Season 2 Episode 17

Two Beggars on Horseback

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Jan 18, 1959 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Bret and Bart's devotion to one another is tested when they're offered a deal that can mean $10,000 for one of them but just one.

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  • A Wild Tale Of Sibling Rivalry Run Amok

    This was a wild tale of sibling rivalry run amok. As Bart said to Jessie (they always have a woman to compete over as well), "the one thing we don't do is kill each other". However, as Bret and Bart race to cash a check at the last open branch of a bankrupt bank, everything else is fair game : lying, cheating, sneaking - even cutting the saddle straps of a brother's horse. But in the end, if one of them is threatened by outsiders, they stand together (for a percentage of the profits). Most likely, anyone who has ever struggled with a difficult brother or sister will get a kick out of the Mavericks in action with, and against, each other. Hell, even 'only' children will enjoy this delicious farce.moreless
Ray Teal

Ray Teal

Harvey Stryker

Guest Star

John Cliff

John Cliff


Guest Star

Will Wright

Will Wright

General Hoyt Bosco

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Pappyism: When you're playing poker don't trust anybody - especially your brother.

    • Bret: If you'll excuse us, please, I think my brother's gonna be sick. If he isn't, I am.

    • Bret: I've still got $30. I was thinkin' I might split it with ya, and then again I might get back in that poker game and run it up to a thousand.
      Bart: But what if ya lose the thirty..
      Bret: You don't get the fifteen.
      Bart: But if ya win the thousand?
      Bret: You do get the fifteen.
      Bart: Bret, sometimes your heart runs away with your head.

    • Jessamy: Bet you could stand a drink about now. My grandmother sent me this all the way from Tennessee. (holds up bottle) It's an old family cure for headaches : sour mash. She made it with her own little feet.
      Bart: No thanks, I just had an apple.

    • (Jessamy enters Bart's room and begins pouring the liquor)
      Bart: None for me, please.
      Jessamy: You don't like sour mash?
      Bart: If I wanted another bad habit, I don't think that'd be it.
      Jessamy: Oh, well that sort of leaves me without an excuse for being here.
      Bart: Did you need one?
      Jessamy: I suppose you think I'm forcing myself on you, and I am. And if you think it's because of your money? It is.
      Bart: You mean you actually prefer paupers?

    • Jessamy: But suppose I could tell you how you could get your money back? Would you be grateful?
      Bart: $10,000? There isn't that much gratitude.
      Jessamy: Well, I'd settle for a thousand … cash!
      Bart: I think you're serious.
      Jessamy: About money - grimly.
      Bart: I don't know what you have in mind, ma'am, but you're speaking my language - greed.

    • Jessamy: I'm really awfully sorry, Bart, but business is business.

    • Jessamy: What happened to the horse?
      Bret: I was robbed.
      Jessamy: By who?
      Bret: Robbers.

    • Old Man: Tell me somthin', Shifty, does an ear of corn ever have an odd number of rows?
      Bart: Nope!

    • Sundown: Any objections, Mr. Maverick?
      Bret: No, none that I can back up.
      Sundown: You got a nice attitude.

    • Jessamy: Bart, wait up. Something's happened to Bret.
      Bart: You think somebody coulda cut his saddle cinch?
      Jessamy: Bart!
      Bart: Now we better not wait for him. He's liable to be quite a while, especially if all the saddle cinches have been cut.

    • Stryker: Well, folks, I'm gonna bid you a fond adieu. I'm sorry, but … business is business.
      Bart: Where have I heard that before?
      Jessamy: Oh, shut up!

    • Bart: That's not the way it works between Bret and me. You see, Jesse, the one thing we don't do is kill each other.

    • Bart: What are you thinkin' now?
      Bret: I'm thinkin' you're awful lucky not to be an only child.

    • (The Maverick boys narrate their differing points of view)
      Bret: When Bart understood how wrong he had been, there weren't any more delays.
      Bart: Once Bret realized how his greed had slowed us up, we made it to Deadwood in good time.

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