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Bret Maverick: A Night at the Red Ox

Tom Guthrie's past catches up to him when a woman and her hired guns break into the Red Ox and put him on trial for two murders that he supposedly committed during the days before he became a lawman. Bret is captured and is forced to play for time by acting as his partner's defense attorney.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 167510
Airdate: Tuesday February 23rd, 1982

Guest Stars
Savannah Smith BoucherSavannah Smith Boucher
As Addie Burnett (as Savannah Smith)
Paul KosloPaul Koslo
As Fletcher Mabry
Murray HamiltonMurray Hamilton
As Judge Nat Cobb

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
Tony DukeTony Duke
As Levi
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Ed BruceEd Bruce
As Tom Guthrie
John ShearinJohn Shearin
As Sheriff Mitchel Dowd
David KnellDavid Knell
As Rodney Catlow
Darleen CarrDarleen Carr
As Mary Lou "M.L." Springer


At Sweetwater’s Majestic Hotel, a woman unpacks her bag and removes a gun. Meanwhile, Jack and Shifty escort a drunken Fletcher out of the Red Ox and bet on whether he’ll make it to the street. The woman, Addie Burnett, watches them from her window. Inside, Bret is doing well at poker but Tom complains that the bills for the saloon are piling up. He takes his 10% of Bret’s winnings for the house. Jack reports a missing liquor problem and Tom explains that whoever is stealing it takes the whiskey and leaves the bottles so that the empties blend in with the rest. Mary Lou comes in and complains about the long hours, and Tom reminds her that she was going to bring over new ads. She finally remembers that Wesley at the livery said that Bret’s horse Lowball has a bad knee. Bret makes a hasty exit, leaving Tom with the bills, and Addie watches him leave...

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Episode Quotes
Pappyism: When the lead starts flyin', anybody that ain't scared is probably already dead.

Tom: Oh, another bad night, huh?
Bret: Well, now that you mention it, I did feel Lady Luck watching over me this evening.
Tom: You don't suppose she'd consider runnin' the saloon, do ya?

Tom: Uh, how about our problem?
Bret: The problems will be here tomorrow, Tom.
Tom: I know they will. It's you I'm askin' about.
Bret: Tom, I got a ranch just south of town. I thought you'd heard about it. Yeah, you know I got a big ranch house, and a barn, and we got trees. I ain't goin' anywhere. (quickly leaves)
Tom: For a man not goin' anywhere, he sure is hard to pin down.

(Dowd tries to teach Sturgess to play chess)
Dowd: And the queen?
Deputy Sturgess: Well, now, to hear you tell it, the queen can go anywhere she damn pleases. But that don't seem natural to me, Mitch, her runnin' around loose while the king's gotta set back.

Bret: I love lawyers. They're one of my favorites. You tell somebody you're a lawyer, they'll believe almost anything you say.

Judge Nat Cobb: I'm very impressed by your technique, Doodle. Very impressed. Unfortunately, there are other and more sensitive opinions to be considered.
Bret: You think I'm comin' on too strong, huh?
Judge Nat Cobb: In a word, much. Justice in this case means limiting the casualties to one. If you're receivin' my meaning.

Rodney. Don't worry about it, son. I can't count the number of times I dropped the cards. It's all part of learning to play the game.

Judge Nat Cobb: (after shooting Fletcher) All right, boys, untie these people. I may not be much of a judge to most, but I'll be damned if justice is abused in a court like this.

Episode Goofs
When Cobb comes in, Addie calls him "Nate" even though she properly calls him "Nat" the rest of the episode.

When Fletcher calls for the vote, he puts out eight shotgun shells, one for each juror that he plans to shoot. It's not clear why, since he knows how he's going to vote and it's clear that his men Frank and Tucker will vote against Tom as well. Why put out shells for himself and his own men?

Addie comes into the Red Ox with four men: Fletcher, Frank, Tucker, and a fourth unnamed clean-shaven man. The last man is seen from time to time, and Bret says that there are five guns on them. However, at the end, only Fletcher, Frank, and Tucker vote in the trial and find Tom guilty. Shifty votes against Tom as well, leaving the vote at four against. The fourth man never votes or is mentioned, and he isn't seen slipping out the back with Frank and Tucker after Fletcher is killed.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerMeta Rosenberg
Supervising ProducerGordon Dawson
ProducerChas Floyd Johnson
Associate ProducerMark Horowitz
EditorPaul H. Dixon  |  George R. Rohrs
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)
Special EffectsLarry L. Fuentes
Costume SupervisorLe Dawson
Main Title ThemeEd Bruce  |  Glenn Ray  |  Patsy Bruce
Main Title GraphicsRon Grover
Executive Story ConsultantLee David Zlotoff
Sound Effects EditorAllen Potter
Assistant To The StarMaryann Rea
Main Title Theme Performed ByEd Bruce
Developed ByGordon Dawson
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