Well, well, so this is Ten Strike. San Francisco's got nothing to worry about.
One thing to be said about traveling by stage. By the time you get there, you don't care where.
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With her malt shop perkiness, Stevens seems an unlikely choice for a Western. (She always reminded me of a charming cross between Debbie Reynolds and Minnie Mouse.) But, of course, Maverick was not a typical Western. Actually, she and Garner make an amusing couple, even if their clinches are something of a stretch. Then too, the "bath mixup" is genuinely cute without being cutesy.
The episode starts off in this engaging lighter vein, but then develops into a plot-heavy latter half. It's something about Frankie (Stevens) getting money to go to Ten Strike for some unknown reason and Bret getting really knocked around for not leaving town. I just wish the writers had continued with a lighter story to showcase the pair's comedic talents, instead of the rather awkward plot development. Anyway, it's good to see old pro's King and Talbot picking up a payday. The formidable King was always adept at playing a spider woman, as she does here. All in all, it's half a good Maverick.
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