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Bret Maverick: The Hidalgo Thing

Tom Guthrie is running for re-election as sheriff and wants business partner Bret Maverick to keep a low profile in the campaign. However, Bret is working on one of the biggest scams of his life and isn't about to be kept under wraps.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 167517
Airdate: Tuesday May 04th, 1982

Special Guest Stars
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As Brother Bart

Guest Stars
Marj DusayMarj Dusay
As Kate Hanrahan
John Dennis JohnstonJohn Dennis Johnston
As Burt Full Moon
James GalleryJames Gallery
As Fortune Hunter
Dub TaylorDub Taylor
As Toothless Tim Teal

Co-Guest Stars
Jack GarnerJack Garner
As Jack the Bartender
Luis DelgadoLuis Delgado
As Shifty Delgrado
Sandra De BruinSandra De Bruin
As Screaming Woman
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


In the woods outside of Sweetwater, a fortune hunter paces off steps on the Lazy Ace Ranch. He finds an empty hole in the ground and Bret rides up behind him and demands to know why he’s there. The fortune hunter explains that he’s looking for pre-Columbian artifacts and got a map from a man in Denver. Bret explains that he already found the lead mask and auctioned it off to the highest bidder, Senor Gomez for $2,000, but still has it on him. The fortune hunter offers him up to $4,000 and asks to check it. He pays Bret the money and confirms that it’s authentic, and then draws a gun and takes the money. He tells Bret to ride on and leaves...

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Episode Notes
Jack Kelly, who had co-starred with James Garner in the original Maverick series, made his only appearance in the revival series with a brief cameo at the end of this episode. He was slated to become a regular in the series' second season but the show got canceled by NBC.

Episode Quotes
Bret: (to a fortune hunter wearing a pith helmet) I should have known better than to trust somebody wearin' a hat like that.

Elijah: Where are you getting all these large sums of money?
Bret: Superior business methods. And none of your business.

Tom: You do anything to give Crow ammunition to use against me, and I'm gonna break both your legs.
Bret: You sure have a funny way of askin' for help.

Bret: Your cut'll be $50,000. Now you can float boulders for that kind of money.

Cy: He's so full of words he forgets where he leaves 'em on.

Kate Hanrahan: I can't imagine Tom Guthrie'd stand still for another broadsiding.
Bret: You heard about that?
Kate Hanrahan: Only the stone deaf in East Texas haven't.

Gomez: Our paths will cross again, amigo.
Bret: Not if you're smart.

Bret: Kate Hanrahan has more moves than a Swiss clock.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerMeta Rosenberg
Supervising ProducerGordon Dawson
ProducerChas Floyd Johnson
Associate ProducerMark Horowitz
EditorClay Bartels  |  Paul H. Dixon
CastingDodie McLean
Unit Production ManagerSam C. Freedle
First Assistant DirectorDon Wilkerson  |  David L. Beanes
Second Assistant DirectorGlenn Surguine Jr.
MusicJ.A.C. Redford  |  Murray MacLeod
Music EditorJay Alfred Smith
HairstylistCharlotte Harvey
Make-upCharlene Roberson
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Property MasterWilliam Fannon
Director of PhotographyFrank Thackery
Art DirectorScott T. Ritenour
Sound MixerCharlie King (3)
Special EffectsLarry L. Fuentes
Costume SupervisorLe Dawson
Main Title ThemeGlenn Ray  |  Patsy Bruce  |  Ed Bruce
Main Title GraphicsRon Grover
Executive Story ConsultantLee David Zlotoff
Sound Effects EditorLarry Kaufman
Assistant To The StarMaryann Rea
Main Title Theme Performed ByEd Bruce
Developed ByGordon Dawson
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