The Maverick Line

Season 4, Ep 10, Aired
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  • Episode Description
  • When their Uncle Micah "buys the farm", Bret and Bart inherit his stagecoach line with hopes of riches. Instead they are strapped with a world of trouble.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Will Wright

    Atherton Flayger

  • Jack Kelly

    Bart Maverick

  • Peggy McCay

    Polly Goodin

  • Charles E. Fredericks

    Shotgun Shanks

  • Chubby Johnson

    Dutch Wilcox

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A Series Classic Closes James Garner's Career As Bret Maverick

    By DBizTV, Nov 14, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • (Rumsey shoots a hole in Dutch's hat to stop the stage) Dutch: Can't you do it no other way? This is the third one this month. You got any idea what these here hats cost, Mr. Rumsey Plumb? Rumsey: I wish you'd stop usin' my name, a road agent don't need a press agent. Now, come on, Dutch, gimmie the Express box. Bret: Hey, what's goin' on here? Bart: Yeah. Say, you know this man? Dutch: Well, this here's Rumsey Plumb. Bret: A highwayman, and you know him socially? Bart: Well, I ought to, I've looked down the barrel a that gun enough.

    • Rumsey: Well, maybe you two future financial giants can tell me what your plans are for this here stage line. Bret: Well, we haven't decided. Uncle Micah Maverick's bank deposits and, and his money is our prime concern. We're not interested in this rolling stock. Rumsey: You mean you ain't interested in the Maverick Line? Where's your family pride? Bart: Well, it-it's that were not sure that, uh, rolling stock and rolling stones are the ideal combination. Dutch: Now, easy, boys. This here string bean makes his livin' off a your line. Bret: Why, of course. And you don't have to worry. No sir, with the land rush comin' from Snowflake into this smiling valley … Why, the stage line'll be like the Comstock Lode, with spokes. Uh, you'll be richer than we are, uh, Mr. Rumsey. Rumsey: I doubt it, 'cause when the poor people's rich as the rich people, you know what that is. That's kingdom come. Ain't no hope for that in this country.

    • (Rumsey shoots the lock off the lockbox and Dutch opens it) Rumsey: Empty. How am I gonna send my poor old mother snuff money?

    • Flayger: You're refusing your inheritance? Bart: A manure wagon behind three cow buffalo could do a better job than that spine wrecker.

    • Polly: Could you be tempted, gentlemen, to … to sell his stage line? Bart: Uh, well, if the, uh, temptation was in the form of cash, we never fight that. Bret: Just how sorely are we being tempted?

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    Notes (1)

    • James Garner's only appearance during the fourth season (and final of the series) is a result of this episode actually being filmed the year before when Garner was still working on the show. The Maverick Line was originally scheduled to be the premiere episode of the show's fourth season.

    Trivia (1)

    • Flayger: I advanced you a hundred dollars to corpus delicti the Mavericks.

      "Corpus delicti" is Latin for "body of the crime" used here to mean: "murder" the Mavericks.

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