During the stagecoach ride, mention is made of Montana hoping to become the 41st state, to which Maverick is skeptical. In fact, while Montana did become the 41st state, it did so on 11 November 1889, only 6 days after North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted to the Union on 2 November 1889, and only 3 days before Washington. With 9 days between the 39th and 42nd states, the characters could not have expected Montana to have been the 41st state. See more »
Finish your drink, mister. It's a long ride back to town... I didn't really believe it was you.
It's me, Sheriff.
Now that you've had your water, you can climb aboard your horse now.
Sheriff, I couldn't do that if my life depended on it.
You think it don't?
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The premise of this story is simple: a bet. But not just any bet, one it seems Maverick can't win.
Bret Maverick is a gambling man, and not just at cards.
He is caught red-handed trying to make his getaway from a bank robbery, and he has been shot, and lost a lot of blood. The sheriff gives him 20 minutes to rest.
Then Maverick makes his bet: $10 says if he listens to why he stole the money, the sheriff won't take him to jail. No deal, says the sheriff. Maverick raises the stakes: $10 says the sheriff not only won't take Maverick back, he won't even take the money back.
"If it's worth $10 to you, go ahead," says the sheriff.
And so, a wounded Maverick tells his tale.
Will Maverick get his $10 or will he get 20 years?
We then hear about meeting a beautiful woman, and a stagecoach ride with her to Montana.
Some people say television was a wasteland back then, and some people say it was the golden age of television. With great writing like this, and great acting from the likes of James Garner, I go with the later.
But to fully appreciate why, you need to see this episode. To tell you any more about it would just spoil it for you.
---- From Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary:
Main Entry:1mav£er£ick Pronunciation:*mav(*)rik, -r*k Function:noun Inflected Form:-s Etymology:after Samuel A. Maverick died 1870 American pioneer in Texas who did not brand his calves
1 West : an unbranded range animal; especially : a calf on the range that is unbranded and not following its mother 2 a : a refractory or recalcitrant member of a political party who bolts at will and sets an independent course b : an intellectual or a member of a social upper class or of any other group who refuses to conform and takes an unorthodox stand
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