Bret is riding to St. Louis when he hears a man call for help. The gambler investigates and finds the man strung upside down by his heels. Cutting him free, Bret checks on the man, who introduces himself as Gillespie McKenzie. Gillespie explains that three highwaymen saw his wallet back in the city and ambushed him. In gratitude for Bret’s rescue, Gillespie offers the gambler a deed for a great white paddle-wheeler, the [I]Cynthia B. When Bret says he can’t accept it for free, Gillespie asks for a token payment of $1,000, claiming that it’s worth 40 times that. As Bret prepares to ride off, Gillespie says that he’s well-off but needs $1,000 for traveling expenses since he’s been robbed. Bret still isn’t interested until Gillespie tells him that it’s a gambling palace...Read the full recap
Jack Kelly appears briefly at the end of this episode and once again he saves the day.
When the character of Modesty Blaine returned in the series finale, One of Our Trains is Missing, she would be played by Kathleen Crowley instead of Mona Freeman. The character herself is also a bit kinder and gentler than she was in her previous appearance in Cats of Paradise.
Pappyism: A man does what he has to do if he can't get out of it.
Bret: Toward the end of the summer, I had pretty well exhausted the possibilities at the poker tables at Kansas City. And they had exhausted me. They'd exhausted me to the point where I was traveling to St. Louis with all my worldly possessions... in the shape of a thousand-dollar bill pinned inside my coat.
Gilliespie McKenzie: Ah, man, you saved me from a dire predicament.
Bret: Well, it didn't look like you were being rewarded for civic virtue.
Modesty Blaine: Twenty thousands dollars, hmm? That's not very much money split seven ways.
Bret: Well, just be thankful there are only seven days in a week. Anyway, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Modesty Blaine: Well, I'd like to poke Mr. Mackenzie in the eye... with a very sharp stick.
Mrs. Tutwiler: Ah, this is Mrs. Maverick, I presume?
Bret: I should say not! I couldn't afford to keep her in bail money.
Mrs. Tutwiler: Come, my dear, I'll show you where your cabin is, and then we can go to the galley and unpack the baskets of food and plan the cooking.
Bret: Modesty, cook? We may never reach Memphis.
Modesty Blaine: (slaps Bret) That was for your remarks about my cooking.
(Bret catches Modesty searching his cabin)
Modesty Blaine: Oh, Bret, please don't be angry with me. I heard a noise in my room and it worried me. So, I came here lookin' for ya.
Bret: Where did you expect to find me? In my coat pocket?
Quincy Smith: Put it bluntly, you strike me as a shifty character.
Modesty Blaine: Shiftless, maybe, but not shifty.
Bret: Oh, please, Modesty. I didn't know you cared.
Quincy Smith: A coward dies a thousand deaths, the hero dies but one.
Bret: I prefer the coward's way. The odds are much better.
Quincy Smith: You're a thief and a murderer.
Gillespie McKenzie: The first by inclination and the second by necessity.