In the town of Duck ‘N’ Shoot, trail herders and ranch hands run wild, shooting up the town. Bret is playing poker as one of the thugs, Bill Ferguson, brings his horse into the saloon, goes up to the bar, and knocks a man aside. While Bret ignores the situation, the townspeople complain to Judge Hardy. However, none of them want to take on the job of sheriff since the last one resigned that morning. As Bret starts to leave with his $5,000, Ferguson comes back for his horse. Bret bumps it, it rears up, and knocks Ferguson unconscious. To the townspeople, it looks like Bret knocked the outlaw unconscious with a single punch...Read the full recap
Pappyism #1: The worst crime a man can commit is to interrupt a poker game.
Pappyism #2: If you know a man's weakness, you know the way to a man's heart.
Pappyism #3: Try everything once; if you don't succeed then become a lawman.
Pappyism #4: The next best thing to money is a man's name on the dotted line.
Pappyism #5: Sign nothing.
Judge Hardy: Mr. Maverick, we'd like to make you a proposition.
Bret: Always ready for a proposition--as long as there's money in it.
Judge Hardy: There's money in it, but there are other important things in life.
Bret: There are?
Bret: Besides I'm--I'm unreliable. I'm a terrible shot. And this I mean most sincerely, I have been for as long as I can remember... a coward.
Billy Waker: Well, guess we'll make the rounds first.
Bret: Rounds, in this town?
Billy Waker: Well, how do you expect to bring law and order?
Bret: Well, Billy, the way I look at it, you don't go lookin' for trouble. If you do go lookin' for trouble, you might find it--and there's always a killin or two, right? And if there's a killin' or two, there's no law and order, right?
Billy Waker: But… you know, you may have a point there, Sheriff. You want me to fill you in on the--on the bad characters?
Bret: Well, naturally, then I'll know where not to go. You understand?
Billy Waker: Sheriff?
Bret: I thought maybe I'd let him tire himself out.
Billy Waker: Bimbo never gets tired.
Bret: Then he's not human. Sheriff doesn't have any right to arrest anybody who's not human.
Telegraph Operative: "To Bart Maverick, Plaza Hotel, Denver, Colorado. Help. Signed Sheriff 'No-Kidding' Maverick." There's just one word in this message. It's gonna cost you the same as it would for ten.
Bret: Then put in nine more "helps."
Bret: The feel of money is like no other.
Bart: (after discovering Bret in jail) Bret, you've really gone and outdone yourself this time.
Bart: (to Bret in jail) I guess it's a little confusing trying to think in there.
Bart: (to Bret) You'll never live this down.
Judge: (to Bret) Five years from now you'll be buried deeper than that money's hid.
Melissa "Missy" Maybrook: I don't know what brings you to this funny little town?
Melissa "Missy" Maybrook: Is it a secret?
Bart: No, I'm a professional gambler.
Melissa "Missy" Maybrook: I never would've thought that, John.
Bart: Not many people do. Professional gambler has a bad sound. It shouldn't, though, not if you approach it strictly as business the way I do.
Missy: (to Bart) I have big plans. You could be part of them.