The Saga of Waco Williams

Season 2, Ep 21, Aired 2/15/59
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  • Episode Description
  • Bret and his new friend Waco Williams ride straight into trouble in Bent City, where they are suspected of being cattle rustlers because of a range war that's taking place.

  • Cast & Crew
  • R.G. Armstrong

    Col. Karl Bent

  • Brad Johnson (II)

    Karl Bent Jr.

  • Ken Mayer

    Sheriff Boyd Tait

  • Louise Fletcher

    Kathy Bent

  • Lane Bradford

    Jack Regan

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  • Quotes (14)

    • Bret: Well, they play an awful careless brand of poker here. I'd never forgive myself if I just up and left without tryin' to educate 'em. For a price, of course.

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

    • Regan: I'm not a suspicious man, but there have been times when, uh, you played like you knew just what cards were out against you. Sorta sets a man thinking. Bret: About what, Mr. Regan? Regan: Tin horn who came here a year or so ago. He was a mighty hard man to bluff, too. You remember, Carl? Dressed about like you … same kinda coat as I remember it. Only, uh, he had a cute little spring clip arrangement fastened on his forearm. You wouldn't have one of those, would you? Bret: Well, to be honest with you, Mr. Regan, playin' with you, I wouldn't need a hold out clip.

    • Waco: I don't like people who wave guns around when there's no need for it. (tosses Regan's gun to the bartender) You keep it until he's old enough to handle it.

    • Bret: Oh, Waco, now what did you go and do that for? Waco: When I was five years old, big kid made me eat some dirt. I didn't like it. And I haven't had another bite of it since.

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    Notes (3)

    • In his closing remarks, Bret turns and speaks directly to the audience - "breaking the fourth wall". Although not unheard of, in television it is rare to see this technique employed outside of broad comedy - and other than "voiceovers", this is the only time it was used in Maverick.

    • Lance White, a similar character in Garner's The Rockford Files, was reportedly based on Waco Williams by writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell. However, Tom Selleck, who played Lance, had a happier ending than Wayde Preston, as he got his own series, Magnum, P.I. - while Preston, who played Waco, wound up out of television.

    • This episode scored the highest Nielsen ratings of any in the series.

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