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Bret Maverick: Welcome to Sweetwater

The only thing stopping the railroad from coming to Sweetwater is that part of it is slated to go through Bret Maverick's ranch, the Lazy Ace, and he doesn't want to sell.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 167502
Airdate: Tuesday December 08th, 1981

Director: Rod Holcomb
Writer: Gordon Dawson

Guest Stars
Priscilla MorrillPriscilla Morrill
As Mrs. Springer (Estelle Springer)
John RandolphJohn Randolph
As I.T. Austin / Frenchy Montana
Russ MarinRuss Marin
As Linus Garrick
Roger TorreyRoger Torrey
As Pete Schroeder

Co-Guest Stars
Jack GarnerJack Garner
As Jack the Bartender
Luis DelgadoLuis Delgado
As Shifty Delgrado
Tommy Bush (1)Tommy Bush (1)
As Deputy Sturgess
Lesley Woods (1)Lesley Woods (1)
As Miss Rose
Chester GrimesChester Grimes
As Charles Decker
Mickey WhiteMickey White
As Alex Decker
Aesop AquarianAesop Aquarian
As Virgil Stubbs (as Stephen Morrell)
Danny ButchDanny Butch
As Telegram Boy
Dean Smith (1)Dean Smith (1)
As Jack Danner
Buddy Van HornBuddy Van Horn
As Zeke (as Wayne Van Horn)
Roy AndrewsRoy Andrews
As Laborer (as Roy E. Andrews)
Ken StrongKen Strong
As Stranger
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Ed BruceEd Bruce
As Tom Guthrie
Ramon BieriRamon Bieri
As Elijah Crow
Richard Hamilton (1)Richard Hamilton (1)
As Cy Whittaker
John ShearinJohn Shearin
As Sheriff Mitchel Dowd
David KnellDavid Knell
As Rodney Catlow
Darleen CarrDarleen Carr
As Mary Lou "M.L." Springer


At the Lazy Ace, Bret is busy moving in 20 years of everything he’s left behind, much to Cy’s disgust. They notice a group of surveyors on the outskirts of the property that have been there for the last week, but no one knows why they’re there. Bret unpacks his Pappy’s rocking chair and sets it up on the porch, and settles in for peaceful hours, while Cy figures that he won’t last come July...

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Episode Notes
Bret Maverick reveals in this episode that his old Pappy lived until the age of 93.

Episode Quotes
Pappyism: Importance comes in two sizes: yours and mine.

Bret: Playin' cards without guns is like tryin' to shuffle without thumbs.

Mary Lou: I think I've really misjudged you.
Bret: You've all really misjudged me if you think I'm gonna fold my hand.

Bret: Do you own a dress?
Mary Lou: Nobody reads stories written by people in dresses.

Elijah: Mr. Maverick has a point, although I am not exactly sure which end of the sword it's on.

Bret: Well, I hate to tell 'em "I told you so," but I think I will anyway just 'cause it'll feel so good.

Bret: Yeah, I never had any trouble sleeping. Ever since you gave Crow that money back, I keep tossing and turning all night.
Tom: But look at all the friends you made.
Bret: You can't spend friends.

Episode Goofs
In the final scene, when Jack says that the advance man from the railroad is there, Bret has his hands clasped and is leaning against the bar, but then unclasps them and stands up. In the next long shot, Bret's hands are together and he's leaning again. In the final shot, Bret's hands are apart and he's standing up. Tom's position next to Bret and the position of his arms also changes between shots.

Cultural References
I.T. Austin: We're also considering an alternate route that would bring them on a hundred miles to the north through Bitter Creek.

Bitter Creek was the site of the famous massacre that lead to Jason McCord's shame in the TV series Branded.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerMeta Rosenberg
Supervising ProducerGordon Dawson
ProducerGeoffrey Fischer  |  Chas Floyd Johnson
Associate ProducerMark Horowitz
EditorClay Bartels
CastingDodie McLean
Unit Production ManagerSam C. Freedle
First Assistant DirectorDavid L. Beanes
Second Assistant DirectorDon Wilkerson
MusicMurray MacLeod  |  J.A.C. Redford
Music EditorJay Alfred Smith
HairstylistCharlotte Harvey
Make-upCharlene Roberson
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Property MasterWilliam Fannon
Director of PhotographyAndrew Jackson (2)
Art DirectorScott T. Ritenour
Sound MixerCharlie King (3)
Costume SupervisorLe Dawson
Main Title ThemeEd Bruce  |  Patsy Bruce  |  Glenn Ray
Main Title GraphicsRon Grover
Executive Story ConsultantLee David Zlotoff
Assistant To The StarMaryann Rea
Main Title Theme Performed ByEd Bruce
Developed ByGordon Dawson
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