Season 1 Episode 7

Relic Of Fort Tejon

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Nov 03, 1957 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Maverick wins in a poker game what he is told is a "full-blooded Arabian mount" only when he goes to pick up this steed, it turns out to be a very affectionate camel. He ends up making use of the animal to bring a crooked gambling den owner to justice.moreless

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  • Great Promise, Poor Delivery

    As much as I love James Garner, and Maverick, I was terribly disappointed in this poorly-written episode. I was also shocked, because normally, this was the best-written show on episodic television - western or not! The plot centers around a camel who Bret suddenly finds himself saddled with, and an unscrupulous saloon owner. There were plot holes that you could have shoved that camel through. Poor writing, poor plot - and camel plot-line notwithstanding, totally unbelievable. Someone should have thought this one through a little bit more.

    Great show, great acting, poor plot, poor writing. Thankfully, this was the only episode I've come across that wasn't up to the normally high standards.moreless
Fredd Wayne

Fredd Wayne

Honest Carl Jimson

Guest Star

Dan Tobin (I)

Dan Tobin (I)

Howard Harris

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Sheb Wooley

Sheb Wooley


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • A camel is seen in this episode. The U.S. Cavalry actually did experiment with using camels in the desert regions of the old west during the 19th century.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Brimmer: What were you holdin'?
      Bret: Uh, you didn't pay to find out.
      Brimmer: Games over. I'd kinda like to know what you beat me with.
      Bret: Sometimes it's better not to know.

    • Poker Player: Enough room for those chips, Maverick?
      Bret: Oh, I can always make big ones out of the little ones?

    • Harris: Well, it certainly doesn't seem like good strategy to me to announce your intention.
      Bret: Well, it is the way I figure Mr. Jimson. You see, I'm pretty certain that under that manly chest of his beats a heart of pure yellow. I want him to know I'm coming, and think about it a long time.

    • Bret: First impressions are always important--with both animals and humans.

    • Jimson: Hoyle don't make the rules here. I do.
      Bret: I'm sorry, I misunderstood. I thought you were playing a poker game. You can make up rules for any game you like, but don't call it poker. It's misleading.

    • Bret: The one way for a card player to be sure of winning is to get into a crooked game and play honest … if he knows what to look for. And there's nothing I like better than to trip up a card shark.

    • Bret: Trying to sell a camel was like trying to sell a herd of sheep to a cattleman.

    • Bret: If you're going to play poker, you'll have to develop a sense of humor. That's an old trick, my friend : keep smiling.

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