Crusty old General Eakins summons all his living relatives to his ranch to assess who'll inherit his fortune. Bret Maverick fills in for obnoxious ne'er-do-well nephew Homer Eakins, a snooty painter, while Eakins pretends to be Maverick. The General takes a liking to the "new, improved" Homer Eakins, who the General hasn't seen since Homer was a tyke. Then the relatives start being killed, one by one... Written by
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This time roles are reversed as Jack Kelly
makes an uncredited cameo in a vignette at the beginning of the episode to introduce a Bret-only story. He would also provided the episode's voiceover narration. See more
In the opening scene, a lone horseman, presumably Bret Maverick, seen riding in the barren Wyoming Territory landscape, bears no relationship in looks and outfit to Bret Maverick as he is met at Black Fire Ranch. As Maverick (probably a stand-in) rides into the ranch, the horse he is riding changes from a dark horse with dark tail to a dark horse with flowing white tail and white fetlocks. As James Garner dismounts at the ranch house, the horse is once again dark with dark tail and fetlocks. See more
[to the audience
Hello. Glad to see you with us again. This week's intriguing story takes us to an isolated ranch deep in the Wyoming territory for a tale of mystery and violence. It's called Black Fire.