Season 4 Episode 14

The Bold Fenian Men

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Dec 18, 1960 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Summers: Do you have any realization, Maverick, of the costs involved in rescuing your person?
      Beau: Planning on sending me a bill, Colonel? I wouldn't have been out here alone if you hadn't booted me off the post.
      Summers: You know the regulations regarding gambling on government property?
      Beau: Yeah, don't win.

    • Beau: Well, Colonel, I'll be moving on.
      Summers: The only place you'll be moving is with us.

    • Beau: I was there last year, there's not a poker game in town.
      Summers: That all you do - loiter around gambling houses?
      Beau: Home is where the heart is.

    • Beau: Are these your cards, Sergeant?
      Hanson: That's right.
      Beau: Why bother to deal 'em facedown? Why not faceup?
      Hanson: Are you daffy? Then we'd all know what the other had in his hand.
      Beau: Well, then we'd be even with you.

    • Hanson: Nobody ever accused me of cheating before.
      Beau: Well, maybe nobody ever caught you before.

    • Holt: The Colonel is waiting.
      Beau: Well, lead on, McDuff.

    • Beau: You sent for me, Colonel?
      Summers: That's why you're here, isn't it? We arrive at the fort tomorrow, Maverick. You're free to go. In fact, I insist you do go.

    • Summers: I, uh, suppose you've discovered the town is full of Irishmen.
      Beau: The hard way.
      Summers: Have you learned anything from them?
      Beau: The words to Kathleen Mavourneen?

    • Summers: Maverick, I want you to find out what those Irishmen are up to. You seem to be on good terms with them.
      Beau: Oh, no, you don't. I happen to like those people. There's no reason why I should spy on them that …
      Summers: Oh, yes, there is.
      Beau: What?
      Summers: About 90 days in the guardhouse for, uh, let's see : misuse of government funds, trespassing on military property, inciting a riot.
      Beau: Those charges are false and you know it!
      Summers: Maybe so, but it might take a court-martial 90 days to convene.
      Beau (sighs): All right. What do you want me to do?
      Summers: Hmm. I knew your patriotism would come through.

    • Terence: I knew I shouldn't let you talk me into this. Now I'll have to find out in me own way.
      Deirdre: Oh, you're not going to harm him, are you?
      Terence: Of course not. You know, I like the young rogue. But there's one thing I know about him : he can't hold his whiskey.

    • Donovan: We caught the dirty spy.
      Flaherty: Ya can't be hittin' an unconscious man, now.
      Donovan: Why not? It's more humane, isn't it?

    • Beau: Hang on to your hat, Colonel, you're gonna feel like a ring tailed boob.
      Summers: I, Mr. Maverick, will never feel like a ring tailed boob, I'm an officer.

    • Summers: Mr. Maverick, I have no time for sergeants!
      Beau: Well, you'd better find time for this one, Colonel. Sgt. Hanson is the one who sold the Fenians their guns and he knows where they're hiding them.

    • Beau: They plan to execute me in the morning … at a place where they've hidden the guns. Now, I don't think they know I've escaped. I'll go back to the hut where they locked me up. They'll come and get me in the morning. You, uh, you have men posted around. They'll hear the volley from the firing squad. Then you move in and confiscate the guns.
      Summers: You - you'd do this?
      Beau: If I didn't, I couldn't ever live with myself again.
      Summers: Maverick, I've misjudged you. I thought you were a wastrel, a gambler, a no-good. But under this veneer, I can see there beats a heart that's true blue. You're officer material, Maverick.

    • (Beau is facing a "firing squad")
      Hunter: According to military protocol, Mr. Maverick, do ya have any last wishes?
      Beau (exhales "last" cigarette): Yes, don't shoot.

    • Deirdre: Please, talk.
      Beau: Ah, just like a woman. when things are getting interesting, you want to talk.

    • Summers: I thought you were dead.
      Beau: So did I. Oh, about the, uh, funeral, Colonel - with no expenses spared - could I just have the cash instead?

    • Beau: Well, Colonel, it's your deal, you sent for me.
      Summers: And so I did. It's been three months since I saw you last in Dakota City.
      Beau: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
      Summers: Must you always play the buffoon, Maverick?
      Beau: Well, one of us has to and … you're not dressed for it.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Summers: Mr. Maverick, I have no time for sergeants!

      This points to the 1954 best-selling novel by Mac Hyman, No Time For Sergeants, which was first adapted into a 1955 play and then a 1958 motion picture with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.

    • Beau: Well, lead on, McDuff.

      A common misquotation of a line in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth.