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Season 1 Episode 14

Comstock Conspiracy

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Dec 29, 1957 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Bret thinks he's killed the owner of a mine, only to meet him alive again. The gambler then gets involved with a mining engineer and his struggle for improved working conditions.

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  • Bret kills a man and kisses a girl (but only after she shoots at him and then knocks him unconscious).

    Big money and political corruption make up the backdrop for this excellent episode. Bret comes to Virginia City and finagles an invite to the biggest, most exclusive poker game in town. When a wealthy mine owner tries to scam him, things take a surprising and surreal turn. And just when Bret is about to leave town, a beautiful damsel shows up claiming to be an old friend. Naturally, the harder Maverick tries not to care about the people he meets, the more thoroughly involved he gets. At one point, he tells the man who has been thwarted in his effort to improve miners' safety for years by the bad guys, "Mixing in other people's business isn't my profession, Mr. Jennings." Well, maybe, but it certainly is the thing he ends up doing week after week! This episode also has my favorite female character so far. (And she doesn't really shoot at Bret; she's a crack shot who can shoot the arm-rest off a buggy at twenty paces, baby!)moreless
  • Jim Rockford meets Col. Klink

    Before "Hogan's Heroes", the future Col. Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer, son of famed conductor Otto Klemperer) guest stars as an apparent crackpot mining/railroad engineer.

    This episode is one of a handful in the "Maverick" series that uses actual names of real locations. This action in this first-year episode occurs in Virginia City and Carson City, Nevada and aired at least two years before the premier of the "Bonanza" series. As such, it lacks the consistent tongue-in-cheek humor of a few of the earlier and most later episodes (with one exception, beware a woman who has a gun and knows how to use it). But seeing Col. Klink without accent and monocle is worth the 50 minute time investment.moreless
Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

Ellen Bordeen

Guest Star

Ed Prentiss

Ed Prentiss

John/Ralph Bordeen

Guest Star

Werner Klemperer

Werner Klemperer

Alex Jennings

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Pappyism: Stick your nose in other people's business and you'll get it bent.

    • Bret: Do I get to shuffle?
      Bordeen: As much as you want. Well, do we have a bet?
      Bret: Double or nothing?
      Bordeen: Double or nothing.
      Bret: Those are pretty attractive odds, Mr. Bordeen.

    • Kennedy: You've seen that trick before, Mr. Maverick?

      Bret: No, just that kind of trickster. This is my profession, gentlemen.

      Kennedy: Hard to understand. Losing $10,000 to Bordeen is no more than losing $10 is to most people, he's that rich.

      Bret: Some men can't stand to lose ten cents, Mr. Kennedy, no matter how rich they are.

    • Bret: A long time ago, Mr. Bordeen, I decided that a gambling debt wasn't ever important enough to kill a man over. I decided that welshers are people to feel sorry for. That the pressure that made them crawl so low must've been worse than anything I could do to them. So I let it go at that, marked it off to profit and loss, but you don't get off that easy.

    • Sheriff: Either you've had too much to drink or not enough, one or the other, now clear outta here.

    • Bret: Half my problem was solved now, I had my $10,000. Solving the other half suddenly didn't seem too important. Suppose I did prove I killed Bordeen, I'd still have to prove that I'd done it in self defense, Uh-uh, no percentage. A trip to San Francisco suddenly seemed like a better idea.

    • Ellen: Will you help me?
      Bret: No, ma'am.
      Ellen: Not very noble, are you?
      Bret: No, ma'am.
      Ellen: Because you have your $10,000?
      Bret: Yes, ma'am.

    • Bordeen: I'm, uh, sorry I was so rude last night, Mr. Maverick.
      Bret: Well, I'm sorry I killed you.

    • Bordeen: I … I don't like this.
      Horne: You will, be patient. Nobody likes being a millionaire at first.

    • Ellen: Well, why not? Why shouldn't we have a little luxury, and a little comfort, and a few riches?
      Bret: Well, there's always the gout.

    • Bordeen: Your manners are bad, Maverick.
      Bret: How can you tell? You had your back to me.

    • Ellen: Well, you're not the most grateful of men. I just saved your life.
      Bret: You also got rid of a bad conscience. Goodbye Ellen. Happy money.

    • Bret: Mixing in other people's business isn't my profession, Mr. Jennings.

    • Ellen: I gave up.
      Bret: After you slugged me?
      Ellen: Oh, I didn't like slugging you.
      Bret: You poor girl.

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