Although the young man accused of murder was planning on getting married, there were no romantic scenes in the episode. And, for once, Bret Maverick was never arrested, nor had anyone point a gun at him. While he was observed playing poker, we never saw him win a big hand, or lose one. In other words, everything we are used to seeing in this series, was absent from this episode.
At the beginning we see two guards outside a ranch house, we hear two shots and see a man come out. The guards capture him. He protests that he killed the man inside because that man first fired at him. Next we see the sheriff entering a saloon to get Maverick because the accused asked for him, thinking he could be a witness for him, regarding things that happened earlier that day.
Bret couldn't help him as a witness, which leads to the trial. As we enter the courtroom, we see two familiar faces to TV fans of the day. The defense lawyer is Will Wright, known for various guest roles. Will was older than lots of actors and had the kind of face destined to make him usually cast in mean old man roles, such as playing Ben Weaver, the cantankerous department store owner on The Andy Griffith Show, in a few episodes.
Sitting beside Maverick was an even more familiar face, Ozzie Nelson's doctor friend, later more famous as Sam Drucker on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres, actor Frank Cady.
He winds up on the jury with Bret and the bulk of the show dealt with the jury deliberations. It was only a bit like Twelve Angry Men, although there was the initial vote of 11-1, and you can guess who the lone holdout was.
Like the famous movie, Bret used logic in getting jury members to think about various aspects of the case, getting them to rethink some of the facts and how things didn't really add up the way they seemed at first.
He actually started his argument by making a bet with a fellow juror, one that seemed like a sure loser bet. The only troubling aspect of the show was that they didn't make this a two-hour special and had to have things proceed a bit too quickly here.
I'm trying not to give away anything that would spoil the fun for someone soon to watch this. This episode was a sheer delight to watch for me, which is why I gave it a rare 10 rating, something I don't do very often.