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Bret Maverick: Anything for a Friend

Tom Guthrie ropes Bret into helping the notorious Billy the Kid escape from a posse led by a bloodthirsty United States Marshal.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 167503
Airdate: Tuesday December 15th, 1981

Director: Ivan Dixon
Writer: Lee David Zlotoff

Guest Stars
Stuart MargolinStuart Margolin
As Philo Sandeen
Lawrence DobkinLawrence Dobkin
As Marshal Phillip Mondragón
Glenn WithrowGlenn Withrow
As Billy the Kid
Charles HallahanCharles Hallahan
As Fred McShane
John PerakJohn Perak
As Lester

Co-Guest Stars
Jack GarnerJack Garner
As Jack the Bartender
Luis DelgadoLuis Delgado
As Shifty Delgrado
Ruth EstlerRuth Estler
As Lady
Tommy Bush (1)Tommy Bush (1)
As Deputy Sturgess
Blake DelgadoBlake Delgado
As Bar Boy
Bert WilliamsBert Williams
As Brewer
Russell WigginsRussell Wiggins
As Doc Vetter
Tommy LameyTommy Lamey
As Bobby
Derek BartonDerek Barton
As Beech
James LorenJames Loren
As Duncan
Ray PowersRay Powers
As Deke
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Ed BruceEd Bruce
As Tom Guthrie
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


In the woods outside of Sweetwater, Tom and a young teenager shoot it out with a posse and Tom’s cheek is scratched. When the teenager is injured, Tom grabs him and rolls down the hill. The posse, led by Marshal Phillip Mondragón, move in and find blood, but no sign of Tom and his friend. Meanwhile, Tom rides into Sweetwater and takes the boy into the Red Ox to tend to his wounds, unaware that Philo is watching him from his cellar...

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Episode Quotes
Philo Sandeen: Man cuts a wide swath for himself, hey, Duke?
Duke: Claims he's Terrible Fred McShane - The Butcher - wanted in more territories than there are states!

Rodney: Well, I wouldn't worry myself over it, the barn raisin' oughta go just fine.
Bret: I know, but somehow the thought of half a town crawlin' around my ranch with hammers in their hands just doesn't set well on my nerve.

Tom: Marshal Mondragón and his men should be movin' in two or three days.
Bret: Mondragón?
Tom: You know him?
Bret: Oh, well, this gets riper by the second! Tom … Tom, there's only two men this side a New Orleans that make my palms sweat and Phillip Mondragón is both of 'em!

Dowd: Now, wait just a damn minute! This is still my town and it's my job to know what goes on here, if you…
Marshal Phillip Mondragón: Your town can burn in Hell for all I care! When William Bonney escaped, he just happened to shoot the last friend I had worth knowin'. And Governor Wallace agrees, that boy's hangin' is long overdue. Now, God help you, Dowd, if your shadow so much as falls in my way.

Philo Sandeen: I'm holding the conchos on one of the deadliest men that ever crawled out from under a rock and all mon-dragon here can say is "Oh?"
Tom: You could get hurt here, Sandeen.
Philo Sandeen: I could get rich here, Guthrie.

Doc Vetter: What's going on here, Maverick?
Bret: You got me, but from the look of their cheap clothes and their bad manners, I'd say they're some kinda law.

Bret: I got one pistol on the right.
Tom: Another one in these trees over here. I say we go for 'em at the count of three.
Bret: Three? How about ten?
Tom: Three

Philo Sandeen: Maverick, you know it's bad medicine to harm a blood brother, and drowning is frowned on by the entire Comanche nation.
Bret: And I suppose comin' out here and shootin' some daylight in me qualifies you for an eagle feather or two, eh, Squatting Bear?
Philo Sandeen: Standing Bear!

Marshal Phillip Mondragón: Well. Bret Maverick.
Bret: Marshal Mondragón.
Marshal Phillip Mondragón: Just how long has it been, would you say?
Bret: Well, I don't know. I haven't exactly been countin' the days.
Marshal Phillip Mondragón: Well, that's a pity. I have.
Bret: Well, now that's funny. I always thought your specialty was countin' the notches in your gun.
Marshal Phillip Mondragón: It still is.

Mary Lou: Well, if Maverick's Pappy were around, he'd probably say something like "The best place to hide the pea is under the table."

Episode Goofs
In the original series, Bret Maverick had a run-in with Billy the Kid in an episode entitled Full House but that encounter seems to have never occurred going by the storyline in this episode.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerMeta Rosenberg
Supervising ProducerGordon Dawson
ProducerGeoffrey Fischer  |  Chas Floyd Johnson
Associate ProducerMark Horowitz
EditorDiane Adler
CastingDodie McLean
Unit Production ManagerSam C. Freedle
First Assistant DirectorDon Wilkerson  |  Leonard R. Garner, Jr.
MusicJ.A.C. Redford  |  Murray MacLeod
Music EditorJay Alfred Smith
HairstylistCharlotte Harvey
Make-upCharlene Roberson
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Property MasterWilliam Fannon
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
Sound Effects EditorAl Kajita
Assistant To The StarMaryann Rea
Main Title Theme Performed ByEd Bruce
Developed ByGordon Dawson
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