The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Season 1 Episode 8

Senior Spirit

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 1993 on FOX
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Senior Spirit
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On the trail of Bly once more, Brisco is confronted by the ghost of his father, who hints at his mysterious destiny with the Orb, hints that there are other Orbs, and helps him to track down Bly. Brisco Jr. must also deal with his obsession with Bly, and decide which is more important: bringing in the outlaw or endangering innocent lives.moreless

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  • Bly ransoms one of the tycoons sons as a bargaining chip for a rod to the orb the tycoons hold. Brisco against the wishes of his employers goes after Bly. Professor Wickmire is also capture as is Socrates. Bowler shows up to help Brisco.moreless

    8.5
    A paranormal episode helping us to understand more about the orb and Brisco's relationship with his father. His father continually reappears to Brisco during this episode to help guide him on his travels and to make sure he understands how proud he is and that he loved him.



    This episode is a little uneven as Brisco spends a lot of his time questioning his decisions and his sanity for that matter. As his father tells him later, he's doing a better job than even he could have done! Reaffirming Brisco's instincts and telling him to follow them.



    Bowler, Socrates, and Wickmire come along for the ride as the ensemble cast is as great as ever. Even Bly captivates in his evil way.



    An interesting tale that really helped to develop the characters as well as helping us to understand more about the orbs and what they are capable of. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Bly captures a young man to use as a bargaining tool to try and get Brisco to hand over an Orb rob that belonged to his father. Aiding Brisco on his adventure is the ghost of his deceased father! A particularly good episode...moreless

    9.4
    I really enjoyed this episode. In some ways, it almost feels like a season finale.



    This is a very busy episode, with lots of plot threads and things going on.

    Things start off with the son of one of the Westerfield Club's owners being kidnapped. While one may expect the episode to revolve around that, it is just one of the numerous plot threads of the story.



    Brisco being visited by the ghost of his deceased father is handled well, not becoming as silly as it might have been. (A year or so later, 'Due South' used a similar plot device of a deceased father's ghost).



    Professor Wickwire also features in the story. Although he doesn't really get that much to do, other than try to work out what the Orb is for, any episode with the Professor is a good one in my opinion.



    I did feel the way that Socrates got captured by Bly's men-of-the-week was a bit forced and far fetched, but I suppose this is Socrates we're talking about!



    The climax of the story is exciting. I like the seemingly innocent elderly couple that almost put one over on Brisco Jr., and also of note is the scene of everyone walking around blindly in the smoke and Brisco Senior telling his son to follow his instincts.



    All-in-all, a great episode, one of the best thus far.moreless
R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey

Brisco County Sr.

Guest Star

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Jason Barkley

Guest Star

Yvette Nipar

Yvette Nipar

Ellie

Guest Star

John Astin

John Astin

Professor Albert Wickwire

Recurring Role

Billy Drago

Billy Drago

John Bly

Recurring Role

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    • Barkley, the name of the robber baron in this episode (and of the kidnap victim), was also the name of the main family of the TV Western, The Big Valley.

    • Episode title: Senior Spirit
      This term usually refers to the enthusiasm of Seniors in high school or college for their school and its teams.

    • Chapter title: Father Knows Best
      There is a TV show by this name.

    • Brisco: Oh boy!
      Brisco utters this when confronting the ghost of his father, which no one but him and animals can see or hear. He passes his hand right through the ghostly figure. It was the phrase used by Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap at least once an episode, and that show also featured an invisible hologram that only the main character and animals could see or hear. Also note the name of the first chapter - "Leap of Faith."

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