The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Season 1 Episode 25

Bad Luck Betty

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 1994 on FOX
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Bad Luck Betty
When Socrates vanishes during his birthday party, Brisco & co. follow his trail to Midnightville, a town in which Socrates used to work as a lawyer. Soon people of the town start being murdered, each of them connected to an old murder trial which Socrates was involved in, and Brisco races to piece together the mystery before Socrates is the next body found.moreless

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  • While celebrating Socrates birthday someone kidnaps him and takes him back to Midnightville the town where he first practiced as a law clerk. The deputy named Betty is jinxed and causes accidents. Someone is taking people and trying them for murder.moreless

    An enjoyable episode that had its problems but for the most part was entertaining. We have all the cast but Dixie who is off in China right now. Brisco, Bowler, ad Whip track Socrates back to Midnightville and the hunt is on

    It seems that Donald Grayson who had been the Mortician in town was hung ten years before for killing his wife. Diana Grayson played by Jane Sibbet of Herman's Head and Friends fame is his only daughter. Other principals in the story are the Deputy Sheriff Bad Luck Betty O'Donnell played by Annabella Price, Sheriff Hyde played by John Doucette, Mrs. Van Allen the only witness in the case, Riley the Train Conductor who was the Jury Foreman and Mr. Cross the Mortician's loyal assistant.

    Someone has grabbed Socrates to try the other people involved in the case and kill them one by one for lying about the gilt of Mr. Grayson. The main constant is Betty's sure fired mess that occurs whenever she's involved, hence the title of the episode. Brisco and friends must find out who it is that is grabbing and killing everyone and stop them before everyone involved in the case is murdered.

    A predictable ending with some interesting twists. A horseless carriage for one thing among others. Entertaining but shot extremely dark so that it is difficult at times to really make things out. A little disappointing. The two part finale is left to the series. Should be fun. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • During his birthday celebration, Socrates is kidnapped. Brisco, Bowler and Whip follow the trail to an eerie town, inhabited by a number of strange characters, including the disaster-prone Deputy of the title. One of my favourite episodes...moreless

    For some reason, I went into this episode not expecting much. Judging it by its title, I expected it to be filler offering based on an annoying character. To my pleasant surprise, it turned out to be a top-notch episode, and one of my personal favourites of the series.

    I really like the feel of this story, and all its eerie goings on and characters. I found the episode to be very well written, with several actually quite scary moments (well, for a family-friendly prime-time TV show at least!). I found the setting and the characters to be well fleshed out, with the feeling that anything could happen.

    I particularly like the 'Psycho' spoof scene with Brisco in the shower.

    Although originally shown in April on the original US broadcasts, this would have made the perfect Halloween episode.

    As Brisco, Bowler and Whip search for the abducted Socrates, there are a number of strange goings on (and several red herrings) thrown in. Although by mid-episode I had pretty much worked out who was the driving force behind all of the occurrences, I still really enjoyed trying to work out and piece together all of the plot elements.

    All-in-all, I'd probably rate this in my personal Top 5 episodes of the series.moreless
Jane Sibbett

Jane Sibbett

Diana Grayson

Guest Star

Annabella Price

Annabella Price

Bad Luck Betty O'Donnell

Guest Star

Dana Craig

Dana Craig


Guest Star

Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips

Whip Morgan

Recurring Role

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    • Misc.: The house on the hill, the shower scene
      There are a number of obvious homages to the movie Psycho. The Grayson boarding house/funeral home is modeled on the "house on the hill" Bates house. Brisco is accosted while taking a "rain shower" and there is even a shot of a dark liquid (coffee in this case) swirling down the drain, while Psycho-type music plays in the background. Also, Diana Grayson, like Norman Bates, suffers from a split personality that leads her to take on the role of her parent in both speak and dress.