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Maverick: The Saga of Waco Williams

In the town of Bent City, Bret and his buddy, Waco Williams, are suspected of being cattle rustlers.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x21
Airdate: Sunday February 15th, 1959

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Special Guest Stars
Wayde Preston
As Waco Williams

Guest Stars
R.G. Armstrong
As Colonel Bent
Ken Mayer
As Sheriff Tait
Brad Johnson (2)
As Karl Bent Jr.
Stephen Colt
As Charlie
Syd Saylor
As Menzies
Harry Lauter
As Deputy Bernie
Lane Bradford
As Jack Regan
Louise Fletcher
As Kathy Bent

Hank Patterson
As Perkins
Jack O'Shea
As Messenger
Kansas Moehring
As Townsman
Luis Delgado
As Man in Bar
Ken Terrell
As Blackie Dolan
Main Cast
James Garner
As Bret Maverick
Episode Notes
Wayde Preston took time out from starring in Colt .45 to appear in this episode. That series, like Maverick, was filmed on the backlot at Warner Brothers studio.

Louise Fletcher would later win an Oscar for Best Actress for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

This episode was the highest rated Maverick ever according to the Nielsen Ratings.

R. G. Armstrong would return in The People's Friend.

The episode takes place in 1876.

Episode Quotes
Waco: (about Regan) Are you sure he can count all the way up to ten, Colonel?

Bret: (to the Sheriff) We oughta get along fine. I'm kind of a nervous man.

Bret: They play an awful nervous brand of poker here. I'd never forgive myself if I didn't try to educate 'em. For a price, of course.

Carl: If that's your whole roll, mister, maybe you oughta try checkers.
Bret: Well, you know what they say about a little acre.

Waco: I don't like people who waive guns around when there's no need for it.

Bret: (to Waco) We all have to eat a little dirt sometimes. It's good for us.

Bret: Waco, how old are you?
Waco: 26.
Bret: It's a miracle.

Sheriff: I hear you had yourself kind of a busy night last night.
Waco: You got kind of a busy town.

Bret: You takin' up smoking?
Waco: It keeps the mosquitos away.

Colonel: So you're Waco Williams. I expected more.
Waco: Well, if you're Colonel Bent, I expected less.

Waco: Maverick, I guess you're the only person in the world who'd be insulted if someone called him a good man.
Bret: Not insulted. Embarassed.

Bret: I've got a heart of gold, Waco, but I'm just a teensy bit mercenary.

Cultural References
The character that James Garner would play in the 1968 comedy western Support Your Local Sheriff appears to be based somewhat on the character of Waco Williams in this episode.

Interesting contrast here between Bret Maverick, who will do the right thing only if it's in his selfish interests to do so, and Waco Williams, who always does the right thing. Only to Bret he's doing everything the wrong way. Yet, at the end when Waco gets the girl and everything else Bret concedes that Waco's way might have been right and his way could be wrong.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
Warning: Maverick season 2 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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