Original Airdate: September 17, 1961

. At a horse race in New Orleans, smooth-talking hustler Pearly Gates (played by Mike Road) and his accomplice, Marla (Kathleen Crowley), talk Bart into betting $5,000 on a long shot. But Pearly never placed the bet—he fled with the money. Following a tip from Marla, Bart heads for Dade City, Texas, where he hopes to catch up with Pearly.

Gates and Marla were two more attempts to fill the void left by Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Diane Brewster when both left Maverick and took their characters with them. Like Dandy Jim Buckley and Marla, both Pearly and Marla are all-out grafters who operate without any kind of ethical code. Maverick, on the other hand, has a conscience, as we see in this episode.

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