thicker Than Water is actually one of my favorite shows from this series. Now in fairness, I’ll point out that I’ve only seen the shows from one of the DVD sets that are out, so I can’t say it’s the best of the series or anything, just that it’s one of the best that I’ve seen.
One of the reasons for that fact is that Claude Akins was the primary guest star, and he turned in a wonderful performance. Akins was so talented. A lot of the times, he played the heavy of the piece, but he also portrayed a lot of good guys, and every now and then, he was a bit of both, like in this piece.
Akins is a gambler who returns home to discover that his wife is dead and his son thinks that he is dead, too. The boy doesn’t remember his dad, so the reunion is somewhat one-sided.
The story has a couple of good turns to it, but I’m not sure I agree with the ending and the ultimate decision that was made as respects to the boy and his father. That left me uneasy.
However, the acting was very good and the conflict dramatic.