Pappyism: As long as you live, stick to poker.
Bret: Isn't there a safer way to get to the Molly-O?
Carrie: You could walk, it's only nine miles.
Bret: No thanks. You mind if I drive?
Carrie: What's the matter, you scared?
Doc: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
Jed: Yeah, but you can be pretty sure that he will.
Bret: Jed, only one man in a hundred plays poker with any regard for the odds. Luck's important only when you sit down with men who play as tight as you do. When I find that out, I quit. It's gambling.
Jed: You can lose, even to a bad player, can't you?
Bret: Well, they play for luck, sometimes they get it.
Bret: She's a real nice girl, Jed. But I promised my Pappy that on my 38th birthday, I'd look around for a wife, get married and raise 12 Mavericks. That's a long way off.
Jed: Tell ya what : you stay on, you don't owe me a cent - a thousand dollars is yours. What do ya say?
Bret: Ashamed of you, Jed. That's a mean low-down, dirty trick to play on your daughter. And if you think I'm goin' along with it, if you think I'd have anything to do with that … you're right.
Red: I have a weakness, a real bad weakness. I'm a jealous man. There's nothin' I can do about it, it just sorta takes me over, and my stomach starts churnin', and … well, I do things I don't hardly remember when it's over.
Bret: Well, we all have our problems.
Bret: The trouble is … I can't leave.
Abby: Why not?
Bret: Well, I'm involved in a big business deal, a lot of money involved.
Abby: Oh, you put money ahead of everything, don't you?
Bret: No. No, there's breathing.
(Bret meets brother Bart "Hardin" outside of town)
Bart: Well, howdy brother.
Bret: Howdy, John Wesley Harden. You're lookin' mighty fit considerin' you were just dug up.
Bart: Uh, suppose you dig up that five hundred. I believe that's the sum mentioned in the telegram?
Bret: Now that's not worthy of you, Bart. Your own brother's life is hangin' in the balance and all you're thinkin' about is $500.
Bart: No, Bret, that's not all I'm thinkin' about.
Bret: No, you're thinkin' about my five hundred, too.
Abby: Men do hate to be told they're resistible, don't they?
Bret: Only if it's convincing.
Jed: If you lose you can owe it to me.
Bret: Are you serious about this?
Jed: I was never more serious about anything in my life.
Bret: Well, I've never owed anybody any money in my life and I don't intend to begin now.
Bret (about "Harden"): Mean lookin' cuss, ain't he, Doc?
Bret: Where's that other big gunslinger, Red Hardigan? I might as well take care of him while I'm in the mood.
Abby (to Bret): The only hand my father wants you to hold is mine.
Warner Brothers reportedly fired Clint Eastwood not long after this episode aired, but he would soon be cast as Rowdy Yates in the CBS western Rawhide. Eastwood and James Garner would later appear together again in the 1998 film Space Cowboys. A clip from this episode was shown on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno when Eastwood and Garner appeared to promote the film.
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