The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Season 1 Episode 14

Mail Order Brides

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 1993 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mail Order Brides
While back on the trail of the Swill brothers, Brisco and Bowler rescue three mail-order brides making their way to Denver who had their dowries stolen by the Swills. The Swills' newest plan is to steal a bull sent from Madrid, Spain to Madrid, CA as a token of peace and hold it for ransom. After escaping from the Swills' mother Lil (who holds them responsible for the death of her son Gil, in No Man's Land), they manage to thwart the Swills in Madrid.moreless

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  • Brisco and Bowler are on the trail of the Swill Brothers when they come upon three women tied riding a run away wagon. The Swill's had stolen their possessions so after some negotiation they go after the Swill's who are trying to steal a prized bull.moreless

    Of course this is the 1890's and must have been before the Spanish/American War. The Spanish didn't have an armada let alone enough fire power world wide to mount a war with any of the worlds major governments as they soon found out before 1900.

    Overall it was an enjoyable episode to watch, but this as a few others before it was so off the mark that it is almost laughable. The fact that Brisco and Bowler have to track these guys down let alone capture them is pretty laughable as they are the epitome of dolts. At least with most of the criminals they deal with the leaders have some sort of evil genius to them or they are truly ruthless.

    It made the story to have the women on the trail with them, but that was not overly possible considering. At least they did try to make it plausible for the episode.

    The whole story of the Spanish King and the bull was pretty humorous. The fact that the King of Spain would come to Madrid, California was funny in itself. There would have been at least a regiment of US Cavalry station around the town for protection. Of course that would not fit the story as the Swill's would have got no where near the bull in the first place.

    OK, I get it, it's a fantasy western science fiction show. That's why I gave the episode a gracious 8.5. The acting is very good and the production values are good as well. In this episode the story line is the part that leaves a little to be desired. Very tongue in cheek as I like to say about this show. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Brisco and Bowler find themselves helping three 'mail order brides', who have had their dowries stolen by the Swill Brothers, who have now set their sights on a prize bull being offered as a token of peace from Spain. One of the more average episodes IMO.moreless

    After a good run of very enjoyable episodes, culminating in 'Steel Horses', one of my favourite episodes of the series, things come back down to earth slightly with this more average fare.

    By now, Bowler is firmly entrenched as Brisco's partner. As I've said on previous reviews, I don't mind this too much, but I did like it in the earlier episodes when they where rivals, which added an extra dynamic to stories.

    It is good to see the return of the Swill Brothers (after fourth brother Gill was killed in 'No Man's Land'), as they are an amusing adversary for Brisco. This time we also get to meet their mother... Lil! What is it with that family and rhyming names?!

    I can't say it is a terrible episode – it is still watchable and has a few amusing moments – but I just didn't find the plot of this one quite as engaging (no pun intended). I just didn't find it as interesting or as gripping as some others.moreless
  • Hilarious

    Briscoe County Jr. was the funniest show, and this is one of my favorite episodes that centers around the Swill Brothers, Will, Bill and Phil, who just happen to be the dumbest outlaws going. Briscoe's interaction with them, well they just don't get his intellect... well there is Mr. County's habit of talking to his dead father and his horse Comet... neverless excellent

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Brisco: (negotiating) What do you want, Will?
      Will Swill: One million in cold cash.
      Brisco: Er... Do you want to give me a minute on that one?
      Will Swill: Forget it! You've got exactly 60 seconds.

    • Brisco: You wouldn't be dumb enough to shoot me with all those soldiers out there, would you Bill?
      Phil Swill: I'm Phil. He's Bill. And I just might be dumber than you think.

    • Lord Bowler: We hit the sheriff!
      Brisco: But I didn't hit the deputy.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Brisco: Yeah, but I didn't hit the deputy.
      Reference to Bob Marley's song "I Shot the Sheriff," lyrics feature the line "I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot the deputy." The song was re-done by Eric Clapton as well.

    • Chapter Title: Relief From The Bull Pen
      In baseball, the bull pen is where relief pitchers warm up before replacing the pitcher already in the game.

    • Chapter title: For Whom The Bull Tolls
      There is a novel (and movie based upon it) called "For Whom The Bell Tolls".

    • Ambassador to Spain: Handing out reward for courage, brains, and heart
      Each of the three mail order brides is given a reward for helping to save the bull, and the Ambassador acknowledges the intelligence of one, the love of another, and the courage of the third is a direct nod to the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, respectively, from The Wizard of Oz.