Season 2 Episode 10

Shady Deal at Sunny Acres

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Nov 23, 1958 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Bret vows to make a crooked banker pay back all the money he swindled from him, and he has just the kind of friends to make good on that promise. When Bret Maverick says "I'm workin' on it", watch out, because he and his buddies mean business - and you won't even see it comin'.moreless

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Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Sheriff Griffin

Guest Star

Regis Toomey

Regis Toomey

Ben Granville

Guest Star

Joan Young

Joan Young

Susan Granville

Guest Star

Leo Gordon

Leo Gordon

Big Mike McComb

Recurring Role

Diane Brewster

Diane Brewster

Samantha Crawford

Recurring Role

Richard Long

Richard Long

Gentleman Jack Darby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The sign on the outside of the brokerage house spells the broker's name "Schaffer," but the sign on the office door spells it "Schafer." Bates, allegedly a shrewd observer, doesn't notice the discrepancy.

    • This episode marks the final Maverick appearance of both Diane Brewster as Samantha Crawford and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Dandy Jim Buckley. Although both were gone, each would still be mentioned occasionally and Bart would pose as Buckley in the Season Three opener, Pappy.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Pappyism: There are times when a man must rise above principle.

    • Pappyism: You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time and those are very good odds.

    • Bret: Well, I'm sorry to bother you after hours, but…would you put this in the safe for me? Be glad to pay you a service charge.

      Bates: What is it?

      Bret: $15,000.

      Bates: How did you get $15,000 in the middle of the night?

      Bret: Faith, Mr. Bates…in the friendly laws of probability. (Bates looks nonplussed) Poker. Would you deposit it for me?

    • Bates: Now, this is my signature, not that scrawl you showed me. That isn't even an official bank receipt. I don't know what you're trying to bring off, but you won't get away with it.
      Bret: Now I know why you didn't insist on a service charge. You owe me $15, 000, Mr. Bates. Before I leave Sunny Acres, you're gonna give it to me.

    • Bret: Y'know, I did have $15,000 last night. I haven't got it today.
      Sheriff: Folks around here got a theory about that - unwritten rule in poker : big winner plays until the losers quit. Now, folks figure that you were real anxious to quit while you was fifteen thousand ahead - and you cooked up that story about losin' the money.
      Bret: And accused an innocent of stealin' it?
      Sheriff: You have a grudge against him for some reason?
      Bret: Yeah, you might call it that. He owes me $15,000.
      Sheriff: Look, mister, for your own good, pack up your things and move outta here. Even if that yarn a yours is true, which it probably ain't, you aren't gonna get fifteen thousand out of Bates. Nobody ever got a nickel out of him, let alone any fool sum like $15,000.
      Bret: Well, Sheriff, by the time my room rent's up, I'll have my fifteen thousand and be on my way.

    • (two townsmen approach Bret, settin' and whittlin' on the hotel bench)
      Townsman: Hi, Mr. Maverick. Got your fifteen thousand yet?
      Bret(smiling): I'm workin' on it.
      Townsman: Getting' anywhere?
      Bret: That's hard to say, hard to say. (laughter)

    • Susan: Well, what I'm trying to say is I believe you. If you say Mr. Bates stole $15,000 from you, well, I think it's probably true because…well, I don't think he's a very honest man and I'd be very happy if you could get your $15,000 back from him, but you don't seem to be doing anything about it but just sitting here rocking and whittling!

      Bret: Well, I'm thinkin', too, that's important.

    • Bates: And let me add a little warning - I carry a gun … and I haven't had a real good fight since I got to be a banker. I'm kinda looking forward to whatever you have in mind.
      Bret: Now, how will a fight get me back my fifteen thousand? Bates: It won't. Got any other way in mind?
      Bret: I'm workin' on it.
      Bates: (laughing) Maverick, you're a real clown. Sunny Acres hasn't had such a belly laugh since Eddie Foy was here two years ago.
      Bret: Well, it's nice to know I'm bringin' a little sunshine into people's lives. You oughta try it yourself sometime.

    • Bret: He gave you $30,000? In cash?
      Granville: Yeah.
      Bret: Well, is there any way we can prove that 15,000 of that came from me?
      Granville: I'm afraid not. My former partner paid $7 for the suit he's wearing this season and he lives in the cheapest boarding house in town. He has no family and I've never known him to have a generous impulse. I'm afraid there's no way we could prove that he hadn't accumulated $30,000 quite legitimately.

