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Bret Maverick: Dateline: Sweetwater

A Tucson land combine begins purchasing Sweetwater businesses using Chicago gangster methods so the townspeople turn to Bret in desperation to find a way to outwit the land thieves.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 167506
Airdate: Tuesday January 12th, 1982

Guest Stars
Priscilla MorrillPriscilla Morrill
As Mrs. Springer (Estelle Springer)
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Andrew J. Tindell
Richard ORichard O'Brien (2)
As Steven A. Hennessey
Joshua BryantJoshua Bryant
As “Busted” Bill Sharples
William BryantWilliam Bryant
As John Davis

Co-Guest Stars
Jack GarnerJack Garner
As Jack the Bartender
Luis DelgadoLuis Delgado
As Shifty Delgrado
Norman Merrill Jr.Norman Merrill Jr.
As Desk Clerk
Tommy Bush (1)Tommy Bush (1)
As Deputy Sturgess
Roy JensonRoy Jenson
As Monte
Brady RubinBrady Rubin
As Mrs. Davis (Ellie Davis)
Barry CahillBarry Cahill
As Moran
Charles HutchinsCharles Hutchins
As Osheroff
Howie AllenHowie Allen
As Peter (Peter Davis)
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 Red Ox, Mary Lou is applying pressure and goose grease to Bret’s shoulder after he injures it making post holes at the ranch. As she works, Mary Lou asks if Bret has heard anything about the Union Investment Company, an organization that is buying up the local land. Tom gets Bret a drink of whiskey and Bret receives a telegram from Andrew Tindell, offering to play Bret a game of poker. Bret has no idea who Tindell is, much to Mary Lou’s surprise that he’d accept a game sight unseen...

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Episode Quotes
Pappyism: When the light at the end of the tunnel is attached to another train, it's time to switch railroads.

Mary Lou: Are you sure you don't know anything about the Union Investment Company? They've been buying up an awful lotta land in these parts lately. I got a sense something very shady is going on.
Bret: So naturally, you figured I'd know all about it?
Mary Lou: Well, you're the one in the ruffled shirt, remember?

John Davis: (Crow) has got more cheek than a pachyderm with a toothache.

Cy: Don't go swingin' that arm! Only make it worse. Here, I'll go get the bear oil.
Bret: Bear oil, goose grease - startin' to smell like a traveling circus.

Bret: You're not listening, Mitch, they tried to kill me!
Dowd: Oh. Well, if they do kill you, you have my word, they won't get away with it.
Bret: Well, it's a real thrill knowing I can count on your concern.
Dowd: Anytime. And, Maverick… if I were you, I would change that brand of cologne. That stuff could kill a bear.
Bret: It already has.

Tom: Tindell? I thought all he wanted was a little friendly game?
Bret: Yeah, well, whatever his game is, it's a far cry from friendly.

Elijah: I've given my life's blood to this town, my sweat and my vision. They might've well as killed me. It'd amount to the same thing
Dowd: There must be some way we can stop them… We must have someone in this town that's--that's just as sly and deceitful and… underhanded… as Tindell. (everybody looks at Bret)

Tom: Nah, don't tell me. You've already talked this town into one of your jackass flimflam schemes.
Bret: There's a nicer way to put that, you know.
Tom: Maverick, I don't wanna hear about it, I don't wanna know about it, I don't want any part of it, you got that?
Bret: Tom… you got an attitude problem.

Elijah: Sir, you may be here on the Devil's mission, but there will be hell to pay for this. Depend upon it! These atrocities will not go unavenged, even if it costs me the last drop of my blood
Tindell: This is a free country, Mr. Crow. You can waste your blood any way you see fit.

Tom: Well, I had a shot at him till you spooked him.
Bret: Oh, well, I'll try to remember that the next time somebody tries to kill me.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerMeta Rosenberg
Supervising ProducerGordon Dawson
ProducerChas Floyd Johnson  |  Geoffrey Fischer
Associate ProducerMark Horowitz
EditorDiane Adler  |  Paul H. Dixon
CastingDodie McLean
Unit Production ManagerSam C. Freedle
First Assistant DirectorDavid L. Beanes  |  Don 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)
Special EffectsLarry L. Fuentes
Costume SupervisorLe Dawson
Main Title ThemeEd Bruce  |  Patsy Bruce  |  Glenn Ray
Main Title GraphicsRon Grover
Executive Story ConsultantLee David Zlotoff
Sound Effects EditorGene Eliot
Assistant To The StarMaryann Rea
Main Title Theme Performed ByEd Bruce
Developed ByGordon Dawson
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