After he's arrested for gambling on an Army base, Bart has to choose between serving time or working undercover as a trooper to root out a traitor helping the local Indian raiders. Bart agrees but faces a hangman's noose when things blow up in his face.
Col. Sam Percy
Bart whistles the Maverick theme in this episode.
Bart (opening voiceover): Mostly, you don't catch me hanging around army posts. I don't have a hankering for the military life. But this fort was different. There was always a big poker game going on in the Sutler's store. Trappers in from the wilds would take a hand and some of those cavalry boys in blue were pretty sharp card players. You know the kind, when payday came around they'd wind up with most of the money in the barracks. So, whenever I was in the neighborhood, I'd drop in and try to even things up a little.
Dakota: Pickens' ain't so easy this time, are they, Maverick?
Bart: Old story, Dakota. The poor always tryin' to get the rich, and usually do.
Bart: This is an enlistment paper!
Col. Percy: Well, read the small print, Bart, it's a short term - only 180 days.
Bart: Me, in the Army!?! In the cavalry? Why you must be outta your mind, Sam. Why I don't know the first thing about bein' a soldier and I sure don't wanna learn.
Col. Percy: There's always the stockade.
Bart (voiceover): I was the most unmilitary trooper this fort had ever seen.
O'Dell: You got a true gambler's heart, Maverick.
Bart: Well, I have to in order to play against you, O'Dell.
O'Dell: That's not what I mean. Berger might come in, slap another six months on your hitch.
Bart: The way I been performin', it'll be just a matter a days before they offer me money to leave.
Benedict: Maverick, it's been said you love money more than anything else.
Bart: It's been said right.
Bart: Well, good evening.
Capt. Berger: 'Ten-tion!
Bart (scoffs): Don't be ridiculous.
Acando: What has happened to Maverick?
Catherine: Why do you ask?
Acando: He was the only one of the three that had wisdom.
Catherine: And I thought you were a good judge of people. He was working for my husband.
Acando: Then he was working for peace.
Catherine: The court martial board has convicted him of treason. He hangs tomorrow morning.
Acando: You could save him, with a word!
Catherine: I will not save him.
Acando: I wonder which one of us is the savage?
Bart: Didn't you get the word, Schumacher?
Schumacher: Yes, I got it. Captain Berger tells me that I can't discharge you until your enlistment is up. That's 122 days away, and as far as I'm concerned, Maverick, you're nothing but a miserable private!
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