    • Hibbs: Then maybe you could tell our readers how you …
      Bret: Just quote me as follows, Mr. Hibbs, "I'm working on it".
      Hibbs (disappointed): Nothing else? Mr. Watts, he-he's the editor of the "Sunny Acres Sentinel", he asked me to find out how you …
      Bret: Not today.
      Hibbs: Is, uh, is whittling your hobby?
      Bret: No, no. Money.

    • Bret: Mornin', Sheriff. You look like a man with a burden.
      Sheriff: I am. You! Run along, Henry.
      Hibbs: Oh, but I'm interviewing Mr. …
      Sheriff: Run along, Henry! Well, the folks around here tell me that you're a real comical fella. I ain't had no laughs outta you at all. You got three more days left on that two weeks room rent, you aimin' to leave when that's up?
      Bret: I said I was.
      Sheriff: Without your $15,000?
      Bret: I didn't say that. I'll have my fifteen thousand, Sheriff.
      Sheriff: How? What ya got in mind?
      Bret: Well … I'm not quite sure about that - but I'm workin' on it.

    • Bates: Bartley, I don't know what you have in mind, but as a banker, let me warn you : there's no way in the world a man can take $7,500 and turn it into a million in a few weeks.
      Bart (laughing): John, if it wasn't so confidential, I'd tell you all about it just to prove how wrong you are.
      Bates: I'm your banker, at least for the moment I am, and I think that … no, I know that you need some cool-headed banker's counsel.
      Bart: Counsel?
      Bates: The West is full of cleaver confidence men, "thieves" is a better word. Now, I'm not trying to press you, but I think it would be wise if you told me what you had on your mind. Let me advise you. (chuckles quietly) After all, if you can't trust your banker, Bartley, who can you trust?

    • Bart: Oh, you haven't changed, have you, Samantha, love? I had a feeling you wouldn't quite manage to … slip 600 back into my pocket. There's only three here.
      Samantha: Oh Bart, I - I'm sorry, but, you know, I had to count it so quickly, I couldn't let him notice and I … (titters) I - I guess I made a teensy mistake.
      Bart: The other three hundred, Sam?
      Samantha: Mm-hmm.

    • Bart: I've got some good news. I managed to get hold of 15,000 shares of Nevada Empress Mining stock today.
      Buckley (as broker Schafer): Mansfield, wasn't that matter supposed to be highly confidential?
      Bart: Oh, I'm sorry, Ralph. I - I didn't mention that Mr. Bates is my banker. Uh, naturally, I've confided in him.
      Buckley (as broker Schafer): I see.
      Bates: After all, Mr. Schafer, if you can't trust your banker … who can you trust?

    • Plunkett: Eh, now, let me get this straight - you're offerin' me cash, right now, for them shares?
      Bates: Oh, no, no, no, no, Mr. Plunkett. After I find a buyer, I'll then give you the cash - maybe as much as a thousand dollars.
      Plunkett: No cash right now?
      Bates: It'll only be a day or two. After all, if you can't trust your banker, who can you trust?
      Plunkett: Eh, darned if I know!

    • Bates: You're being hoggish, Mansfield. I was willing to share Plunkett's stock with you.
      Bart: You don't mean you'd - you'd take advantage of my confidence?
      Bates: I wouldn't've, but now that you're taking this selfish attitude … I might even say greedy, I'm not so sure.
      Bart: Looks like you're not giving me much choice but to let you come in with me.
      Bates: I wouldn't have put it that way myself, but I guess that's about it.

    • Bart: Are you Mr. Granville?
      Granville: Yes, I am.
      Bart: I was planning to stop by your place on the way out of town. I don't have time to explain, but I'd suggest you have a quick check made on the bank's funds. You may find Mr. Bates guilty of a slight embezzlement - about $15,000.
      Granville: Fifteen th … Mr. Mansfield, uh, did you ever meet Mr. Maverick?
      Bart: I'm afraid I don't have time for it right now, I'm in a bit of a hurry.

    • Sheriff: Are you gonna answer my question?
      Bret: Sheriff, it isn't often I can say this … I feel like I'm leavin' Sunny Acres a … a better place than I found it.

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