Season 2 Episode 9

The Thirty-Ninth Star

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Nov 16, 1958 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A case of mistaken suitcases unfolds into political warfare, leaving Bart the unhappy target of ruthless killers.

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    John Litel

    John Litel

    Judge Somervell

    Guest Star

    William Phipps

    William Phipps


    Guest Star

    Sam Buffington

    Sam Buffington

    Quincy Bigelow

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Discontinuity: Bart says he hails from East Texas in this episode. However, in the Season One episode, Trail West To Fury, the Mavericks hometown of Little Ben, TX appeared to be located in the western portion of the Lone Star State.

    • QUOTES (18)

      • Pappyism: Work is all right for killin' time but it's a shaky way to make a living.

      • Bart: Judge Somervell, you, uh, seem to be callin' me a liar.
        Judge Somervell: I'm afraid I am.
        Bart: In which case, you're also callin' me a thief.
        Judge Somervell: That would logically follow.
        (The Judge pulls a gun and cocks it)
        Bart: Would you like to explain your logic, or go right ahead with the shooting?

      • Janet: It's your move, Mr. Maverick.
        Bart: I don't even know what we're playing, Mrs. Kilmer.

      • (an angry Bart shows a surprised Janet his ransacked room)
        Bart: I don't know who you think I am, but I'm not. I'm just an easy goin', fun lovin' sort of boy - up to a point - which we have just passed. I don't like bein' knocked on the head, and I don't like havin' my room ransacked and my clothing strewn all over everywhere. I'm not neat, but I'm lazy. Now you listen to this, Mrs. Kilmer, 'cause I want you to pass it on to the Judge and any other playful friends you might have around here, I'm now going down to the stagecoach office to make sure of gettin' a ticket out. And I hope to be leavin' your lovely city in the morning. But if any more of these holiday festivities come anywhere near me, I'm not gonna be responsible for anything I might do to any of you people.

      • (Bart is being beaten for information)
        Hazelton: I'm not going to follow you, we're not going to watch you. But wherever you are this time tomorrow night, we're going to be there too. And if you haven't got that package to hand over to us, we're not gonna bother you with any more questions. We're going to kill you. Is that clear?
        Bart: Nothing is clear.
        Hazelton: Well get this one thing very clear : What you're thinking about right now won't work, because you can't run far enough. When you run, we'll catch you. When we catch you, we'll kill you.

      • Janet: Tell me, who did you blame all your troubles on before I came along?
        Bart: Mrs. Kilmer, before you came along, I didn't know what trouble was.

      • Bart: Well, by some strange coincidence, just ten minutes after I told you I was going out, four strange men - strangers to both of us, of course …
        Janet: Of course.
        Bart: … tied me up in a basement and tried to beat me to death.

      • Bart: Maybe they wanted the Judge's laundry.
        Janet: Which, of course, you don't have.
        Bart: No … They gave me 24 hours to deliver it. If I don't, they promised to kill me - and they said it so sincerely, that I just had to believe them.

      • Janet: (after a kiss) We're both searching for the same thing, only one of us can get it. No matter how I feel right now, I'll double-cross you when I have to, 'cause I have to.
        Bart: I'll try not to be surprised.

      • Bart: I get a little angry when everybody thinks I'm stupid.

      • Janet: Please believe me.
        Bart (keeps searching her room): Don't I always believe everything you tell me?

      • Bart: Whatever this is, for better or worse, it's mine. I went to a lot of trouble to get it. I've been beaten up, tracked down, bullied and threatened and I still came out ahead. Anybody who wants this one little possession of mine now is gonna have to ask me for it, and pay me for it and pay a handsome price at that. You people are gonna sweat the way I sweated, the whole pack of ya.
        Janet: Bart, listen to me …
        Bart: Now don't follow me. You start trailing along behind me, I'm gonna punch you right in the teeth.

      • Bart: You know somethin' Judge, that Charles Sanderson Stewart, the fella you said personified the spirit and integrity of this territory, he was really somethin', wasn't he? Good thing for him his "great heart" failed him when it did. Folks woulda hung him if all this got out. Tell me somthin' Judge, why did Mr. Stewart's great heart fail him when it did?
        Janet: Because a lady's husband put a bullet through it.
        Bart: Well, it's nice to have friends. A lady's husband had done that to me it woulda gotten into all the papers.

      • Janet: Are you from the east, Mr. Maverick?
        Bart: East Texas.

      • Bart: I'm not tough but I'm not stupid either.

      • Bart: Do you miss Philadelphia?
        Janet: Only a native could miss Philadelphia.

      • Bart: Sure wish there was some way for us to go partners.
        Janet: Yes, but there isn't.
        Bart: It's hard work going around in circles.

      • Janet: I'm disappointed in you. You're the last person I'd ever expect to show such a shameless streak of decency.
        Bart: You don't have enough faith in me. I had it all figured out. If I'd sold the papers to those people, they would have burned the papers - and then burned me.

    • NOTES (1)

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