- FULL HOUSE
Original Airdate: October 25, 1959
Synopsis. In Denver, Bret wins $2,000 playing cards with a man who is temporarily short of cash. Maverick wants the man’s fancy tie pin as collateral, but the man is reluctant to give up what he calls his “good luck charm.” After a struggle, Bret walks away with the tie pin, while the man is arrested. Later, in the nearby town of Bubbly Springs, Maverick discovers that the man with the tie pin is a renowned criminal operative named Foxy Smith, who has arranged to meet Cole Younger, Billy the Kid, Willie Thimble, Sam Bass, Black Bart, Ben Thompson, Jesse James, and Belle Starr to plan a big job. None of the outlaws have ever seen Smith—they only know him by his trademark tie pin. When Maverick arrives in town, they mistake him for Foxy Smith.
Executive producer William T. Orr first came up with the premise for this episode, which features future Academy Award winner Joel Grey (Cabaret) as Billy the Kid and future Beverly Hillbillies star Nancy Kulp in a small role as a waitress whose tears lead Maverick into a trap.