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Maverick: Two Tickets to Ten Strike

Bret and female sidekick Frankie French investigate some bizarre goings on in the town of Ten Strike, New Mexico after two gunmen try to run them out of town.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x24
Airdate: Sunday March 15th, 1959

Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Douglas Heyes

Special Guest Stars
Connie StevensConnie Stevens
As Frankie French

Guest Stars
Adam WestAdam West
As Vic Nolan
Duane GreyDuane Grey
As Sheriff
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Stranger
Roscoe AtesRoscoe Ates
As Joe the Barber
William D. GordonWilliam D. Gordon
As Eddie Burke
Andrea KingAndrea King
As Mae Miller
Lyle TalbotLyle Talbot
As Martin Scott

Forrest LewisForrest Lewis
As Printer
Nancy KulpNancy Kulp
As Waitress
Jack HendersonJack Henderson
As Blacksmith
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Episode Notes
It's a shame that this episode marks the only appearance of the series by Connie Stevens as the character of Frankie French. Stevens and James Garner had real chemistry together but she was soon cast in Hawaiian Eye and never again appeared on Maverick.

Adam West would later star in Batman. He would return in Pappy and A Fellow's Brother.

Episode Quotes
Pappyism #1: There's three reasons why most men do anything: greed, curiousity, and anger.

Pappyism #2: A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only one. A thousand to one is a pretty big advantage.

Frankie: Well, well, so this is Ten Strike. San Francisco's got nothin' to worry about.

Hotel Clerk: (about Frankie's luggage) What's she got in all them hatboxes?
Bret: That's something to think about, isn't it?

Frankie: (to Bret) The way you carry on you'd think you never had a bath in your life.

Frankie: I only have $2.50 to my name.
Bret: Correction, you have $1.50 to your name.

Bret: Frankie, let's get one thing straight. I haven't had my coffee yet and I don't wanna talk. And I won't wanna talk after I've had my coffee.

Bret: You mean you got $100 in this note before you came to Ten Strike and you only have $1.50 left?
Frankie: I bought some hats! I always buy some hats when I'm confused.
Bret: I believe it. I've seen some of 'em.

Mae: No luck tonight?
Bret: Ma'am, luck's got nothin' to do with poker.
Mae: Then I was right, you are a professional.
Bret: Just a serious student. It beats workin'.

Frankie: (to Scott) I don't care if a man's got money as long as he's got character.

Scott: (to Frankie) You have a wonderful gift for simplification, my dear.

Frankie: Big talk but you don't scare me if greed, curiousity, and anger's the only things tht get you goin'.
Bret: It's possible that Pappy left something out.

Bret: If you think I'm in bad shape you should see the other two.
Frankie: I didn't know you landed a punch.
Bret: I don't mean tonight. I mean tomorrow night.

Mae: (to Bret) The folks in this town blame me for just about everything from wandering husbands to smallpox. Wanna blame something, blame Mae Miller.

Scott: I'm an old man, Mr. Maverick, not an old fool.

Bret: ( to Frankie) Did you ever hear of a scared jackrabbit asking a friend along?

Frankie: I'm so glad to see you. I just knew you couldn't run out on me.
Bret: Well, I tried.

James Garner, as Bret Maverick, had numerous on-screen romances during the course of the series but the co-star with whom he had the most chemistry was Connie Stevens seen here in Two Tickets to Ten Strike. It's a shame this episode marked Stevens' only appearance of the series. We can only speculate as to what might have been.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
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