The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Season 1 Episode 6

Riverboat

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1993 on FOX
9.0
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Riverboat
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Brisco heads to Louisiana to capture Brett Bones, a member of Bly's gang who runs a riverboat gambling ring. With Bones holding a letter of immunity from the governor, however, Brisco and his allies are forced to weave a complicated plot in order to trap him.

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  • Brisco heads to Louisiana when Socrates ends up in jail after one of Bly's men Brett Bones cheats him out of his funds. Brisco leads a group of people into swindling Bones and bringing him to justice.moreless

    9.0
    Entertaining tail with a lot of twists this time around. We have Socrates, Lord Bowler, Dixie Cousins, and a new friend Wylie Turner all involved in a scheme cooked up by Brisco.



    One by one the pieces fall into place with a few little pitfalls along the way. We are left to wonder if Dixie is really on Brisco's side. Will Bowler be able to come through? Can Socrates be convincing enough? Finally will Bones fall into an obvious ploy by Brisco or be completely taken in? Quite an elaborate plan unfolds complete with a few double crosses on the part of everyone.



    Nice solid plot and direction. The acting is superb as always. Very enjoyable overall and just good television. One has to wonder why this show did not take off as it was on the same night as the X-Files, but for some reason it just didn't seem to find an audience. I think it must have been the western and history aspects that maybe the viewers couldn't get their interest around. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • After Socrates is jailed after losing big to crooked gambler Brett Bones, who happens to be a member of Bly's gang, Brisco sets out to con the conman at his own game and bring him in. A particularly good episode...moreless

    9.5
    This is a great episode of the series.



    In many ways it is a break from the more typical episode, but does not suffer from it at all.



    The episode has just the right balance between comedy and drama, and the story doesn't have a dull moment.



    Dixie shows up again, and as per usual, it's hard to work out just which side she's on.



    Bowler's boxing matches are a highlight, and in my opinion stand out as one of the character's best episodes.



    Brisco's plan to con gambler Bones is a good one, and you can never tell which way it's going and if it's going his way or not.



    All-in-all, this is an excellent episode, and after the Pilot, my favourite episode of the series thus far.moreless
  • In the spirit of "Maverick," Brisco & Co. set out to con a gambler.

    9.6
    In the liner notes from the DVD, Bruce Campbell says that this is one of his favorite episodes. You can tell in his performance that he's having a ton of fun as he plays the part of a slick gambler with a plan to take down a member of Bly's gang.



    This episode features Xander Berkeley as Brett Bones, and he does a fine job as the outlaw with a weakness for gambling. I've been a fan of Berkeley's work on "24" and in other series, so it's nice to see him as a mustache-twirling villain here. "Riverboat" is classic Brisco...light comedy, action, an overall spirit of fun.moreless
Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Brett Bones

Guest Star

Don Stroud

Don Stroud

Randy Hatchett

Guest Star

Montae Russell

Montae Russell

Wylie Turner

Guest Star

Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Dixie Cousins

Recurring Role

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Chapter title: Rushin' Roulette
      The 'game' of Russian Roulette involves a revolver with only one of the chambers loaded. Each player was supposed to spin the cylinder and then put the gun to his head and pull the trigger, hoping not to wind up dead.

    • Brisco: Removes his gun, and wears a gambler's outfit
      Brisco's gambling outfit is the splitting image of that worn by Brett Maverick in the TV series Maverick. His opponent is named Brett. And there is also a scene where Brisco removes his gun: Brett Maverick never used a gun if he could avoid it. Brisco also uses the alias "Merriwether," which was used once or twice by Brett Maverick.

    • Wiley: Thanks, Brisco. And Luther thanks you.
      This is a reference to the end of The Sting, as is Brisco's reply ("It doesn't bring him back, does it?") and Wiley's reply ("No it doesn't. But it sure feels good.") Luther is both the name of Wiley's dead brother, and Johnny Hooker's (Robert Redford) dead mentor in The Sting.

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