This Date in MAVERICK TV History: J. Pat O’Malley and Vito Scotti star in “A Fistful of Oats,” an episode of YOUNG MAVERICK, airing Dec. 5, 1979 A FISTFUL OF OATS Original Airdate: December 5, 1979 Synopsis. Nell’s uncle faces the gallows after he accidentally spooks the horse of a hanging judge. LEARN MORE about this episode in the revised third edition of Maverick: Legend of the West, featuring more than 100 pages of new information about the show that made James Garner a star. 25 percent of the net proceeds from the sales of the third edition will be donated to The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to help rescue organizations, shelters, individuals, fosters, and veterans with emergencies, evacuations, medical care, adoptions, training, pet supplies, shelter, rehabilitation, boarding, transportation, food, and other pressing needs. JGARF is one way for Garner fans to honor Jim’s memory and extend his legacy. The revised third edition of Maverick: Legend of the West is available through Black Pawn Press, Amazon.com, and wherever books are sold online.